Britain at War - August 2007

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A CHURCHILL EXHUMED
It was Britain's most modern heavy tank. Protected by dense armour-plating and eventually armed with a six-pounder gun, the Churchill tank was designed to be capable of breaching defences as strong as the German Siegfried Line. Unfortunately, it kept breaking down! One of these famous tanks, abandoned in 1942 because of mechanical failure, was discovered buried in a field in Sussex. But, asks Alexander Nicoll, where did it come from, and what was it doing lying upon the beautiful South Downs?

BOSNIA: FIGHTING FOR PEACE
Les Howard describes his service in Bosnia when the 2nd Battalion the Light Infantry (2LI) was deployed there on Operation Grapple 7 in the autumn of 1995.

HEROES AND VILLIANS
With the onset of the Blitz a new crime wave swept Britain's cities - looting.

BRITAIN'S FIRST JET CRASH
We examine the circumstances behind Britain's first ever jet crash in 1943.

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE KIDDING MR HITLER?
Robert Mitchell takes a look at the meeting of Soviet and British forces during their invasion of Iran in 1941.

SINK THE BELGRANO
Narendra Sethia, a junior officer on board H.M.S. Conqueror, presents a graphic account of the attack on the Belgrano, as well as the subsequent events when, eighteen years after the sinking, he travelled to Argentina to meet the men he tried to kill.

THE KINMEL PARK COVER-UP
John Grehan uncovers the events behind the deaths of five men, during rioting, at a North Wales army camp in 1919.

THE BENBECULA INCIDENT
Chris Ransted uncovers the story of the crash of a Boeing B-17 at Benbencula in 1942.

THE RAMREE MASSACRE
Alexander Nicolls presents the results of some research sparked by an entry in the 'Guinness Book of Records'.

IMAGE OF WAR
The capture, albeit temporarily, of one German U-boat.

DATAFILE
Playing With Fire: Martin Mace takes at look at the Home Guard and its use of flame-throwers.

A PIECE OF HISTORY
A First World War shell memorial.

CAMERA AT WAR
A set of photographs that show the fate of one Italian cruiser at the Battle of Cape Spada.