Britain at War - March 2019

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FEATURES

The Great Escape
James Hoare details the preparations and daring 1944 breakout of Allied PoWs from the infamous Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp and subsequent mass murder of most of the escapees.

The Many Roads to Sagen
Andrew Thomas profiles the careers of several airmen who would later participate in the Great Escape and discovers how they ended up in Stalag Luft III.

Javelins on Guard
Three Gloster Javelin pilots recount to Steve Bond their experiences of operating a British Cold War interceptor during the Indonesian Confrontation.

Sampling the Devil’s Porridge
We look at a Gretna-based museum, sited close to a former munitions factory on the English/Scottish border, dedicated to remembering the thousands who worked there.

Mission to Murmansk
Australian War Memorial historian, Dr David Sutton, highlights the important politico-diplomatic role the Hampdens of 455 and 144 Squadrons adopted on their hazardous mission to northern Russia.

Reputations: General Sir Alexander Godley
Historian Terry Kinloch profiles the controversial Alexander Godley, who commanded British and Dominion troops in two disastrous battles of the Great War and asks if his reputation for ineptitude is justified.

Lost & Found
Nick Wotherspoon of the Lancashire Aircraft Investigation Team recounts how its enthusiasts recovered a lost Luftwaffe Ju 88 from Banks Marsh.

48 Hours in Boulogne
In part two of this special feature, Lt-Cmdr Frank Donald (ret’d) and Capt John Rodgaard (ret’d) return to explain how a group of aging British destroyers ran a gauntlet of fire to evacuate the men of the 20th Guards Brigade.

Keeping a Relentless Watch
We mark 50 years of the Royal Navy’s nuclear deterrence patrols by looking at the new military award for veteran Operation Relentless submariners.

HERO OF THE MONTH

Captain Richard Wallace Annand VC
Lord Ashcroft profiles the gallantry of a wounded Captain Annand, whose acts in May 1940 resulted in the Army’s first Victoria Cross of the Second World War being awarded.

NEWS

Tim Elkington
A few words to mark the passing of one of ‘the Few’, Wg Cdr Tim Elkington.

Royal Navy Hero’s Grave Discovered
HS2 works have uncovered the lost resting place of explorer Matthew Flinders.

Sea King to Norway
A CHF ‘Junglie’ Sea King Mk.4 is destined for Norway's Bardufoss Air Station where it will be presented to the Norwegian people to mark the 50th anniversary of a key NATO/UK exercise.

REGULARS

Decisive Action No.2: Coronel and the Falklands
Our series analysing Britain and the Commonwealth’s most decisive moments continues with James Hoare examining two battles - first, a major Royal Navy defeat in the eastern Pacific, followed by a complete reversal of fortunes just over a month later off the Falkland Islands.

Image of War
Our first snapshot of the past peers into the 1990s as an Australian frigate heading for a winter exercise attempts to replenish in very heavy seas.

Recon Report
The Britain at War team scrutinises the latest books and products of interest and presents our Book of the Month, an excellent Haynes title on the Buccaneer.

Weapons of War: The Daimler Ferret
Dick Taylor profiles the ubiquitous Ferret Scout Car, a British Army icon of the Cold War and export success.

Fieldpost
Readers’ letters, questions and views.

Image of War
Our second photograph looks back to Scotland in 1942, where Free Polish troops are visited by Clement Attlee.

Militaria Collecting
This month Austin J Ruddy presents an assortment of ‘Dig for Victory’ paraphernalia, including some iconic wartime posters.