Category: WWII

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Tukhachevsky: ‘the Red Napoleon’

The Red Army’s Marshal Tukhachevsky was one of the most brilliant, innovative, and influential military theorists since Napoleon Bonaparte. Some military historians believe the Second World War could have ended sooner had Tukhachevsky lived to lead the fight. Here are a few of his key ideas: This is an extract from an article written by […]

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Talk: ‘Roald Dahl’s War’ by Graham Laurie

The RAF Museum Cosford will host a talk about Roald Dahl, presented by historian and former RAF pilot Graham Laurie on Saturday 10 September 2016. ‘Roald Dahl’s War’ will cover the writer’s life in the RAF and his subsequent rise to literary stardom. Graham will examine Roald Dahl’s career as he went from employee of the oil company Shell, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Poles In Defence of Britain

Robert Gretzyngier’s account of the Poles who fought for the RAF so gallantly during the Battle of Britain both amazes and captivates the reader. It includes personal and moving accounts from and about the airmen who fought and died for Britain during the Second World War. This day-by-day coverage begins with the journey of the […]

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Tank Museum goes out with a bang

The Normandy Tank Museum is shutting down and will sell its entire collection of tanks, armoured vehicles, and Second World War memorabilia at auction next month.   The museum is closing its doors due to poor visitor numbers. It is situated on a Second World War airfield used by the Allies during the Battle of […]

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BATTLE MAPS: Battles of Monte la Difensa and Remetania

  Monte la Difensa Today, when you look at the routes up Difensa’s crags, it is just possible to imagine small groups of highly trained mountaineers conquering them. But hosts of heavily laden troops could not succeed, could they? They did, but not without facing almost overpowering difficulties. As one Forceman said, ‘no fear of death, just sheer exhaustion and survival. I […]

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BEHIND THE IMAGE: Wind tunnel testing, Messerschmitt Bf 109, 1940

It may look like a scene from a movie shoot – Germany’s answer to The Dam Busters, perhaps – but this strikingly modern photograph from 1940 offers instead a real-life glimpse behind the scenes of a top-secret aeronautical project. The state-of-the-art wind tunnel at the Herman Goering Aviation Research Institute, near Braunschweig (or Brunswick) in Lower Saxony, was one of Germany’s most closely shrouded […]

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All you need to know about… Erich Ludendorff

Neat ‘tache… who was he? Once called ‘the most powerful man in Germany’, Erich Ludendorff was a prominent general in the German Army of the First World War. He was also a writer, military theorist, and ultra right-wing politician. He went to cadet school at an early age, and later attended the prestigious War Academy. He quickly rose through […]

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BEHIND THE IMAGE: captured Luftwaffe crewmen, London Underground, 1940

In photography, timing is all – and there is no better example of the dictum than this gem of a snapshot capturing a surprising moment from ordinary London life during the Second World War. The image shows two airmen in Luftwaffe uniform walking through the Underground. One is a corporal, the other an Oberleutnant (the highest-ranking type of lieutenant), and together they stroll […]

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REVIEW: Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight has conducted thousands of flypasts at events up and down the country, taking part in over 100 airshows per year. The Flight was formed in 1957 to commemorate the RAF’s defence of Britain against the Luftwaffe in 1940. It subsequently became a memorial to those who lost their lives […]

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The Ethics of Battlefield Archaeology

A controversial amateur archaeology programme has aired on Channel 5, despite widespread condemnation from archaeologists, academics, and heritage professionals across the UK and abroad. Battlefield Recovery, produced by London-based ClearStory Ltd, features four self-styled ‘diggers’: British metal-detectorists Steven Taylor, Kris Rodgers, and Adrian Kostromski, and American dealer in Nazi memorabilia Craig Gottlieb. The series is a repackaged version of Nazi War Diggers, which the National Geographic Channel planned […]

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