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Napoleon’s Invasion of Egypt

Napoleon’s Invasion of Egypt

Jonathan North has found eyewitness testimonies and here he traces the campaign that Bonaparte thought would make him the new Alexander.
Jonathan North

Napoleon’s Invasion of Egypt At dawn on 30 June 1798 French soldiers, peering out from the impressive fleet that had brought them across the Mediterranean, sighted what some called a tower, and others a mosque, on the Egyptian coast south-west of Alexandria. The...

Seizing Eichmann

Seizing Eichmann

The story of Adolf Eichmann's capture from Argentina by Mossad agents in May 1960, culminating in his trial and execution.

Seizing Eichmann He was walking down the street clutching a large bouquet of flowers, a smiling family man by the name of Ricardo Klement. He was looking forward to celebrating his silver wedding anniversary that evening. When he reached his house on Garibaldi Street...

Was Taranto the Inspiration Behind Japan’s Attack on Pearl Harbor?

Was Taranto the Inspiration Behind Japan’s Attack on Pearl Harbor?

Before Pearl Harbor the Fleet Air Arm showed the way at Taranto.

Was Taranto the inspiration behind Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor? The Fleet Air Arm’s raid on the Italian naval base of Taranto in 1940 was the first-time carrier launched aircraft were used to attack enemy ships, in a heavily defended harbour. It has been...

Saving Munich: The Story of Rupprecht Gerngross

Saving Munich: The Story of Rupprecht Gerngross

The final plot against Hitler was led by a figure forgotten about today.
Lesley Yarranton

It is more than thirty years since I first heard of a small group of German army officers rising up against Hitler in the dying days of the Nazi regime. I was a foreign correspondent sent to Berlin within days of the Wall being torn down, and had been tracking the...

A Fun Night at the Opera

A Fun Night at the Opera

The Opera Locos, reviewed.

A Fun Night at the Opera Their voices reached to the back of the auditorium - and probably into other theatres. One wonders if plastic cups are given out because glass might shatter. Opera Locos is a blast - full of sound and fast and furious comedy. It's a romp...

Nancy Wake: SOE Agent

Nancy Wake: SOE Agent

How Far Would You Go To Do What is Right?

At the outbreak of the Second World War, the charismatic and hugely attractive Nancy Wake was an Australian living with her French businessman husband in Marseilles. Immediately, she plunged into resistance work which resulted in her having to flee from France,...

Earthquake at Antioch

Earthquake at Antioch

Antioch (modern-day Antakya) has suffered terribly from earthquakes throughout its history.
Katherine Pangonis

Earthquake at Antioch Six months following the devastating earthquake of February 6th  2023, the dust has finally settled across Southern Turkey and Northern Syria. Rescue efforts are over and the attention of the Turkish government and international aid community is...

A New Cold War

A New Cold War

Five lessons to keep in mind in the coming months and years of our new stand-off with China.

Are we in a new Cold War? If not, how is it best to describe the struggle between China and Western democracies? Some have suggested “hot peace”— but such wordplay doesn’t get us far. In fact, as far as intelligence and national security are concerned, the West is...

Espionage In The UK

Espionage In The UK

Now that we in the West have entered a new phase in our relationship with Russia, it’s worth recalling the Cold War when Britain was a battleground of espionage.
Mark Hollingsworth

In 1970, there were so many Soviet intelligence agents operating undercover in London that MI5 was hopelessly over-extended.  The scale and extent of KGB espionage operations in the UK, threatening to overwhelm not just MI5 but the security of the state. It resulted...