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Latest Issue: February 2016


Imperial War Museum Historian, Peter Hart, takes a look the Royal Navy’s Commander-in-Chief at the Battle of Jutland and his subsequent Naval career in our occasional features examining the reputations of wartime leaders.

The Home Guard’s Armoured Cars
The most famous Home Guard vehicle is surely the fictional Lance Corporal Jones’ butcher’s van in ‘Dad’s Army’ but the 1940 reality was not very far from the fiction. Alexander Nicol looks at some of reality. Certainly desperate measures for desperate times!

A Stranger to Fear
Armed with only a revolver, Nigel Leakey single-handedly took on a squadron of tanks to turn the tide of battle 75 years ago and earned a Victoria Cross. Steve Snelling charts a story of bravery during the Abyssinian campaign.

The Silent Sound of Defeat
During the early summer of 1940 Dunkirk became a maelstrom of destruction until the last British ship had left. We look at the aftermath through the eyes of a young German officer and a remarkable set of photographs.

Without a Paddle
During the Korean War an Australian frigate, HMAS Murchison, sailed up a river on the front line, with UN troops on one bank and Communist forces on the other. John Ash describes how the vessel managed to shoot herself out of a deadly Chinese trap.

Eject! Eject!
During the Falklands War a number of Argentine aircraft were lost over the islands and Gordon Ramsey examines a selection of these in a fascinating feature article and visits some of the crash sites where remains of the downed aircraft may still be found.

Valentine's Day Engagement
When two RAF Typhoon pilots set out on St Valentine’s Day in 1943 to provide air cover for a pair of MTBs in trouble off the French coast they encountered trouble themselves. Mark Crame tells the tragic story.


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Image of War
A British soldier inspects captured enemy artillery pieces taken as ‘spoils of war’ after some particularly heavy fighting.

War Memorials
In our continuing series in which we look at some of Britain’s war memorials with the War Memorials Trust, Geoff Simpson visits Ashbury in Oxfordshire.

War Posters
In the second of our series, Phil Jarman looks at a recruiting poster born out of the German bombardment of Scrarborough.

First World War Diary
We chart some of the principal events of the First World War, one hundred years ago, on a monthly basis. This month we reach
February 1916.

Recon Report
Our regular look at new books and products, including our Book of the Month, ‘Fritz & Tommy’, a study of the British and German experience on the Western Front 1914-1918.

Great War Gallantry
As the First World War rolled on, so announcements of British and Commonwealth gallantry awards inexorably increased in The London Gazette. This month we examine some of those announced in February 1916. Lord Ashcroft also selects his ‘Hero of The Month’.

The First World War in Objects
This month we look at the most feared of all First World War official communications; the chilling telegram sent out to notify next of kin of the death of a loved one on active service.


Lee Miller Exhibition
Lee Miller was among World War Two's most notable photographers. We review an exhibition of her work at the Imperial War Musuem including her iconic 'Hitler's Bath' image.

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