History Today subscription

Second World War

Auschwitz

The Polish volunteer who infiltrated Auschwitz.

German soldiers in Paris, 1943 © Getty Images

A personal interpretation of France under two occupations, reissued as a Modern Classic.

Charles de Gaulle and Philippe Leclerc during the Liberation of Paris, 1944 © Getty Images

A proud, pious aristocrat, loyal to General de Gaulle, Philippe Leclerc found a kindred soul among Britain’s wartime elite.

Neville Chamberlain announcing "Peace in our Time" on his arrival at Heston Airport, 30 September 1938.

An admirable retelling of the traditional history of appeasement.

Holocaust

This episode examines the Nazi genocide through human interactions with three crime scenes.

Australian soldiers on parade in New Guinea, c.1944

A new book seeks to change the way we look at the Second World War by challenging three enduring myths about Britain’s involvement. 

Gatherer of souls: Helmuth James von Moltke on trial, Berlin 1944.

An alliance of unlike minds offered hope for the future during Europe’s darkest days.

George Marshall defends his European Recovery Programme before the Senate.

Britain received more Marshall aid than Germany, but spent much of it propping up a delusion. 

As the Battle of Britain raged overhead, the nation’s women were urged to salvage metal for the war effort. But was it just propaganda?

In the POW camps of the Second World War, soldiers found release – from the conditions and from the all-male company – in female impersonation.