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Sunday Photo - Sinking of the PT-109

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Early in the morning of 2 August, 1943 Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 was struck by the Amagiri, a Japanese destroyer.  It was cut in two, leaving Seamen Andrew Jackson Kirksey and Harold W. Marney dead and two others badly injured. The eleven survivors clung to the burning wreckage, amongst them future US President John F. Kennedy, who was commanding the PT-109 at the time...Continue Reading
The interwar period was the golden age of British seaside resorts. Every summer thousands of holidaymakers would flock to the coast, their bustling bodies filling the beaches of Brighton, Blackpool and countless other seaside towns. With the declaration of war in 1939, the cheery face of Britain's seaside towns would change dramatically...Continue Reading
Our Aircraft of the Aces relaunch is just around the corner, with ACE 127: Polish Spitfire Aces available from 20 July 2015. To tide you over until then here are two combat reports from Polish pilots during World War II...Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - The Battle of Kursk

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On 5 July 1943 the Germany army launched Operation Zitadelle (Citadel). Hitler’s belief was that the offensive would result in the encirclement and destruction of a larger Soviet force than he had lost at Stalingrad, thereby allowing Germany to regain the strategic initiative in the East and for Hitler himself to gain a prestigious victory. His confidence was misguided...Continue Reading
June 25 1944 saw the Allies launch an attack against Fort du Roule, which sat on a rocky hill overlooking Cherbourg. The defences of the 19th century fort had been substantially reinforced from 1942-44, with an elaborate set of gun casemates carved into the cliff-face. It would be a difficult obstacle for the Allies to overcome, but if they wanted to take the crucial port they had no choice...Continue Reading
The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 was a fearsome fighter. It proved to be a formidable opponent for Allied pilots, enjoying near mastery of the skies in the early years of the Second World War. The Fw 190 may well have continued its dominance over the RAF were it not for a stroke of luck on 23 June, 1942...Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - The Battle of Okinawa

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On the 21 June 1945 the last remnants of Japanese resistance at Okinawa fell, bringing the Battle of Okinawa to a close. The ferocious fighting had lasted for 82 days, and included the largest amphibious assault of the Pacific War, huge kamikaze attacks and an incredible number of soldiers...Continue Reading
75 years ago today Winston Churchill gave one of the most famous speeches in modern history, commonly titled 'This was their finest hour'. Speaking in front of the House of Commons the British Prime Minister gave a passionate speech as the dark cloud of war loomed over Britain...Continue Reading
During the Second World War the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 proved to be one of Germany’s most effective fighters, seeing action across Europe and in North Africa. It was a popular aircraft amongst German pilots, but had they been at Bremen on the 1st of June, 1939, they may not have been so fond of it...Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - Operation Chastise

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On the evening of May 16, 1943 a group of Lancaster bombers set off from RAF Scampton. Their target was a selection of German dams that had been identified by the British Air Ministry...Continue Reading

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