Worst British Military Disaster of Each Decade, 1700s-1950s (pt.2)

Click for Part 1 Retreat from Kabul, 1842 In the 19th Century, Great Britain greatly feared that the Russian Empire's expansionism could spill into the Asian subcontinent. To counter this threat, they moved to establish a presence in Afghanistan (sandwiched between the two empires) and install a pro-British regime. In 1839 a 20,000 strong army... Continue Reading →

Swiss Air Combat in World War 2

The revealing story of Switzerland's military operations to defend its airspace from Axis and Allied aircraft during World War Two Blotted with deathly-black balkenkreuz wing insignia denoting them as war machines of the German Luftwaffe, droves of bulky Bf-110 twin-engined Messerschmitt fighters droned menacingly in circles. A flock of more nimble craft whizzed in to... Continue Reading →

HMS Curacoa Tragedy, 1942

The story of the light cruiser that was sliced in half by the colossal Queen Mary transatlantic liner. It was late 1942 and the Battle of the Atlantic – the struggle to ferry millions of tonnes of equipment, war materials and men through a deadly gauntlet of U-Boat submarines – was in full flow. When... Continue Reading →

The Business Plot, 1933

A credibly true conspiracy story: The aim was to take over Washington DC in a military coup; there was just one man standing in their way. Read how one veteran US Marine General stood up to the political forces that lurk in the shadows even today. It was November the 24th, 1934 and retired General... Continue Reading →

Press Gangs

An article published on third party Historic-uk.com that was written by myself. Enjoy! Britain’s ports and harbours were once menaced by the dreaded press-gangs...

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