Britain at War - Oct 2017

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Trapped At St Valery
In the aftermath of Dunkirk, the 51st Highland Division was cut off and with no hope of escape when they became cornered at St Valery, being forced to surrender en masse, as Stuart Mitchell explains.

Life And Death Of A Firebug
Steve Snelling charts the remarkable story of Australian pilot and VC recipient, Bill Newton, who flew sortie after sortie against Japanese targets before eventually being shot down and executed by his captors.

Persons Of Importance
During June 1940 a desperate and ill-fated attempt was made to rescue Madame de Gaulle and her family from France ahead of the German advance, as David J B Smith details.

Troupers for Troopers
The wartime entertainment organisation ENSA did more than its bit to boost servicemen’s morale and lending a hand to winning the war. Alex Churchill looks at an ENSA member’s photo album.


Attack of the Pumas
One of the biggest actions over Britain involving the Junkers 87 Stuka was a sustained attack against a Channel Convoy during August 1940. Andy Saunders looks at events that day.

Stuka – The Weapon
Jonathan Falconer examines the Stuka as one of the most formidable and iconic weapons of the Second World War and looks at its development and operational history.

Stuka Attack
We examine the reality of the Stuka’s performance during the Battle of Britain and whether it really ever was withdrawn from service in British skies because of unacceptable losses.


Churchill's Greatest Fear
Naval Historian, Professor Eric Grove, takes a detailed look at what was widely acknowledged as Churchill’s most dangerous moment during the war with the Japanese in the Far East.


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

Reader’s letters, views and feedback.

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

War Artists
War artist Anna Airy produced some stunning artwork of scenes during the First World War and Phil Jarman looks at her work in his regular series.

Image Of War
This month we take a look at the Cold War era as British tanks of the British Army of The Rhine parade through a divided Berlin

Militaria Collecting
Continuing this popular collecting series, Adrian Blake looks at the myriad examples of civilian Home Front tin helmets, from Policemen to ARP Wardens and Fire Watchers.

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

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

Battle of Britain in Colour
Continuing our Stuka theme this month, Doug Banks has brought to life an image of a Junkers 87 shot down over West Sussex on 16 August 1940.

First World War in Objects
This month we feature one of the Goss Ware porcelain models from the Great War; the Mk I Tank C-5, ‘Crème de Menthe’.