Wartime

Portrait of a singular man

17 December 2011 9:00 pm

The posthumous publication of Hugh Trevor-Roper’s wartime diaries continues the restoration of his reputation, says Geoffrey Wheatcroft

The Ritz in the Blitz

3 December 2011 10:00 am

‘It was like a drug, a disease,’ said the legendary Ritz employee Victor Legg of the institution he served for…

Heroic long-suffering

25 June 2011 12:00 am

English patriotism was still a force in 1914.

‘I told them’

4 June 2011 12:00 am

No messenger bearing bad news can expect to be popular.

Hall of mirrors

4 June 2011 12:00 am

After the Nazi occupation of Paris was over, Sartre famously said — somewhat hypocritically, given his own slippery behaviour — that the only possibilities had been collaboration or resistance.

What did you do in the war, Mummy?

28 May 2011 12:00 am

By tradition, ‘What did you do in the war?’ is a question children address to Daddy, not to Mummy.

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.

. . . and they did to us

9 October 2010 12:00 am

The craters are all filled in, the ruins replaced, and the last memories retold only in the whispery voices of the old.

What we did to them . . .

9 October 2010 12:00 am

The perception of war changes, remarked the poet Robert Graves, when ‘your Aunt Fanny, the firewatcher, is as likely to be killed as a soldier in battle’.