WWII

Darkest Hour

James Bowman: why Americans should see “Darkest Hour”

Summary: James Bowman reviews Darkest Hour, a powerful film about May and June 1940, the beginning of Britain’s finest hours (Churchill’s phrase; he never called them the “darkest hours“). It shows the willingness of many Brits to negotiate with Hitler, Churchill’s adamant leadership — which kept Britain in the war — and has an important message …

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Dunkirk (2017)

James Bowman gives an extraordinary review of “Dunkirk”

Summary: James Bowman has written an extraordinary review of the new film Dunkirk, seen not just as entertainment but as history. It is a history of the event in June 1940, and a history of how the 1958 and 2017 films about Dunkirk show that we have changed. “The British Empire and the French Republic, …

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Martin van Creveld asks what do soldiers do during war? Rape.

Summary: Here Martin van Creveld reviews a book about an important new book documenting rape by US troops during WWII. With the passage of time we’re slowly able to see the full horror of the “good war”, the dark deeds done by both sides. This clear sight of the past can hep us prevent it …

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