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 […]
Map of Operation Barbarossa showing the direction of German attacks and the major pockets of Russian troops surrounded by blitzkrieg breakthroughs between June and December 1941. To read our article about Barbarossa – Hitler’s biggest gamble – read the June issue of Military Times
Your handy guide to stopping a Nazi glider as Britain prepared for invasion.
1. Spitfires were used as reconnaissance aircraft, as here, where a camera is being loaded before a mission. 2. Later marks of Spitfire were sometimes given specially designed wings – Bs, Cs, or Es – capable of mounting cannon. 3. The Seafire Mark III was a Spitfire specially adapted for naval service on aircraft-carriers. 4. Spitfires saw […]
A masterpiece of aerodynamic engineering, the Spitfire was among the finest fighter aircraft of the Second World War. Military archaeologist Keith Robinson celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Spitfire’s iconic design.
A map of Taranto Harbour on 11 November 1940, showing the position of the Italian ships, the habour defences, and the direction of the British torpedo bomber attack waves.
If the Battle of Britain was a victory of ‘the Few’: that of a small military elite of fighter pilots, the Battle of London was a victory of ‘the Many’. The bombing plane, coming at night, got through. It rained down death and destruction. But it was defeated by the mass mobilisation of a million […]
Used throughout the Second World War to identify friend from foe, these original spotter cards show the differences in the silhouettes between British and German aircraft.
Aircraft: Supermarine Spitfire Mk I Type: single-engine British fighter Manufacturer: Supermarine Division, Vickers-Armstrong Ltd Year: 1938 Engine: Rolls-Royce Merlin II, 12-cylinder V, liquid-cooled, 1,030 hp Wingspan: 11.22m Length: 9.12m Height: 3.48m Weight (loaded): 2,415 kg Maximum speed: 355 mph Ceiling: 34,000 feet Range: 500 miles Armament: 8 Browning machineguns in wings Crew: 1 Click to […]
Aircraft: Hawker Hurricane Mk I Type: single-engine British _ ghter Manufacturer: Hawker Aircraft Ltd Year: 1937 Engine: Rolls-Royce Merlin II, 12-cylinder V, air-cooled, 1,030 hp Wingspan: 12.19m Length: 9.55m Height: 3.99m Weight (loaded): 2,993 kg Maximum speed: 320 mph Ceiling: 33,200 feet Range: 460 miles Armament: 8 Browning machine guns in wings Crew: 1 Click […]