The Outbreak of the Second World War
The only truly global conflict in history began when German troops crossed into Poland in September 1939.
Railway enthusiast, music lover, and the man who gave us stereo sound.
One of the twentieth century’s greatest pianists, who put himself and his art at the service of his adopted country.
The Battle of Britain
Britain’s desperate defence against a much larger, better-prepared military machine was a costly victory.
Wilfrid Israel used his Berlin department store as cover for smuggling thousands of Jewish children to safety in Britain.
The Evacuation of Dunkirk
The fate of the British army hung by a thread in May 1940, but ships large and small, military and civilian, came to the rescue.
Howard gave his life to saving the ‘great gifts and strange inconsistencies’ of Britain’s unique democracy.
In a Christmas broadcast in 1940, actor Leslie Howard explained why British sovereignty was worth fighting for.
The Bishop’s Gambit
The mayor and bishop of Zakynthos went to extraordinary lengths to protect the most vulnerable people of their island.
An improbable chain of coincidences led to one of the great medical revolutions just when it was most needed.