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Featured battle : Leutasch Pass

Part of French War of the Third Coalition

Date : 04 November 1805

One of two battles fought for passes in close proximity to one another. About one third of the Austrians were local militia. The French had the advantage of numbers and in the speed of their well coordinated attack. Taking this pass outflanked the Scharnitz in which the French were being held. The following day Ney's VI Corps occupied Innsbruck.

Featured image :

Alvis Saracen Armoured Car

Alvis Saracen Armoured Car

Gallery updated : 2019-01-06 16:35:56

Featured review :

Luck of a Lancaster

Thorburn, Gordon
Now this is an excellent book. It is ostensibly the career of one Lancaster bomber – W4964 J-Johnny – 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 ‘J’ 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