The Dambuster Raid

The Dambuster Raid – Operation Chastise (16th – 17th May 1943)

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On the night of 16th May 1943 (almost 70 years to the day of this publication), _40035103_dambusters238Royal Air Force elite squadron 617 led by, Wing Commander Guy Gibson (VC) began Operation Chastise. Their mission – destroy the Ruhr Valley dams, Germany using Dr. Barnes Wallis’ ingenious bouncing bombs.

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Magna Carta

Magna-Carta-Telegraph

Magna-Carta-Telegraph

MAGNA CARTA

‘Here is a law which is above the King and which even he must not break. This reaffirmation of a supreme law and its expression in a general charter is the great work of Magna Carta; and this alone justifies the respect in which men have held it’. Winston Churchill, 1956. Continue reading

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Real WWII Heroes of the Silver Screen

Real WWII Heroes of the Silver Screen

While writing ‘Magna Carta Memorandum’, the second in the Pelham Hardimann adventures, I was doing a good deal of research on that Old Etonian and wartime

Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming

Commander, RNVR Ian Fleming, he of Mr Bond and one of my favourite arch-enemies, Mr Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Donald Pleasance as Blofield

Donald Pleasance as Blofield

A great hero must have a great enemy and Donald Pleasance’s ‘Blofeld’ is as good as you can get. While looking into Mr Fleming’s very exciting wartime record I found myself – writers are so easily distracted – looking into the biographies of other famous writers, and actors, who played their part in WWII. Continue reading

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RMS Queen Mary Haunting

RMS Queen Mary Haunting

Queen Mary

Queen Mary

Perhaps the Greatest of the Grey Ghosts is the RMS Queen Mary:

RMS Queen Mary began when I saw her as a great scene in which to set a confrontation – step up the drama in my book, set in the spring of 1939.

What drew me to RMS Queen Mary was the grandeur and the beauty of her – the architecture. She was the pride of Britain. She also embodied hope and a new future for so many who traveled on her to a new life in the USA, from Southampton, via Cherbourg, to New York. In her first year of service in 1936, she transported 57,000 passengers. But RMS Queen Mary’s civilian life ended September 4th as she moored on pier 40, just two days before the outbreak of war. By May 1945, she had transported 800,000 troops. Continue reading

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The Dambuster’s Ghost Dog

The Dambuster’s Ghost Dog

We cannot have a site full of WWII stories, where thousands lost their lives, without including a few ghost stories to the collection. I will start with the tale of the famous mascot to the Dambusters – Digger the dog.

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Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat 

During the month of April 1943 one of the most elaborate and successful operations of WWII was put into practice. A plan involving a dead man’s body and a brief case full of fake documents to fool the Nazis. Continue reading

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D-Day Landing Craft

D-Day Landing Craft

Fact file: The Landing Craft Assault (LCA)

Landing Craft

Landing Craft

The Landing Craft Assault (LCA) in its various types is synonymous with the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 and the work horse of the British Army during the Normandy Invasion. Also used by the Canadian and American forces.

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D-Day The Normandy Invasion

D-Day The Normandy Invasion

Normandy Invasion

Normandy Invasion

Under a full moon, on the evening of the 5th June 1944, a powerful armada with highly trained Second British Army, US and Canadian troops, crossed the English channel towards Normandy, France. This mission, code-named, ‘Operation Neptune’ would be regarded as the most difficult amphibious operation England had ever attempted, involving over 160,000 soldiers. Continue reading

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