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A keen researcher of family ancestors, Henry will be reporting on the centenary of World War One. More Posts

Berlin/PBS documentary

My TV channel of choice for evening viewing is PBS America for its outstanding documentaries. This was the second part of a documentary on Berlin the city. In World War Two the Red Army was the first to Berlin and subjected what citizens were left – mainly children and women – to [...]

June 4, 2024 // 0 Comments

State of Emergency/Dominic Sandbrook

This is an account of the years of Edward Heath as Prime Minister (1970-74). It was a tawdry time of rock bottom industrial relations, high inflation, the ill-advised Barber “boom”, soccer hooliganism and extreme violence within the Province (“The Troubles”) and IRA outrages on the [...]

April 30, 2024 // 0 Comments

The Savage Storm: The battle for Italy 1943/James Holland

Pursuing my interest in the less well known theatres of World War Two warfare I read James Holland’s account of the Allies’ Italy campaign with great interest and enjoyment. The Allies had booted Rommel and his Afrika Korps out of North Africa, taken over Sicily and in late 1943 planned the [...]

April 3, 2024 // 0 Comments

American dynasties/The Kennedys – PBS

PBS produces outstanding documentaries and I have particularly enjoyed the one broadcast this week on the Kennedys. There have been innumerable films and documentaries on President Kennedy’s assassination so it’s interesting to see all the Kennedys in context. Joe Kennedy the patriarch was [...]

January 26, 2024 // 0 Comments

Hitler and the Jews

My favourite podcast The Rest Is History, presented by Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook, has run two episodes on Hitler and the Jews and they make for searing listening. For 2,700 years Jewish people had been targeted – initially because of their alleged rôle in the death of Jesus Christ [...]

January 20, 2024 // 0 Comments

Review: NOISES OFF (Chichester Festival Theatre)

Having never been a frequent cinema or theatre goer myself – though no stranger to these art forms I would never describe myself as a devoted fan of either – it would be presumptuous of me to assume the role of critic, which is why in this piece I purport to do no more than record my [...]

January 11, 2024 // 0 Comments

Keith Park

If you ascend the steps from The Mall to Carlton House Terrace and walk towards the Athenaeum Club you pass a statue. I doubt if many stop – and less would know what its subject achieved – but it’s fair comment that, but for him, a swastika might have been flying from the august [...]

January 7, 2024 // 0 Comments

The Lancaster Bomber

Last week there was a fascinating documentary on the Lancaster bomber on Sky. The Lancaster was the elite aircraft of Bomber Command which under Air Marshal ‘Bomber’ Harris raised German cities to rubble. This is a remarkably prescient topic given the Israeli Air Force bombing of Gaza. In [...]

November 13, 2023 // 0 Comments

The battle of the Vercors Plâteau

I have always had the greatest interest in the lesser known theatres of battle of World War Two but until I saw National Geographic’s excellent documentary on the Vercors Plâteau I had never heard of this engagement in July and August 1945. To the rallying call of Charles de Gaulle the FFI [...]

November 9, 2023 // 0 Comments

Das Boot

The best testament I can give to Das Boot is that I was really tired last night but managed to watch both final episodes between 9-11 pm. The plot is multi-layered. Klaus Hoffmann (Rick Okon), war hero and U-boat commander from a distinguished naval family, is complicit in a plot to topple Hitler [...]

October 26, 2023 // 0 Comments

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