The Rhine Meadows Killing Fields 1945-47

We have been conditioned over the years to believe that during the Second World War the Germans and Japanese were the only ones capable of atrocities whilst ‘our boys’ were good, moral upstanding people who would never dream in a million years of committing immoral and repugnant acts or serious …

‘The Dambusters’ Raid – A Propaganda Coup

In May 1943, the ‘Dambusters Raid,’ was one of the most blatant examples of wartime spin and propaganda.  RAF Wing Commander Guy Gibson and his pilots of 617 Squadron were carefully selected to carry out a ‘daring and innovative’ bombing raid on five major dams in the Ruhr Valley, Germany’s …

Pearl Harbor was not a ‘Surprise Attack’

Sunday, 7th December 1941 – Pearl Harbor, Hawaii “December 7th [the attack on Pearl Harbor] was… far from the shock it proved to the country in general.  We had expected something of the sort for a long time.”  Eleanor Roosevelt, NY Times Magazine, 8th October 1944 “Yes, the Japanese attacked …

Dresden 1945 – An appalling War Crime

On the night of 12/13th February 1945, over 1000 allied bombers attacked a non-military, civilian target in Germany, the town of Dresden.  Dresden was (and is still) famous for its china pottery industry and at that time towards the end of the war, was the adopted home of several hundred …

The Assassination of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Vice President Henry Wallace was a plain-speaking farmer’s son from Iowa . . . and he fully expected to be re-nominated for Vice President at the Convention.  The MI-6 agent and children’s author Roald Dahl, became a close ‘friend’ of Henry Wallace but unknown to Wallace, Dahl was spying on …

The ‘Liberation’ of Paris – 1944

After the German surrender of Paris on the 25th August 1944, there was another kind of invasion of France; on this occasion by the vengeful and humiliated, ill-disciplined forces led by Charles De Gaulle.  As soon as the American forces had made it safe for the ousted French general and …

The Treaty of Versailles

Apart from a brief, final rally in the autumn of 1918, the German forces were well beaten, surrendered unconditionally and the Armistice was duly signed which ended the war on the 11th November 1918 at 11.00 am, thus bringing to an end four years of horrific, unspeakable bloodshed.  Now all …

The Boer War 1899-1902

The Anglo-Boer War in Southern Africa, beginning in 1899, was destined to become the first, but not by a long stretch the last, major military clash of the 20th century.  The Boers were the descendants of German, French and Dutch settlers who had arrived in South Africa in the 1600s.  Hard working …

World Financial Crisis in Simple Terms

Helen is the owner of a pub in Manchester.  She realises that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and as such, can no longer afford to patronise her bar.  This means that the pub is in danger of going bust.  To solve this problem, she comes up with …