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Call for Submissions for the Duke of Wellington Medal 2022

Submissions are open for the Duke of Wellington Medal 2022

Endowed by the Duke of Wellington, the medal aims to reward on an annual basis the best English language writing on military history of any period. The concept is interpreted widely, to include the role of the armed forces, the conduct of wars, and the impact of conflict on nations and societies.

The winner will receive a medal, and be offered the opportunity to address the Institute. Participation in the competition also offers opportunities for further promotion of the work.

The winning entry will be decided by a Board of Judges, composed of the following:

  • Professor Michael Clarke, former Director-General of RUSI (Chair)
  • Professor Beatrice Heuser, Glasgow University
  • Professor Sir Hew Strachan FRHistS, St Andrews University
  • Lord Sumption FRHistS The Duke of Wellington

Eligibility criteria

All entries must be submitted by 31 October 2021 The book must have been published in the year 2021. Books that are due to be published after the submission deadline can be submitted as a pdf via

Books concerning the conduct and course of wars in any geographical area and of any time period are eligible. Books published by any living author, regardless of nationality, age, or gender, are welcome to enter the competition. Works authored by sponsors and judges of the medal as well as their families, and current RUSI staff and their families are not eligible.

Previous winners

Previous winners of the Medal can submit their newly-published works only if a period of at least two years had elapsed since their win.

Previous winners include:

  • Jonathan Gooch, Mussolini’s War
  • Dr Jonathan Fennell, Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War
  • Professor Helen Parr, Our Boys: The Story of a Falklands Paratrooper
  • John Hussey, Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815

Submission process

In order to submit a title, suggest a title or for any further questions, please email 

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