Britain at War - November 2009

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FEATURES

DEATH OF THE BEAST
She was the most feared ship of the German navy. If the great battleship was allowed into the Atlantic her 15-inch guns would wreak havoc amongst the Allied convoys. So the Royal Navy, Coastal Command and Bomber Command attacked and attacked the ship using every method they could deploy. But its impenetrable armour and its vast array of guns defied every assault until one day, sixty-five years ago, in November 1944. John Grehan tells the story of the sinking of the Tirpitz.

A LIVING MEMORY
Set in 150 acres of woodland at Alrewas near Lichfield in Staffordshire is one of the most poignant reminders of Britain's hard-fought history. Interspersed with memorials and tributes, carvings and statues, the trees of the National Memorial Arboretum have been planted by the present generation in remembrance of earlier generations - the people to whom we owe so much.

HIGH NOON AT SARIWON
The tide has turned in the Korean War. General Douglas MacArthur's Inchon Landing has smashed the North Korean People's Army. United Nations Forces are charging for Pyongyang. Spearheading the advance, writes Andrew Salmon, the 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, is tasked to seize Sariwon, a key town en route to the communist capital. The stage is set for perhaps the most extraordinary encounter of the war.

THE EXCAVATION OF STIRLING BF333
On 29 August 2009 on passing a stubble field in Warwickshire one might have noticed a number of people standing around watching a large mechanical excavator at work. Many may have dismissed the group as being a team of land drainage engineers or perhaps even an academic soil sampling exercise for future land development. Their purpose, however, was far more interesting: Their mission, reveals Julian Evan-Hart, was to find the remains of a crashed Second World War aircraft.

REGULARS

DATAFILE
Although similar in appearance to the earlier British Heavy Tanks, the Mk.V was a great improvement. As well as a new steering mechanism, the Mk.V was more reliable, more mobile, easier to control and had a powerful purpose-built engine. It was also the first British heavy tank ever built that could be driven by one man!

TEN THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ...
MAJOR GENERAL ORDE WINGATE DSO. Famous for being the founder of the Chindits (the largest of the Allied Special Forces units of the Second World War), Wingate was a maverick and eccentric who remains to this day a controversial figure.

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