WW2 – The Nazis and the Bomb

That the scientists of the Third Reich were working on the development of a nuclear reactor for the production of electricity is well known. There is a museum in a cavern under Haigerloch Castle near the Black Forest  in southern Germany where you can read all about this research. What is not so well known […]

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WW2 Heroes Hans and Sophie Scholl

There were many heroes who fought for the Allies in World War 2. I’m sure there were lots who fought on the losing side, too. But of course we hear very little about them. While writing The Black Orchestra, I discovered the story of The White Rose, a student organisation that published a series of […]

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WW2 – The Nazis and the IRA

Before the outbreak of war, tentative contact was made between the Abwehr and the IRA in Ireland. The Germans were hoping that the IRA might be able to cross the border and disrupt British military operations in the North; the IRA was seeking finance and arms from the Germans. There was something of a contradiction […]

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WW2 – German Spies in Ireland #2

In 1939, having completed three successful espionage missions in England, Walter Simon was found guilty of illegal entry and sentenced to three months imprisonment. He was then deported and warned never to return. Unbelievably, MI5 returned all his notebooks containing coded information that he had amassed.Delighted with the quality of the material he had collected […]

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How Do Amazon.co.uk Ratings Work?

Since August 19 I have been recording Amazon UK sales and rating figures for my book The Black Orchestra. That’s numbers for 65 days. It struck me that the ratings on Amazon UK are not as responsive as the Amazon.com equivalent. The ratings in the UK seem to be updated less regularly — maybe every […]

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