Taylor Downing - Articles

Taylor Downing regularly contributes articles, features and reviews to magazines and journals.


Recent and upcoming articles include:


The Saturday Telegraph

A feature on shell shock in World War One to mark the publication of Breakdown 16 April 2016

History Today

Taylor is a regular contributor and reviewer for History Today and is a judge of the Longmans/History Today annual Book Prize. His review of the 2016 winner appeared in the March 2016 edition.

Previous features include:

History Today June 2014

The Great War - a feature on the making of the epic 1964 BBC television series

History Today December 2013

Scientists in Uniform - the WW1 exploits of Nobel prize winner William Lawrence Bragg

History Today October 2013

The World at War - a feature on the making of the great television series


Military History Monthly

A regular feature called 'Films at War' telling the story of the making of some classic war movies.


A Farewell To Arms

La Grande Illusion

All Quiet on the Western Front

Paths of Glory

My Boy Jack


Aces High

The Longest Day


Dr Strangelove

The Cruel Sea

One of Our Aircraft is Missing

School for Secrets

The Man Who Never Was

The Dam Busters

The FIrst of the Few

In Which We Serve


Past and Future - Institute of Historical Research Spring-Summer 2013

Televising History

Military History Monthly July 2013

A feature on the Bruneval Raid of Feb 1942

The Observer Magazine 27 January 2013

The Hitler home movies: how Eva Braun documented the dictator’s private life

(with Robert McCrum)

Eva Braun was the most intimate chronicler of the Nazi regime, capturing Hitler’s private life with her cine-camera…



The Journal of British Cinema and Television Vol 10 January 2013

The Cold War – A Personal View

‘The trouble with the Cold war is that nothing really happened.’ These were the words of one of the leading TV commissioning editors of history programmes…



Military History Monthly July 2012

At the Brink – 1983: A Breath Away from Nuclear Annihilation

The Cuban Missile Crisis is well known. But the world came even closer to nuclear Armageddon in 1983…



History Today May 2012

From the Archive – RAF Films: On Record, Off Target

The RAF’s actions as they were depicted in popular culture, particularly in the films of the day, bore little resemblance to what it was doing…


The Sunday Times Colour Magazine 28 August 2011

How aerial intelligence helped win the war

May 1943. Water gushes from a German dam that has taken hits from bouncing bombs…



Recent reviews by Taylor Downing feature the following books:

Sarah Helm, If This Is a Woman: Inside Ravensbrück

for History Today, March 2016

James Wyllie and Michael McKinley, The Codebreakers for History Today, February 2016

Alban Webb London Calling: Britain, the BBC World Service and the Cold War for History Today, February 2015

Ben Urwand The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler for History Today, September 2014

Calder Walton Empire of Secrets for History Today, March 2014

Luke McKernan Charles Urban for History Today, December 2013

Richard Toye The Roar of the Lion for History Today, November 2013


Sinclair McKay The Secret Listeners for Military History Monthly, January 2013


Clive Aslet War Memorial for Military History Monthly, December 2012


Christine Halsell Women of Intelligence for History Today, November 2012


Ian Senior Home Before the Leaves Fall for Military History Monthly, October 2012


David Edgerton Britain’s War Machine for History Today, February 2012


And many, many more...