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As we were completing the Briefing Roomfor this issue, I foundmyself considering the fate of two fascinating vessels from the Second World War that have been, or are in danger of being, lost to future generations. Of quite different designs and backgrounds, both had participated in some of themost important Allied operations of the SecondWorldWar.


As Nick Hall points out, the former Harbour Defence Motor Launch ML1301 which recently sank at her moorings in the Netherlands (see page 7) was a veteran of Operation Husky. The one-time HMS Ryde, on the other hand, saw action off Omaha Beach on D-Day (see page 6). Despite valiant efforts to save her, it would seem that this paddle steamer is about to be broken up.


Whilst I appreciate the wider issues surrounding maintaining maritime vessels, such as size and storage, as well as the difficulties imposed by the current financial constraints, it still saddensme to think that the surviving reminders of our wartime naval heritage continue to dwindle in number.


On a different note, I am pleased to report that the brand new Britain at War website has gone live! As well as having the latest news stories and a large selection of archived features, it allows you to purchase back issues and binders or take advantage of the latest excellent value subscription offers. Every month it will include a number of fascinating new articles that will not appear in the magazine.


To find out exactly what will be going online for August, see page 101.


Martin Mace Editor COVER STORY


STUKA ATTACK!


On 18 August 1940, a force of the Luftwaffe‘s Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive-bombers attacked the radar station at Poling. During the raid one lone NCO – Corporal Joan Hearn-Avis – remained at her post. Her actions that day, revealed here on page 65, led to the award of theMilitaryMedal. Thismonth’s cover image isOpen Assault by Robert Taylor©TheMilitary Gallery, England. For more information visit: www.militarygallery.com


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