The Headlines on this Day…

Monday 7th of December 1914 King George Meets King Albert and Reviews Belgium Soldiers King George’s historic visit to his soldiers is at an end, and his majesty is back in London. Regardless of all personal danger, he visited trenches while shells were bursting but a little distance away. “That is all the more reasonContinue reading “The Headlines on this Day…”

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Friday 27th November 1914 Loss of HMS Bulwark: British Battleship Blown up in Sheerness Harbour While Band Played: “Tragic Accident” The battleship Bulwark was blown up at Sheerness Harbour early yesterday morning. At the time of the Explosion the band of the battleship was playing. Only twelve men were saved out of a crew whichContinue reading “The Headlines on this Day on…”

Rewind: The Headlines on October 19th in… (Part II)

Monday October 19th, 1914 Brilliant Naval Feat off the Dutch Coast: Victory for the Hero of the Amphion Glorious news came from the sea on Saturday, the Admiralty announcing that the British had sunk four German destroyers off the Dutch coast. The vessels taking part in this brilliant victory were the light cruiser Undaunted, andContinue reading “Rewind: The Headlines on October 19th in… (Part II)”

25th of October – On this Day Special

World War 1 25th of October 1917 VC Hero at Passchendaele The third battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) is now into a third month. The British currently hold Hill 60, a spoil heap on the Ypres-Comines railway. It was during this battle that 2nd Lieutenant Hugh Colvin from Burnley Earned his Victoria Cross. Colvin started hisContinue reading “25th of October – On this Day Special”

October 19th – On This Day in…

October 19th, 1940 ONLY 400 NEW CARS LEFT The manufacturing of new cars for civilian use has been suspended in Britain. There are now only around 400 new cars for sale in the country. The following announcement came from the Ministry of Transport: “a recent inquiry into the numbers of new cars in the handsContinue reading “October 19th – On This Day in…”

October 15th – On this Day in…

Ajax Again – Sinks 3 Italians October 15th, 1940 HMS Ajax, the famous cruiser which battered the Graf Spee in the River Plate battle , has sunk 2 Italian destroyers and, in the face of heavy odds, crippled another in two brilliant Mediterranean Actions. HMS York finished off the damaged vessel and then the navyContinue reading “October 15th – On this Day in…”

October 12th – On this Day in…

RAF Strike by Day and Night October 12th 1941 After daylight sweeps over the channel in which RAF fighters shot down seven enemy fighter aircraft for the loss of two aircraft, the RAF carried out another fierce bombing raid on the French side of the channel the same night. Large fires were set on theContinue reading “October 12th – On this Day in…”

October 11th – On this Day in…

October 11th, 1940 Navy Guns Nazi Port Big guns of the Royal Navy carried out a terrific bombardment of the Nazi held port of Cherbourg. Helped by RAF spotting planes the Navy blazed away at the docks, and shipping, and the fires could be seen some forty miles away. An RAF Squadron Leader who wasContinue reading “October 11th – On this Day in…”

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St. Pauls Bombed 10th October 1940 In a show of defiance, Evensong was sung in the crypt of bombed St Pauls Cathedral. The choir assembled in the shadows of the crypt beneath the ruined high altar which was hit during a night time Nazi bombing raid. Canon Alexander who was sleeping in the crypt whenContinue reading “On this Day in…”

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R.A.F. Harassing Italians Mussolini’s Desert Problems 8th of October 1940 The RAF has pursued its harassing of the Italians in Egypt with a bomber attack on a motor transport concentration and army tents near Sidi Barrani. Sidi Barrani is the farthest point attained by the Italians in last months advance into Egypt, and it isContinue reading “On this Day in…”

7th of October

One Fatality in Long Raid 7th of October 1940 – Liverpool Hit by Waves of Planes Liverpool suffered a bombing raid for the first time in a week. Waves of enemy aircraft spent several hours over the city. Despite the extended raid there was only one reported fatality as well as slight damage to aContinue reading “7th of October”