Britain at War - Aug2017

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FEATURES

Diving Scapa Flow
In this fascinating feature, illustrated with haunting underwater images, author Rod Macdonald looks at the story behind the many wrecks at Scapa Flow, including the ghostly scuttled fleet of the Imperial German Navy.

Bolt From The Blue
The dramatic story behind the loss of a Messerschmitt 110 in an air battle above the seaside town of Eastbourne during the Battle of Britain, and its effect on the town’s residents, is recounted by Andy Saunders.

Valour And A Mysterious Vanishing
A remarkable tale from the Great War of incredible courage on the North Sea displayed by the master and crew of a little ‘Q’ ship as it battled the U-Boat menace, and the award of a VC, is told in gripping detail by Mick Brooks.

A Cold Reception
The occupation of Iceland by British forces during the spring of 1940 in ‘Operation Fork’ is one of the forgotten chapters of the Second World War. Regular contributor Alex Bowers shines a spotlight on this little-known operation which secured the country against possible Axis use.

Gallipoli's Wooden Horse
Britain at War’s regular contributor, Steve Snelling, tells the remarkable tale of the SS River Clyde and the supremely heroic efforts of those on board, including a Royal Navy armoured car unit, during the ill-fated Gallipoli landings.

DIEPPE: SPECIAL CONTENT

The Dieppe Raid: 75th Anniversary
Marking the 75th anniversary of the infamous Dieppe raid, ‘Operation Jubilee’, we bring our readers twenty-nine pages of special content examining the background of the raid, the naval element, the involvement of tanks and the invaluable participation of the RAF. Additionally, we examine the response of the Luftwaffe and look at the raid’s VC and gallantry awards.

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Merlin Magic
The Merlin helicopter fleet had a relatively short life with the RAF before transfer of all the aircraft to the Royal Navy. Much of the helicopter’s service with the Royal Air Force, however, was seen on comparatively recent operational duties, as Guy Warner explains.

REGULARS

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

Recon Report
Our editorial team scout out the latest books and products and review the Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual for the Rolls-Royce Armoured Car.

Fieldpost
Reader’s letters, views and feedback.

Tank Times
The world-famous Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset bring us one of their regular ‘Tank Times’ updates focusing on this popular area of interest; the preservation and history of armoured fighting vehicles and the men who went to war in them.

First World War Diary
Our ‘at-a-glance’ monthly analysis follows the progress and key events of the Great War, looking at the situation as it existed 100 years ago during August 1917.

Great War Gallantry
The continuation of our look at the awards listed in the London Gazette reaches August 1917 and includes Lord Ashcroft’s regular ‘Hero of the Month’.

War Artists
War artist Sir William Orpen was one of the most prolific painters of the First World War and yet he was rarely exhibited until the 1980s. Phil Jarman tells his story.

Militaria Collecting
In our popular new series, Mark Khan looks at the collecting of Second World War rations and ration packs from the three main belligerent nations; Britain, the USA and Germany.

First World War in Objects
This month we feature the membership certificate for Comrades of the Great War, an organisation which was forerunner to the Royal British Legion of today.