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July 2018

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Military Despatches is an online monthly digital magazine aimed at military enthusiasts.

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What’s in the July Issue?

Ten misconceptions about World War II
Ten things about World War II that most people believe. But how many of them are nothing more misconceptions?

Military Manifestations
Matt O’Brien takes a closer look at things that go bump in the night.

A matter of survival - Facing disaster
In South Africa, 16 June is celebrated as Youth Day.  In this article we look at four notable military accomplishments by youngsters.

A matter of survival - Survival pouch
Part three in our new survival series. This month we look at survival stresses and the basics needs for survival

Rank Structure - WWII Japanese Military
This month we look at the Japanese Military in World War II.

That’s our motto
This month we give you a motto (in English) and you tell us who it’s associated with.

Sea Cadets show UCT students how to lead
By Sinethemba Ncetani, UCT Geology student & Groote Schuur Residence 2018 Subwarden.

The plot(s) to kill Hitler
Even before the Nazis came to power in 1933 there were at least four attempts on Adolf Hitler’s life. From the time Hitler came to power until he committed suicide on 30 April 1945, there were at least 28 assassination attempts on his life. We look at some of them.

Main Battle Tanks
This month we look at the Main Battle Tanks of ten countries.

Heinrich Himmler
One of Hitler’s most loyal sycophants and the architect of the Holocaust, yet at the end he would spectacularly betray his master.

The Hunter Group
This year the Hunter Group, which later went on to become 2 Reconnaissance Commando, would have turned 50 years old.

Operation Babylon
While most of the world condemned Israel’s attack on the Iraqi nuclear facility at al-Tuwaitha , Operation Babylon actually did the world a huge favour.

Game Review - Empire: Total War
With bold ambitions to expand his empire Matt O’ Brien sets out to conquer Europe, the Americas, and India. That’s if he doesn’t get lost at sea again.

Movie Review - The Longest Day
A World War II epic.

Book Review - “Mad Mike” Hoare: The Legend
In this biography Chris Hoare separates the man from the myth in a way only a son can.

The Lighter Side: Nice to meet you
One things was certain for anyone that did national service - you would get to meet a lot of new and interesting people.

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