Britain at War - February 2019

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The Artillery that Wasn’t
NMRN senior curator Christopher Gale highlights the role of an unusual and oft-forgot D-Day formation - the tanks of the Royal Marine Armoured Support Group.

Modest Hero
RMASG veteran Joseph Kelsey, 96, speaks exclusively to Melody Foreman about landing under fire on Normandy's Sword Beach on 6 June 1944.

48 Hours in Boulogne
In a special two-part feature, Lt Cdr Frank Donald (ret) and Capt John Rodgaard (ret) detail the desperate defence of Boulogne where, during the summer of 1940, RN destroyers engaged German panzers at deadly close range.

‘Yelling Like Bushrangers’
AWM senior historian, Dr Aaron Pegram, discusses the remarkable - and near run - capture of Mont Saint-Quentin during the last weeks of the First World War.

Combat Over Korea
The Mustangs of 2 SAAF and its South African pilots endured a lengthy and hazardous deployment to the Korean Peninsula, as pilots faced intense ground fire and superior MiG-15s. However, as Andy Thomas shows, the Springboks hit hard in return.

A True Great
Melody Foreman highlights the remarkable career of one of Britain’s great, but unsung, aviators, the late ATA heroine Lettice Curtis.

Chindits’ Finest Hour
The difficult last mission undertaken by Orde Wingate’s legendary Chindits and their American-Chinese counterparts is described by Gavin Mortimer.

Death From Above
The Allied victory at Megiddo in the Great War proved to be decisive, but as Stuart Hadaway explores, part of that tremendous victory can be attributed to Britain’s devastating application of air power and its superiority in the skies over the Middle East.


Major-General Sir Christopher Charles Teesdale VC
Lord Ashcroft focuses on a VC awardee who was honoured for his gallantry in the last major action of the Crimean War and was the first South African-born recipient.


Normandy 75 Plans
The MOD announces its plans to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Soldier of the Future
British troops recently participated in ‘game-changing’ exercises showcasing the latest tech.

EXCLUSIVE: RAF Biggin Hill Museum
A fabulous multi-million-pound museum is to open at the former Battle of Britain airfield at Biggin Hill. We were given exclusive early access to explore the site and preview its exhibition hall.


Readers’ letters, questions and views.

Weapons of War: The Avro Lancaster
Nigel Price looks in detail at the RAF’s premier heavy bomber of the Second World War and arguably the most successful aircraft of its type from that entire conflict - the Lancaster.

Recon Report
The Britain at War team scrutinises the latest books and products of interest and we present our Book of the Month - No Ordinary Pilot by Suzanne Campbell-Jones.

Image of War
The Lightnings of 56 Squadron RAF are the subject of this stunning colour image in our monthly photographic glimpse of the past.

Militaria Collecting
Austin J Ruddy continues his two-part study of invasion-related paraphernalia, focusing on the documents and maps produced by Germany as it prepared to invade the British Isles.