Category 20th century conflict

A nurse at the Russian Front

One of the books on my shelf is ‘Nurse at the Russian Front’ – the diary of Florence Farmborough who went to Russia as a teacher of English to a surgeon’s daughters and became a nurse with the Russian army through the 1914-18 conflict. Her diary for this day – Monday 23rd August 1915 – […]

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.

It was on Sunday 26th July 1936 that England’s King Edward VIII, in one of his few official duties before he abdicated the throne, officially unveiled the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France. Dedicated to the memory of the Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War, it also serves as the place […]

England’s Dockers go on strike

It was on Thursday 16th July 1970 that the first national dock strike in Britain since 1926 began.  In total it involved around 47,000 dockworkers across the country. Seeking to raise their basic wage from £11 a week, British Dockers’ representatives had voted 48 to 32 in favour of strike action the previous day. As […]

A soldier on the Somme writes home

On the 2nd July I posted a short piece about the Battle of the Somme.  Just a little while later on Monday 10th July 1916 we have Raymond Asquith writing to his wife Katherine from the Western Front: ‘I agree with you about the utter senselessness of war, but I do not think about it […]

The story of Ronnie Biggs

It was on Thursday 8th July 1965 that the Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs escaped from Wandsworth prison and fled to Australia and then Brazil. Biggs was 15 months into his 30-year prison sentence when things changed. On this Thursday afternoon Ronnie had been allowed out to exercise in the prison yard and, with three […]

Sunday 2nd July 1916

Field Marshal Douglas Haig was a senior officer of the British Army who, during the First World War, commanded the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front from late 1915 until the end of the war. This day – Sunday 2nd July 1916 – was the second day of the Battle of the Somme and […]

The strange case of Commander Crabb may now be closed

Back on Friday 11th May 1956 we left the British apologizing to Russia over the incident of Frogman Crabb, and three juniors of a department of British Intelligence being moved to other units.  It appeared that the case of ‘Buster’ Crabb was officially considered to be closed. But we asked ‘was it?’ and asked you […]