World War Two


Lambs to the slaughter: the fiasco of the Dieppe Raid, August 1942

October 29, 2020 9:34 am

One Day in August: Ian Fleming, Enigma and the Deadly Raid on Dieppe by David O’Keefe reviewed


Behind the veil of secrecy: GCHQ emerges from the shadows

October 15, 2020 9:23 am

Behind the Enigma: The Authorized History of GCHQ, Britain’s Secret Cyber-Intelligence Agency by John Ferris reviewed


Diplomatic daughters go behind the scenes at Yalta

October 15, 2020 9:17 am

The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War by Catherine Grace Katz reviewed


Break-out and betrayal in Occupied Europe

October 8, 2020 3:59 pm

MI9 by Helen Fry and War in the Shadows by Patrick Marnham reviewed


My debt to Royaumont

October 6, 2020 1:14 pm

A Spanish flag flew on the palace to protect it from the occupying Germans

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A Soviet housewife spies on Little England

September 10, 2020 10:13 am

Agent Sonya: Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy by Ben Macintyre reviewed


The magic of JFK remains undimmed

September 10, 2020 8:52 am

JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 by Fredrik Logevall reviewed

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Putin’s culture war

September 2, 2020 10:34 am

Putin is trying to mobilize the so-called Great Patriotic War in his drive to assert his country’s greatness

The doctor’s dilemma

August 23, 2020 12:40 pm

Talking Until Nightfall: Remembering Jewish Salonica, 1941-44 by Isaac Matarasso reviewed


Hirohito, the war criminal who got away

August 20, 2020 11:05 am

Seventy-five years on, Japan still can’t come to terms with its past

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An Anglo-American hero

August 16, 2020 1:14 pm

Billy Fiske, the volunteer pilot who died to save Britain


The heroic couple who defied Hitler

August 6, 2020 12:13 am

The Bohemians: The Lovers Who Led Germany’s Resistance Against the Nazis by Norman Ohler reviewed

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The ghost of Clement Attlee

July 28, 2020 9:53 am

It is culture more than actual achievement that accounts for Attlee’s popular obscurity

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The Battle of Britain was closer than it should have been

July 2, 2020 11:07 am

The Germans’ ­numerical ascendancy began to make itself felt by the end of the summer of 1940


Pigeons are the solution to the statue controversy

July 1, 2020 12:25 pm

Lets kill two birds with one stone

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Cancel Clement Attlee, too

June 21, 2020 9:41 am

Unlike Churchill, he had not been a consistent opponent of Nazism or appeasement before the war

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Macron is trying to bathe in de Gaulle’s glory. It won’t work

June 17, 2020 9:43 am

Politicians should be wary about instrumentalizing history for their own ends


Trump’s German troop withdrawal will hurt America

June 9, 2020 9:50 am

Many in Berlin feel that working with Trump has become an impossible task


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