Phoenix Squadron: HMS Ark Royal, Britain’s last Topguns and the untold story of their most dramatic mission

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A perfect demonstration of the power and flexibility of carrier air power. In 1972 the appearance of Buccaneer aircraft from HMS Ark Royal instantly deterred Guatemalan aggression against British Honduras.

The Silent Service

One of the great untold stories of the British services is that of the Royal Navy Submarine Service which entered the fray in World War I with 100 underwater craft. Through World War II, where submariners’ prospects of returning safely from a mission were only 50:50, the Falklands conflict and the sinking of the Belgrano, to present-day elite machines, the Silent Service has played an enormous part in British defence. John Parker’s in-depth investigation is very much personality led with diaries from the early part of the century to substantial first-person testimony from survivors of wartime heroics (when many VCs were won).