Britain at War - January 2018

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The Star Of Africa
Hans-Joachim Marseille was the scourge of Commonwealth air forces in North Africa where he was the Luftwaffe’s leading ‘ace’ and became the glamorous and feted ‘poster boy’ of the Third Reich. But as Rob Schäfer explains, his path to fame and success was littered with indiscretions and ill-discipline.

With Reasonable Boldness
One of the most audacious operations of the Great War was the rescue by a force of armoured cars of starving seamen held POW in North Africa in what was an extraordinary mission led by Major The Duke of Westminster. Steve Snelling charts the story of an improbable coup.

Squadron Down!
What should have been a relatively ‘routine’ bomber escort mission for Spitfires operating over France in 1942 turned into an unmitigated disaster over Morlaix as both the weather and interference from Luftwaffe fighters resulted in catastrophic losses for RAF Fighter Command, as Andy Thomas explains.

Fighting Like Lions
The story of the last-ditch defence of Stanley by the Royal Marines during the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands is one that has not been properly or accurately recorded, according to Ricky D Phillips, who told Britain at War of his research into events across those memorable few hours during April 1982.

Reputations: Admiral Of The Fleet, John ‘Jackie’ Fisher
Admiral John Fisher was sometimes a divisive man but he was also the man who shook the Royal Navy from its Victorian complacency, brought it into the 20th Century, and built the Fleet that was ‘fit for purpose’ to fight the Great War. Allan George examines his reputation.


Jerusalem For Christmas
The highly symbolic fall of Jerusalem during December 1917 into the hands of Allied troops was a highly significant moment of the Great War, writes Stuart Hadaway, and came as a morale boosting victory as a ‘present’ to the peoples of the British Empire.


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Recon Report
We take our monthly look at what is new in the world of military history books, including an astonishingly detailed 'book of the month'.

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 January 1918.

Real To Reel
Phil Jarman looks at the classic war film ‘I Was Monty’s Double’ in which the lead role was taken by the actor who actually doubled as Monty during the Second World War in order to confuse German intelligence services.

Militaria Collecting
Continuing this popular collecting series, Austin J Ruddy turns his attention this month to the fascinating area of Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence collectables.

Great War Gallantry
The continuation of our look at the awards listed in the London Gazette reaches January 1918 and includes Lord Ashcroft’s regular ‘Hero of the Month’.

Image Of War
This month we feature a dramatic photograph of Trojan AVRE of 5 Armoured Engineer Squadron during operations in Afghanistan.

First World War in Objects
This month, we feature the Spink’s commemorative Jutland medal which was issued to mark the biggest naval engagement of the First World War.