Latest Issue: March 2014 - Issue 83
INTO THE ENEMY’S LAIR
During the Second World War Japanese submarines searched the oceans, seeking targets as far afield as South Africa and Australia. They successfully damaged the battleship HMS Ramillies at Madagascar and mounted a daring raid against shipping in Sydney Harbour. Yet, as Ken Wright describes, the attack upon Sydney turned into a suicide mission.
DUEL OVER THE DESERT
In August 1940, writes Andrew Thomas, two hectic and bitter engagements between the Gloster Gladiators of 80 Squadron and aircraft of the Regia Aeronautica Italiana, in the skies over North Africa, saw several future Aces open or increase their scores.
THE DYING COMRADE
Months after he had been listed as missing in action, Private Percy Buck’s family received a photograph of him accompanied by a letter from a soldier who had found it in the hands of “a dying comrade”. That soldier was, writes Dan Hill, a German corporal.
EVERY PROBLEM HAS A SOLUTION
Reputedly, when Göring saw Allied bombers over Berlin being escorted by P-51 Mustangs, he declared that he knew the war was lost. However, as John Lane explains, the Mustangs were only able to fly into the heart of Germany thanks to pieces of cardboard.
PLOTTING THE GREAT INVASION
On 5 June 1944, 21-year-old Mary James arrived for work as usual at Bentley Priory where she was stationed as a WAAF. In the Operations Room it was her job to take in updates from the radar stations and the Royal Observer Corps and plot aircraft movements on a huge map of Britain and Europe. As Mary recalls, it soon became apparent that this shift was unlike any other, as she and her fellow WAAFs plotted the biggest invasion in history – D-Day.
WHO SHOT DOWN ROLF?
Mystery still remains as to why Hauptmann Rolf Pingel crashlanded his fighter near Dover in the early afternoon of 10 July 1941. Chris Goss examines the events of that day and tries to solve this puzzle once and for all.
A SIGN OF THE TIMES
At 01.00 hours on the morning of Wednesday, 10 May 1916, a patrol of the 8th Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers, crept out into No Man’s Land on an unusual mission.
YOUR BRITAIN, FIGHT FOR IT NOW
For thirty years a copy of a famous wartime propaganda poster had hung in Peter Hibbs’ house. Then one day he decided to try and replicate the very scene depicted.
LORD ASHCROFT’S “HERO OF THE MONTH”
In the latest instalment in a series examining his “Hero of the Month”, Lord Ashcroft details the remarkable story of Brigadier General Charles FitzClarence VC.
News, Restorations, Discoveries and Events from around the UK.
IMAGE OF WAR
September 1941: “Stalin’s Tank”, a factory fresh Mk.II Valentine, is unveiled at a factory in the Midlands.
DATES THAT SHAPED THE WAR
We chart some of the key moments and events that affected the United Kingdom in March 1944.
A look at new books and products.
WHAT I WOULD SAVE IN A FIRE
Melanie Vandenbrouck, Curator of Art at Royal Museums Greenwich, explains to Geoff Simpson why she has chosen a scrap of paper detailing Merchant Navy survivors.
THE RAF ON THE AIR: “THE CHASE DIDN’T LAST LONG”
At 03.16 hours on Wednesday, 23 July 1941, Pilot Officer Ron Down took off from RAF Aldergrove at the controls of Lockheed Hudson Mk.V AM536, coded ZS-J. Down and his 233 Squadron crew had been tasked to escort a Gibraltar-bound convoy, OG69. Though the sortie was initially uneventful, by the time his aircraft landed back at base, Down’s crew had been responsible for shooting down a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor – an event he subsequently described during a broadcast on the BBC.
FIGHT TO THE FINISH
Fatally injured and with his ship a sinking wreck, as Steve Snelling reveals, Commander Loftus “Willie” Jones fought one of the most gallant actions in the annals of the Royal Navy.
HOME AT LAST: OPERATION EXODUS
As the Second World War drew to a close, many PoWs were liberated from camps across Europe. The British Government wanted to repatriate these men as soon as possible and the quickest way was by air.
- Sandstone Estates Easter Festival
12 Apr 2014 - 21 Apr 2014
- Grand Historical & Vintage Bazaar
26 Apr 2014 - 27 Apr 2014
- Trent to Trenches – Rufford’s Great War Centenary weekend
28 Jun 2014 - 29 Jun 2014
- The Colchester Military Tournament
5 Jul 2014 - 6 Jul 2014
- Hughenden’s Victorian Weekend
12 Jul 2014 - 13 Jul 2014
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