I’ve written a number of articles about the war, which I am posting here, as well as a number of pieces which will never be published in any other format. Two examples are the outlines I wrote for both my Malta and Italy books. In a nutshell, they are shortened versions of the final books – a brief, cut-down version, and hopefully a taster rather than a substitute.

Could the Allies Have Won the War Without the Soviet Union?

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Ever since the end of the Cold War and the brief opening of the…

Germany & the Battle of Britain

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  I originally wrote this for BBC History Magazine, but…

Gunther Rall

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I was very lucky to have the chance to meet Gunther Rall at…

Air Power Over Normandy

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This June, the Chalke Valley History Festival is marking the…

Scottish Independence - A Warning From History

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It worries me that we here in England are taking the chilling…

Heinz Puschmann - Another Old Friend Gone

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This week I heard the sad news that Heinz Puschmann had died…

An Obsession with US Wartime Jackets

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I'm the first to admit I've probably got more Second World War…

Historic Newspapers

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I've often found scouring old newspapers from the war a great…

Secret Tales from the Italian Campaign

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I’ve been having a fascinating time during a ten-day research…

Admiral Titch Cowan - Britain's Most Tenacious Warrior?

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While I've been going through Stanley Christopherson's diaries,…

Inside a Messershcmitt 109E & What a Tool Box Can Tell You About Germany During the War

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I went to see my old friend Craig Charleston yesterday, who is…

Germany in August 1939 – Not as Developed as Myth Would Have It

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In Plauen, in south-east Germany, the men of Artillerie Regiment…