Iron Cross - Issue 6
Grey Wolves | Panzer Taktik | Merlin v. Daimler Benz | 'Red Baron' relics | Russian armour v. Panzers | U-boat badges PLUS MORE!
On Sale: 30/09/2020
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Listed below are some details of our stunning array of content for Issue No 6 of Iron Cross magazine:
BECOMING GREY WOLVES
The commanders of U-boats during the Second World War were often household names in Germany, many of them being highly decorated ‘aces’. We look at the untold story of their training which set the Kriegsmarine’s selected officers on their paths to command.
ANATOMY OF AN EMIL
A Messerschmitt 109-E preserved in the Royal Air Force Museum’s collection at Hendon is not necessarily all that it might appear and we reveal the background story in this fascinating and detailed examination of the aircraft’s somewhat chequered history.
Often faced with superior technology and an overwhelming weight of numbers, the German Panzer arm during the Second World War often prevailed with stunning battlefield success. How this was achieved is described by Oberst a.D. Wolfgang Schneider.
A PRECARIOUS WAR
The award of the ‘Blue Max’ is often thought of in terms of flying ‘aces’ or soldiers with stellar careers, but we bring alive an intriguing and overlooked story of astonishing bravery and fortitude by an observation balloon officer on the Western Front.
The German army’s first encounter with Soviet armour came as a shock after the invasion of Russia in 1941, and in this feature we examine German pre-war intelligence on Russian tanks, and how ongoing intelligence on the Red Army’s armour was then gathered and assessed up until 1945.
In the second part of his study looking at German pilots who flew operationally in both world wars, we put three more interesting fliers in the spotlight – including a First World War flier turned internationally acclaimed baritone who was then killed as a Messerschmitt 110 pilot in 1939.
MERLIN VERSUS DB601
Debate has long raged as to the relative merits of the Messerschmitt 109, Spitfire and Hurricane during the Battle of Britain. But what of the engines which powered these fighters? We take a careful look at the two powerplants from the perspective of an engineer as a restorer and operator of historic aircraft with a detailed knowledge of all three aircraft. Our author comes up with conclusions that may be a surprise to many!
PHOTOS FROM THE FRONT
REAL TO REEL
In this new occasional series, we feature the real-life story of the U-boat commanders on whom the lead character in the iconic novel and screen production of Das Boot was based.
‘RED FALCON’ RELICS
A curator of the Australian War Memorial takes a close look at some preserved relics relating to the ‘Red Baron’, highlights their background and identifies some fakes.
A RING OF HONOUR
Published here for the first time, the story behind this unusual and ultra-rare award from the First World War, the Leiber Ring, is concisely set out in our Collecting Militaria pages. It is a feature which will doubtless become the definitive account of this award.
NOTES FROM THE ARMOURY
In this feature, a weapons expert sets out the history of the world’s first submachinegun, the MP18. It is a story which extends from the First World War to beyond 1945.
We look at how the propaganda war was fought and how that element of warfare played out for both sides and in both wars. Our first subject is a subversive leaflet aimed at demoralising U-boat crews.
BADGES, AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
The U-boat badge of the Second World War is put under the metaphoric magnifying glass.