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It has been an interesting few weeks on Warfare, marking several anniversaries including the sinking of HMS Hood and the flying of Operation Chastise, the ingenious Dambusters Raid on the dams of the industrial Ruhr area of Germany. Susan Ottoway's account of The Life of Guy Gibson follows Gibson's role in the raid and includes some dramatic images of the aftermath of the attacks.

Hood The Battlecruiser HMS Hood

Extracted from HMS Hood An Illustrated Biography 1916-1941 by Bruce Taylor and reproduced by permission of Pen and Sword Books Ltd.

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Dambuster Guy Gibson VC DSO DFC Dambuster Guy Gibson VC DSO DFC

Extract from Dambuster: The Life of Guy Gibson VC DSO DFC by Susan Ottaway and reproduced by permission of Pen and Sword Books Ltd.

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The 'Mighty Hood' was the last battlecruiser ever built for the Royal Navy and was struck by German shells during the Battle of Denmark Strait on 24 May 1941 and 'died in action', a huge loss for the British who were promptly instructed by Winston Churchill to 'Sink the Bismarck'.

Bismark 'Sink the Bismark'

Extracted from Bismarck: The Epic Chase by Jim Crossley and reproduced by permission of Pen and Sword Books Ltd.

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Warfare is thrilled to feature a second article from RAF Airman Sergeant Alex Ford, following the recent sharing of images on social media sites showing The Afghanistan You Never See, which featured in the centre spread of this week's Sunday Mirror. The photographs shared under this hashtag give insight to the work troops are carrying out day-to-day in Afghanistan, and the people they are helping there; a soldier's eye view of the positive side of Afghanistan, which is rarely covered by the media. The images have been picked up by celebrities on Twitter and retweeted over 10,000 times.

Afghan The Afghanistan You Never See

Popular MOD-sponsored blogger RAF Airman shares some of his favourite images taken from Afghanistan, showing day-to-day life on deployment and some of the people he met.

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Also new on Warfare this week: A Talent For Adventure - the remarkable wartime exploits of Lieutenant Colonel Pat Spooner MBE, and a spotlight on the charity Combat Stress.

Talent A Talent for Adventure

The remarkable wartime exploits of Lt Col Pat Spooner MBE (Mil), by Pat Spooner, reproduced from A Talent For Adventure by permission of Pen and Sword Books Ltd.

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Combat Stress Combat Stress

A spotlight on the military charity Combat Stress.

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More major naval anniversaries added to Warfare this week, with an epic two-part article on the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916 - the greatest naval engagement of the First World War, if not any war. From the Great War at sea, to the War in the Far East, 4 June marks the anniversary of the Battle of Midway, six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the United States Navy decisively defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) attack against Midway Atoll in what has been described as 'the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare.'

Midway The Battle of Midway

Extracted from Midway - Dauntless Victory by Peter C Smith and reproduced by permission of Pen and Sword Books Ltd.

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