23 September 2021
Editor Andy Saunders talks through what you can come to expect from reading the next issue of Iron Cross. On sale in most good newsagents 29.09.2021
THE WEHRMACHT’S WORKHORSE
The Panzer IV was the ‘standard’ German workhorse tank throughout the Second World War and Thomas Anderson charts its development and operational use from 1939 to 1945.
LETTERS FROM STALINGRAD
Powerful extracts from the last desperate letters of soldiers trapped at Stalingrad were reported on by army censors, the report held in German state archives. We take a glimpse at what they contained.
During the Second World War, large numbers of Belgians served willingly as volunteers in the Germany army. Jon Trigg outlines the background to this intriguing and controversial story.
THE HORNET’S STING
Drawing on recently uncovered German archive material, we present a unique look at the Nashorn SdKfz. 164 ‘Hornisse’ tank destroyer of the Second World War.
WITHDRAWN FROM ACTION?
The Junkers 87 Stuka and its part in the Battle of Britain is often misrepresented in terms of its supposed withdrawal from action. The Editor, Andy Saunders, sets the record straight.
GERMANS OF THE LONGEST DAY
Many of those who had parts in the epic 1960s D-Day film had served in the military during the Second World War and we look at the fascinating military service of German actors in the film.
ORDERS, DECORATIONS AND AWARDS
The grandiose and extraordinary Grand Cross in Onyx, uniquely produced for Hermann Göring, is put under a highly detailed forensic spotlight by our specialist contributor, Dietrich Maerz.
Through a veteran’s surviving paperwork and medals, Robin Schäfer unlocks the remarkable story of Dr Franz Bäke, a dentistturned-soldier and one of the Wehrmacht’s leading Panzer ‘aces’.
HIGH NOON DUEL OVER LONDON
On 15 September 1940, ‘Battle of Britain Day’, a Dornier 17-Z was famously brought down over central London after colliding with a Hurricane fighter. Andy Saunders separates myth from reality.
During the Second World War, large numbers of Belgians served willingly as volunteers in the Germany army. Jon Trigg outlines the background to what is an intriguing story. It is one which became somewhat controversial in post-war Belgium as many of those who volunteered for military duty in the service of the Nazis faced prosecution and degrees of ostracisation from an understandably vengeful population when they tried to return home after the war.
Robin Schäfer makes a detailed study of the famous Second World War German anti-tank weapon, the Panzerschreck.
Continuing the theme of 15 September 1940, the Iron Cross team unravel the history behind another Dornier 17-Z lost that same day after initially unidentified wreckage emerged from a French beach.
IMAGES OF WAR
Our focus for this issue is two remarkable studio portrait photos of German soldiers before they marched off to war, each one of them posing with studio ‘prop’ rifles which are captured British SMLEs.
Our film poster looks at a Luftwaffe-themed film produced during the early years of the war which focussed on Spain, France and operations over England.