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Appeasing Hitler

Tim Bouverie has written a measured, well researched account of the Appeasement years. He cites several reasons for the appeasement policy of Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain: 1) the country was ill-prepared for war; 2) there was a mood of pacifism in the country which may well have resulted [...]

June 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Then and Now

On the back of such as this week’s 75th commemorations of the D-Day Landings it is not hard to be left reflecting upon aspects of the randomness of life. In a sense there was no irony in the “Don’t call us heroes …” pleas made by several of them in their television and [...]

June 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

You didn’t see it here first

Hard on the heels of our columnist Neil Rosen’s excellent piece on his love of war films, here comes an entry in one of the Rust‘s ongoing series of lists. Graeme Ross offers his selection of the Top Twenty WW2 movies of all time – see here, as appears upon the website today of [...]

June 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Reflections upon the D-Day 75th anniversary celebrations

This time next month I shall be embarking a five-day pilgrimage to France as part of a small battlefield touring group scheduled to visit specific WW1 and WW2 sites. Last summer we made a similar expedition – given my background albeit varying knowledge in such matters, surprisingly my first – [...]

June 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of being oneself?

Regular readers may have noticed that our current affairs department, of which I am a notional member, has effectively declared an unofficial moratorium upon matters political and Brexit these past few months, having assumed that most Rusters – like ourselves – had become heartily sick if not [...]

May 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

Phew! What a Scorcher!

One of my regular purchase these last fifty years has been Private Eye the satirical magazine founded in 1961 by amongst others comedian Peter Cook, Andrew Osmond and Peter Usbourne. I’m a firm believer in turning over every proverbial stone and exposing the shady dealings, inconsistencies, [...]

May 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

Rendering unto Caesar

According to legend – or rather Plutearch’s Life of Caesar – Julius Caesar used the phrase “Veni, vidi, vici” [translation: “I came, I saw, I conquered”] in a report to his friend Amantius after achieving a swift victory during his war against Pharnaces II of Pontus at the Battle of [...]

May 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Getting to the nub of it

It will not have escaped sport-loving Rusters that the Easter weekend was loaded to the gills with action across the board – I shall just cite in evidence the fact that the business ends of football’s European Champions and Europa Leagues are in full sway and the English Premiership and [...]

April 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

EDITORIAL – The exciting times we live in

It is incontestable that the average punter on the proverbial Clapham omnibus could be forgiven for thinking that the world has lost both its marbles and bearings and has taken a one-way ticket to Hell in a handcart. These days you can go to bed day-dreaming up the whackiest and most unlikely [...]

April 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Those “I was there” moments (sort of)

One of the oddities of life are those occasions when one has a brush, however slight or inconsequential, with an event of great historical importance e.g. whilst watching television. Delving back into the mists of time as I begin typing I can think of two representative examples my personal past [...]

April 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

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