Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History 2020

See the winner and shortlist for this year's award.

The board members for the Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History have decided to award this year’s medal to Dr Jonathan Fennell for his book ‘Fighting the People’s War’.

The board members were unanimous in their praise for the book.

[This is] possibly the most important book on the history of the British army for at least 25 years.

Sir Hew Strachan

[This comparative analysis of history] explains better than any other book that I have read British military failures and successes

Lord Sumption


  • William Dalrymple

    The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company (Bloomsbury)

  • Dr Jonathan Fennell

    Fighting the People's War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War (Cambridge University Press)

  • William Heap

    Elizabeth’s French Wars 1562-1598 (Unicorn)

  • Dr Peter Caddick-James

    Sand and Steel: A New History of D-Day (Random House Books)

  • Dr Monica Kim

    The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History (Princeton University Press)

  • Roger Moorhouse

    First to Fight: The Polish War 1939 (Bodley Head)

  • Professor Timothy Andrews Sayle

    Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order (Cornell University Press)

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