Britain at War - September 2018

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Holding the Line – At All Costs
Graham Pitchfork outlines how the RAF Regiment played an important part in the re-conquest of Burma and how Sergeant Norman Gerrish held back the tide at Meiktila.

The Führer’s Folly
Steve Snelling details how the city of Norwich became an unlikely and opportunistic target of the world's first ballistic missile offensive – the V2 onslaught on Britain.

Meteor and the Flying Bomb
In late 1944, the RAF's first jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor, was the vanguard of Britain's defence against the V-1 'Doodlebug'. Donald Nijboer explores 616 Squadron's role.

The Corfu Channel Incident
In 1946, the Albanian coast was scene to a series of events that led to the deaths of 44 British sailors and a ground-breaking court case. Phyllis and Allan George chart this forgotten episode of naval history.

90 Minutes Behind Enemy Lines
AWM senior historian, Dr Karl James, presents a story of desperate heroism as UN forces attempt to extract two Australian airmen from behind enemy lines during the Korean War.

The Battle of Cawsand Bay
David J B Smith recounts a brief action in which Royal Navy vessels were subjected to a 'tip-and-run' bombing attack by the Luftwaffe. However, as German pilots found, the British ships bit back.

Meteors Over the Reich
With 616 Squadron, the Gloster Meteor saw limited combat in the skies above Germany in 1945. Andrew Thomas highlights their pioneering actions.

Beth's War
In a Britain at War exclusive, Melody Foreman presents a Wren codebreaker's tale of intrigue in this wartime account of the intrepid and oft-forgot ‘Y’ Service.


Great War Awards
Our look at the awards listed in the London Gazette September 1918

Hero of the Month
Lord Ashcroft tells the story of Company Quartermaster Sergeant Brereton VC.


RFA Tidespring
Official photograph of new auxiliary tanker as she arrives in the UK.

Lisbon Maru
Andy Brockman sheds light on possible PoW ship recovery ambitions.

Dambuster Bomb
‘Bouncing bomb’ found by father and son on Kent beach.

RAVC 100
The Royal Army Veterinary Corps marks centenary of ‘Royal’ prefix.


Image of War
Australian troops hit the beach in a major amphibious assault in the last weeks of the war against Japan.

First World War Diary
Our ‘at-a-glance’ monthly analysis reaches September 1918, looking at the situation as it existed a century ago.

Image of War
A snapshot of the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle as she carries the first Spitfires intended for the besieged island fortress of Malta.

RAF 100 Image
Our monthly view of the RAF as it has evolved over the last 100 years reaches the 1980s. It is the height of the Cold War and Hawker Siddeley Nimrod keeps watch of the seas.

Recon Report
Our monthly review of books and products includes the ‘Book of the Month’, a highly recommended title covering the story of the Jews who served in British service during the Second World War.

Readers’ letters, views and feedback.

Militaria Collecting
Austin J Ruddy looks into the numerous Second World War national war savings campaigns and the varied range of associated memorabilia.

Real to Reel
In this month’s review, Phil Jarman looks at the making of the ‘Battle of Britain’, Guy Hamilton's star-studded and epic portrayal of the war in the air during the summer of 1940.

First World War In Objects
This month we look at the bullet-holed notebook that once belonged to a casualty of 'friendly fire', tragically killed just two days before the end of the Great War.