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One of the most brutal battles of the Second World War was the Nazi offensive against Stalingrad where atrocities were committed on both sides and the soldiers also had to contend with starvation and freezing conditions during a lengthy siege.

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From Berlin's boutique Bikini to winter walks and Posh Phuket

What is the hardest job everyone thinks they can do?

Chef A chef, by definition, is not a cook. Our job involves quite a few qualities that, in the days of “the power of introverts” books, have fallen a little out of fashion.

Portfolio: Nicky Walsh and Max Faber's food images pay homage to Bauhaus art movement

After a trip to Berlin's Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design, the photographer Nicky Walsh and food stylist Max Faber, both 34, came up with the idea of capturing food in a way that paid homage to the German art movement.

Spree and easy: the Modern Houseboat’s interior

Stay the Night: Modern Houseboat, Berlin

You can dance all night at the German capital's legendary clubs, then retreat to the River Spree, says James Litston

Silicon leg-up: London edges beyond New York in the hi-tech race

London has moved ahead of New York as one of the world hubs for hi-tech companies, the Government’s technology tsar has claimed.

A scene from Emily and the Detectives at the National Theatre
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Postcard from... Berlin

The Sanssouci Palace

Fresh cuts: There are lots of pluses in Prussia

Adrian Mourby takes in Christmas markets with a gulp of glühwein and a dash of history

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One minute with: Michael Rosen, Former Children's Laureate

Where are you now and what can you see? I’m at home in North London and looking out of the back, I can see the backs  of shops.

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John Hawk: US Army sergeant who was awarded the Medal of Honor
for his bravery during the Normandy campaign

John “Bud” Hawk was a US Army sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Normandy campaign during the Second World War. On 20 August 1944 he was manning a light machine-gun near Chambois, a critical point in the encirclement of Germans that became known as the Falaise Pocket.

Postcard from... Berlin

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November is a difficult month for Germany.

The GCHQ 'nest' on the top of the UK’s Berlin embassy (Buggedplanet.info)

Germany calls in Britain's ambassador to demand explanation over 'secret Berlin listening post'

Foreign minister summons ambassador to provide explanation after report in The Independent

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