The British Army Military Book of the Year (BAMBY) is a prestigious book prize, judged by a diverse panel, representing the very best military books of the previous year. Today we are pleased to announce the winner.
The British Army Military Book of the Year 2021 has been won by Dr Robert Johnson of Oxford University's Changing Character of War Centre for his book, 'Lawrence of Arabia on War: The Campaign in the Desert 1916-18.
In a closely fought competition, Dr Johnson's book about the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkey beat Prof David Kilcullen and Brig (Ret'd) Ben Barry into a well-deserved second and third place. Our judging panel, made up of soldiers of all ranks from Private to Colonel, have read all the shortlisted books over the last six months and are united in their praise for them all.
In the end, the top three placings were as follows:
1st: Dr Rob Johnson - Lawrence of Arabia on War: The Campaign in the Desert 1916-18.
2nd: Prof David Kilcullen - The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West.
3rd: Brig (Ret'd) Ben Barry - Blood, Metal, and Dust: How Victory Turned into Defeat in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Our thanks go to the judges, authors, publishers and to the team which put the competition together.