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…”

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 16th, On this Day in…

Navy Wipes out a Convoy, Hits Port October 16th, 1940 The Navy has shown it’s power again. It has wiped out an entire German convoy, including the escorting Kriegsmarine vessels. After blasting Cherbourg last week they have now turned their big guns on Dunkirk, blasting the port and starting fires. The admiralty spokesman stated: “AContinue reading “October 16th, 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…”

On this Day in…

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…”

Operation Market Garden: The Battle of Arnhem

Operation Market Garden was an ambitious plan to punch a hole right through German lines and secure the key bridges that would allow a thrust into Germany itself. British and American airborne forces would be dropped at strategic locations close to the bridges in order to secure them and 30 Corps under the command ofContinue reading “Operation Market Garden: The Battle of Arnhem”

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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”

Sergeant Louis Massey: The Great Escape

There are many stories of daring escapes from Nazi prisoner of war camps during World War Two, but the story of Sergeant Louis Massey, 35, of the Royal Army Service Corps and is particularly impressive. Captured during the retreat of the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk, Sergeant Massey was sent to a German prisoner ofContinue reading “Sergeant Louis Massey: The Great Escape”

Operation Biting: Stealing the German’s top secret radar apparatus

One of the major races of World War Two was the race to develop a reliable radar system to detect enemy aircraft early enough to send up the fighter intercept groups to shoot them down. Of course, both sides were determined to conceal their progress from the other, and the development of these systems wasContinue reading “Operation Biting: Stealing the German’s top secret radar apparatus”

Jock Lewes: The Forgotten Founder of the SAS

David Stirling and Paddy Mayne are well known for their exploits as founder members of the SAS, the UK’s elite special forces, but less well known is the contribution of Lieutenant Jock Lewes, the original co-founder, who along with David Stirling helped to recruit and train the original members of the unit. Without Jock LewesContinue reading “Jock Lewes: The Forgotten Founder of the SAS”

WW2 Flying Accidents: The Enemy Within

During the war many pilots were lost to enemy action, but in the days before ground proximity radar, gps and electronic instruments, flying accidents were a real risk. The Forest of Bowland, an upland area consisting mainly of moorland in Lancashire gained a reputation as an area that caused pilots particular difficulties, mainly due toContinue reading “WW2 Flying Accidents: The Enemy Within”

Overcoming Adversity: Group Captain Douglas Bader

By the time of the Battle of Britain Douglas Bader had already fought a major battle, not with a foreign enemy, with adversity. At the age of just 21 Bader lost both his legs in a flying accident when his wing tip hit the ground during a display of aerobatics at the Reading Aerodrome; indeedContinue reading “Overcoming Adversity: Group Captain Douglas Bader”