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The 38th bound volume of After the Battle (issues 149-152) again presents a wide range of stories from all corners of the world.
Gail Parker recounts how over 2,400 Australian and British soldiers were killed in a senseless attack near the French village of Fromelles in May 1915. Fighting on the German side was Adolf Hitler who in June 1940, after the fall of France, made a return visit to the battlefield. Fromelles again made world headlines in 2010, when the remains of 250 Allied soldiers missing from that battle were recovered from a mass grave and interred in a specially constructed CWGC cemetery.
Jean Paul Pallud tells the history of the German ‘Natter’ rocket missile, visiting the secret weapon’s factory, the site of its various test launches and that of the first manned rocket launch in history.
A major two-part feature covers the battles for the Italian capital city of Rome: first, Marco Marzilli describes the German seizure of the city in September 1943, an operation mounted after Italy’s defection from the war and rapidly concluded within two days. Next, Karel Margry recounts the Allied liberation of the city in June 1944, a controversial operation because American General Mark Clark abandoned the possible trapping of an entire German army so that his Fifth Army would be first into the city.
A series of stories deal with the air war over Britain. Jeff Stevenson recalls the devastation caused by the Luftwaffe raid on Coventry of November 14/15, 1940. Chris Randsted narrates how a German parachute mine recovered from Birchington in Kent exploded at the mine disposal headquarters in Portsmouth on August 6, 1940, killing four of their personnel. Andrew P. Hyde describes how another parachute mine hit Potters Bar in Hertfordshire on April 16, 1941, ironically ploughing up the cemetery where German airship crews shot down over the district in the First World War lay buried. Andy Saunders honours the work of Joe Potter whose ceaseless efforts have led to the identification of several German war dead buried in Britain. We describe the origin of the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour in which are recorded the details of over 60,000 casualties from the war in the UK.
From later in the war comes the story of Lancaster LW337, shot down over Berlin in January 1944. It was not until 2005 that discovery of the crash site led to the recovery of the remains of the last missing crewmember and his positive identification in 2008.
Clarence Simonsen gives an account of the Empire Air Training Scheme in Canada, under which some 47,000 British airmen received flying instruction, focusing on the flying training schools and airfields in the Calgary region.
From France, Jean Paul Pallud provides an in-depth report on ‘Wolfsschlucht 2’, the Führerhauptquartier complex at Margival in north-east France, built in 1942-44 but used by Hitler only once.
Two stories, both by David Mitchelhill-Green, tell about coastal batteries defending Allied home shores: that at Godley Head in New Zealand protecting the entrance to Christchurch Bay, and Batteries Townsley and Davis guarding the Golden Gate bay entrance at San Francisco on the US West Coast.
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