Jonathan Boff

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. 

German stormtroops depicted in ‘Either … Or …’, from the magazine Simplicissimus, August 1918. Illustration by Eduard Thöny.

When the Great War broke out in 1914, the German imperial army was regarded as the finest fighting force on earth. Just four years later, it was crushed by Britain and its allies.