• 12 May 2017
    May 1940: Part 2

    May 1940: Part 2

    Churchill became Prime Minister on May 10, 1940 against the backdrop of a rapidly developing military and political crisis in Western Europe. The Germans invaded Belgium and Holland on May 10 and crossed the Meuse at Sedan on May 13. It wa…

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  • 28 Apr 2017
    May 1940: Part 1

    May 1940: Part 1

    As we enter a May Bank Holiday weekend and contemplate a looming General Election, it is perhaps fitting to reflect on the tumultuous events of another May — May 1940. It was in this month and in this year that Britain embarked on a m…

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  • 28 Apr 2017
    Secret War | Andrée 'Dédée' de Jongh

    Secret War | Andrée 'Dédée' de Jongh

    It was a great privilege to travel to Belgium and France recently with Guide Lecturer, Guy Walters, to recce our upcoming ‘Secret Army’ tour. As a journey, it has some fantastic elements – combining the urban centres of Br…

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  • 13 Apr 2017
    Kidnapping a General | Crete and Patrick Leigh Fermor

    Kidnapping a General | Crete and Patrick Leigh Fermor

    I have just returned from our weeklong tour in Crete, following in the footsteps of SOE agents Patrick Leigh Fermor and Billy Moss in their daring 1944 mission to kidnap the island’s German commander, General Kreipe. The tour was a g…

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  • 31 Mar 2017
    Into the Shadows: Roger Moorhouse on 'Dark Tourism'

    Into the Shadows: Roger Moorhouse on 'Dark Tourism'

    The genre of travel dubbed 'dark tourism' has boomed in recent years. Visitor numbers at Auschwitz, for instance, have more than quarupled since 2000. Chernobyl, long off-limits, now welcomes 10,000 visitors each year. This July I'll be le…

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