What constitutes military history?
Ever so often you encounter a webpage, blog or similar on the internet that deals with military "history" - or so they tell their readers. Military history is one of the most read, shared and "loved" book topics around - and the "industry" generates a substantial revenue to many a publisher. Especially if you are interested in the wars of the 19th and 20th century there is an abundance of books on the topic.
But what most webpages, blogs and many books deal with, is more than often what has been aptly named "militrivia", and is not military history per se. Militrivia is centred around the equipment. The medals, weapons, caps and cartridges of the warring nations in any given conflict. No effort is made to place the items within a social, cultural, political and / or strategic context - strategic context being the one exception from time to time when dealing with weapons and armour.
The items are, by their very nature, often placed within an historical context, but the items themselves are the main point of interest and the historical context offered is often very biographically orientated towards distinct individuals and their exploits and often very incomplete and basic. Sometimes verging on the incorrect.
How many nuts and bolts used in a tank, what cloth was most suitable for gas masks and how many Victoria Crosses handed out, are not interesting for (military) historians in itself - these militrivia needs to be placed within a cultural, social, political and / or strategic context. You have to explain why the items were important, what they meant to the users, what difference they made. It needs to be a source based research effort, within the confines offered by the chosen theoretical and methodical framework.
Luckily, military history with a more equipment orientated approach exists, see e.g., historian Andre Iarocci's article: "A Unique Art. Canadian Anti-Gas Respirator Production in the Second World War". It is an area of academic research that has seen very little interest from established historians, and it is an area that can be difficult to "sell" as an important study.
That is in part why my page is mostly militrivia - I am both a collector and a historian, and militrivia is one of my "guilty pleasures". Hopefully the future will see more historical research dealing with the equipment of the ordinary foot soldier in the right context. The equipment that formed the lives of "ordinary" men and women fighting the wars of he 19th and 20th century is very underexposed and in dire need of a voice of its own.
 Iarocci, Andrew, "A Unique Art. Canadian Anti-Gas Respirator Production in the Second World War", in: Canadian Military History, Vol. 18, No. 4, Autumn 2009, pp.51-64.