History of War Issue 76
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Published 31st December
This year will see a unique series of poignant anniversaries for anyone interested in the history of World War II. 2020 marks both 80 and 75 years since among the most important and world-changing events of the war.
One such event in January 1945 was Operation Bodenplatte – the Luftwaffe’s final bid to defeat Allied air superiority, following the defeat on the ground in the Battle of the Bulge. This mass of air attacks saw veteran and novice pilots thrown into combat, flying both outdated machines and cutting-edge jets. It was a tragic last chapter for a force that had once reigned supreme in Europe’s skies.
Elsewhere this issue, we have a 10-page interview with Spitfire pilot ace, Allan Scott, who flew during the tail-end of the Battle of Britain and the deadly Siege of Malta. He reveals the dog-fighting techniques that kept him alive and the brutal experience living through daily bombing raids.
Issue 76’s Great Battles takes a look at the pivotal Battle of Quebec during the Seven Years’ War. Here British troops marched on the capital of New France – the outcome is among the most important events in the history of Canada.
Also in this issue, Damien Lewis recounts the Boer origins of Britain’s commandos; tank expert Craig Moore takes a look inside Japan’s Ha-Go light tank; learn why the U-2 spy plane was the Cold War’s worst kept secret; plus much more.