World War Two


Articles of War

June 5, 2020 4:26 pm

In this excerpt from his autobiography Signatures: Literary Encounters of a Lifetime, David Pryce-Jones meets the survivors of the 20th century

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Did George Formby and Gracie Fields really help Britain out of the Depression?

May 14, 2020 3:13 pm

Cheer Up! British Musical Films, 1929-1945 by Adrian Wright reviewed


A passionate wartime love story is rescued from oblivion

May 14, 2020 2:51 pm

Love in the Blitz: The Long-Lost Letters of a Brilliant Young Woman to Her Beloved on the Front by Eileen Alexander reviewed

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A generation unmasked

May 12, 2020 6:06 pm

The furor over the maskless VE celebration highlights the forces driving this moment of national fear and submission


Iceland and the story of a very British invasion

May 10, 2020 10:48 am

The British diplomats explained that they were terribly sorry about the inconvenience

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Is baking and watching Netflix really comparable to being bombed?

May 7, 2020 1:06 pm

It doesn’t take ‘Blitz spirit’ to hunker down at home


Ghost riders in the sky

May 6, 2020 3:25 pm

In Lavenham, American history is unlocked by a pint of fine English ale


Does COVID-19 mean socialism or social collapse?

May 6, 2020 1:36 pm

The four stabilizers between us and disaster

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What Blitz spirit? The Brits are showing a deep shelter mentality

May 5, 2020 9:47 am

Social distancing doesn’t do much for an esprit de corps


The online museums you’ll never want to leave

April 9, 2020 1:41 pm

If the blackout warden didn’t notice a sliver of light at your window, a neighbor would soon tell him


The British Far East campaign in WWII is the new focus of Daniel Todman’s comprehensive history

April 2, 2020 2:16 pm

Britain’s War: A New World 1942–1947 by Daniel Todman reviewed

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For Jews in Occupied France, survival was a matter of luck

March 26, 2020 6:50 pm

House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a 20th-Century Jewish Family by Hadley Freeman reviewed


Isolation forces us to work out what really matters

March 26, 2020 12:23 pm

In tough times, people often discover their dauntlessness

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How government should respond

March 20, 2020 8:11 am

The US government should establish a Health Finance Corporation


Hiding from the Gestapo in plain sight in Berlin

February 17, 2020 11:10 am

When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains by Ariana Neumann reviewed


Was Dresden a war crime?

January 30, 2020 1:59 pm

The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945 by Sinclair McKay reviewed


Entente hostile: China, Japan and Korea

January 30, 2020 12:46 pm

Three Tigers, One Mountain: A Journey Through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea and Japan by Michael Booth reviewed


The Italian job

January 27, 2020 1:53 pm

A House in the Mountains: The Women Who Liberated Italy from Fascism by Caroline Moorehead reviewed

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What it means to be descended from Holocaust survivors

January 27, 2020 9:48 am

The one I fixate on is Ryszard, the child of my mother’s uncle. He died aged nine. That’s the age of my own eldest kid


A soldier’s legacy: how a baby’s cry saved a family

December 30, 2019 6:19 am

My father would admit that he had helped someone, but would never say more

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A chance encounter with a butterfly-catching Nazi

June 17, 2019 12:32 pm

A Slightly Foxed Editions feature


Love and War in the Apennines

June 10, 2019 10:59 am

On Eric Newby’s wartime memoir: A Slightly Foxed books essay

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The hunt for the Führer

March 29, 2019 12:54 pm

How Hugh Trevor-Roper unraveled the mystery of Hitler’s death: A Slightly Foxed books essay

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The Lady with the Limp: homage to the one-legged Virginia Hall, SOE’s ‘most dangerous’ agent

March 28, 2019 12:24 pm

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell reviewed

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Richard Sorge: the Soviet Union’s master spy

March 14, 2019 9:22 am

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent by Owen Matthews reviewed