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SCAPEGOAT – Review by Mark Barnes
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SCAPEGOAT – Review by Mark Barnes

The loss of Britain’s imperial possessions in the Far East at the end of 1941 and in to the next year was nothing less than a catastrophe, but it is chiefly remembered as the beginning of the end of two centuries of empire when the huge loss of face coupled […]

30 stunning pictures of Spitfires, one of the best fighters during WWII
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30 stunning pictures of Spitfires, one of the best fighters during WWII

Spitfires, of course, were of prime importance in WWII and especially the Battle of Britain… but really I’m not much of a military historian, so let’s just focus on how striking they and these photographs are! (though it’s interesting how much geographical variety there is– truly a world war). For […]

Memorial for World War Two Hudson Bomber
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Memorial for World War Two Hudson Bomber

A Canadian Hudson Bomber aircraft used during World War Two has been neglected and left exposed to all-weathers since it was taken out of service almost 50 years ago. Now, the North Atlantic Aviation Museum in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, wants to build a memorial to house the Hudson Bomber. The […]

Last of the Few: One of the final surviving Battle of Britain pilots dies aged 98 – leaving incredible archive of aerial photographs
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Last of the Few: One of the final surviving Battle of Britain pilots dies aged 98 – leaving incredible archive of aerial photographs

More than 70 years after the Battle of Britain raged overhead, these incredible never-before-seen pictures have been released following the death of one of the final surviving airmen. Many of the images were the work of Wing Commander Roger Morewood and were snapped as he clocked up an incredible 5,000 […]

Phyllis Latour Doyle: Lady who dislike limelight
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Phyllis Latour Doyle: Lady who dislike limelight

93 years old Phyllis Latour Doyle, also known as Pippa among her friends had an opportunity to receive the award, Legion of Honour which is supposed to be the highest decoration of France. On Tuesday 25th November 2014 she was felicitated with the award for her gallantry shown at the […]

James Vidler: The Royal Air Force veteran with a distinguished career of 50 years
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James Vidler: The Royal Air Force veteran with a distinguished career of 50 years

Mr James Vidler, veteran from British Royal Air Force, breathed his last at the age of 92 on 13th November, 2014. He is survived by his wife Irene, daughter Samantha, and granddaughters, Larissa and Isabelle. Mr Vidler has had an unparalleled and distinguished career serving the Royal Air Force for […]

THE SKY THEIR BATTLEFIELD II – Review by Mark Barnes
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THE SKY THEIR BATTLEFIELD II – Review by Mark Barnes

Because I like such a wide range of military history I try to gather a broad knowledge of it but don’t suggest for one minute I am in any way an expert on a particular subject. The Great War has long been a fascination of mine since I first read […]

A Pair of Firsts?
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A Pair of Firsts?

Archibald Ashmore KcKellar. His name may not be familiar to many people nowadays. Seventy-five years ago, his was one of the most recognised names in Scotland. His claim to fame? Shooting down the first enemy aircraft over Britain, twice. Recently trained on the newest high-powered fighter type of the RAF, […]

WIND IN THE WIRES – Review by Mark Barnes
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WIND IN THE WIRES – Review by Mark Barnes

The gathering pace of events surrounding the centenary of the Great War have coincided with some difficult times in my world and, as a consequence, I have found it very difficult finding the motivation to read barely any of associated books in my ‘to do’ pile. A slight change in […]

Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown: The man who seemed not to notice danger
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Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown: The man who seemed not to notice danger

Brown’s exploits run through some of the most momentous events of world history. He was at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he interrogated Hermann Goering, helped liberate the Belsen concentration camp and by chance managed to sing with the Glenn Miller band. But his greatest achievements were as a Royal Navy […]