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Tag Archives: World War Two
On this Day, March 5th 1936, the Spitfire made its first successful test flight. Read on to discover more about this legendary aircraft’s history.
The changing attitudes toward commemorating wars and war dead since the 19th century
Christmas is a time to spend with family, but during the two World Wars a serviceman would be very lucky indeed to find himself at home for ‘the holidays’. Here’s a few stories to illustrate what Christmas was like in wartime.
The Doodlebug was a thing of nightmares, a pilotless weapon which droned ostentatiously overhead and, with its sudden silence, heralded disaster. The V2 was worse.
On the 19th of August, 1942, over 1,000 Canadian and British soldiers lost their lives. Vital lessons were learned for the Normandy raid… but was the sacrifice worth it?
The Allies had learned their lesson from the disaster of Dieppe; all existing French ports were likely to be too well defended to be taken within days of an aqueous landing. Without a port, the invading army would rapidly run out of supplies. The solution? Bring an ingenious floating harbour with them.
How ‘WWII Daily Reports (missing, dead, wounded & POWs)’ can be of use to you in identifying and tracking your relative.
Dunkirk was either a crushing failure or a period of miraculous deliverance, depending on the way you look at it and whose story you are listening to. One thing is for sure, though, a lot of brave people risked their lives to make sure that over 366,131 French and British troops made it to safety.
In April 1940 the first Victoria Cross of the Second World War was awarded to LT. CMRD Roope. Read the Incredible story of LT. CMRD Roope.
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