Ww2

Beautiful WW2 Fighters Race Above The Desert

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Tech

Aircraft from World War Two were stunning machines, produced with a technical vision and on a scale that would have astonished engineers less than a d...

D-Day Anniversary: We Need to Make the Case for Good Wars

James Snell | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

As someone who has an instinctive aversion to over-praising members of the military (indeed, as someone who cannot help but shudder inwardly every time 'our brave boys' are invoked), I was more than a little surprised that the commemoration of the D-Day landings, which took place last week, brought a tear to my eye.

D-Day From Above: The Stories of RAF Veterans

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

As we remember the D-Day invasion, it is right to honour the brave soldiers, sailors, and 3,500 airmen who sailed the Channel and stormed the beaches. But we must also remember the many thousands of airmen who bravely faced horrendous odds and took to the skies in support of D-Day.

The Longest Day

Lara Platman | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK
Lara Platman

Arlette Gondrée, a beautiful woman, strikingly dressed in a knitted jacket with a faultless neck-chief, the epitome of Normandy style, stands proudly, having provided us with a delicious home cooked lunch, full of traditional flavours from the region, I slowly gather my thoughts examining the abundance of memorabilia in this sanctuary.

Remembering Auschwitz

Ian Lucas | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Lucas

Reactions to a visit to Auschwitz have been expressed more much more ably than I can. I think that each person should go, simply to see, as the searing horror of the cruelty of the death camps needs to be seen, not just read.

WATCH: College Student Finds Bomb Shelter Under Dorm

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student near Dusseldorf, Germany made a fascinating discovery when he found an air raid shelter in the basement of his college dormitory. The sh...

Bad Blurb Great Book

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

The blurb for the brand new book Out of the West, by Kevin Sullivan, is really very bad. The first sentence lost me immediately as it mentioned two Greek names - both of which I instantly forgot - and then it describes their convoluted love affair in WW2 Greece, with some action taking place in Scotland.

The Death of Rudolf Hess: The Last Remaining Mystery of World War II

Endeavour Press | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK
Endeavour Press

My book about Rudolph Hess is largely based on unofficial archives researched and collected by historians and conspiracy buffs in Britain, Germany, America and Central Europe. I was surprised enough when Scotland Yard's release of the secret report under Freedom of Information legislation coincided with the publishing of my novel Death Order.

70 Years on From the Dambuster Raid

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

This week, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the celebrated Dambusters raid, one of the most daring operations carried out by the RAF during WWII.

Why Stalingrad Matters Today

Mark Perryman | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Perryman

World War Two has become an epic of nostalgia entirely disconnected from the cause of anti-fascism, the sacrifices made by the Red Army on the Eastern Front once again hidden from history. Stalingrad, forgotten, scarcely meriting a mention in the mainstream media despite its fixation with all things WW2.

US Military Tested 'Tsunami Bomb' As Alternative To Nuclear Weapons

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Tech

The United States once tried to build a "tsunami bomb" designed to wipe out coastal cities by triggering huge underwater explosions. The tests were...

Propaganda, Good and Bad

Tom Doran | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK
Tom Doran

Some words are probably irretrievable. It would be a brave blogger who mounted a campaign for acceptable fascism or a kinder eugenics.

The Home of the WWII Codebreakers

Andrew Beazley | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK
Andrew Beazley

The estate of Bletchley Park can be found, enjoying regal respite, on lavish greens in Buckinghamshire. To the casual observer, there is nothing at all captivating about the site. But to the historian, or, fortunately, many a charming survivor of the old British Empire, this extensive manor is not merely a ramshackle corporation, it is the soul of our nation, hollowed ground, and the very embodiment of that uniquely British spirit, of resilience.

Revealed: The Churchill Letters Filed Away For 60 Years

PA | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK

Hundreds of original documents, including seven signed letters from Winston Churchill written in the 1940s, have been unearthed during a council's spr...

LOOK: Is That Batman Next To Fidel Castro...?

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Comedy

Reckon this image of Fidel Castro and Christian Bale as Batman might be Photoshopped? Well, you reckon correctly, as just that has happened thanks...

Code-Breaking Cogs 'Which Helped End WW2' Discovered

PA | Posted 06.05.2012 | UK

A set of cogs from the Second World War Enigma code-breaking machine has been discovered after languishing in a cupboard for up to 30 years. The th...

WW2 Grenade Found At Surrey Junior School

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A grenade from World War Two has detonated in a controlled explosion at a junior school in Surrey. The explosive was discovered on Wednesday mornin...

MI5 Files Reveal How The Nazis Forged British Bank Notes - And Why

PA | Posted 17.02.2012 | UK

Nazi forgers succeeded in flooding Europe with fake British bank notes, "destroying" confidence in the UK currency, according to secret MI5 files made...

Gritty But Edible: Pensioner Eats 64-Year-Old Tin Of Lard

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 03.02.2012 | UK

A durable tin of World War II lard was declared edible by German pensioner Hans Feldmeier, more than 64 years after he received the pig fat in a food ...

Gerhard Richter: Panorama

Neil Simpson | Posted 30.01.2012 | UK Entertainment
Neil Simpson

Leaving the Gerhard Richter exhibition at the Tate, one is greeted by a similar sense of uncertainty. It's interesting to note that Richter himself acknowledged the influence of Vermeer's work Girl Reading Letter at an Open Window in his 1994 piece Reader

"Dulce et decorum est"... to Wear a Poppy

Hannah Wallis | Posted 27.12.2011 | UK
Hannah Wallis

It's impossible to know even a fraction of the personal stories, or the tales of individual acts of patriotism and valour that went on in those four horrendous years, and with the death of Harry Patch in 2009, the First World War has now all but passed out of living memory. But that doesn't mean that we can't be grateful for the collective, incalculable sacrifice that was made so that we've got freedom now.

Secret Diaries Of The SAS Published

PA | Posted 24.11.2011 | UK

Secret records from the earliest days of the Special Air Service (SAS) carrying out daring attacks behind Nazi lines in north Africa and France have b...

Grandad and the African St Francis

Charli Morgan | Posted 05.11.2011 | UK
Charli Morgan

My grandad, Donald Burt was a massive wow, with red wine, paint and stories bulging in his ample belly... along with heroic amounts of pickled onions and cheese. He sadly passed away last year, but has left enough incredible tales to wear a quill down to a molten stem.

Bath: The Forgotten Blitz

Nick Knowles | Posted 04.10.2011 | UK Entertainment
Nick Knowles

War is a terrible thing, but by its nature it puts people in extreme situations where history has shown us that they display an incredible strength of human spirit. I'd like to think that I would have been as brave as the people of Bath, but I doubt I would've been.

Royal Navy Denies It Lost 2000lb WW2 Mine While Trying To Disarm It

Press Association | Press Association | Posted 15.09.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- The Royal Navy has denied claims its divers lost a 2,000lb Second World War mine during an attempt to make it safe. The device...