Anyone listen to the radio interview of John Simpson by Michael Parkinson yesterday lunchtime ( Sun 6th November)? In it, Simpson, who has just brought out a new volume of his memoirs, voiced the opinion - formed over a number of years and supplemented by personal research - that the citizen soldierhood of Britain in WW2 was not the hard fighting, determined entity popular mythologising suggests. Indeed, says he, whenever and wherever the British Army came up against the Wermacht - and assuming all things being equal - they were always beaten! Only later in the war, when they had superior numbers and better equipment than the enemy - so things were far from equal - were they able to achieve victories. Moreover, Britain's army was not willing to fight to the death, preferring surrender, unlike the Americans and Axis armies, perhaps as a result of its experiences in the First world War.... Anyone care to comment?