Gallipoli

Narvik harbour, March 1940

The ruthless coup that put Churchill in power

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Lord Woolton put it best: ‘Few people have succeeded in obtaining such a public demand for their promotion as the…

Well-acted, badly written and poorly directed: Churchill reviewed

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The star of this film is the music, composed by Lorne Balfe. I really liked it, which was just as…

The Limb of Limehouse, from Punch, 1932

Citizen Clem is the biography of a national figure not a Labour man

24 September 2016 9:00 am

History teaches no lessons but we insist on trying to learn from it. There is no political party more sentimental…

Pumped up and dangerous: going to war on drugs

21 May 2016 9:00 am

‘Of all civilisation’s occupational categories, that of soldier may be the most conducive to regular drug use.’ The problem with…

The secret brilliance of Prince Philip’s ‘gaffes’

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I’ve just been on the receiving end of a Prince Philip gaffe, of sorts, and I loved it. It was…

The only kind of story that makes me cry

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Memories of family members caught up in war bring a tear to the eye…

British officers in a modern motor car drive against the current of horsemen of the Arab army entering Damascus on 1 October 1918. Anglo-Arab policies were equally at cross purposes following the fall of the city

The Ottoman empire: the last great casualty of the first world war

2 May 2015 9:00 am

In a possibly apocryphal story, Henry Kissinger, while visiting Beijing in 1972 as Nixon’s national security adviser, asked Zhou Enlai,…

Keith Murdoch (Simon Harrison) appearing before the Dardanelles Commission (Photo: BBC)

Without Gallipoli, we’d have no Page 3

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Some years ago I paid a visit to the site of the Gallipoli landings because I was mildly obsessed with…

RAMC stretcher-bearers from the South Eastern Mounted Brigade enter the Field Ambulance dressing station at Y Ravine. Picture courtesy of Stephen Chambers

The other trenches: the Dardanelles, 100 years on

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Peter Parker discerns classical allusion amid the horror in two books commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign

The knives come out of the cabinet in Churchill’s wartime government

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Coalitions, as David Cameron has discovered, are tricky things to manage. How much more difficult, then, was it for Winston…

The Spectator's notes: What shall we call the Country Formerly Known as Britain?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Last week, David Cameron said that we have ‘seven months to save the most extraordinary country in history’. He meant…

The Young Titan, by Michael Shelden; Churchill’s First War, by Con Coughlin - review

11 May 2013 9:00 am

One evening in 1906, shortly after the election that brought Campbell-Bannerman’s Liberals into power, an understandably nervous Eddie Marsh, a…