All posts by Martin Gilbert

Eighty years on from the “Big Week”

Photo:  American bombing of German industrial sites, February 1944 Follow the new Spielberg series “Masters of the Air” with your copy of Sir Martin’s Second World War Atlas, with maps such as “The United States ‘Big Week’ Bombing Offensive, 19-25 February 1944”, below. “This is the dawning of a day

“One Life” – and then another

Photo: The cover of the new edition of Barbara’s biography of her father, and the film of the same name. 350 words / 1 ½ minute read In 2013 Sir Nicholas Winton wrote this Preface to his daughter Barbara’s book “If It’s Not Impossible”: “I have discovered things from reading

Nicholas Winton’s List

Photo: The surnames of children Nicholas Winton brought to Britain 350 words / 1 ½ minute read To help Jewish children in Czechoslovakia, the Children’s Section of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia had been formed immediately after the German annexation of the Sudetenland. Although these children were not

The Battle of Cable Street

Photo: Tower Hamlets Environment Trust plaque, 3 Dock Street, E1 London 875 words/4 ½ minute read In the last week of September 1936 the British Union of Fascists (the BUP) announced its intention to mount a show of strength in the East End of London on the afternoon of Sunday

1941:  Churchill and the BBC

450 words/2 minute read In June 1941 the Germans invaded Russia and the horrifying events … began.  British Intelligence authorities were able to read many dozens of the top-secret radio circuits, messages being sent from Germany to the front, and from the front to Berlin.  Of some 120 circuits, probably

The war of words by Esther Gilbert

Photo:  “The Search for Agreement, February-April 2005”.  Note two grey areas in the centre of the map – the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, connected by the River Jordan, and the grey area on the left side, the Mediterranean Sea.  “From the river to the sea” means from

The new First World War Atlas

Photo: Martin “in the field” describing the events that happened there. 285 words / 2 minute read It was November, damp, foggy, grey seeping in to every corner.  I followed Martin along a straight path cut between green fields which stretched off into the fog.  No idea where we are

The new First World War Atlas Copy

Photo: Martin “in the field” describing the events that happened there. 285 words / 2 minute read It was November, damp, foggy, grey seeping in to every corner.  I followed Martin along a straight path cut between green fields which stretched off into the fog.  No idea where we are

Nechama Tec 15 May 1931 – 3 August 2023

500 words / 2 ½ minute read Photo: With Nechama Tec, Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, October 2005. In her 1982 memoir, Dry Tears, the Story of a Lost Childhood, Nechama Tec describes antisemitism’s lasting appeal and how unconnected hatreds can be toward the hated.  She was a child

NATO’s history – the bare bones

Photo: The NATO emblem, adopted on 14 October 1953 1000 words / 5 minute read 1949 January 20, Truman’s inauguration: “The actions resulting from the Communist philosophy are a threat to the efforts of free nations to bring about world recovery and lasting peace.”  Within three months, the North Atlantic Treaty