History of War Issue 75
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Published 28th November
In December 1944, 75 years ago, Allied forces in France, Belgium and the Netherlands were preparing to dig in and keep warm in the horrendously cold conditions. But the first Christmas of the newly opened western front would be anything but peaceful – to the east, thousands of German soldiers were gearing up for an immense offensive to knock the Allies back into the sea. Swallowed up in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge was the town of Bastogne, where the defence of the 101st Airborne was to take on almost mythic status.
In issue 75, expert on the Battle of the Bulge, Martin King, explains how the 10th Armored Division, ‘The Tigers’, helped save the besieged town of Bastogne during the relentless German offensive - the last major attack by the Nazis in WWII.
In this month’s regular Great Battles feature, father-son historians Dr Bernard and René Wilkin take a close look at the Battle of Eylau (1807), one of the costliest and hard-fought battles of Napoleon’s career.
In our Operator’s Handbook this month, RAF researcher Stuart Hadaway takes a look inside the Vickers Vimy, an early British bomber that found more success breaking aviation records than in combat.
Elsewhere in issue 75: the Victoria Cross hero who conducted WWI’s most daring submarine raid; interview with Korean War veteran Neville Williams; America’s lessons from the Tet Offensive; plus all the latest reviews, exhibitions and your military history xmas gift guide!