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This week in the War, 16–22 February 1942: The bombing of Darwin

This week in the war, on 19 February 1942, fighters and bombers from the carrier force of Vice-Admiral Chuichi Nagumo—who in November had launched his planes against Pearl Harbour—attacked Darwin, the largest city of northern Australia. The bombing of Darwin … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 26 May–1 June 1941: Sink the Bismarck!

“Sink the Bismarck, at any cost,” was the order that Winston Churchill gave to the Royal Navy when the world’s most powerful battleship was on the rampage in the North Atlantic. After a long and harrowing chase, Churchill’s wish was … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 23–29 December 1940: Christmas 1940

No two men were as different as King George VI of England and Rudolf Hess. They had nothing at all in common, —except that both were largely of German descent (George through George I of Hanover and through Queen Victoria’s … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 14–20 October 1940: The Great Dictator

          To quote Charlie Chaplin: “Dictators are comic. My aim is to make people laugh at them.” This week in the war, on 15 October 1940, the movie The Great Dictator, premiered in New York City. Chaplin starred … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 16–22 September 1940: ‘Hope & Glory’, and the City of Benares

As a boy, I loved Saturday matinees at the ‘pictures’—the ‘movie house’ as Americans would say. Give me a bag of sweets and I was all set for a couple of hours of Hopalong Cassidy. John Boorman’s movie Hope and … Continue reading

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In the news: Silver galore!

Last week, according to the British newspaper The Telegraph, hundreds of bars of silver were retrieved from the cargo ship SS Gairsoppa, which was sunk by a German U-boat in 1941. The ship went down off the coast of Ireland and … Continue reading

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Book review: Fifty Shades of Grey, plus two more

Anastasia Steele is bright, witty, and beautiful—in the eyes of her boyfriend Christian Grey, who’s no dog himself as far as looks go. To boot, he’s not badly off. Think Daddy Warbucks and scale up by a few powers of … Continue reading

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