George Washington earned a place in the pantheon of leaders who led both militarily and politically through the storms of revolution. Combining a determination to destroy the status quo with exceptional tactical skill, the General transformed an insurgency into the first triumph of a new country. Our special this time surveys Washington’s military triumph at Yorktown.
Coming just months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway – in which the outcome of World War II was supposedly decided in the space of a ‘fatal five minutes’ – is the subject of a new film released earlier this month. The clash between the American and Japanese fleets will never be forgotten, but does Midway really deserve the hype? Was it truly the greatest battle of the war?
During the second half of the 17th century, France underwent a military transformation of such magnitude that in the space of a generation it overturned the supremacy of Spain to become the pre-eminent power in Europe.
How important are ‘decisive battles’ in the history of war? This is the central question addressed by Cathal Nolan in this magisterial survey of more than 2,000 years of military history.
How did London communicate with the Resistance in Occupied Europe during the Second World War? A newly released archive of BBC documents has revealed that coded messages were often sent in regular radio bulletins.
On 18 September 2005, the 65th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall unveiled a sculpture on Victoria Embankment dedicated to the thousands of men and women who fought from 10 July – 31 October 1940.
A speech made by Prime Minister Winston Churchill on August 20, 1940, including the famous line “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”.
Why does war take place?
An updated version of his 1987 Battle of Britain memoir of the same title, Tom Neil recounts his time as a 19-year-old fighter pilot during some of the most ferocious fighting of World War II. Now 89, he is keen that the story of their efforts and achievements remain fresh in the collective memory.