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Latest Issue: November 2014 - Issue 91

FEATURES

OBLITERATED
The Blitz on Britain’s major cities such was directed at the destruction of civilian and industrial centres, but in the spring of 1941 the Luftwaffe turned its attention to attacking the Devonport dockyard at Plymouth. It was, however, the city itself which was hit and in the course of a few nights the centre was all but destroyed.

WITH THE LANCERS TO FRANCE
The 16th (The Queens) Lancers were a cavalry regiment sent to war in what was already becoming a static conflict, and one in which the notion of soldiers fighting from horseback was already an obsolete idea. Nevertheless, the regiment was heavily engaged on during 1914 and we look at the brief war experience of one of the regimental Sergeants.

FATAL FINALE
The Imperial German Navy’s SMS Blücher formed part of Admiral Franz Hipper’s formidable cruiser squadron. Yet at the Battle of Dogger Bank in January 1915, Blücher was struck a fatal blow. An officer on-board the British light cruiser, HMS Aurora, which first spotted the German squadron, described the drama of this great battle in the North Sea.

A FINE FEAT OF ARMS
During November 1914, three naval pilots undertook a daring mission to strike back against the Zeppelin menace threatening Britain. Flying deep into Germany, they struck at the very heart of airship production – the great Zeppelin factory complex at Friedrichshafen on the shores of Lake Constance.

NOTHING STOPS US
In October 2014 one of the most illustrious squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm, 825 Naval Air Squadron, was re-commissioned. To mark this event we take a detailed look at the outstanding war record of this unit and its role throughout Britain’s notable conflicts during the period of its existence. This includes one notable act of extreme courage that earned a squadron pilot the Victoria Cross.

EASY ELSIE
Laying in a bog at Porjus in Sweden is the substantially complete wreck of a Lancaster from the famous 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron. Not surprisingly, this astonishing piece of Second World War history has a fascinating story behind it and we look at how it ended up there and the reasons why this historically invaluable artefact has been left exactly where it came to rest in 1944.

FINDING THE GUARDS’ GRAVES
In August 1914 elements of Coldstream, Grenadier and Irish Guards arrived in France and were immediately thrown into battle. Amongst them were a significant number of Old Etonian officers, many of them being killed in one single engagement. In the midst of war, however, two distraught mothers travelled to the front to search for news of their lost sons.

REGULARS

BRIEFING ROOM
News, Restorations, Discoveries and Events from around the world.

FIELDPOST
Your letters.

RAF ON THE AIR: ‘FIGHTER COMMAND’S VICTORIA CROSS’
When he became the RAF’s only VC winner of Fighter Command, Flt Lt James Nicolson gave an enlightening and very matter-of-fact broadcast on the BBC about the remarkable escapade that had earned him the supreme award for valour during the Battle of Britain.

TANK TIMES
The latest edition of Tank Times from the Tank Museum at Bovington.

IMAGE OF WAR
A British submarine is attacked by German aircraft off the East Coast of England in 1918.

DATES THAT SHAPED WORLD WAR TWO
We chart some of the key moments and events that affected Britain during November 1944.

GREAT WAR GALLANTRY
As the First World War entered its fourth month, so the announcements of British and Commonwealth gallantry awards began to increase in The London Gazette and we examine some of the acts of bravery that were announced in November 1914. Lord Ashcroft also selects his ‘Hero of the Month’.

WHAT I WOULD SAVE IN A FIRE
Another curator picks an item to save from the flames.

WORLD WAR ONE DIARY
We chart some of the principal events of the First World War, one hundred years ago, on a monthly basis.

RECONNAISSANCE REPORT
A look at new books and products.

THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN OBJECTS
The first recruiting poster of the war is this month’s iconic object from the First world War.

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