WWII

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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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Back to the Drawing Board — EXPLODING RATS!

Exploding Rats By 1941, Germany had already subjugated half of Europe, the Luftwaffe was raining bombs down on the cities of Britain, and U-boats were inflicting terrible losses all along the Allied shipping routes. Britain needed a new weapon, a way to hinder the increasingly threatening Germans in any way possible. The cat bomb had […]

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MHM 16: CAPTION COMPETITION [Closed]

Welcome to the MHM Caption Competition! Think of something appropriate for this picture and leave your caption as a comment below. The best caption will be judged by the editorial team and published in the next issue of Military History Monthly!

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Sinking the Bismarck – Map of the last voyage of the Bismarck

In this map specially prepared for Military Times, we chart the last journey of the Bismarck in May 1941. Here the course of the Bismarck is depicted in black, and the British forces in red. To read the full feature about the Bismarck, read the April issue of Military Times

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Inside the Führerbunker

The Führerbunker was built beneath the New Reich Chancellery in Berlin. This subterranean complex was constructed in two phases, the first in 1936 and the second in 1943. It was the last of the Führerhauptquartiere (Führer Headquarters) to be used by Hitler. He took up residence in the Führerbunker in January 1945 and, up until the […]

Aerial Bombing Comparison Diagram

Your handy guide to aerial bombing. This illustration appeared in a british wartime publication around the time of the Baedecker Blitz

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The Desert Rats in Libya

With a new war raging in Libya, Second World War veteran Patrick Delaforce teases out the lessons of the 1940-1943 campaign in the Western Desert. Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, when Winston Churchill had a seat in the War Cabinet, he wrote: ‘Should Italy become hostile, our first battlefield must be […]

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