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Five Nights to Malta: Operation Pedestal

Five Nights to Malta: Operation Pedestal

The convoy to Malta in August 1942 was vital in sustaining its resistance. Over five days, Royal Navy and Merchant ships were torpedoed, bombed and strafed by Axis forces.

“The Navy had always regarded the island as the keystone of victory in the Mediterranean...it should be held at all costs.” Admiral A.B. Cunningham,...

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Scientific Struggle: The Search for Latitude

Scientific Struggle: The Search for Latitude

Measuring the earth was not only mathematically challenging, but a physical feat too.

The Search for Latitude Antonio de Ulloa y de la Torre-Guiral lay unconscious on the mountainside. ‘I fell down’, he wrote later, ‘and remained a...

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The Motherland Calls: Mamayev Kurgan Monument

The Motherland Calls: Mamayev Kurgan Monument

We should look back at the lessons given at the end of the most traumatic event in human history.

The Second World War was probably the greatest human catastrophe the world has ever seen. Historians have always struggled to find words that can...

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Georgina Weldon: Victorian Visionary

Emily Midorikawa

Something of a celebrity in the Victorian period, Georgina Weldon took on the legal and medical establishment, and won.

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Rehearsal for D-Day: Exercise Tiger

Giles Milton

946 Allied casualties in Exercise Tiger, the rehearsal for D-Day. 200 Allied casualties on Utah Beach on D-Day.

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Summer Reads from Aspects of History

Our authors and contributors recommend books to take on summer holidays.

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Hunting Lady Jane Grey

Leanda de Lisle

Who was Frances Grey, the mother of Lady Jane?

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The York Princesses and Their Woodville Inheritance

Sarah Hodder

The Woodvilles are much maligned, so says the author of a new book on the daughters of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville.

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The Battle of Jutland and its Continued Appeal

Nicholas Jellicoe

Why the Battle of Jutland still fascinates today

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The Sinking of the Bismarck: No Struggle for Stats

Iain Ballantyne

The author of the sinking of the Bismarck looks at the brutal reality of the famous clash between steel giants at sea during the Second World War.

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Toussaint Louverture: Black Spartacus

Sudhir Hazareesingh

The Wolfson Prize winner writes about the relationship between Toussaint Louverture and Napoleon Bonaparte is an intriguing one, although they never met.

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IWM Wartime Classics

Alan Jeffreys

Since 2019 the Imperial War Museum has published classic novels written by World War Two veterans. Here the IWM Senior Curator introduces the series and tells us why it's so important.

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Oscar Heinrich, the American Sherlock

Kate Winkler Dawson

In this edited extract, the author of American Sherlock tells us about Oscar Heinrich, the forensic criminologist

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