Latest Issue: October 2014 - Issue 90
25 PAGE SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TOP TWENTY BATTLEFIELD SITES OF THE WESTERN FRONT
In a special supplement that continues ‘Britain at War’ magazine marking the commemorations surrounding the centenary of the First World War, we highlight battlefield visiting and also pick out a ‘top twenty’ of iconic and historic battlefield sites on the Western Front.
BREACHING THE LAST BARRIER
On 24 March 1945, as the war in Europe was drawing to its conclusion, the Allies mounted the biggest airborne assault in military history with ‘Operation Varsity’ as they sought to take some of the remaining bridges over the Rhine.
DEATH OR GLORY GRENADIER
Sgt John Rhodes became the most highly decorated British Grenadier ever, winning the DCM and VC during heroic actions in the First World War. His exploits in patrol leading, and later pill-box busting, became legendary. Without a doubt, Rhodes was an extraordinary soldier but sadly he never lived to see the confirmation of his supreme award for gallantry.
ATTACK OF THE EAGLES
On 13 August 1940 the Luftwaffe launched its ‘Adlertag’ (Eagle Day) assault across a wide front, attacking the RAF in the air and on the ground. The operation, overall, did not go entirely to plan and in this feature one specific air action involving a group of Messerschmitt 110s that were engaged by RAF fighters high above the Dorset coast is examined.
Following on from ‘Attack of The Eagles’ this feature charts the archaeological investigation of one of the crash sites of the Messerschmitt 110s downed over Dorset on 13 August 1940. The project was undertaken as part of the MOD-sponsored ‘Operation Nightingale’ project which uses archaeology to help rehabilitate injured British service personnel.
HMS ROCKINGHAM – FRIENDLY FIRE EPISODE
HMS Rockingham sailed from Rosyth on 25 September 1944 to patrol off the Scottish coast as safety ship during live firing exercises. In the event it was her crew who would need to be rescued after an unfortunate ‘friendly fire’ episode.
BATTLE OF CAMP BASTION
To mark the cessation of British combat operations in Afghanistan during October 2014 we look at the story of the Taliban’s assault on Camp Bastion when fifteen insurgents managed to get inside the perimeter of the main ISAF operating base during 2012, causing very significant damage during what was a boldly audacious attack.
The story of barrage balloons in the overall picture of the air war over Britain is often overlooked but in this feature the part played by these silver monsters of the sky is examined in detail. Surprisingly, the hazard they presented to allied aircraft was significant and far more ‘friendly’ aircraft were either destroyed or damaged by the balloons.
OPERATION ‘THESIS’ – CRETE 1943
After the German occupation of Crete the Allies had been relatively impotent in terms of making any meaningful assault on this important island. However, during 1943 the RAF came up with a plan to carry out a mass attack using about one hundred Hurricanes and a number of medium bombers.
News, Restorations, Discoveries and Events from around the world.
RAF ON THE AIR: ‘From Ceylon to Sumatra’
Another in our series focusing on broadcasts by the BBC that covered aspects of RAF operations. This month we cover the story of a B-24 Liberator crew involved with a ‘Special Duties’ squadron making drops in Burma, Malaya and French Indo-China for the Special Operations Executive.
WHAT I WOULD SAVE IN A FIRE
This month’s artefact is a RAF Bomber Command target map of a very significant target – Berchtesgaden. Its importance is highlighted by a senior staff member at Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe.
WORLD WAR ONE DIARY
Throughout the centenary period of the First World War we will cover, in diary form, the principal events of the month one hundred years ago.
IMAGE OF WAR
The RAF’s 1,000th Lockheed Hudson aircraft is completed and delivered.
GREAT WAR GALLANTRY
The first announcements of British and Commonwealth gallantry awards appeared in the The London Gazette during October 1914. In this, the first part of a major new monthly series covering the period of the First World War commemorations, we examine some of the actions involved and summarise all of the awards announced during that month.
DATES THAT SHAPED WORLD WAR TWO
We chart some of the key moments and events that affected the United Kingdom during October 1944.
A look at new books and products.
THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN OBJECTS
The ‘Brodie’ steel helmet is this month’s iconic object from the First world War.
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