Second World War

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.

Oral history breathes fresh life into a deadly battle of the Second World War.

President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill attend a Sunday service on the quarterdeck of HMS Prince of Wales during the Atlantic conference,  10 August 1941.

The sinking by Japanese aircraft of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse in December 1941 and the subsequent loss of Singapore was a grievous blow to British morale. But have historians misunderstood what really happened? 

Adolf Hitler, accompanied by Admiral Horthy, the regent of Hungary, welcomed by crowds, Heligoland, August 1938.

A small island in the North Sea became the site of explosive Anglo-German encounters.

Japanese internment camp in Manzanar, California, July 1942. ©  Getty Images

The decree that led to the internment of Japanese-Americans was passed on 19 February 1942.