History of War Issue 74
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Published 31st October
On the morning of 12 November 1944 Nazi Germany’s last remaining battleship finally keeled over and capsized, its hull crippled and decks flooded by a brace of Tallboy bombs.Although Bomber Command carried out this coup de grace on Tirpitz, the ship had been hunted down relentlessly for over a year.
Throughout these operations the RAF, Fleet Air Arm and Royal Navy had relied on the crucial intelligence reports from Norwegian Resistance networks and reconnaissance flights. It was a truly momentous blow for the Kriegsmarine and another major propaganda victory for the Allies. In History of War issue 74, expert on the German Navy, Larry Paterson, explores how the Tirpitz met its fate 75 years ago.
Also in this issue, we spoke with female Soviet sniper Yulia Zhukova. She reveals how she was trained to become a sharpshooter and what it was like fighting alongside her male comrades on the Eastern Front. In this issue’s Great Battles, you can discover the battle that sealed Prussia’s dominance as a European power in the 19th century – the Battle of Königgrätz.
This month’s Operator’s Handbook takes you inside the cockpit of a Mitsubishi Zero carrier fighter; our VC Hero section tells the gripping story of a daring raid on Rommel’s HQ in the North Africa campaign; plus we review the latest military history books and films.