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 »

Yokosuka D4Y

Classic Military Aircraft The Yokosuka D4Y Suisei was a Dive bomber operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Known as ‘Judy’ to the Allied forces. The D4Y was one of the fastest dive-bombers of the war and replace the slower Aichi D3A, after delays in production. Development of the aircraft began in 1938, it was powered by a liquid-cooled inverted… Read More »

D Day Inland

D Day Inland The first Allied action of D-Day was the Ox and Bucks assault by glider at 00:16 at Pegasus Bridge, and the bridge over the Orne. The British paratroopers stated landing near Ranville at 00:50.   Meanwhile the American paratroopers stated to land some time later, unfortunately it turned into organised chaos. The Americans… Read More »

D Day the invasion

D Day The gliders of the Ox and Bucks’s gliders landed within yards of their objectives from 16 minutes past midnight on the 6th of June. The first allied troops to land and captured the bridges within 10 minutes. They lost two men, Lance corporal Fred Greenhalgh drowned in a pond where the glider he… Read More »

D Day minus one

D Day beaches General Rommel knew that the Normandy coast was a possible landing point for the invasion. He arranged for the beaches to be protected, with mines and anti-tank obstacles. The south coast was full of men and equipment ready for the invasion The invasion had started, the landings on the D Day beaches… Read More »