Battle of Britain 10 July – 31 October 1940

Battle of Britain 10 July – 31 October 1940

Battle of Britain The Battle of Britain began in the summer of 1940 just a few months after Winton Churchill first became Prime Minister. It was fully expected that the Battle was a prelude of Adolf Hitler’s invasion of the British Isles (Operation Sea Lion). The...
Battle of the Somme

Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest battles in World War I and human history. The Allied forces, including troops from England, France, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa, took on the German lines in the northern part of France. The front...
D-Day The Invasion of Normandy

D-Day The Invasion of Normandy

  World War II’s D-Day: the largest invasion by air, land and sea in history. More than 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes and 150,000 soldiers from the U.S., Britain and Canada stormed the Nazi-occupied French beaches of Normandy in a deadly surprise attack in World War...
A GRIPPING diary

A GRIPPING diary

A GRIPPING diary which belonged to one of the soldiers involved in the heroic British rearguard during the Siege of Mafeking has come to light.   The 15,000 word diary, filling four notebooks, was penned by a British soldier identified as ‘Bob’ who wrote...
The ANZAC Legend – 25th April

The ANZAC Legend – 25th April

Back in 2015, I was presented with an opportunity to enter a competition known as ‘The Premier’s Spirit of the ANZAC Prize.’ My entry for this prize was a piece of instrumental which I composed, along with a spoken word dialogue chronicling the history of the ANZACs...
Cross of Honour of the German Mother

Cross of Honour of the German Mother

    The Cross of Honour of the German Mother (German: Ehrenkreuz der Deutschen Mutter), referred to colloquially as the Mutterehrenkreuz (Mother’s Cross of Honour) or simply Mutterkreuz (Mother’s Cross), was a state decoration conferred by the government of the German...
The Battle of Pozieres

The Battle of Pozieres

This map was prepared by Cam Simpson in 1985 when he conducted regular battle field tours to France; albeit on a mountain bike and with paniers full of WW1 photographs and maps.  In the days when digital mapping didn’t exist and in order to condense as much tactical...
Eyes in the Sky – pigeons who earned their wings

Eyes in the Sky – pigeons who earned their wings

By Alex Magdaleno Homing pigeons were used by both the Axis and the Allies as vehicles for transporting messages back home in World War Two. This has obvious wartime consequences, as both sides used the pigeons to relay information that the other side would not be...
Ditsong National Museum of Military History

Ditsong National Museum of Military History

Situated on the outskirts of Saxonwold, Johannesburg, the Military History museum houses a number of weapons and other artifacts from the many wars that South Africans had been involved in – The Frontier Wars, the first and second Anglo-Boer Wars, the Anglo-Zulu...
Colonial Officers in the Anglo-Zulu War 1879

Colonial Officers in the Anglo-Zulu War 1879

Contributed by Cameron Simpson  (Originally Published by the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Research Society 2015)   Introduction If you were to read contemporary accounts from the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, you would read the occasional words of praise for colonials and...
Dive Site: Schnellboot S-31

Dive Site: Schnellboot S-31

The outside of the Second World War German S-Boats were covered by mahogany casing with an internal hull of light metal, which as wrecks, have rotted away. The S-31 had three Daimler Benz MB502 diesel engines with 3 propellers for a ottal of 4800 BHP and a maximum...
Captain C.V. Fox D.S.O. – WW1 Escaper

Captain C.V. Fox D.S.O. – WW1 Escaper

Contributed by Cameron Simpson Recently I was researching a number of Scots Guardsman that were taken prisoner at Kruiseik near Ypres on 26 October 1914.  This was a time when the surrounding countryside around Ypres was still green and relatively untouched by war. ...
Meet Adrian

Meet Adrian

    My fascination with medals and medal collecting began way back in 1974 and continued to grow throughout my years of service in the South African Air Force whilst I served with 5 Squadron at AFB Durban. During the July school holidays of 1974 I was in the UK. It...
Meet Sven

Meet Sven

  History was just another subject that we were taught at school and for the most part, it was just that, HISTORY. Over the years with the release of many great wartime documentaries it became an interest of mine to learn more as it brought history alive, making it so...
Meet Cam

Meet Cam

Cam served in both the Australian and British Armies. He saw service in Northern Ireland, during the First Gulf War and in East Timor. He currently works in the security industry in Africa and the Middle East and studied South African History.    His interest in...
Meet Max

Meet Max

     Based in Melbourne, Australia, where he is studying International Relations.  Max’s uncle (Cameron Simpson) influenced his interest in history from an early age, visiting sites and museums such as HMAS Cerberus and the Australian War Memorial.     In High School...
Collecting Militaria 101

Collecting Militaria 101

The last decade has seen a huge increase in the number of people who collect militaria and war relics. There are many reasons for this including the recent passing of the fiftieth and sixtieth anniversaries of World War II. Other reasons include the Internet and the...
Colorized Images of WW1

Colorized Images of WW1

God would never be cruel enough to create a cyclone as terrible as that Argonne battle. Only man would ever think of doing an awful thing like that. It looked like “the abomination of desolation” must look like. And all through the long night those big guns flashed...