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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.

Review: A Meal In Winter, By Hubert Mingarelli (Translation by Sam Taylor)

The Holocaust is a constant presence in literature, prompting a steady stream of new books. Without doubt, it is an extreme of modern history from which we must continue to learn. At the same time it can seem that there is little left of substance to say about it. Hubert Mingarelli gives the lie to this. His subject matter is supremely dark, but against all the odds, he manages to offer us a positive message.

Paperback review: Her Privates We, by Frederic Manning

Frederic Manning, an Australian writer who settled in Britain in 1903, was little known before this fictionalised account of his experiences in the trenches was published in 1930, attracting praise from Hemingway and E M Forster. But while the wartime poetry of Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke has become lodged in the collective consciousness, Manning’s extraordinary novel, reissued here by Serpent’s Tail, remains somewhat obscure.

Members of the Liwa al-Tawhid rebel group - six Syrian rebel groups have joined forces to counter rise of al-Qa'ida

Turning the tide? Six Syrian rebel groups join forces to counter rise of al-Qa'ida

The new Islamic Front will have an estimated 45,000 fighters under its control

Killing Oswald(NC) - film review

Was Lee Harvey Oswald a "patsy" as he himself claimed?

1981: Protesters in balaclavas confront British troops in Belfast

Undercover British soldiers accused of killing unarmed civilians in Northern Ireland

Former members of Military Reaction Force unit tell Panorama they would carry out drive-by shootings and broke army regulations

Capita’s chief executive, Paul Pindar, had been defending his company against allegations that recruitment had slumped since it was put in charge of advertising

'We need more wars': Head of controversial private outsourcing firm blames lack of conflict for spectacular collapse in Army recruitment since it took charge

MPs outraged as Capita’s chief executive says potential new recruits have too little to do

Egyptian military soldiers inspect the scene near the destroyed bus

10 killed in soldiers’ bus rammed by Sinai suicide car bomber

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but this is a signature method used by militant groups linked to or inspired by al-Qaida

Norwegian army placed on strict vegetarian diet

'Meatless Mondays' have been introduced to reduce the amount of foods eaten that can contribute to global warming

Philip Hammond warns Tories risk 'serious damage' if they rebel against reserve reforms

House of Commons due to vote on plans to expand reserves to offset cuts in regular forces

Paris shooting: Fear of repeat attacks as police hunt gunman that opened fire on Libération newspaper

Soon afterwards shots were fired at the headquarters of a major French bank just west of Paris, and a gunman took a man hostage briefly nearby

Top Syrian rebel leader Abdul-Qadir Saleh dies after air strike

A top rebel leader died early on Monday of wounds sustained during a government air strike last week, his group said.

Previously unknown Greek group claims responsibility for Golden Dawn shootings

‘Militant People's Revolutionary Forces’ said the drive-by attack was in retaliation for murder of anti-fascism rapper Pavlos Fissas

Afghanistan suicide car bomb kills ten near Kabul compound

More than 20 were also injured after a bomb attack in the Afghan capital

At least 19 dead as floods hit Vietnam

Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in central Vietnam have killed 19 people, left eight missing and forced about 80,000 from their homes, disaster officials and state media said.

Fijian soldier Filimone Lacanivalu granted residency to stay in the UK

Mr Lacanivalu fought during two tours in Afghanistan and served with the British Army for nine years but faced being deported to Fiji

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