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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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. ...

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