In March 1945, in an effort to destroy the Gestapo archives in Copenhagen, the RAF mounted a low-level Mosquito raid on the headquarters in the Shell House. Although the operation was deemed a success, this was overshadowed when bombs were mis-directed onto a school, leading to the deaths of 86 Danish children and ten of their teachers. The Shell House raid opens Volume 29, every story being illustrated with "then and now" comparison photographs for which After the Battle publications are known. The German revenge weapons - the V3 long-range gun and the V4 multi-stage rocket - are also the subject of a major feature. Although the weapons did not have a decisive effect on the outcome of the war, nevertheless they warranted further investigation and Jean Paul Pallud describes the development and operation of both weapons and illustrates the launch sites - then and now. Pallud also covers the Battle of the Mons Pocket in Belgium, an American campaign in September 1944 which ended with the surrender of more than 25,000 German troops. PLUTO was the acronym for the pipelines laid between Britain and France in 1944 to deliver fuel to the advancing armies on the Continent.
A detailed account covers its invention, development and manufacture, together with comparison photos of the various sites involved on both sides of the Channel. At the end of the war, surrendered U-Boats were sunk in the Atlantic; in this volume we tell the story of a diving expedition to find and identify those wrecks on the seabed. We also visit battlefields at Cecina in Italy; Guam and New Guinea in the Pacific; explore the Valley of Death in Latvia; the wastes of Iceland, and the peaceful countryside of Essex, all in the search of the vestiges of the war. Finally, the work looks at the contrasting ways that man has commemorated the conflicts and sacrifices of war. First in a province in Canada where natural features are named after fallen servicemen, and then the United Kingdom where Britain unveiled its magnificent Cenotaph in 1920. Since then, nearly 50,000 memorials have been erected in the United Kingdom, all those surviving now being listed on the UK Inventory of War Memorials.