Iron Cross - Issue 7
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BRITISH STEEL – IRON CROSS
We look at the fascinating story of the use of captured British tanks by the German army, ‘Beutetanks’, during the First World War and how they fared against their former ‘owners’. It was a truly astonishing episode in the history of the war.
THE SPITFIRE IS MORIBUND
When the mighty Focke-Wulf 190 came into service in 1941, the RAF’s Spitfires were outclassed - the British being very keen to get their hands on an example along with the engine that powered it. We examine the unlikely tales as to how that was achieved.
PAINTING WITH CHAMPAGNE
In an exclusive feature, the career of Hans Liska and his famous war artistry is examined. With the cooperation of his family, we reveal previously unknown details and unique photographs, along with some fine examples of his stunning work.
CHARGING THE MYTH
The use of cavalry by the German and British armies during 1914 has been the subject of much historical debate across the decades. But what was the truth about the opposing cavalry forces when they met during the early months of the First World War?
The men of the ‘Dirlewanger Unit’ was composed largely of convicts, social outcasts, sexual deviants and even Concentration Camp inmates serving under duress. They were responsible for some of the worst excesses of the war and we examine how this odious unit came into being.
VON MÜCKE’S RISE AND FALL
When a German naval officer became a national hero during the First World War, his glory was shortlived. Not favoured by his superiors, Helmuth von Mücke went on have a brief dalliance with the Nazis, but then fell-foul of them and then with the new political order in post-war Germany.
Despite being outnumbered, the Panzer force of the Second World War often achieved outstanding success in the face of overwhelming odds. Such successes were due to superior and well-rehearsed tactics. Ultimately, of course, the Allied weight of numbers and combined resources could not be beaten.
WAITING FOR SEALION
Had Germany launched its proposed invasion of Britain in 1940, ‘Operation Sealion’, it would have done so with limited resources to get its armies across the English Channel. However, a Luftwaffe officer came up with an ingenious partial solution to the problem which involved ferries built from pontoons. Some of these remarkable craft, the Sibel Ferries, were powered by deck-mounted aircraft engines and propellers. Others were fitted with multiple 88mm artillery pieces.
BADGES, DECORATIONS & AWARDS
In our regular series, we look this time and the German Panzerabzeichen, or tank badge, of the Second World War.
In a new occasional series, we take readers back to battlefields and sites of the First and Second World War. In this issue, we look at the Luftwaffe airfield at Triqueville in Normandy.
In our regular series, we examine the story behind two German photographs dating from the First World War and revealing the story behind one – but leaving open the mystery of the other!
In a ground-breaking feature our resident awards expert looks at the sometimes astonishing history behind the Iron Cross of the First World War.
PHOTOS FROM THE FRONT
Our colourised feature photograph is a fine study of a Luftwaffe ‘ace’ standing by the tail of his victory-marked Focke-Wulf 190.
We present an unusual and seasonal poster from the First World War, urging the good folk of Hamburg to be generous in donating gifts for servicemen at the front.