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Featured battle : Cape Matapan

Part of Second World War

Date : 27 March 1941 - 29 March 1941

Aerial reconnisance on the 27th establish the presence of a significant Italian naval force approaching Crete. After early morning surface contacts between elements of the British and Italian navies the Italians attempted to break off the action. Fleet Air Arm attacks damaged and slowed some major units. Significant, if slightly confused, surface contact was made during the hours of darkness 28/29th March. Three 8" Italian cruisers and 1 destroyer were sunk. Other units including the battleship Vittorio Veneto were damaged.

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RAF Tucano T mk 1 Trainers

RAF Tucano T mk 1 Trainers

These two pictures show aircraft from the two squadrons comprising No.1 Flying Training School at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. The aircraft themselves are Tucano T1's designed by Embraer of Brazil but assembled by Shorts of Belfast, Northern Ireland. They are powered by a Garrett Turboprop developing 1151 static horse power and can reach 350mph and 25,000 feet altitude. They are also fully aerobatic, stressed from +6 to -2.5 G. The aircraft on the left is from No. 72 (Reserve) Squadron and that on the right No.207 (Reserve) Squadron.

Gallery updated : 2016-01-01 15:28:20

Featured review :

The Waterloo Archive. Volume II

Gareth Glover [Ed]
The second volume of this six volume series is a collection from German sources. Like the first vol. it is full of amazing, vivid first hand accounts which give insights into the many personal battles which made up Waterloo. These accounts are written by men of the King's German Legion, the Hanoverian and Nassau regiments and others. The translations manage to convey what I am sure were the facts and feeling of the original texts. The fog of war made real as 'We didn't see the enemy at all. We just loaded and fired at their musket smoke.' And the horror of the aftermath described 'the next day we marched passed a barn, outside was a huge pile of amputated limbs, some with uniforms still on. Inside the surgeons were still hard at work.' Gareth Glover has brought together a mass of rare and previously unpublished work and presented it in a readily accessible form. We cannot recommend it too highly.
Frontline Books, Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2010

Reviewed : 2015-01-08 11:41:25