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Volume 52 Issue 10 October 2002

Jo Woolley and David Smurthwaite of the National Army Museum look at Desert Warfare in the Second World War and more widely.

The last Plantagenet king was born on October 2nd, 1452

David M. Wilson, former director of the British Museum, describes the founding of the famous institution.

Angela Brabin uncovers the gruesome tale of serial murder committed by a group of women in the poorest districts of 19th-century Liverpool.

In-house historical adviser Katherine Prior introduces this new museum which opens at the end of September.

Craig Spence uncovers records of black and Asian sailors in the pictorial archives of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Neil Faulkner sees the destruction of Jerusalem and fall of Masada in the 1st century as the result of a millenarian movement that sought to escape the injustices of an evil empire.

The walled and moated town of Kazan was stormed by Ivan the Terrible's army on October 2nd, 1552.

Michael Paris describes the film record of the North African victory, and how the footage represents a tour de force in terms of wartime documentary and national effort.

Daniel Snowman meets the historian of ‘Martin Guerre’.

Janet Vitmayer previews the new Music Gallery at the Horniman which is due to open this winter.

David Crouch reconsiders William I and his sons as men of genuine piety – as well as soldiers.

Philip Ziegler tells how a chance invitation to a Loire château set him en route to becoming a historical biographer.

Mark Weisenmiller explains how, forty years ago, the ‘Sunshine State’ played a pivotal role in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Britain's first atomic bomb was detonated on October 3rd, 1952.