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The Great Escape: The True Story of the Attempted Escape from Stalag Luft III

The True Story of the Attempted Escape from Stalag Luft III (24–25 March 1944) Ever since 1963 western film-viewers have been aware of the infamous break-out of Allied prisoners-of-war from the Stammlager Luft III POW camp in south-western Poland. Yet while The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen served to immortalise a version of the story, […]

The Rise of the Paratrooper: The Bruneval Raid (February 27–28th, 1942)

The Bruneval Raid (February 27–28th, 1942) The Second World War witnessed the first widespread use of paratroopers as military units. The first military parachute jump had actually been carried out by the Italians in the final weeks of the First World War, but this was from a low altitude and the concept did not enter […]

The Only Sailor To Receive The Medal Of Honor: Henry Breault

On the morning of October 14th, 1900, in the outskirts of Putnam, Connecticut, a young Henry Breault was born. A man who would come to gain great fame until his untimely death in 1941 at the age of 41. He is famous and widely known as the first and only submariner who has ever been […]

Striking Back after Pearl Harbor: The Doolittle Raid (April 18th, 1942)

The Doolittle Raid (April 18th, 1942) Some military engagements result in victories which are of little strategic military value for the winning side, but which are of immense benefit for the morale and psychology of the victors. Few operations were as significant in this respect as what has become known as the Doolittle Raid. This […]

The Greatest Raid of Them of All: The St Nazaire Raid

What has been termed The Greatest Raid of Them of All took place on the 28th of March 1942 at the height of the Second World War. This was the St Nazaire Raid, an amphibious attack by Britain on the port of St Nazaire at the mouth of the River Loire in western France, where […]

The Brodie Helmet

Grandpa?” I turned my head in the direction of the trapdoor. My hair and clothing were covered in dust and spiderwebs. “Yeah? Did you find the pictures? I’d come up to help but my knees are killing me.” “Not yet. But I’ve found something else. I think it’s a helmet.” “Does it look like a […]