For God’s Sake Don’t Mention The Rapes… Russian region bans British historians’ books on Second World War

The works of two of Britain’s most distinguished military historians have been banned in a region of Russia over suggestions that they misinterpret the events of the Second World War and are “imbued with Nazi propaganda”.

According to a directive leaked to local journalists, schools and higher education institutions in the Ural mountains region of Sverdlovsk will be banned from giving students or teachers access to books by Antony Beevor and Sir John Keegan, two of Britain’s most respected authorities on the Second World War.

Mr Beevor’s books about Stalingrad, the fall of Berlin, and the battle for Normandy have made him amongst the most widely read English-language historians writing on the 1939-45 war.