Britain at War - June 2018

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Wyverns Over The Canal
As part of this month’s Suez ‘theme’, Andrew Thomas examines the role of the Fleet Air Arm’s Westland Wyvern strike aircraft during what became the ill-fated Suez campaign of 1956, which saw the aircraft’s brief and only use in action.

Double Hero Of The Arakan
Charlie Hoey was twice a hero of bitter fighting in Burma during the Second World War, but his crowning achievement was a raid which was designed to help break the deadlock in the ‘Battle of The Admin Box’. Steve Snelling chronicles this little-known saga of courage which earned Hoey the VC.

To Get A Butcher Bird
When the Luftwaffe brought into service its Focke-Wulf 190 fighter, the RAF’s worst fears were realised with the new aircraft outclassing everything then in British service. Andy Saunders explains how a plan to seize a specimen aircraft in a commando raid was nipped in the bud when a Luftwaffe pilot accidentally landed one in Britain.

Leap Into Fire
The joint Anglo-French campaign of 1956 to seize control of the Suez Canal was a military success but a dismal political failure, as John Ash explains in this incredible account of the mass parachute drop by 3 Para at El Gamil in a brilliantly planned and well executed operation.

Scourge Of The Senussi
The Imperial Camel Corps of the First World War is a force much overlooked in the wider and often ‘Western Front focused’ narrative of that war. Stuart Hadaway redresses that imbalance by taking us through a fascinating photo album which belonged to an ICC officer.


Spitfire ‘Theft’
John Nichol’s tale of RAF engineering officer, ‘Greggs’ Farish, who was not a qualified pilot but stole a Spitfire to fly to the aid of another airman stranded on an airfield under enemy fire, is truly remarkable. Farish was Court Martialled for his wild act of bravado.


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

Image Of War
Royal Navy sailors prepare a torpedo aboard HMS Vanoc in Liverpool during 1941.

Readers’ letters, views and feedback.

Real To Reel
Phil Jarman reviews the wartime film ‘Millions Like Us’ which portrayed the lives of an ordinary family caught up in the war.

Recon Report
Our monthly review of new books and products includes the ‘Book of The Month’, a day-by-day history of the RAF’s first 100 years.

RAF 100 Image
Our look at the RAF's 100 years of history reaches the 1950s with an image of three Mosquito aircraft patrolling the Suez Canal.

Militaria Collecting
Mark Khan takes a look at First World War military postcards.

First World War Diary
Our monthly analysis follows the progress of the Great War, looking at the situation as it existed 100 years ago during June 1918.

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

Image Of War
We feature Tornado aircraft taking off for the attack on Syrian chemical weapons targets during April 2018.

First World War in Objects
This month, a look at a poignant object in the form of a battered and battle-scarred cocoa tin which belonged to a casualty of the Great War and almost tells its own sad tale.