The great misconceptions of the Second World War

Some of the leading historians of the Second World War debunk nine widely held assumptions about the global conflagration

German soldiers with a horse-drawn cart during the retreat from Ukraine in 1943. The idea of Teutonic efficiency was a triumph of Nazi spin, says James Holland. (Keystone/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the May 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine


There was a single, decisive reason for the Allied victory

Wrong, says Max Hastings

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