In the brutality of the Second World War, people were herded, contained, not knowing what would happen to them, if the next bullet fired would be for them. But that did not mean that they went quietly, like cattle. They fought back against the fascists, determined to make sure the story of their struggle survived […]
It seemed that the Grossin brothers couldn’t be more different. Marc was a mild-mannered watchmaker – the occupying German garrison had used his skills to mend various timepieces dotted around their base. Meanwhile, his younger brother, Bernard, was a member of the local French Resistance and he had begun to wonder if Marc was getting […]
A veteran of the battle to defend Malta in 1942, Flight Lieutenant Jim Newman remembered barely surviving against Italian Macchi 200 aircraft. A couple of years later, when promoted to Squadron Leader in the Balkan Air Force – a multinational unit based in Yugoslavia and fighting the Luftwaffe – the Englishman was less than pleased […]
Lieutenant Pete Wade was very glad to see the last of Greece. He had seen too many brave men die facing hopeless odds as the Nazis swarmed in with overwhelming numbers. But he wouldn’t have been nearly so pleased if he’d known that he’d be sent back to Greece…by parachute, at dead of night. And […]
Meet Clive Rushden, brilliant Hurricane pilot. Meet Mark Rushden, young Commando officer. They were brothers, but put them in the same room and they’d be at each other’s throats. What a pair to choose for one of the most daring missions ever conceived – and behind enemy lines.
Towards the end of the Second World War, the Balkan Air Force operated over Greece and Yugoslavia, supplying the Partisans and fighting Axis air power. Made up of men and aircraft of many different nationalities, it was an uneasy alliance at the best of times. Former enemies were expected to put aside their differences and […]