History of War Issue 82
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Published 11th June
After the fall of France, and the evacuation of Allied forces from Norway and Dunkirk, Nazi Germany was master of western Europe. Following the rapid collapse of its ally, Britain was preparing to fight for its very survival. As Churchill put it on 4 June, “We shall fight in the fields and in the streets.” At the most secretive level of the British military, over 3,000 civilian soldiers were preparing for just such a fight. Unknown to even their family and friends, these men were ready to wage a brutal and likely brief guerrilla campaign against the expected invasion, using sabotage and stealth as part of the British resistance.
This issue, History of War uncovers the secretive British units formed to fight against an expected Nazi invasion in 1940, the Auxiliary Units. Discover how these units were formed by unorthodox British officers, armed with brutal close-quarters and covert weaponry, and deployed into camouflaged operation bases to remain hidden from the enemy.
Also this issue, Gulf War veteran and former Tornado navigator John Nichol discusses the legacy of the iconic Lancaster Bomber, and his experience speaking with those who flew in these incredible machines. This month's Operator's Handbook takes a look at early-WWII fighter plane, the P-40 Warhawk, which found fame as the plane of choice of the First American Volunteer Group, known as the Flying Tigers.
Elsewhere, issue 82's Heroes of the Victoria Cross looks at the incredible story of an Irish soldier who single-handedly captured or killed ten Germans in 1915; discover the true story of an 18th century renegade admiral Peter Wessel, nicknamed 'thunder shield' ; plus all the latest books reviewed.