Category World War

Evacuate and fight another day

On Monday 27th May 1940 – the first full day of the evacuation – one cruiser, eight destroyers, and 26 other craft were active and Admiralty officers combed nearby boatyards seeking small craft that could ferry personnel from the beaches out to larger craft in the harbour. In this same day the Luftwaffe heavily bombed […]

The Dunkirk attack begins

On Friday 24th May 1940 Hitler paid a visit to Army Group A headquarters and endorsed the order of the previous day. The German forces had captured the port of Boulogne and had now surrounded Calais. The engineers of the 2nd Panzer Division had built five bridges over the Canal Line and only one British […]

The day when Britain ‘stood still.

This Saturday, 30th January 1965, saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen in history when Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral was held – regarded by many as a day when Britain ‘stood still’. The following is based mainly on BBC reports with personal memories included: ‘Thousands of people had paid their last respects to […]

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchil has died.

After the British general election of October 1951 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill became Prime Minister of Britain for the second time.In 1953 he suffered a serious stroke but remained in the role of Prime Minister.  Two years later in 1955 he retired from the role but he didn’t leave Parliament.  He remained a Member of […]

One side of World War 1’s first 15 months.

When the First World War broke out the British Prime Minister was Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith. Generally known as H. H. Asquith, he served as the Liberal Prime Minister from 1908 to 1916 – the last to lead that party in government without a coalition.  He had taken the United […]

mince pies; thomasing; christmas pop charts; stargazy pie; a thoughtful mp; WW1 news; st stephen’s day; disaster at sea

Introduction to a Christmas Special. Have you suddenly realised you have no Mince Pies for Christmas? How about making some yourself? Gervase Markham’s ‘The English Housewife’ [London: 1615] may help you cope with Yule Tide Mince Pies. His recipe says [spelling by Gervase, modified punctuation by me]:- ‘Take a Legge of Mutton, and cut the […]