Second World War

Object Lesson

The personal testimonies of conscientious objectors do not provide easy answers.

The Unbreakable City

The Battle of Stalingrad began in August 1942, subjecting its residents to months of living hell. But few doubted that the city was worth defending; its significance to the Soviet project made it too important to abandon.

London Burning

A fresh account of how Londoners responded to the impact of the Second World War. 

Learning Japanese

Official secrecy and institutional rivalry obscured the achievements of two crash programmes hastily launched to teach Japanese during the Second World War. 

More than a Memory

Oradour-sur-Glane is now known as a memorial to a brutal massacre, but the lives of its inhabitants have been neglected.

Inside Outsider

The glittering career of Hella Pick, child refugee from Hitler’s Vienna and an exile in wartime Britain.

War is Hell

A visceral history of of American soldiers in Belgium, France and Italy, 1943-45.