Latest Issue: March 2015
LAST ROLL OF THE DICE
When the Luftwaffe launched its final offensive on 1 January 1945 it caught the RAF unawares and on the ground. While the damage inflicted was serious, one RAF ground-crew member portrayed the lighter side of things through a set of cartoons.
With the threat of invasion during 1940 secret units were set up to counter and harry the invading forces ‘behind the lines’. We look at some accounts relating to these mysterious units.
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
German POW Oberleutnant Franz von Werra was famous as ‘The One That Got Away’. We take at a look at his extraordinary tale but focus particularly on the story behind his Messerschmitt 109 captured during the Battle of Britain.
THE BATTLE OF THE IRRAWADDY
Seventy years ago the last major battles took place in the war in Burma as the Allies pushed forward against the Japanese and raced headlong for Rangoon before the monsoons set in. We look at that historic campaign in the first of a two-part series.
Did this heroic cavalry charge snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in spring 1918? We unravel the truth of Lieutenant Gordon Flowerdew’s courageous action, which earned him a Victoria Cross.
BONFIRE OF THE BATTLESHIPS
The infamous Gallipoli operation began during March 1915 as a purely naval affair. Like the ill-fated land campaign that would shortly follow, the sea action was also doomed, having limited effect and suffering major losses.
SOUTH SEAS DEBUTANTS
Far away from what became the mud and horror of the Western Front, the Australians embarked on their country’s first independently mounted military operation in order to seize German held colonies in the Pacific. Until now, it has been a little-told story.
NEUVE CHAPELLE: THE FIRST OFFENSIVE
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 100 years ago saw the first organised British 'big push' of the First World War and had mixed outcomes. We look at the significance of that action and the important lessons learned by both sides.
News and events covered this month include the mystery of Flt Sgt Copping, his aircraft and why it's a headache for the RAF Museum, as well as a lost VC, a candidate for the real War Horse and how you can now search WW1 military hospital records.
Your letters and emails.
RAF ON THE AIR : A TRICOLOUR TO PARIS
The graphic and exciting account of a daring Beaufighter sortie to the French capital.
FIRST WORLD WAR DIARY
We chart some of the principal events of the First World War 100 years ago, month by month.
IMAGE OF WAR
A Typhoon fighter-bomber photographed with its pilots on D-Day, 6 June 1944.
GREAT WAR GALLANTRY
As the First World War rolled on, so the announcements of British and Commonwealth gallantry awards began to increase in The London Gazette. We examine some of the acts of bravery announced in March 1915. Lord Ashcroft also selects his ‘Hero of The Month’.
DATES THAT SHAPED WORLD WAR TWO
The events of March 1945 examined.
A look at new books and products.
WHAT I WOULD SAVE IN A FIRE
Another curator picks an item to save from the flames.
THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN OBJECTS
A fund-raising pin flag issued by the Smokes for Wounded Soldiers And Sailors Society.