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Bound Volumes > No. 33 (2006)

Each year we bind the latest four issues of the magazine into hardback 'Bound Volumes', complete with index. Order early to avoid disappointment as we only produce a specific number of copies.

Bound Volume No. 32 (2005) Bound Volume No. 33 (2006) Bound Volume No. 34 (2007) Bound Volume No. 35 (2008)
Bound Volume No. 36 (2009) Bound Volume No. 37 (2010) Bound Volume No. 38 (2011) Bound Volume No. 39 (2012)

Bound Volume No. 32


This 33rd bound volume of After the Battle (issues 129 to 132) includes major features on the battle for Florence in mid-July 1944, and for Leipzig in April 1945 which was one of the last big German cities to be captured by the American army in World War II.

We also visit Papua New Guinea where in February 1944 the US Fifth Air Force despatched a force of 156 light, medium and heavy bombers to attack the Japanese base of Kavieng on New Ireland; France to describe the commemoration of the clandestine Allied parachutists who jumped in the Alps during the Second World War in Operation ‘Spindle’; Italy where in April 1945 the 2nd New Zealand Division launched an attack from its bridgehead across the Sillaro river near Sesto Imolese in the course of which Lance-Corporal John Tucker of the 27th Battalion knocked out two German Panther tanks but was cut down by Spandau fire whilst attacking a third, and to Germany, the location of Flossenbürg, one of the deadliest Nazi concentration camps where at least 30,000 perished.

Daniel Taylor, author of Villers-Bocage Through the Lens, has revisited that town and presents a re-appraisal of the battle when the Sharpshooters came up against the German tank ace Michael Wittmann.
The underwater discoveries of the cruiser Charybdis and the destroyer Limbourne 63 years after they were sunk by German torpedoes in the English Channel, is contrasted by a trip back in time to the Desert Training Center established by the US Army in California/Arizona in 1942 under General George S. Patton to prepare troops for warfare against the German Afrikakorps in North Africa. We also explore the labyrinth of tunnels beneath the medieval Dover Castle on the white cliffs facing the Channel, used as a secret headquarters ever since Admiral Ramsay masterminded the evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940.

We also tell the stories of the controversial war memorial in Tokyo – the Yasukuni Jinja shrine - a legacy of Japan’s pre-war union of religion and state, and, controversial for reasons of grandeur, the National World War II Memorial in Washington inaugurated in May 2004 to honour all those that served, fought and died during the Second World War.

It was also in Washington during the American Civil War that the estate surrounding Arlington house, situated on a hilltop overlooking the Potomac river, was requisitioned by the Union Army to create what is now probably the best known national cemetery in the world.

Other features cover the end of a Halifax crew over Germany and the worst aircraft crash in the UK during the war when an American B-24 Liberator bomber came down in Freckleton in rural Lancashire killing 61 people.

Finally, Jean Paul Pallud tells the story of the Norwegian King who withdrew to Great Britain on June 7, 1940 following the German invasion of his country, and takes us through to his return on June 7, 1945 . . . five years to the day of his departure.

Plus our From the Editor feature which contains readers’ letters and follow-up stories from pervious issues.