Latest Issue: December 2015
THE FINAL SEASON
Alexandra Churchill and Andrew Holmes discuss another controversy surrounding the ‘beautiful game’ during the First World War - the sport’s Red Card and wartime football match restrictions
FOR A DEAD CAUSE – FINAL GALLIPOLI VC
The heroic and selfless final act of the last Gallipoli VC winner a century ago this Christmas. Steve Snelling tells the remarkable story of ‘Vic’ Smith.
TO CATCH A DORNIER
Andy Saunders explains just how RAF Intelligence managed to down a sneaky Luftwaffe bomber through electronic subterfuge and without firing a shot - much to the surprise of the captured crew!
REGISTERING FOR WAR
John Ash outlines the events of September 1939 and unfolds the story of a 65,000 strong 'army' and their undertaking to register the entire British population.
HE MUST BE MISSING - MANNOCK VC
Major ‘Mick’ Mannock, the RAF’s highest scoring fighter pilot, was downed over no-man’s land and buried by the Germans, although his grave later became lost. We examine suggestions that he may lie in a CWGC cemetery as an unknown airman.
BOMBED ON THE BEACHES
The gruesome journey of a British minesweeper involved in the Dunkirk Evacuations is harrowingly recounted by an un-named Sub-Lieutenant who sailed on board the heroic vessel.
TRIBUTE TO ‘THE MANY’
In our final feature marking the 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain, Chris Goss pays tribute to the ‘forgotten’ casualties of that battle, the indomitable RAF ground crew. The roll of honour included the RAF’s youngest casualty.
TANK ON TOUR
Alexander Nicholl tracks the route of the mighty armoured beast that was Britannia, an iron-clad ambassador sent to North America to raise funds for the war effort against the Central Powers.
RIVER OF BLOOD
Peter Hart presents an account through the words of the soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry of one of the regiment’s bloodiest actions – crossing the Volturno River.
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FIRST WORLD WAR DIARY
Our monthly analysis of the First World War’s key events reaches December 1915. The fighting continues, with a British unit becoming trapped and the Germans sustaining an unusual defeat in Africa.
The Editorial Team present their thoughts on some new titles, including our Book of The Month, an index of every surviving Hawker Hurricane fighter.
GREAT WAR GALLANTRY
We highlight some of December 1915’s awards as Gazetted in the London Gazette and Lord Ashcroft presents another in his ‘Hero of the Month’ series.
THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN OBJECTS
This month’s iconic object of the First World War is the ubiquitous soldier’s identity disc.
1940 - 2015 IN RETROSPECT
Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Year look-back at commemorative events.
CHANNEL ISLANDS AIRCREW TRIBUTE
Ground-breaking research leads to Channel Islands Aircrew Memorial.