Author Archives: Classicmilitary

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 »

D Day Preparations

Preparations for D Day Mulberry harbours, portable harbours developed by the British for offloading of vehicles and equipment onto beaches during the invasion of Normandy. D Day Deception Operation Fortitude was a major deception to mislead the Germans as to location of the landings. With the construction of dummy tanks, trucks, and landing craft, in Kent. This… Read More »

D Day planning

D Day Normandy The planning for D Day started in August 1943. General Bernard Montgomery was to be commander of all of the land forces involved in the invasion. The final plan was for amphibious landings by five divisions, with airborne support. During the Battle of Normandy, Montgomery would have 39 Allied divisions under his… Read More »


Dambusters raid 16th – 17th May 1943  The raid on the dams in the Ruhr valley was carried out on the night of 16th May 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, the Lancaster bombers returning in the early morning of the 17th. The Möhne and Edersee Dams had been breached, using the “bouncing… Read More »

P51 Mustang

P51 Mustang The all American hero, (not quite) Sir Henry Self was responsible for Royal Air Force’s production and research and development. One of his jobs was to organize the manufacturing and supply of American fighter aircraft for the RAF. The problem was,  at the time none of the U.S. aircraft then in production could… Read More »

Flying Fortress B17 prototype model 299

15 TON FLYING FORTRESS was the caption with the picture in the Seattle Daily Times, taken of the new Boeing Model 299 on the 16th of July 1935. The caption soon caught the attention of Boeing who quickly registered the name for their Model 299. It became one of the best known names for an aircraft… Read More »

American civil war ironclad CSS Atlanta

Scottish Schooner to American civil war Ironclad CSS Atlanta started life as an iron hulled, schooner, also powered by steam of about 700 tons, named Fingal. Built in Clydebank, Scotland she was launched early in 1861. For a short time she sailed to and from ports in Scotland until she was purchased by a Mr Bulloch in September… Read More »

German atomic bomb project

The German atomic bomb project was the research project undertaken by German physicists, with the goal of using the radioactive substance uranium for the ultimate power. Leo Szilard, Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr greatly boosted the British and American efforts in nuclear weapons research after becoming aware of the German atomic bomb project. The Manhattan Project… Read More »

Luftwaffe’s first fighter the Heinkel He 49/51

  The Heinkel He 49 was a fabric covered metal construction Biplane powered by a liquid cooled BMW VI engine producing 750 horsepower, giving it a top speed of 199 mph. The first prototype flew in November 1932, the He 49a. This was followed by two more prototypes the He 49b and He 49c. With the He49c having fairings on… Read More »