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As World War II built to its climax, Winston Churchill sought every possible advantage. Facing the final hurdle that would be the D-Day invasion of Normandy, he turned to Shakespeare’sHenry V, instructing Laurence Olivier to produce a morale-boosting piece of propaganda to give the Allies the confidence to go ‘once more unto the breach’. The medieval King’s triumph over the French has long been a by-word for victory against the odds, but what really happened on that muddy field 600 years ago? The story unfolds from page 26.

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History is full of stories of those prepared to fight for what they believe. How we see them today is a point of view, of course. While few would argue with the Su ragettes who suffered beatings, humiliations and even death for women’s right to vote (p49, opinion is more divided when it comes to Guy Fawkes (p57. Many consider him England’s most notorious terrorist, yet others adopt his image as an icon of protest. Either way, his story is worth a deeper delve as Bonfire Night approaches.

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