German and British memory of World War II could not be more polarised. In the UK, national memory culture clings to the fantasy of a ‘good war’ that showcased the moral strength of the nation. The tabloidisation of ‘Britain’s finest hour’, the endless recycling of the war on British TV in the BBC ‘reality show’ Wartime Farm (2012), for example, or the perennially popular comedy Dad’s Army (1968-77), whose characters ‘are bumbling and incompetent certainly, but determined to die if necessary for their country’ (Ramsden 2010: 34) are only some of the symptoms of a pervasive myth that makes the past the source of a comforting national selfimage based on collective endurance, self-sacrifice, and stoicism.1