Britain at War - September 2019

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OPERATION MARKET GARDEN

THE ORIGINAL THUNDER RUN
Richard Doherty explores the operation from the ground perspective, giving a blow-by-blow account of the role of the Guards Armoured Division as the force spearheaded for XXX Corps and charged up the single road.

BASH ON! GOUGH’S RECCE
Richard Doherty also sheds light on the role of the 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron as Major ‘Freddie’ Gough and his special jeeps scrambled to reach Arnhem bridge and then fell back to doggedly defend the Oosterbeek pocket.

CARRINGTON: ONE MAN’S DECISION
David Truesdale analyses the precarious and controversial position facing one British junior officer, Lord Carrington, after crossing Nijmegen Bridge. Could the entire Arnhem plan have fallen on the judgement of one captain?

FEATURES

A FEROCIOUS FIGHT
Claire Hunter highlights the role of Australian Centurion tanks and the infantrymen of 5RAR at Binh Ba, a little-known but significant battle that took place 50 years ago this year.

BATTLE OF THE BANDA SEA
Andrew Thomas looks at 2 Squadron, RAAF, and explores the operations undertaken by the squadron over the Banda Sea, which resulted in the rare award of a US presidential citation to a foreign unit.

REPUTATIONS: EARL MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA - PART TWO
Joshua M Casper returns to conclude his examination of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the iconic royal and hero of two fronts who took command in South East Asia and orchestrated final victory in the East.

HERO OF THE MONTH

Lance Corporal of Horse Christopher Finney GC

NEWS

AIR CREW OBITUARIES
We pay tribute to two fighter pilots - RAAF ace Ron Cundy and Battle of Britain pilot Archie McInnes.

BUCCANEER COMPLETE
Newark Air Museum's rare Buccaneer S.1 has been completed with new markings.

PRESENTATION TANK
Craig Moore reports on the presentation of a replica Mark IV tank to the town of Waltham Cross, where it is now on display. The tank replaces one donated to the town in 1921 but was cut up for the war effort in 1940.

REGULARS

IMAGE OF WAR
A famous photograph of a mock 87 Squadron scramble at Lille-Seclin is our first snapshot from the past, as these brave Hurricane pilots prepare to defend France.

WEAPONS OF WAR: OBERON-CLASS SUBMARINE
A stalwart of the ‘silent service’, the Royal Navy’s Cold War Oberon-class diesel-electric submarines are profiled by Felix Rowe.

FIELDPOST
Readers’ letters, questions and views.

MILITARIA COLLECTING
Once the symbolic centre of the struggle to resist and defeat Nazi Germany, London proves to be an unsurprisingly rich area of interest when it comes to militaria. Austin J Ruddy explores a range of objects from the Blitz-battered political hub.

MUSEUMS: BATTLE OF BRITAIN COLLECTION
Dave Brocklehurst MBE, Chair of the Kent Battle of Britain Museum, gives an overview of the impressive collection based at one of Fighter Command’s most famous wartime airfields.

IMAGE OF WAR
Our second snapshot from the past dates to Malta 1919, as one of eight new flotilla leaders passes the distinctive Fort St Angelo.

RECON REPORT
The Britain at War team scrutinises the latest books and products of interest and presents our book of the month, a visual history of D-Day and the Normandy Campaign from the Imperial War Museum.