Britain at War - July 2019

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Typhoons on the Attack
Chris Goss outlines how the Hawker Typhoons of 609 Squadron RAF paved the way in Normandy, 75 years ago.

Local Hero
Andrew Thomas reveals the story behind a captain from a small Lincolnshire village who served with gallantry in the Second Boer and First World Wars.

Where Were the Carriers?
This interesting D-Day question is answered by Nick Hewitt, of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, as he explores the oft overlooked role of the Fleet Air Arm and its significant contribution to the invasion.

Mosquito with Added Bite
The development of the iconic Mosquito’s big-gun variant is explored by Dave Unwin.

The Precise Application of Force
Nigel Walpole, who commanded a Hunter Wing in Aden, tells of how his forces completed their complicated tripartite mission – reconnaissance, strike and interception.

A Vintage Experience
Nigel Price experiences history from the cockpit first-hand as he visits a Derbyshire-based company offering Tiger Moth flights above Britain’s Peak District.

Last Man Out
The last New Zealand personnel to leave Vietnam in 1975 did so just days before the fall of Saigon. Andrew Thomas details the tense withdrawal.

Britain Beneath the Blitz
Gavin Mortimer highlights the preventative measures and indomitable spirit that defeated the Luftwaffe’s bombardment of British cities.


Rear-Admiral Henry James Raby VC, CB
Lord Ashcroft profiles the remarkable Admiral Raby, the Crimean war hero who was the first man to be presented with his VC by Queen Victoria.


Tank Museum
A leading UK defence contractor supports the Tank Museum.

Lost Archive Found
British construction giant reveals rare archive images of the Mulberry Harbours.

D-Day 75 Commemorations
Britain at War news correspondent Alex Bowers rounds up the major D-Day commemorative events that took place in the UK and Normandy.


A future British Army multi-role vehicle is put through its paces on cold weather ranges in Sweden.

Image of War
An ageing British battleship under (temporary!) new management is the subject of our first snapshot of the past this month.

Museums: Tribute to Bomber Command
Andrew Panton highlights the sights to see at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.

Militaria Collecting
Austin J Ruddy presents a selection of ‘Over Here’ memorabilia – items associated with the wartime arrival of US forces in Britain.

Image of War
A Jaguar GR.3 screeches by the Scottish coast in this stunning award-winning photograph.

Weapons of War: Medium Mark A ‘Whippet’
The Whippet tank of Great War fame is the subject of Rob Langham’s in-depth analysis of its development and use.

Recon Report
The Britain at War team scouts out the latest books and items of interest and presents the ‘book of the month’, the history of an unusual but vital British Army formation.