After the Battle Bound Volume No. 34 (AfterTheBattle)
After the Battle Bound Volume No. 34
ISBN: 1 870067 68 1
In the 34th bound volume of After the Battle (issues 133 to 136) battlefields are explored from North Africa to the Pacific.
Our long-standing author, Jean Paul Pallud (Battle of the Bulge, Blitzkrieg and Rückmarsch), turns his gimlet eye on North Africa, focussing on the battle of Kasserine in 1943. The first battle against the highly competent Afrikakorps was a disaster for the green and poorly-led Americans. Jean Paul follows the course of the fighting in Tunisia, producing excellent comparisons in the inhospitable, barren landscape.
The Japanese developed Rabaul on New Britain in the South Pacific into a strategic base with naval facilities and airfields to give them air superiority in the region. Too strong to be invaded, it was neutralised by heavy and sustained Allied air attacks from September 1943 onwards, its garrison left to wither away until the Japanese surrender. A major eruption of Rabaul’s active volcano in 1994 has significantly altered the landscape, yet many relics of the campaign still remain in situ today.
Back in Europe, Editor Karel Margry visits Germany and presents detailed accounts of two significent events which took place there in 1945. First he covers the battle for Bremen, the major port on the River Weser which was both a major Kriegsmarine base and important industrial centre vital to the German war effort. It was also one of the last cities captured by the British Army, the blow-by-blow battle being illustrated with fascinating comparison photographs.
The second German ‘capture’ concerns not a city but an individual who had been a thorn in the side of the British throughout the war: the propaganda broadcaster William Joyce, better known to the listening public as the traitor ‘Lord Haw-Haw’. The detailed account covers his role as a leading member of Mosely’s pre-war Blackshirts; his escape to Germany just before hostilities broke out in 1939; his wartime broadcasts from Berlin and Hamburg which caused both anxiety and loathing in Britain; his fortuitous apprehension by two soldiers in April 1945, and subsequent controversial execution.
Wreck investigation stories cover a Japanese bomber in the Pacific; a tank on the Eastern Front, and a hydraucially-operated airfield defence pillbox in England. Other features include the making of the classic war film They Were Not Divided; a little-known exploit of a young American who fought with the Australians; the surrender of Nauru and Ocean Islands; an air battle in May 1940 over Holland, plus of course a round-up of follow-ups on previous issues ‘From the Editor’.