WWII

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WAR CULTURE: Cricket in WWII

What did cricket mean to troops and civilians during WWII? Crispin Andrews has scoured the MCC library to find out. Even Hitler had the common decency to wait until the 1939 cricket season was almost over before invading Poland. When war broke out, cricket was seen as a metaphor for life for both English high […]

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WMD – The Elefant

Eric Bryan examines one of the most fearsome machines of WWII. Germany’s advanced WWII war machinery included intercontinental ballistic missiles (the V-2), rocket planes (the Me 163 Komet), and jet fighters (the Me 262). The Wehrmacht was no less determined to attain ground superiority, and with its armour it likewise reached for the most powerful […]

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WMD – The Kettenkrad

Eric Bryan examines the only gun tractor small enough to fit inside the hold of a Junker Ju 52 aircraft. Popularly named the ‘motorcycle halftrack’, Kettenkrad translates as ‘tracked motorcycle’. Also called the SdKfz 2 or Kleines Kettenkraftrad HK 101, the Kettenkrad was designed in 1939 as a gun tractor which could pull artillery through boggy, […]

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BEHIND THE IMAGE – ‘Forcibly Pulled Out of Dug-outs’

In May 1944, an official document was prepared by Jürgen Stroop detailing the suppression of the Warsaw Uprising. The 75-page report was put together for the benefit of Heinrich Himmler and assembled as if it were a souvenir album. The contents of the report, despite the design, contained images of a stricken city razed to […]

Transportation Plan

The Allied Transportation Plan

Taken from our Bombing For D-Day feature by Thomas Withington, this map shows the railyards in France targeted by the RAF as well as the D-Day Allied landing spots. After initial scepticism from the likes of Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris, the vital Transportation Plan of 1944 was put in motion to great effect in preparation for […]

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DVD Review – Battle for the Pacific

The opening scenes of this Japanese WWII film throw us straight into furious action. Japanese troops holding the islandof Saipan are being hurled from their defences by US bombardment. Then, interesting contemporary footage of the assault plays as an American narrator explains that four months have past since the official surrender of the island. Next, we […]

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Back to the Drawing Board – The Goliath Tracked Mine

The Goliath Tracked Mine Standing at a mere 1ft tall and 4ft long, it must be assumed that the Goliath Tracked Mine was named with the same light-hearted irony as Robin Hood’s trusty, burly companion ‘Little’ John. The idea behind the miniature motor was inspired by the French vehicle designer Adolphe Kégresse after the Wehrmacht […]

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WMD – Panzerfaust

The revolutionary weapon that transformed anti-tank fighting in the final battles of WWII. After the first model was introduced in July 1943, the Germans manufactured a total of 8 million Panzerfausts (meaning ‘tank fist’) during the final two years of the Second World War. Simple in design and cheap to make, they could be mass […]

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Spies in the Sky – how they did it

One of our features this month deals with the importance of aerial photo-reconnaissance during the Second World War. To help explain exactly how this vital task was carried out, we included two illustrations  demonstrating the modifications which had to be made to the aircraft, and the methods they employed in order to ensure maximum accuracy. […]

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