Second World War

The Greatest Achievement Of German Soldiers During World War Two? Not Winning It

Olaf Storbeck | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Politics
Olaf Storbeck

Alexander Gauland, lead candidate for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), recently said that Germans have the right to be proud of the achievements of German soldiers in both World Wars. As a German who has lived in England for the past eight years and will return home right after the 24 September election, I am deeply unsettled by this assertion.

Brexit - What Next? The Utility Of A Historical Assessment?

Martin Robson | Posted 21.10.2017 | UK Politics
Martin Robson

The historical record shows us that when faced with European economic and political exclusion Britons have tried to achieve their political and economic security through overseas, primarily, transatlantic connections. When we consider recent events in Europe and Europe's near abroad, it is again to those connections that Britain is likely to turn for peace and prosperity.

Fashion on the Ration?

Julie Summers | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Style
Julie Summers

As the exhibition progresses there is more, not less colour and the styles become extraordinarily varied and the designs so inventive. There is a knicker and bra set made out of an RAF silk map for Lady Patricia Mountbatten and several example of Make-Do and Mend dresses, housecoats and even a long dress made from scarves.

Obama: Why an Apology Is Necessary

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

The truth is the bombs didn't just drop from the sky - they were dropped by the United States on civilian populations. And the reality is that - contrary to conventional wisdom about the bombing - they were not necessary to bring about an end to the war. It is a recognition of this truth that is most essential. It is essential even beyond an apology, but it is what makes an apology necessary. The 'necessity of the bombing to end the war' is the foundational falsehood of the nuclear age, and it needs to be exposed and finally laid to rest.

Home Fires: How to Make a Drama out of a Crisis

Julie Summers | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Julie Summers

When I set out to write a history of the activities of the Women's Institute of England and Wales in 2009 I had no inkling that it would lead to a full-blown television drama series. I am a historian, so the suggestion that a village women's institute might be a potential seed of an idea for a drama came not from me but from the brilliant mind of Home Fires' creator and writer, Simon Block.

British Teens To Stand Trial Over Alleged Theft From Auschwitz

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK

Two British schoolchildren accused of stealing items from Auschwitz will stand trial, it has been announced. Two teenagers from Perse School, in Ca...

Jeremy Corbyn On Dresden 'Civilian Targets'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Politics

Britain’s bombing of Dresden near the end of the Second World War was proof that civilian targets “were never a good idea” in conflict, Jeremy C...

This Weekend Millions of Us Will Remember and Honour Those Who Served

Christopher Foster | Posted 06.11.2016 | UK
Christopher Foster

As I preach on those words this weekend in a parish in inner-city Portsmouth I shall pray with thanksgiving for the victims of oppression and hatred and for strength myself to speak and act for justice and good.

Woman, 91, Charged Over 260,000 Deaths At Auschwitz

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK

A 91-year-old woman has been charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder over allegations she was part of the Nazi SS serving in the Auschwitz ...

Prince Harry's Birthday Sacrifice For War Veteran At Battle of Britain Event

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK

Prince Harry gave up his seat in a Spitfire on his 31st birthday in a sacrifice to ensure a veteran and two wounded servicemen could take part in the ...

It Worked Before The Second World War, Could Kindertransport Work Again?

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK

The UK should make a "very clear and conspicuous humanitarian gesture" in the face of the increasingly difficult migrant crisis engulfing Europe, simi...

'Great Escape' Survivor Dies Aged 101

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK

A pilot who took part in the mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp in the Second World War remembered as 'The Great Escape', has died in hi...

Polish Government To Hold Press Conference On 'Discovery Of Nazi Gold Train

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

The Polish government has launched an investigation into the existence of a Nazi treasure train, with a leading cultural official admitting on Thursda...

Recently Discovered Pictures Detail The Horrors Of The Nazi Retreat

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK

WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURES A collection of remarkable and graphic pictures taken by a four-star American general has been published for the first ti...

VJ Day; Remembering the Bravery and Sacrifice 70 Years On

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 13.08.2016 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

The 70th anniversary of VJ Day allows us as a nation the opportunity to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms today and to share their stories for future generations to hear.

How Oskar Groening's Sentencing For Holocaust Crimes Fiercely Divided Opinion

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK

Former SS officer Oskar Groening has been sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty of accessory to murder 300,000 people. The...

'Bookkeeper Of Auschwitz' Sentenced To Prison

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK

A 94-year-old former SS officer dubbed the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz” has been handed a four-year jail sentence after being found guilty of being a...

'British Schindler' Nicholas Winton Dies Aged 106

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK

Sir Nicholas Winton, a British man who almost single-handedly rescued more than 650 children from the Nazi concentrations camps, died on Wednesday. He...

75th Anniversary of a Remarkable Escape From German Panzers

Michael Moszynski | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Michael Moszynski

My father was a Polish Cavalry Officer who was working in Paris when Germany invaded Poland. He joined the 10th Polish Mechanised Cavalry Brigade in France and when France was invaded in 1940 his Brigade was ordered to protect the French Sixth Army near Dijon.

Stunning Pictures Show Abandoned Second World War Naval Base

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK

These remarkable pictures preserve a moment in time -- the ghostly remains of an abandoned US naval base used for blimp squadrons during the Second Wo...

These Incredible D-Day Landing Site Pictures Bring The Past And Present Together

The Huffington Post UK | Elliot Wagland | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK

As the world marks 72 years since the launch of the D-Day mission which ultimately led to victory over Nazi Germany during World War Two, these before...

Dunkirk 'Little Ships' Arrive In France For 75th Anniversary

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK

A fleet of "little ships" arrived in Dunkirk on Thursday after crossing the Channel in honour of the historic retreat 75 years ago during the Second W...

Clegg And Miliband Line Up One Last Time With Cameron To Mark 70th VE Anniversary In London

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK

A service to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War also served as a sombre final farewell of sorts for Ed Miliband and Nick Cle...

World War What?

Air Vice Marshal David Murray | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Air Vice Marshal David Murray

Friday 8 May will mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, when Sir Winston Churchill delivered his historic speech to crowds gathered in London, broadcasting the news that the Second World War was finally over.

Exhibition Review: Churchill's Scientists, Science Museum

Victoria Sadler | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The exhibition starts with the preliminaries. Churchill was determined to harness the potential of science and the Royal Society helped compile a register of 7000 scientists who could contribute to the war. Additionally Churchill hired Frederick Lindemann as his personal scientific advisor.