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When was Britain’s finest hour?

When was Britain’s finest hour? For most readers the answer is easy: the summer of 1940, when Britain stood alone in defiance of the Third Reich, urged on by the soaring rhetoric of Winston Churchill. Chris Bambery disagrees.

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The Military History Behind the Vagrancy Act

The 1824 Vagrancy Act – which criminalises rough sleeping – has become the subject of public debate after Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK’s Labour Party, committed to repeal it in the event of a Labour government. A parliamentary debate on the Act, organised by Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, is due to take place in March. With the recent rise in homelessness across the […]

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The Battle of Austerlitz: Napoleon’s Masterpiece

The Grande Armée was something new. ‘We used to have the Army of Italy, of the Rhine, of Holland,’ explained Napoleon himself. ‘There was no French Army. Now it exists, and we shall see it in action.’

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