An Open Secret: British Open Source Intelligence during the Second World War

DR BEN WHEATLEY Ben Wheatley is a Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History, University of East Anglia and a former Teaching Fellow at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London. His 2017 book, British Intelligence and Hitler’s Empire in the Soviet Union, 1941-1945 published by Bloomsbury Academic will be available in paperback from August 2018. You… Read More An Open Secret: British Open Source Intelligence during the Second World War

SWWRG Conference Report – 2018 The Peoples’ War? The Second World War in Socio-Political Perspective

DR ALEX WILSON Editorial Note: On 14-15 June 2018, the Second World War Research Group held its annual conference on the theme of ‘The Peoples’ War? The Second World War in Socio-Political Perspective.’ Over the coming weeks, we will be posting short blog articles written by some of the conference’s presenters. In this first post,… Read More SWWRG Conference Report – 2018 The Peoples’ War? The Second World War in Socio-Political Perspective

History on Film: Entertainment or Accuracy?

DR TIM BENBOW  Warning: contains spoilers for the film ‘Dunkirk’, and unashamedly subjective opinions on several other films… Historians are, I understand, notorious for offering their opinions (sought or otherwise) on the accuracy of films or television shows that touch on real events.  Astonishingly, these informed views are not always welcomed by the people watching… Read More History on Film: Entertainment or Accuracy?

The Role of Neutrality in the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War

Editorial Note: On 22-23 June 2017, the Second World War Research Group held its annual conference on the theme of ‘When East meets West: The Second World War in Global Perspective’. Defence in Depth has been crossposting some of the proceedings of the conference, of which you can find more here. PASCA LOTTAZ Pascal Lottaz… Read More The Role of Neutrality in the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War

America, Russia, Britain, and Germany: Second World War Mobilisation in Global Perspective

Editorial Note: On 22-23 June 2017, the Second World War Research Group held its annual conference on the theme of ‘When East meets West: The Second World War in Global Perspective’. Over the coming weeks, we will be posting entries written by some of the conference’s presenters. DR OLIVER WERNER Dr Werner is a Post-Doctoral… Read More America, Russia, Britain, and Germany: Second World War Mobilisation in Global Perspective

Renegades in Malaya: Indian Volunteers of the Japanese, F. Kikan

Editorial Note: On 22-23 June 2017, the Second World War Research Group held its annual conference on the theme of ‘When East meets West: The Second World War in Global Perspective‘. Over the coming weeks, we will be posting blog articles written by some of the conference’s presenters. KEVIN NOLES This post examines the recruitment,… Read More Renegades in Malaya: Indian Volunteers of the Japanese, F. Kikan

British naval aviation in World War II: Escort Carriers

DR TIM BENBOW The Royal Navy pioneered the use of air power at sea, from bases ashore and from aircraft carriers, during the First World War.  It lost this lead during the interwar period due to a range of factors including limited spending on defence and an unclear national strategy, exacerbated by the Navy losing… Read More British naval aviation in World War II: Escort Carriers

Italian Influences on British Imperial Defence & Grand Strategy, 1935-43

DR RICHARD HAMMOND Formulating grand strategy is an extraordinarily complex issue for a state. To understand the process, you have to assess not just that state’s own interests and the variety of external factors exerting influence on them, but also their perception of these influences. This was certainly the case for Britain during the interwar… Read More Italian Influences on British Imperial Defence & Grand Strategy, 1935-43