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Latest Issue: February 2015 - Issue 94

FEATURES

BOMBER COMMAND’S LAST HERO
Seventy years ago this month, South African Lancaster pilot Captain ‘Ted’ Swales scaled peaks of valour and earned Bomber Command’s last Victoria Cross of the war in a raid on Pforzheim.

FRONT LINES
Letters from loved ones were vital to the morale of troops in the First World War as they were to families back home. We take a look at the British Postal Museum Archive.

THE CHIANTI RAIDERS
We look at an episode in November 1940 when the Italian Air Force took part in an ill-fated raid on Britain’s east coast — bringing with them red wine as well as bombs!

FROM POST OFFICE TO PRISONER
Life in the Stalag prisoner camps was tough and not at all like its usual portrayal in film, as we see in this sobering account of ordinary Tyneside soldier POW, Jim Laidler.

SIDESHOW IN SYRIA
The extraordinary adventures of HMS Doris in 1915 and her intrepid commander during a little-known episode of the First World War.

BREAKING THE LINE
The remarkable story of taking the St Quentin Canal in September 1918 — a key factor in breaking Germany’s infamous Hindenburg Line.

Q CENTRAL
Cloaked in secrecy, its existence unknown until quite recently, this is the fascinating story of Britain’s Second World War communications nerve-centre at Leighton Buzzard.

DEFENCELESS
Impassioned pleas to the Government for adequate protection from bomber attack were made by the city of Leicester as it reeled under the onslaught of the Blitz.

BRINGING UP THE REAR
In the relentlessly cruel war of the Atlantic, merchant seamen faced almost certain death if their ships were sunk — unless they could be picked up by designated ‘Rescue Ships’. This is the tale of one, the SS Stockport.

REGULARS

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

NEWS FEATURES
Christmas Truce commemorations, VC news, Italian SOE operative and more.

FIELDPOST
Your letters and emails, including fascinating POW football medallion charity shop ‘find’.

RAF ON AIR: A BATTLE OF BRITAIN ‘GUINEA PIG’
The graphic account given to the BBC by an RAF fighter pilot shot down and badly burned in 1940 — Richard Hillary.

SAVE IN A FIRE
The curator of Churchill’s country home, Chartwell, selects the object she would reach to save in the event of a fire.

FIRST WORLD WAR DIARY
The Great War continues its inexorable global growth as charted in our monthly series.

GREAT WAR GALLANTRY
In our month-by-month commemoration of medal awards we reach February 1915 and Lord Ashcroft selects a VC winner.

DATES THAT SHAPED WORLD WAR TWO
The events of February 1945 examined.

RECONNAISANCE REPORT
Special interest new books, including fascinating record of Falklands logistics.

IMAGE OF WAR
Unexploded bomb at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN OBJECTS
A poignant farewell message thrown from a railway carriage by a British ‘Tommy’.

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