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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...

A Faithful Spy, by Jimmy Burns

A Faithful Spy, by Jimmy Burns

A biography of the spy Walter Bell is absorbing and offers fresh insight.

Jimmy Burns’ biography of Walter Bell, charts the life of one of Britain’s most successful and influential intelligence officers. The fact that Bell is so little known outside of intelligence circles testifies to this success. Walter Bell appears to have been a...

Philip W. Blood

Philip W. Blood

The historian of the Second World War discusses history, his writing and influences.

Philip W. Blood, what first attracted you to the period or periods you work in? My fascination with twentieth-century warfare was ignited by several memorable moments in childhood. My father, an aircraft design engineer with Avro, introduced me to the fascinating...

Elizabeth Buchan

Elizabeth Buchan

The award-winning novelist discusses her writing, inspiration and the past.

You’ve written about the major events of the 20th century, such as WW2 and the Cold War – the attraction of the period of history, or do go for character and plot first? They are closely allied! However, it wasn’t until I was a parent myself that I began to reflect on...

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...

Jimmy Burns on The Faithful Spy

Jimmy Burns on The Faithful Spy

Walter Bell was a spy in both MI5 and MI6. His biographer chats about Bell and his life.
Jimmy Burns

Jimmy Burns, who was Walter Bell? When Water Bell died in January 2004, aged ninety-four, the details of his life-not least of his professional career in the British secret services during a defining period in the history of modern espionage and security-remained a...

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,...

Philip W. Blood

Philip W. Blood

Dr. Philip W. Blood, a British historian based in Germany, who delves into the darkest chapters of human history through original research. Renowned for his ground-breaking works - Hitler’s Bandit Hunters (2006) and Birds of Prey (2021), he exposes the harrowing realities of the Nazi occupation and the Holocaust. In his latest masterpiece, War Comes to Aachen (2024), he unveils the tragedy of Total War's brutality.
Philip W. Blood

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Spies, by Calder Walton

Spies, by Calder Walton

Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West sounds a klaxon for the future.

Russian spies have moved into cyberspace. Their digital fingerprint is on the 2016 American elections, and all over the cultural wars. They find existing cracks in Western discourse, around Brexit or Black Lives Matter, for example, and seek to rip them still wider....