The director wanted to show things as they were – badly-led, no one wanting to fight or knowing what they were fighting for, says Christopher Silvester

Robert Hutton reviews Our Man in New York by Henry Hemming

There are grown-up reasons for the state and the plague is one

Jamie Blackett reviews Vintage Roger: Letters from the PoW years by Roger Mortimer

75 years after the Dresden bombings, Lincoln Allison discusses the raising of razed cities

Viscount Montgomery: tactless, arrogant and with no instinct for politics