War history

The world in arms

2 June 2012 8:00 pm

Ian Thomson admires a lucid and wide-ranging account of the most destructive war of all time

Who are the losers now?

24 March 2012 12:00 pm

The second world war was the most destructive conflict in human history, but the victors have fared worse than the vanquished, says Paul Johnson

Bookends: A matter of opinion

24 March 2012 10:00 am

In an age when the merely mildly curious believe they can get all they really need to know from Wikipedia…

Lest we forget

17 March 2012 11:15 am

It was not possible, as Primo Levi memorably wrote, to convey the full horror of the Nazi extermination camps because…

Talking tough

4 February 2012 11:00 am

This thoughtful, challenging and deeply depressing book takes as its launch pad the Nuremberg Trials, in which the author’s father…

Stronger than fiction

21 January 2012 10:00 am

I think it was a Frenchman — it usually is — who observed that the English love their animals more…

Ugly old Europe

31 December 2011 10:00 am

There are moments and places in history that one would have paid good money to avoid, and wartime Lisbon was…

All in a night’s work

27 August 2011 10:00 am

This inter-war story of an Anglo-Irish family in crisis opens with a bang. Caroline Adair, recovering from measles at Butler’s Hill, her aunt and uncle’s lovely house in the South-west, wakes in the night to find  Sinn Feiners surrounding the place.

Strategies for survival

23 July 2011 12:00 am

This is an account of the multiplicity of ways in which men ‘stole back time from their captors through creativity’ in the prisoner-of-war camps of Europe and the Far East.

Heroic long-suffering

25 June 2011 12:00 am

English patriotism was still a force in 1914.

A war of nutrition

5 February 2011 12:00 am

The long summer that led up to the last days of peace in Europe in 1939 — the vigil of the Nazi assault on Poland on 1 September and the ensuing Phoney War — gave little hint of the storm to come.

Brave on occasion

27 November 2010 12:00 am

Hitler’s experiences in the Great War have long been shrouded in mystery and controversy, not least because there is relatively little material from that time written by himself.

Bearing the brunt

6 November 2010 12:00 am

Ostensibly this small book is a jolly and true story (illustrated with some charming black-and-white snapshots) about the military experiences of Wojtek (pronounced Voycheck), the bear who, bought as a cub by Polish soldiers in Persia, earned name, rank and number as the mascot of the 22nd Company of the Artillery Supply Command, 2nd Polish Corps.