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Who was Fidel Castro? – my review of what was essentially his memoir

November 26th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

When I heard of the death of Fidel Castro, I was reminded of when I read a 700 page book summarising a long series of interviews with the revolutionary leader. The book was called “My Life” and it was written by Ignacio Ramonet. You can read my review of the work here.

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The story of William Morgan, the “American comandante” who fought with Fidel Castro

November 26th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

This morning, I heard the news of the death of Fidel Castro and the American friends with whom I am staying outside Washington DC told me about a feature of the Cuban war of independence and its aftermath that was totally new to me. I learned that there was an “American comandante” called William Morgan […]

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Thanksgiving in the USA (5)

November 23rd, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Everyone knows that the American Civil War was a key period of US history that arguably still has resonances today and many Americans – including Mike – are fascinated by the personalities and engagements that made up that titantic struggle. Most non-Americans though would struggle to identify more than one of the civil war battles […]

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The 100th anniversary of the birth of Karel Kuttelwascher, the RAF’s greatest night intruder pilot

September 23rd, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of my wife’s father, a Czech pilot with the wartime RAF whose story I wrote in the book “Night Hawk” published by William Kimber in 1985 and to be reprinted by Fonthill Media in 2017. Flight Lieutenant Karel Kuttelwascher, DFC and BarKarel Kuttelwascher – or Kut as […]

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The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich (3): a review of the new film “Anthropoid”

September 11th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

The 1942 killing of Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich in Prague has now been the subject of five films.  Earlier this week, I wrote about the 1975 work “Operation: Daybreak” [my review here]. This weekend, a new version of these dramatic events was released and I have now seen “Anthropoid” – the best cinematic version of […]

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The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich (2): a review of the film “Operation: Daybreak”

September 9th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

This weekend, “Anthropoid” – a film about the 1942 assassination of the Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich – has been released and I intend to see it. But first I wanted to revisit an earlier (1975) film on the same subject: “Operation: Daybreak”. You can read my review here.

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The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich (1): two book reviews

September 8th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

This weekend sees the release in Britain of the film “Anthropoid” which tells the true story of the assassination of the Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich in Czechoslovakia in 1942. I’ll certainly been going to see it. But first I want to revisit an earlier film on the same subject: it was called “Operation: Daybreak” and […]

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Remembering the Prague Uprising of 1945

September 6th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

I’ve just returned from a visit – my 27th in almost three decades – to Prague. The occasion this time was a wedding of some dear young friends and but, on the last day, I took the opportunity to go on a two-hour walking tour with a World War Two theme. A major part of […]

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Do you know why my personal blog is called NightHawk?

August 25th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

It has nothing to do with my sleeping habits which fortunately are excellent. It is in fact a reference to a Second World War night intruder ace whom the media dubbed ‘the Czech Night Hawk’. He was Flight Lieutenant Karel Kuttelwascher who was my wife’s father and I wrote a biography of him which was […]

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Remembering Martin Luther King

August 17th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

At this time of year, when I have few work meetings, I like to attend short courses at the City Literary Institute in central London. So I recently attended a course on Martin Luther King delivered by American lecturer Dale Mineshima-Lowe. We learned many things including: He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on 15 January […]

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