Beasts in battle

29 January 2011 12:00 am

‘Never such innocence again’ wrote Philip Larkin of an unquestioning British people on the eve of the first world war, and much has been made, not unreasonably, of the trusting frame of mind in which young men of that time accepted the arguments for war in 1914.


Hell or high water

22 January 2011 12:00 am

As his battered bomber hurtled towards the Pacific in May 1943, Louis Zamperini thought to himself that no one was going to survive the crash.


A far-fetched war

30 October 2010 12:00 am

First, a disclaimer: this review will not touch upon some recent, odd behaviour of this book’s author, Orlando Figes, because I can’t see that it’s relevant.


. . . and they did to us

9 October 2010 12:00 am

The craters are all filled in, the ruins replaced, and the last memories retold only in the whispery voices of the old.

What we did to them . . .

9 October 2010 12:00 am

The perception of war changes, remarked the poet Robert Graves, when ‘your Aunt Fanny, the firewatcher, is as likely to be killed as a soldier in battle’.

A dream to fly

14 August 2010 12:00 am

Undeniably the Hawker Hurricane has suffered the fate of the less pretty sister.


Mud, blood and jungle rot

31 July 2010 12:00 am

The Matterhorn, at 14,679 feet in the Alps, is said to be very difficult to climb.


Not cowardly enough

20 January 2010 12:00 am

Nobody who reads Nigel Farndale’s The Blasphemer is likely to complain about being short-changed.

Beyond the call of duty

24 June 2009 12:00 am

Men of War: Courage under Fire in the 19th-century Navy, by David Crane


The end of the affair

25 March 2009 12:00 am

Americans in Paris, by Charles Glass