From the Editor

A 6 Squadron Vampire as the dust swirls in. We mark the 80th anniversary of the wartime jet... but we'd hate to have to clean out that cockpit!

Something I have in common with other historians is a certain desensitisation when reading about both heroic and tragic events of the past. That is not to say we become cold, warmongering hawks – in fact, it is the opposite. We are numbed by the words we read and the pictures we see because of the volume with which we consume them, but it is never a case of “a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths are a statistic”.

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