History Of War Issue 64

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Published 24th January 

In the final days of the Third Reich, a few zealous defenders readied a final stand to defend the capital to the death. However, what is most astonishing about this final sacrifice at the point of defeat is that many of these loyal soldiers were not even German. By 1945 the ranks of the Waffen-SS were filled with recruits from across Europe and beyond. During WWII, men from several nations, many of which had been conquered by the Nazis, joined to fight for Hitler. This issue author Jonathan Trigg uncovers who these men were, and why they laid down their lives for the Nazi cause.

Also in this issue, Tom Garner spoke with a celebrated veteran of Bletchley Park, Ruth Bourne, who operated one of the codebreaking Bombe machines. Co-designed by mathematician Alan Turing, these machines were crucial to deciphering the German Enigma codes, which could mean life or death on the frontline. Ruth reveals what day-to-day life at Bletchley was like, and what it was like working for a secretive organization. 

Elsewhere in issue 64, this month’s Great Battles focuses on the horrific, yet iconic, Battle of Hamburger Hill. This costly fight for Hill 937, in South Vietnam, saw a turning point in American policy, as politicians and the public began to oppose the strategy of Army generals in the war. You can also find features on Timur the conqueror, the history of the Royal Engineers, Ireland’s forgotten WWI general Edward Bulfin, plus a competition to win £100 gin and vodka gift set.