Operation Bagration

Which was more important, D-Day or Operation Bagration? Chris Bambery argues that it was on the Eastern Front that the fate of Nazi Germany was sealed.…

Military History Matters 122

• Barbarossa: biggest invasion in history
• Braddock at Monongahela, 1755
• Butterfly Effect at war
• Crusader strategy
• French invasion of Britain: Fishguard, February 1797…

Special Forces in World War II

Elite units played an essential if often obscure role during the Second World War. In this new illustrated book, with more than 120 colour and black-and-white images, Michael E Haskew charts units from across the globe, regardless of nation or allegiance. As well as famous contingents such as the US…

Blood and Iron: the rise and fall of the German Empire 1871-1918

Just over halfway through her excellent new book on Germany between the Franco-Prussian War and the First World War, Katja Hoyer tells the story of the ‘Captain of Köpenick’ incident. In 1906, an petty criminal called Wilhelm Voigt went around town buying second-hand clothes that made up a captain’s uniform.…

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