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Latest Issue: August 2014 - Issue 88

FEATURES

CENTENARIAN GREAT ESCAPER
One of the survivors of the famous Great Escape in 1944, Paul Royle, reached the age of 100 in January 2014. Charles Page was not only able to interview him about the escape from Stalag Luft III, but also present him with the medals he had earned seventy years ago.

“OUR LOSSES: NIL”
On 3 September 1940, Herman Goering informed his senior officers that that Fighter Command was on its knees. The following day mass attacks were delivered against southern Britain. But, as Frank Phillipson describes, the result was not what the German Reichsmarschall expected.

DAN VC: THE HERO WHO CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD
Harry Daniels was a larger than life hero who came back from the dead to add a Military Cross to his Victoria Cross earned at Neuve Chapelle and to represent his country at the Antwerp Olympics. Steve Snelling chronicles a real-life ripping yarn.

KICKING OFF THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME
When the whistles blew on the morning of 1 July 1916, the men of the 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment charged towards the German trenches at Montauban dribbling footballs ahead of them.

“PLENTY OF MIGS ALL AROUND”
In the final instalment in his series of articles detailing the remarkable RAF career of Wing Commander Brian Spragg, inspired by the entries in his flying log books, Mark Hillier examines this pilot’s role as a jet fighter pilot in the Korean War.

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 Warrant Officer Kim Hughes GC.

THE RAF’S FIRST JET “KILL”
The Gloster Meteor’s first “kill”, and the first combat victory of an Allied jet fighter, was achieved by Flying Officer T. “Dixie” Dean seventy years ago on 4 August 1944. Andy Saunders investigates the events surrounding that engagement.

DORNIERS OVER WALES
The combats of the Battle of Britain are generally associated with Kent, Sussex and the other counties of southern England. However, as Chris Goss relates, as the Battle of Britain progressed more German bombers started to operate by night and against targets other than London and the South East.

WW1 CENTENARY SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT
To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, we present a number of articles detailing some of the events of August 1914.

REGULARS

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

FIELDPOST
Your letters.

IMAGE OF WAR
20 November 1942 – HMS Delhi Attacked at Algiers.

WHAT I WOULD SAVE IN A FIRE
This month’s artefact has already been saved in one remarkable set of circumstances and is now set to be saved again should a disaster strike at the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum.

TANK TIMES
The latest issue of Tank Times from The Tank Museum at Bovington.

DATES THAT SHAPED THE WAR
We chart some of the key moments and events that affected the United Kingdom in August 1944.

RECONNAISSANCE REPORT
A look at new books and products.

THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN OBJECTS
The gun which fired the first shot of the war at sea in 1914.

THE RAF ON THE AIR: “PINPOINTING THE V-2 ROCKET SITES”
In a talk first broadcast on Thursday, 16 April 1945, Squadron Leader Ernest Esau DFC, RAAF detailed the part that he and the remainder of 453 Squadron RAAF played in helping to tackle the threat of the V-2 rockets – “the ‘flying gas main’ the security conscious public called it”.

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