Britain at War - December 2018

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FEATURES

HMS Belfast: Early Days
In the first of three features exploring the lengthy career of an iconic Royal Navy warship, Professor Eric Grove details HMS Belfast’s design and early service.

Sink the Scharnhorst
On Boxing Day 1943, Belfast and Duke of York helped to spring a deadly trap on the Scharnhorst. Professor Eric Grove describes the Battle of the North Cape in this action-packed feature. Additional words by John Ash.

National Treasure
Editor Nigel Price discovers how HMS Belfast ended up as a museum on London’s famous River Thames during an interview with the ship’s IWM curator.

The 'Lucky' Gunner
Britain at War correspondent Melody Foreman relates the story of one man who served in the RAF’s elite night fighter squadrons after exclusively interviewing the family of a veteran air gunner.

Waging War Against the Odds
Director of the Churchill Archives Centre, Allen Packwood, delves deep into the life of Winston Churchill as he became Prime Minister in our darkest hour.

Bravest of the Brave
The remarkable story of the only non-commissioned airman to receive the Victoria Cross in the Great War is told by Steve Snelling.

Weapons of War: The Valentine
In the first of a new series, Dick Taylor profiles the Infantry Tank, Mk.III, Valentine; the most produced British tank of the Second World War.

Bevin’s Boys
Stephen Roberts shines a light on the work of Britain’s forgotten wartime conscripts – the army of miners tasked with meeting the desperate need for fuel.

Courage and Endurance
During the Mediterranean campaign, a troop of men from the elite Special Boat Squadron defied the Germans at great personal cost. Gavin Mortimer tells all.

HERO OF THE MONTH

MAJOR SIR TASKER WATKINS VC
In the continuation of this popular feature series, Lord Ashcroft highlights the heroic and gallant Second World War action for which one Welsh major received the Victoria Cross.

REGULARS

Fieldpost
Readers’ letters, questions and views.

RAF 100 Image
In our final glimpse into a century of the Royal Air Force, we look at how recent times have shaped the junior service.

Militaria Collecting
Austin J Ruddy explains why evacuation collectables are some of the most moving memorabilia of wartime Britain.

Image of War
The first of our two snapshots peering into the past takes us back to Lebanon in 1983, where the Queen’s Dragoon Guards patrol a war-torn capital.

Recon Report
The latest books and products of interest are scrutinised by the Britain at War team and we present our Book of the Month, detailing the story of Revd David Railton MC and his involvement in the entombing of the Unknown Warrior.

Image of War
Our second photographic lookback takes us to HMS Ark Royal in 1972, as a Buccaneer comes in for a landing.

NEWS

Armistice 100: The World Remembers
Britain at War news correspondent Alex Bowers presents his highlights from the events marking the end of the Great War.

Mosquito Tested
The latest on Tony Agar's Mosquito NF.II restoration.

SAS Hero Statue Unveiled in Fiji
We report on the statue dedicated to Mirbat hero Sgt Talaiasi Labalaba.