History of War Issue 72
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Published 5th September
After the Allied invasion of Occupied France, culminating in the Battle of the Falaise Pocket that devastated and routed the German 7th Army, many could have hoped the end of the war was in sight. If successful, Operation Market Garden was intended to bring that end, yet infamously it turned into a military disaster, and is still the subject of controversy and debate 75 years later.
This issue you will discover the strategies, battlefield blunders and heroic actions behind the ‘Bridge Too Far’ in the Battle of Arnhem. Historian William F Buckingham explores some of the popular myths surrounding the operation and suggests why the real reasons for the failure might be more fundamental than previously thought.
Elsewhere in History of War issue 72, we spoke with British Royal Marine veteran George Thomsen, who was part of the against-the-odds defence of South Georgia during the Falklands War, 1982. He shares his incredible experience in preparing the defence of the island against Argentine attack, and his part in taking down an enemy helicopter during the fierce fire-fight.
Also in this issue, you can find a thrilling Victoria Cross account of Filip Konowal, a Ukrainian-born corporal who single-handedly charged enemy MG nests during the Battle of Hill 70, 1917. Our Great Battles this month is on the Siege of Seringapatam, and in this issue’s Operator’s Handbook we take a closer look at the RAF’s unsung Boulton Paul Defiant ‘turret fighter’.