World War II

Winston Churchill and the "second front": a reappraisal - Tuvia Ben-Moshe

This article shows how Churchill's war strategy was determined by British soldiers' reluctance to fight another bloody world war.

Churchill's plans 'to drench Germany with poison gas' and anthrax - Robert Harris and Jeremy Paxman

'... It may be several weeks or even months before I shall ask you to drench Germany with poison gas, and if we do it, let us do it 100%.' - Winston Churchill

Greece: war and civil war - Andrew Flood

Greek fighters from ELAS.

Text of a talk by Andrew Flood on the activities of the Greek Communist Party before and during the Second World War and its reactionary effect on the resistance movement as well as the support of the allies for authoritarianism in Greece.

Ends and beginnings - Tim Mason

Notes on a paper Tim Mason was preparing in the last year of his life on Nazism. In PDF format.

Germany, "Domestic Crisis" and War in 1939 - Tim Mason

Part of a debate between Tim Mason and Richard Overy about whether crisis at home was the catalyst for Nazi military expansionism. In PDF format.

Anarchists in court, England, April 1945

Cartoon from War Commentary

This article describes the British state's efforts to suppress the anti-militarist views expressed by the anarchist paper War Commentary and the Freedom Press group during World War II, and the subsequent popular campaign that sprung up in defense of the paper in particular, and freedom of the press in general.

World war as class war - James Heartfield

Looking through the mists of obligatory sentimentalism that enveloped the 70th aniversary of the outbreak of WWII, James Heartfield remembers the pitiless subordination of people to production on all sides of that crisis, and argues against the idea that the war tipped the scales in the favour of the working class.

Which Side To Take? Otto Rühle

Otto Ruhle on which side socialists should support during World War II.

Wildcat! The wartime strike wave in the auto industry - Ed Jennings

Patriotic?  Auto workers supporting World War II

Ed Jennings' account of the widespread movement of wildcat strikes in the United States auto industry during the period of the union-agreed no strike pledge.