Britain at War - April 2012

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STOOL PIGEON

He was a hero, decorated for his “persistence and determination” to escape from captivity in Germany. Yet he also was the cousin of William Joyce, “Lord Haw Haw”, who was hanged for treason as a result of his wartime activities, and his escape had a strange explanation. Alan Cooper relates the remarkable story of Sergeant Michael Joseph Joyce.

SAVING THE SAS
SAS Operation No.1, the raid upon the Axis airfields at Tmini and Gazala in November 1941, was an unfortunate failure, but Operation No.2 resulted in the destruction of a number of German aircraft. Told through documents revealed in the recently published SAS War Diary, this is the story of the Special Air Service’s first successful mission in its proud and distinguished history.

FALKLANDS 30: THE SURVIVOR
Only one RAF Chinook went into action during the Falklands conflict. Somehow the helicopter survived missile attacks, nearcrashes, mechanical failures and flights over enemy-held territory. Dr Alfred Price relates the epic story of “Bravo November”, which, remarkably, is still in service today.

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE
The target for the night was Berlin. For Sergeant George Riley and his colleagues in one 77 Squadron Armstrong Whitworth Whitley crew it would be a mission that ended in disaster. Hit by flak over the target the pilot was forced to ditch in the North Sea. By the time rescue came, only two of the five men were still alive – one died just hours later. Martin Mace details Sergeant Riley’s remarkable story of survival.

WAR HORSE
Though the tank made its debut in the First World War and often the soldiers were transported by train and by truck, the horse was still an essential part of the British Army. Robert Mitchell takes a look at the soldiers’ best friend.

PRISONERS OF THE TURK
Between 1915 and 1918, thousands of British and Commonwealth troops were taken into captivity by the Ottoman Turkish Army. The conditions they faced were harsh, the death rates high, and escape from the depths of Turkey virtually impossible. Stuart Hadaway looks at their experiences and one of the most bizarre escape attempts ever made.

REGULARS

BRIEFING ROOM

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

DATES THAT SHAPED THE WAR
Seventy years on, we chart some of the key moments and events that affected the United Kingdom in April 1942.

RECONNAISSANCE REPORT
A look at some of the new publications and products that are available.

WHAT I WOULD SAVE IN A FIRE
This month we travel across the Channel to discover a treasured memento from an action that launched the liberation of Europe, an object chosen by Mark Worthington, Curator of the Mémorial Pegasus in Ranville, Normandy.

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