Simulated battles aren't everyone's cup of tea – but for those who take part (some 20,000 people in the UK), they are a serious business: call their uniforms "costumes" and you might find yourself on the sharp end of a bayonet.
Jonathan Brown visits the Salford HQ – and asks if David Brent thought of the concepts
Children's novels about conflict are enduringly popular and, as Paul Bignell discovers, they ask increasingly difficult questions
Heritage groups warn of rise in thefts of metal and statues from Britain's monuments to fallen soldiers
To the untrained eye, black Labrador Treo looks like any other happy, healthy dog.
Panther's Claw. Desert Storm. Overlord. Frequent Wind? As the Iraq war is given a 'rebrand', Rob Sharp explains how the military top brass name their operations
Laurie Pumphrey, who died at his home in Northumberland on 23 December aged 93, was a star entrant into the diplomatic service in the first post-war reconstruction exam in 1945.
While Hitler had a proper shelter, Britain's Cabinet made do with a vulnerable cellar
How the most famous horses in theatre gave the set designer a winner
Sail with Santa across Bristol Harbour or see him swim with sharks at Cheshire Oaks. Simone Kane suggests ways to keep all the family happy over the festive season
Hannah Bills offers a wealth of ideas for free attractions in and around the capital