Furst Bismarck

SMS Furst Bismarck (Prince Bismarck) was the first armoured cruiser built for the Imperial German Navy She was built in the Imperial Dockyard in Kiel, Germany and was intended for service in the far east. She was named after the German chancellor Otto von Bismarck and launched in 1897. The SMS Furst Bismarck had a displacement of 10,700 tons and a crew of 529, her overall… Read More »

Military Vehicles Day

This year’s Military Vehicles Day at Brooklands Motor racing circuit in Weybridge, Surrey.  Was very well attended by the public and military vehicles, with a good selection ranging from a Great War lorry to Toyota pick up’s in military trim from present times. The show as always was a very friendly event, all things being… Read More »

Jimmy Doolittle before the raid on Japan

Jimmy Doolittle enlisted in the Signal Corps Reserve as a flying cadet in October 1917. Learned to fly at Rockwell Field, California. He was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Signal Officers Reserve Corps of the U.S. Army on March 11, 1918. In September 1922, he made the first cross-country flight, from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, to San Diego, California, in 21 hours and 19 minutes, making only… Read More »

American Tanks of WW1

The first American tanks of WW1 were a license built copy of the Renault FT tank, the M1917  production of American Tanks of WW1 began in 1918, with the first vehicles coming off the production line in October. Ten of the new tanks were sent to France in November and December of 1918, after the war had finished. The M1917 was used by the US Light Tank… Read More »

P47 Thunderbolt

Classic Military Aircraft  P47 Thunderbolt, the largest and heaviest fighter aircraft to have served with the USAAF in WW2. It was built by Republic from 1941-1945 and was powered by the Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, which drove a four blade propeller of 12 feet 2 inches in diameter. With a wingspan of 42 feet 7 inches… Read More »

HMHS Britannic

HMHS Britannic steamed out of Southampton on the 12th of November 1916 just after midday bound for Mudros on the island of Lemnos, in the North Aegean, Greece. Stopping at Naples for coal on route. She was the largest ship in the world at that time, being the last and largest of the three Olympic class… Read More »

Westland Whirlwind

Classic Military Aircraft  The Westland Whirlwind was a British twin-engined heavy fighter built by Westland Aircraft. It first flew in October 1938, the Westland Whirlwind was one of the fastest and most heavily-armed aircraft in the world at that time. The aircraft had a top speed of 360 miles per hour and had a service ceiling of 30,000… Read More »

Boy Soldiers of the Somme 1st July

The aftermath of the first day Boy Soldiers of the Somme 1st July 1916 The 1/6th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment (part of the 11th Brigade) were due to attack the Heidenkopt (Quadrilateral redoubt) on the morning of the 1st of July 1916. At 07.20 am the Hawthorn ridge mine exploded about 1,500 yards to the… Read More »

Battle of the Somme

One hundred years ago today Battle of the Somme During the early morning of the 1st July 1916, the 16th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, moved out of Auchonvillers to their positions in support of the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, of which two companies had moved forward to the sunken lane at about 03-00 am that morning. Among the… Read More »

HMS Hood

The first ship to carry the name Hood was H.M.S. Lord Hood 1797-1798 She was hired by the Admiralty from her owners and commissioned on 3rd of May 1797. she was a 361 ton vessel of 14 guns. She was employed on convoy duties in the North Sea. Her captain was Commander John Larmour. No other records of her… Read More »