WWII

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Winston Churchill Quotes

Winston Churchill’s command of the English language was arguably one of the greatest weapons in his arsenal. It was integral not only in strengthening the resolve of the British public, but in sending out a clear message to enemies and allies alike on the global stage. In a 1906 election speech he is quoted as […]

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Stalin Facts: 10 little known facts

Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator, is encased by myth and legend. He could be, at turns, both charming and chillingly ruthless.  Millions died under his direct orders; even his closest allies and compatriots.  It was Stalin, after all, who said “I trust no-one, not even myself.” His purge of Russian generals was so proficient and total that it […]

The World At War – Boxset Review

Military Classics: Jeremy Isaacs’ The World at War (1973) Military Times reviews the classic award-winning TV documentary series, about to be reissued in high-definition on Blu-Ray and DVD. In May 1964, the BBC made television history by broadcasting the first in their new 26-part series The Great War. Comprising weekly episodes of 40 minutes each […]

Pigeon-guided missiles

Military Times revisits the bizarre WWII invention of Burrhus Frederic Skinner. Behavioural analyst, author, innovator, poet, social philosopher, and Harvard professor of psychology, Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904-1990) was certainly a highly influential jack-of-all-trades. He invented the operant conditioning chamber, the cumulative recorder, the teaching machine, and pioneered his own scientific philosophy, ‘Radical Behaviorism’. What he […]

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The Fairey Swordfish

Obsolete it may have been, but the Fairey Swordfish remained in front-line service throughout the Second World War, distinguishing itself as the last biplane in the world to see active service. Although Taranto was arguably its finest hour, Swordfish scored many other notable successes, notably damaging the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941, helping sink […]

Rare Nazi propaganda unearthed

A series of German World War II propaganda leaflets have come light, after being put on sale by private collectors. It is likely that the leaflets, intended for British servicemen, were masterminded by the Nazi head of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. They were dropped into occupied France following D-Day, June 1944. According to Richard Westwood-Brookes, of […]

Nazi war criminal ‘Beast of Bolzano’ dies

Michael Seifert, a Nazi war criminal known as the ‘Beast of Bolzano’, has died aged 86 in an Italian hospital, where he was serving a life sentence. The Ukrainian-born Seifert became a Nazi prison guard following German occupation.  After the war ended, he moved to Canada in 1951 to start anew, leaving his past behind. […]

Gas Mask: a cultural icon

UCL’s Gabe Moshenska muses on the extraordinary iconic significance of the gas mask. My particular object of interest is the ‘General Civilian Respirator’ issued to the British people in the lead up to the Second World War. This ubiquitous mass-produced object has come to symbolise life in Home Front Britain, even though it was never […]