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Volume 37 of After the Battle includes issues 145 to 148. A major two-part feature covers the French port of Cherbourg. Jean Paul Pallud leads us through its wartime history: from its take-over by the Germans in 1940; its use as a naval base by the Kriegsmarine, and the battle for its capture in 1944.

Another account researched by Tony Colvin centres on the German port of Wilhelmshaven which, during the Nazi era, became the largest state-owned dockyard in the world. The birthplace of the Tirpitz before the war, after the war the Royal Navy went to great lengths to destroy its future potential as a naval base.

In the Pacific, Justin Taylan visited Bougainville to seek out Japanese tanks still in situ on the island, and Martin Morgan tells us of the day when Japan mounted an attack on California.

The dangers of dealing with high explosives are highlighted by David Green in his feature on the accident which occurred at the Royal Australian Engineer Training Centre at Kapooka in New South Wales, and by Chris Ransted who researched the wartime career of the Earl of Suffolk, killed in May 1941 while leading an experimental bomb disposal unit in Britain.

We also cover three significant events which took place in 1944. Carl Rymen investigates the murder of members of the 6th Airborne Division at Hérouvillette in June, and Jean Paul tells us of a remarkable discovery in Chartres - an M5 light tank still buried at the side of the road since it was knocked out in the battle for the town in August. The following month, Lela Caryannis was executed in Greece together with 71 of her undercover organisation, her remarkable story being told by her adopted grandson. Nearer to home, Marjorie Scott describes the work of The Women’s Land Army; Andy Saunders looks into the fate of a missing Canadian airman; Roger Morgan brings us up to date with Operation Mincemeat, and Karel Margry relates the story of the secret school for Polish agents of the Special Operations Executive.

Finally, Nikolai Bodrikhin corrects the record covering the raising of the first flag over the Reichstag in Berlin, the rightful soldier having died in January 2008.

  • AUTHOR: Ramsey, W (ed)
  • FORMAT: 230pp 100s col/Bw/maps 300x215 Hb
  • Code: 10873

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