Britain at War - January 2019

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FEATURES

The Forgotten War
Dr Simon Anglim explains how in the late 1950s the British defeated a major rebellion in Oman in a forgotten campaign that reached its dramatic conclusion 60 years ago this month.

Weapons of War: The Leander-class Cruiser
John Ash profiles the Leander-class light cruisers, a rugged set of ships that were involved in some of the Second World War’s best-known actions.

Escape and Evade
Alex Bescoby and Andrew Bird take up the story of an RAF Dakota crew shot down during the last days of the Second World War and describe how they escaped the Japanese through the Burmese jungle.

Snapshot from the Azores
Chris Goss tells of the ‘peaceful invasion’ of the Azores when in 1943 British forces landed on the islands to both guarantee Portuguese sovereignty there and establish a major U-boat hunting air base.

The Military Cross Curate
Sarah Reay shares the amazing story of her grandfather, the Rev Herbert Cowl, the only known army chaplain to be awarded the Military Cross for gallantry onboard a ship during the Great War.

The Scrap Iron Flotilla
Dr Karl James highlights the unceasing efforts of the ‘Scrap Iron Flotilla’, the Royal Australian Navy’s key, but oft overlooked, contribution to the war in the Mediterranean Sea.

Fighting ‘Hec’ Waller
Captain Hector Waller, one of Australia’s finest naval commanders and among the most outstanding officers of his generation, is profiled by Dr Karl James.

HERO OF THE MONTH

SERGEANT WILLIAM ARTHUR PICKERING MM
Lord Ashcroft details the efforts of an SOE wireless operator who was in the thick of the action at Anzio.

MOSQUITO: THE WOODEN WONDER

ANTIPODEAN NIGHT HUNTERS
The role of 456 Squadron Mosquitos is outlined by Andrew Thomas as the RAF’s night-fighters and Luftwaffe bombers battle in the darkness.

MOSQUITOS OVER THE EAST INDIES
The RAAF’s hazardous Mossie photo reconnaissance sorties over the Japanese-held Dutch East Indies are profiled by Tom Spencer.

THE LAST RAID
Andrew Thomas describes the raid in which 608 Squadron’s Mosquitos released the last bombs over Germany during the Second World War.

REGULARS

Decisive Action No.1 – Sword Beach
Our new series begins by analysing some of Britain and the Commonwealth’s decisive moments, both in victory or defeat, by following the troops on 6 June 1944 as the 3rd Division moves ashore from Sword Beach.

Image of War
In the first of two peeks into history we journey to the Radfan in May 1964, as British paratroopers watch for dissident tribespeople from atop a rugged jebel.

Recon Report
The Britain at War team scrutinises the latest books and products of interest and present our Book of the Month, a title that focuses on the final year of the Great War – 1918.

Militaria Collecting
This two-part article begins with Austin J Ruddy sampling a variety of documents issued in Britain when the perceived threat of invasion by the Nazi menace was at its height.

Image of War
This month’s second photographic glimpse at the past takes us to 1970 as one of 892 Naval Air Squadron’s new Phantom FG.1s lifts off from HMS Ark Royal during flying trials.

Fieldpost
Readers’ letters, questions and views.