Britain at War - Dec 2017

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Churchill’s 100 Days
Against the background of the impending release of the new Churchill film, ‘Darkest Hour’, we examine the story of Winston Churchill’s first 100 days in office; a period which paradoxically witnessed both Britain’s darkest and finest hours.

Churchill’s Wars In Objects
We take a fascinating look at a selection of objects closely related to Winston Churchill’s wartime experiences which are held by the National Trust at his Chartwell home.

‘Goodbye Boys’
One hundred years ago a massive accidental explosion devastated Halifax, Nova Scotia, when an ammunition ship blew up in what was then the biggest man-made explosion in history in which over 2,000 people were killed. Alex Bowers tells the tragic story.

Target Tondern
Steve Snelling tells the remarkable tale of the world’s first carrier-launched air strike, when a handful of intrepid British aviators successfully bombed the German Zeppelin base at Tondern during the summer of 1918.

Zeppelin Down
Continuing the Zeppelin theme, Britain at War presents a photo album of images taken of the wreck of L.33, downed over Essex during 1916.

St George’s Day Gallantry
Chris Goss examines the extraordinary story behind a photograph taken in the aftermath of the Zeebrugge raid of 23 April 1918.

It was not just the German flak and night fighters which became RAF Bomber Command’s foe. The weather, too, was a formidable enemy and cost the lives of many aircrew, as Elliot Doyle explains.

The Lost Idol
Alex Churchill recounts the heart-breaking tale of a casualty of Passchendaele, a member of the aristocracy and a relative of Lord Astor of Hever, whose loss still resonates with the family a century later.

The Honoured Traitor
Andy Brockman relates the astonishing story of how a convicted traitor who served with the British Army, and who was hanged for treachery in Pentonville Prison, ended up being commemorated on a Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorial.


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

Image Of War
The impressive battlecruisers HMAS Australia, HMS New Zealand and HMS Indomitable pictured on a North Sea patrol between Rosyth and Scapa Flow during 1918.

Recon Report
We take our monthly look at what is new in the world of military history books, including our book of the month on the subject of the women who flew for Hitler. Plus, a selection of Christmas gift ideas.

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 December 1917.

Readers’ letters, views and feedback.

Real To Reel
This month, Phil Jarman analyses the classic home-front war film ‘Went The Day Well?’, a fictional story of the covert occupation of an English village by German soldiers disguised as British troops.

Militaria Collecting
Continuing this popular collecting series, Liz Edgar looks this month at the collecting of guns and weapons of war which had belonged to famous military characters.

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

Image Of War
A Sea King helicopter of the Fleet Air Arm creates a white-out as it lands in the snow in Norway during March 2013.

First World War in Objects
This month, we feature the collection of souvenirs by troops on the Western Front, in particular the much sought after German soldier’s steel helmet.