Military

Gibraltar – 200 years of history in the Spectator

6 August 2013 10:13

The most dramatic part of Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s unmatched submarine novel, Das Boot, takes place beneath the Straits of Gibraltar, when Buchheim’s…

Spectator Syria intervention debate

25 June 2013 10:08

A terrific debate last night at the Spectator: ‘Assad is a war criminal – the West must intervene in Syria.’…

Zero Six Bravo proves that too much secrecy over Special Forces is a bad thing

3 April 2013 9:30

Zero Six Bravo tells of 60 Special Forces operators forced to remain silent in the face of accusations of ‘cowardice’…

Drones save lives

8 March 2013 11:51

‘Drones save lives’ is the title of my piece in this morning’s Wall Street Journal. President Obama is currently receiving…

War is not to be envied

11 February 2013 13:09

Donald Anderson is a former US Air Force Colonel and current professor of English Literature at the US Air Force…

Women on the frontline isn’t simply a matter of equality

25 January 2013 17:48

It won’t take long for the US decision to allow women in combat roles to travel here according to The…

Yoram Kaniuk, reluctant soldier in 1948

11 January 2013 10:00

Yoram Kaniuk was born in Tel Aviv in 1930. After his experience in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, Kaniuk moved…

The Atlantic, the ocean that made the modern world

26 November 2012 11:31

Just as the classical world was built around the Mediterranean, the modern world was built around the Atlantic. The Romans…

Lord Ashdown: Get out of Afghanistan quickly

16 November 2012 9:56

The headline on Lord Ashdown’s piece on Afghanistan in today’s Times (£) will please Lib Dem strategists. ‘This awful mistake…

Philip Hammond was made defence secretary because of his ability to balance the books. Picture: Getty.

Philip Hammond’s Iranian justification for keeping Trident

11 November 2012 16:10

The Sunday shows have been dominated today by the aftermath of George Entwistle’s resignation. But Phillip Hammond gave a significant…

The politics of poppies

1 November 2012 13:40

The politics of poppy-wearing shift slightly each year. The unofficial rule used to be that poppy-wearing began at the start…

Interview – Patrick Hennessey, Kandak: Fighting with the Afghans

28 September 2012 11:35

“It always struck me that it was a much easier war to support the closer you got to it,” says…

The death of Osama bin Laden

25 September 2012 11:12

Everyone knows something of what happened the night American Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani garrison town…

Hot War in the South China Sea?

5 September 2012 16:22

Like the deserts of the Middle East, the barren islands of the South China Sea now loom as a new…

Shelf Life: Patrick Hennessey

5 September 2012 12:25

Patrick Hennessey was a founder member of the Junior Officers’ Reading Club, formed when the Grenadier Guards toured Iraq in…

Midway: The overlooked battle

4 September 2012 10:33

For many of us the Battle of Midway is just one more Hollywood spectacular in, to paraphrase Neville Chamberlain, a…

General Franco’s British foes

29 August 2012 15:02

David Lomon was one of the lucky ones. While fighting in Aragon in south-west Spain in the spring of 1938,…

The Syrian tragedy continues

27 May 2012 14:30

Last Friday, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, produced a gloomy 13-page report about the situation in…

Chinese whispers

21 March 2012 11:43

China’s rumour mill, hyperactive even in the calmest of times, has been in overdrive in the past two days. Monday…

Stopping Assad

7 February 2012 18:52

The situation in Syria grows worse by the minute. President Assad seems to have taken the UN Security Council’s deadlock…