Blog Archives

Cecil Vandepeer Clarke: Churchill’s Secret Weapon

Cecil Vandepeer Clarke

by Giles Milton Cecil Vandepeer Clarke viewed his caravan with the sort of affection that most men reserve for their wives. He polished it, tinkered with it and buffed up its cream paintwork with generous quantities of Richfield Auto Wax.

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Military History, Modern History

Eoin MacNeill: Building an Army for the Easter Rising

Eoin MacNeill

by Tim Pat Coogan ‘MacNeill’ was Eoin MacNeill, the ostensible leader of the Irish Volunteers, a Gaelic scholar and professor at University College Dublin. Eoin MacNeill had envisaged the corps as having a purely defensive role. Coming into action only

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Military History, Modern History

Operation Market Garden: Arnham, September 17–21, 1944

Operation Market Garden

Editor: Michael Spilling and Consultant Editor: Chris McNab On 17 September 1944, the Anglo-Canadian 21st Army Group and the First Allied Airborne Army initiated Operation Market Garden.  An audacious ground offensive augmented by the dropping of three Allied airborne divisions

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Military History

Normandy Landings, June 6, 1944

Normandy Landings

Editor: Michael Spilling and Consultant Editor: Chris McNab The initial British–Canadian–American Normandy landings (Operation Neptune, the first stage of Operation Overlord), aimed “to secure a lodgement on the continent from which further offensive operations can be developed”. Many preconditions had

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Military History

Guy Burgess: The Life of a Cold War Double Agent

Guy Burgess

by Andrew Lownie When Harold Macmillan, now the Prime Minister, visited the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in February 1959, Guy Burgess told Harold Nicolson that he was ‘able to give advice at a suitable level’ and remembered how he had

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Modern History
CLOSE SIGN UP

Sign up for The History Reader Newsletter!

By submitting this form, I agree to receive updates from The History Reader and other communications from Macmillan and its related companies.