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Featured battle : Namur

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 20 June 1815

Following up the French withdrawing from Waterloo the over enthusiastic Prussians rushed headlong at the defenders of the fortified city of Namur and were bloodily repulsed.

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M4A4 Sherman V Tank

M4A4 Sherman V Tank

Between 1942 and 1946, 40,000 of these important tanks were built, pouring much-needed Allied armour into the push against the previously indestructable German Panzers. This one is in the colours of the British Guards Armoured Division and was armed with the standard 75mm gun as main armament along with a .50 cal and a .30 cal machinegun for infantry supression. The 75mm gun proved unable to puncture the armour of the Panzer V and VI so a variant mounting the british 17lb gun, known as the Sherman Firefly, was produced which could

Gallery updated : 2016-02-21 17:33:57

Featured review :

Luck of a Lancaster

Thorburn, Gordon
Now this is an excellent book. It is ostensibly the career of one Lancaster bomber ā€“ W4964 J-Johnny ā€“ which managed to survive the war but in fact it is a testament to the lives (and more often deaths) of the RAF heavy bomber crews. It introduces different crews who flew WS-J at different times for No.9 squadron and, through their particular missions and experiences, tells the story of all such crews including the shocking and saddening toll.

While W4964 made it through to VE Day, 103 of the 244 men who flew in her at one time did not. The book covers the experience of downed aircrew escaping from France when some former ā€˜Jā€™ crew are shot down in another bomber. It details the Battle of Berlin in 1943 when the RAF attempted use cunning and technology to reach their targets and quotes the German night-fighter pilots trying to shoot them down. It even covers the hunt for the Tirpitz that W4964 took part in, carrying a Tallboy bomb to try to sink the battleship. Funny, thrilling, fascinating, shocking, sobering and above all, well written. Read this book.
Pen and Sword Aviation, 2013

Reviewed : 2015-05-27 20:02:56