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Don McCullin

Don McCullin – Biography

Don McCullin is an internationally famous photojournalist. He was born in 1935 in Finsbury Park in London, but left school at 15 without qualifications. During National Service in the RAF, he became a photographer. He later bought his own camera, but his mother had to buy it back after he pawned it. This was the camera […]

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Victory Jive

Don’t miss the National Army Museum’s stylish summer swing dance this weekend. With only a couple of days left, sure to get your ticket to this authentic ’40s dance night,set to burst with Big Band Swing, fancy footwork and serious style. It’s a night of hot steps and high glamour as guests don their finest […]

Plan of Blenheim

The Battle of Blenheim, 13 August 1704

The British Army emerged from the crisis of revolution and civil war that had given it birth with a distinctive military doctrine based on movement, firepower, and aggression. But realising its potential required a master of war in the Army’s own image. Below: The Storming of the Schellenberg, 2 July 1704. The weight and determination […]

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Inside the Führerbunker

The Führerbunker was built beneath the New Reich Chancellery in Berlin. This subterranean complex was constructed in two phases, the first in 1936 and the second in 1943. It was the last of the Führerhauptquartiere (Führer Headquarters) to be used by Hitler. He took up residence in the Führerbunker in January 1945 and, up until the […]

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The Tumbleweed Tank – Back to the drawing board

We and all nations have a sense that we have come to the turning-point of an age,’ said Adolf Hitler in a speech regarding the re-occupation of the Rhineland in 1936. Preparations for war were being made even as the horrors of the last war were still fresh in the mind. A storm was brewing. […]

Barbarossa and Oil

Barbarossa and Oil

Philip Andrews responds to Mark Corby’s analysis of the failure of Operation Barbarossa in MT 9.  The failure of Barbarossa is really quite straightforward: in the end, it all depended on petroleum. Moscow was not important to Stalin. He was quite prepared, and had indeed planned, to retreat with as much industry as possible behind the Urals, […]

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