This new visual interactive timeline and map is the latest in digital initiatives released by ABMC. It is designed to allow the user to view the key events of World War I across time or geography. Free to all users via the ABMC Multimedia Web Page it’s a strong tool for helping students or history buffs understand the key events of World [...]
In the week of the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid, Dame Judi became a patron member of the Upkeep Club, a name chosen to reflect both its purpose and to reference Bomber Command’s most famous night, when bouncing bombs codenamed Upkeep breached two Ruhr dams.The RAF Benevolent Fund, which has taken on the guardianship of the memorial, is looking [...]Read more...
Independent: Zdenek Skarvada, who has died aged 95, was one of the last surviving Czech or Slovak pilots who flew fighters or bombers in the RAF during the Second World War. They took heavy casualties: 32 Czech fighter pilots were killed in his 310 Squadron alone and 480 overall in RAF fighters or bombers. After the engine of his Spitfire [...]Read more...
Rian.ru reports: Russia will decommission and scrap two of the largest submarines in the world by 2018, a defense industry source told RIA Novosti on Tuesday. The Severstal and the Arkhangelsk, both Project 841 (Typhoon-class) ballistic-missile submarines, based at Severodvinsk on the White Sea, will be withdrawn from the Navy by the end of this year and will begin to [...]Read more...
Being in London and driving its streets, you’re simply struck by the city’s deep history. Wars were fought over the course of centuries in Northern Europe. And one of the primary reasons London still exists in such a similar form is because of the way Britain repeatedly defended its land. That’s the premise behind a project taking place off the [...]Read more...
And then the war began (1917) – A Man Who Was There Tells the Story of the First German Raid upon American Trenches in France
By: Frank Coffman / 1917 SCATTERED throughout the land today are a few men on whose tablets of memory the night of November 2, 1917, is indelibly inscribed. Those men are the First Division survivors of Company F, Second Battalion, Sixteenth Infantry, for it was on the night of November 2d, a little over four years ago, that Company F wrote [...]
Standing out as one to watch for the bookies in the WHO What’s Not to Like championship stakes is this little gem from Michael Forrest. This is a history book which doubles as a battlefield guide and somewhere in the gaps it is also an artilleryman’s journal of sorts. I suppose you might call it a bit of a hoot. [...]
World War II Weekend – ‘Dig for Victory’- 1st/2nd June 2013 Tyntesfield House, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1NX The spectacular Tyntesfield estate, situated just outside Bristol, was the location for an American hospital during World War II. The Victorian Gothic Revival buildings played host to US personnel working in Britain and to servicemen returning from Normandy after D-day in June [...]
In the week of the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid, Dame Judi became a patron member of the Upkeep Club, a name chosen to reflect both its purpose and to reference Bomber Command’s most famous night, when bouncing bombs codenamed Upkeep breached two Ruhr dams.The RAF Benevolent Fund, which has taken on the guardianship of the memorial, is looking [...]
Washington Post: Shipwrecks lying deep off America’s coasts are more often historical artifacts than present-day threats from leaking old oil tanks, a new federal report says. While 87 of the ships — most sunk during World War II by German submarines — have the potential to leak tens of millions of gallons of oil, the report issued Monday concludes that [...]
The Daily Mail reports: It may seem surprising to us today, but as recently as 1962 there were very specific places in America where denizens of Mother Russia were—and were not—allowed to travel and there is a map to prove it. On January 3, 1955, the United States Departments of Justice and Interior began enforcing restrictions on where visiting Soviet [...]
Harold Jones hopes a new monument for aviators he considers forgotten heroes of World War II attracts sightseers to a quiet area near Columbia Metropolitan Airport. “That’s what it’s for – so people come see it,” he said of two pieces of granite engraved with the names of 230 aviators who died in crashes while training at what was Columbia [...]
Early Sunday morning we headed for Nob Nob to visit the site of a downed P-28 Lightning aircraft. It’s now Monday afternoon and I’m just getting started writing Saturday’s post. I will catch up. I must catch up. It’s becoming compulsive, but in a good way. Anyway, here is Monty Armstrong leading part of the pack of rag-tag hikers up [...]
abclocal.go.com reports: It is no secret that one of the major attractions at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is a World War II German submarine. What you may not know is that Chicago also has a World War I German submarine but it happens to be resting in a place where very few people can see it. We are [...]
By John Cook, GeekWire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is selling some of his abstract art, and buying a historic rocket. The eclectic Seattle billionaire has procured a rare Wernher von Braun-designed V-2 rocket, the first human-made object to fly into outer space. Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection — located at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. — is taking possession of the rocket on Monday. The Mittelwerk [...]
Pictures emerge of Field Marshal Montgomery visiting pivotal El Alamein battlefield 25 years after he defeated the Germans
Photographs of British war hero Field Marshal Montgomery returning to the scene of his greatest victory 25 years later have emerged for sale. The candid images show Montgomery as an old man setting foot at El Alamein in Egypt to mark the anniversary of the Allies’ first major triumph against Germans in World War Two. The famous British general, affectionately [...]
Blown out of proportion? Student arrested for posing by Russian WWII memorial with an inflatable sex doll
Hooliganism? Police posted this image of Anastasia Polnikova, 23, far left, locked up after she was arrested to warn others against the consequences of copying their stunt. Arrest warrants for the other three have since been issued The Daily Mail reports: Anastasia Polnikova, 23, was locked up after being charged with hooliganism Her three accomplices, two men and a woman, are [...]
BBC: A man who attended a Remembrance Day parade with medals he wasn’t awarded has been ordered to do community service for his deception. But there is a thriving trade in second-hand military decoration, so is it illegal to wear them? Veterans call them “Walt medals” – as in the fictional fantasist Walter Mitty – and keep an eye out [...]