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Five Favourites: Books on the SAS

Five Favourites: Books on the SAS

The acclaimed Special Forces historian picks five great books of the SAS in WW2.

The Special Forces historian picks his favourite books on the SAS. 5. Four Studies in Loyalty, by Christopher Sykes Christopher Sykes was an intelligence officer in 2SAS who, in August 1944, parachuted into eastern France as a member of Operation Loyton. It was an...

Do the Greatest Deserve Their Sobriquet?

Do the Greatest Deserve Their Sobriquet?

Dismissal of the younger generation, recently labelled avocado munching ‘snowflakes’, is not a new phenomenon.

‘The average young man of today aged something under thirty, whether he be a social butterfly or a junior clerk, is a stupid, conceited creature,’ thundered the Daily Mirror in its editorial. ‘Few men are much good until they are thirty.’ Guidance from the Greatest...

The Birth of the SAS in WW2

The Birth of the SAS in WW2

The genesis of the SAS was a cancelled operation to capture the island of Rhodes in 1941.

The Dawn of the SAS in WW2 Eighty years ago, on the night of January 31/February 1 1941, three troopships sailed from the Firth of Clyde. The ships, the Glengyle, the Glenearn and the Glenroy, carried nearly two thousand soldiers, most of them commandos. Only a...

The Poppy Industry Blooms

The Poppy Industry Blooms

Whilst we all buy poppies, how much do we know about the two world wars?

When England played Germany on 10th November, 2017 at Wembley, it seemed as though the football was incidental to the virtue signalling. Not only were the two teams  sporting poppy armbands but there were poppies on sale, poppy T-shirts given away, poppy wreaths laid,...

Who Dares Lies

Who Dares Lies

Was Christopher Lee in the SAS?

Who Dares Lies first appeared in The Spectator. Sir Christopher Lee, who died in 2015 aged 93, knew how to play a part. One of the consummate actors of his generation, whose career spanned nearly seven decades, his versatility on stage and screen was legendary. At...

The Cultural Appropriation of the First World War

The Cultural Appropriation of the First World War

It is time to re-evaluate the experiences of the Tommies using their own words, rather than relying on the arts.

Cultural Appropriation first appeared in The Spectator. In October 2018 I was at the Somme, visiting the first world war battlefields before the great and the good descend on the region this week to mark the centenary of the Armistice. In one cemetery I found propped...