Category Conflict and War

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 […]

An airplane crossed the English Channel

It was on Sunday 25th July 1909 that Louis Blériot became the first person to cross the English Channel in a airplane. Blériot was a graduate of the École Centrale in Paris who had met and married Alice Vedène while performing military service as a lieutenant of artillery. He had built up a modest fortune […]

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 last battle on English soil

It was on Friday 6th July 1685 that the Battle of Sedgemoor was fought at Westonzoyland near Bridgewater in Somerset. It was the last battle to take place on English soil. On one side of the conflict was James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth – on the other were troops loyal to King James II […]

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 […]

D-Day and Pegasus Bridge

One of the great films of my time is the 1955 story of ‘The Dam Busters’ – a British 2nd World War film that starred Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd. The film recreates the true story of 1943 when the RAF’s 617 Squadron attacked 3 German dams with Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bomb.  What is rarely […]