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Issue 176

ISSUE No. 176 (Code A176) — Now with Colour Comparisons

The Allied Capture of Trier — The city of Trier, located in the Rhineland, is the oldest city in Germany. Situated on the banks of the Mosel (Moselle) river. On March 2, 1945, Trier was captured by the US 10th Armored Division of Lieutenant General George S. Patton’s US Third Army. Karel Margry tells the story. Naming the Iwo Jima Flag-raisers — The picture taken by Associated Press war photographer Joe Rosenthal on top of Mount Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945 has always had a very special place in American history. In June 2016 the US Marine Corps formally announced that the identities of two of the men in the picture had in fact been identified incorrectly. Karel Margry explains how the record has been put straight. The Shelling of Patton’s Nancy HQ — Jim Sudmeier and Jérôme Leclerc describe how in early October 1944, the main headquarters of General Patton’s Third Army established itself in the city of Nancy in north-east France, setting up in military barracks and other buildings in the city. Almost as soon as the Americans arrived, and throughout the month of October, Nancy became the target of German long-range heavy-calibre railway guns. Murder at Comrie Camp — An audacious plot to break out 7,000 prisoners from a prison of war camp in Devizes, Wiltshire, was foiled by an informer. As a result 27 of the ringleaders were sent to Cultybraggan Camp in Scotland which was used to house die-hard Nazi prisoners. The prisoners suspected one of their own as the stool pigeon and took their revenge on him. After torturing and killing the man they were arrested and tried for his murder. Five of the men were found guilty of his murder and sentenced to death. We explain in depth the situation leading up to this and consequently the biggest mass execution to be held in Britain since the 1880s.

Issue 177

ISSUE No. 177 (Code A177) — Now with Colour Comparisons

THE BATTLE FOR KOBLENZ — The German city of Koblenz lies at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine rivers. In March 1945, as a side show to the main offensive by Lieutenant General George S. Patton’s US Third Army through the Saar-Palatinate region, the US 87th Infantry Division launched an attack on the city. In just two days of street-fighting, the Americans cleaned out the entire city. Karel Margry describes this amazing feat. Tragedy at Lake Poursollet — Jean Paul Pallud describes how on August 13, 1944, troops of the German 157. Reserve-Division made a surprise attack on a small force of French Maquis fighters at Lake Poursollet, high up in the Oisans mountains south-east of Grenoble in the French Alps. The Axis-Held Island of Rhodes — The Greek island of Rhodes — the largest in the ‘Dodecanese’ (meaning a group of 12 islands) — has throughout history been coveted by many empires. Gail Ramsey explains the period that it was occupied by the Axis. The Guns of Navarone — Following the transfer of the Dodecanese, including Rhodes, to Greece in 1947, the Treaty assured Turkey and Italy that the islands would be demilitarised. Thus in 1960 it was a diplomatic coup for Carl Foreman — then exiled from America under the anti-Communist clamp-down — to get permission to bring to Rhodes a large contingent of men and material from the Greek army to make this classic film.