Britain at War - July 2017

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FEATURES

First World War Nurse’s Autograph Book
In this poignant feature, Sandra Taylor explores the stories of some of the wounded men who signed a nurse’s autograph book.

My Falklands: An Observer’s Diary
In an exclusive to Britain at War, an anonymous MOD ‘minder’ recounts his campaign in the South Atlantic where, as a civilian working alongside British troops and the press, he experienced first-hand humour and horror as the war erupted around them.

Innovators
In the first of a regular new series looking at the innovations which assisted Britain and her Allies, Steve Nicholl looks at one Scottish engineer who arguably saved the UK: Sir Robert Watson Watt, radar pioneer who provided a keystone to the defence of Britain.

DUNKIRK

The Making of Dunkirk
In a Britain at War EXCLUSIVE, regular contributor and historian Joshua Levine reveals a behind-the-scenes account of the making of Christopher Nolan’s new epic film, Dunkirk, and his work as the film’s historical advisor.

"Where's the Bloody RAF?"
Britain at War contributor, Norman Franks, answers the oft quoted exclamation frequently heard uttered by battle-weary and beleaguered members of the BEF on the ground, and explains how the RAF did its upmost to defend them.

Reputations: Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay
John Ash analyses the career of the hero of Dunkirk and forgotten Normandy Invasion planner and architect, Admiral Ramsay.

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Alamein’s Escape to Glory
Steve Snelling highlights the epic bravery of a New Zealand Sergeant who turned defeat into victory after a British attack goes horribly wrong during the first Battle of El Alamein.

REGULARS

News
News, restorations, discoveries and events from around the World.

Fieldpost
Your letters, input, and feedback.

First World War Diary
Our ongoing monthly analysis of the key events of the Great War reaches July 1917 as British troops step off on their greatest offensive of the year.

War Artists
Artist Stanley Spencer and his remarkable artwork is put under the spotlight this month with Phil Jarman’s continuing series.

Militaria Monthly
Our regular feature on collecting militaria looks at the clothing and equipment worn by pilots and aircrew during the Second World War.

Image of War
Caught on camera is the advance of a New Zealand artillery unit as they move on Bapaume in 1918.

Recon Report
Our editorial team scout out the latest titles and products. 

Great War Gallantry
The continuation of our monthly look at the awards as listed in the London Gazette arrives at July 1917, and includes Lord Ashcroft’s ‘Hero of the Month’.

Battle of Britain in Colour
A downed Junkers 88 is guarded by soldiers and a War Reserve Policeman during the late summer of 1940.

First World War in Objects
This month we look at the fascinating story behind a postcard depicting a soldier blinded during the Great War.