Our big story…
WE SHALL DEFEND OUR ISLAND
When Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939, the average civilian would have had little idea how crucial their role would be in the war effort. With their lives ever-more restricted by rationing, curfews and black outs, and while under repeated attack, normal people reacted by mobilising on a scale that took the concept of ‘doing your bit’ to a new level – from the real Dad’s Army to Land Girls.
PLUS… HITLER VS BRITAIN
From admiration and respect to fierce foe, how did the Fuhrer’s relationship with Britain take such a bitter turn?
Also inside the issue…
SEX AND VIOLENCE BEHIND THE CANVAS
His paintings were dramatic both in style and subject, but Caravaggio would never have created his masterpieces if his own life was not equally as wild.
MASSACRE OF THE CLANS
A single, brief-but-bloody battle, fought on a Scottish moor on a cold spring day in 1746, brought an end to the Jacobites’ bid to reclaim the British crown for the Stuarts.
LIFE OF THE GREAT SOUL
The man who used peaceful protest to fight the British Empire and change the world: Mahatma Gandhi.
Who invented the bra? Your questions answered in Q&A
Olympics, Oregon Trial and Oscar Wilde – History Revealed’s A-Z of History
Roman death-fests and avant garde galas – history’s top 10 party animals
Outback Queen: Robyn Davidson’s epic odyssey across the Australian wilderness
And the winner is… the story of the Oscars
The Devil, death and despair at the Salem Witch Trials
Eyewitness accounts of the 1867 Clerkenwell Outrage
Tulip Mania – a stock market bubble that burst in the Netherlands
Tenochtitlan, the mighty Aztec capital built on a small, muddy island in a lake
Why the US military was left red-faced by the Battle of Los Angeles
Visiting Big Pit National Coal Museum
… and much more!