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Details about  The War Illustrated #249 (Crete, Moscow, LRDG, SAS, HMS Truant, General Giffard)

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The War Illustrated #249 (Crete, Moscow, LRDG, SAS, HMS Truant, General Giffard)
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Used: An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of ... Read moreabout the condition
Type: Books
Service: All Services Era: 1914-1945
Country/ Organization: Worldwide Conflict: World War II (1939-1945)
Issued/ Not-Issued: Issued




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Read about World War II as it happened and as it was portrayed to the British public.  This newspaper was published every two weeks from the start of hostilities in 1939 through the war and until 1947. 


As its title suggests this publication contains a wealth of archive material including dozens of photographs from the various news agencies in each issue.  It does therefore include photographic material covering every theatre of conflict and taken from both the allies and axis lines, although, as one would expect, the text and the accounts of action do have a definite bias towards the allied forces.


Please note:  These newspapers are 100% original (not copies or reprints) and as such, due to their age, may contain slight yellowing of the pages, staple rust marks, missing or loose staples and other marks or signs of their age.  This does however add to their authenticity and every copy is perfectly readable and every issue will posted in appropriate packaging to afford maximum protection.







The War Illustrated, Vol. 10; # 249


(January 3rd, 1947)


Front cover:


Nigeria’s namesake, H.M.S. Nigeria recently paid a visit to Lagos, the capital of the West African Colony and Protectorate, where she is here seen in harbour.  Of several official ceremonies marking the occasion the most important was a service at Christ Church Cathedral, at which the ships company paraded behind the Royal Marines band.  Cordial relations established by this visit were enhanced by facilities granted to the local inhabitants to inspect the warship.  H.M.S. Nigeria is a cruiser of 8,000 tones displacement, with a main armament of twelve, guns and a designed speed of 33 knots.


In this issue:


When Great Battle Of Thunder Rolled Over Crete  (Photos of air raids on Crete and also German troops waiting to embark transport planes)


Great Stories Of The War Retold:  Was The Defence Of Crete A Turning Point?  (A 2-page account of the defence and fall of Crete)


Trooping The Colour For The First Time In Japan  (Photos of the ceremony by the Royal Welch Fusiliers)


How The Aluminium House Is Erected In Minutes  (A series of photos showing the production and erection of prefabricated homes)


His Majesty’s Ships:  H.M.S. Truant  (A full page photo of this submarines with historical notes inset)


Records Of The Regiments:  1939 – 1945  (5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards – including photos of the regiment in Normandy and crossing the Seine)


Inniskilling Dragoon Guards:  Normandy Memories  (Includes photos of the regiment at Aunay-Sur-Odon and Bonneville amongst others)


Our Last Display Of Wartime Art  (4 pages of reproduced artists work depicting wartime events)


General Giffard’s Claim To Fame  (The achievements of perhaps the least known of all the British generals who held high command)


Europe’s Wartime Capitals In 1946:  Moscow


The Swiftly Changing Face Of Post-War Moscow  (Photos of Moscow after the war)


“I Was There”  (We covered the landings in Sicily)


“I Was There”  (Our badge was the venomous scorpion – the Long Range Desert Group)


“I Was There”  (I fought the Germans underground)


Watchers And Watched In The Western Desert  (Photos of the L.R.D.G. on patrol)


plus more


This issue is 32 pages of fascinating World War II military history written and portrayed as it happened.  The staples are rusted however continue to hold all pages securely.  All pages are present and free from tears, creases and significant marks other than age-related discolouration typical on newsprint of this era (see photograph).  This issue is in very good overall condition considering its age.










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UK 1st Class                              One issue £1.80            each extra issue £0.45

UK 2nd Class                             One Issue £1.65            each extra issue £0.35

Europe Air Mail                        One Issue £4.45            each extra issue £0.95

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Please note these rates apply to The War Illustrated magazines only, posted in the same package and are maximum rates.  Packages with 3 or more magazines will be re-weighed prior to invoicing and the postage rate may be lower than that indicated above. 


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Are you interested in Aviation History, Aircraft from the 30’s and 40’s (particularly Military Aircraft) or Aircraft Modelling?


“Aeronautics” is a technical aviation magazine published in the pre and post war years and also throughout the Second World War.  Full of technical information, photographs, plans, diagrams and evaluations this publication also contains a wealth of information for modellers. These magazines are printed on high quality paper for the times and have stood up to the rigour of use and age better than most publications of this period with most wear being confined to the front and back cover.


These magazines are 100% original (not copies or reprints) and due to their age will contain some wear and tear that will be described in the individual listing.  As the publishers were reliant on advertising from the aircraft and associated industries the number of pages does vary from issue to issue.  This in turn means the weight also varies and therefore postage is individually calculated for each issue.  The format is 11.75 inches (30cm) x 8.75 inches (22.5cm) except for those publications between April 1942 and November 1947 which are 10.75 inches (27.5cm) x 7.75 inches (20cm).


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