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Chris Sams
Writer, father, husband, liberal and history researcher.
Writer, father, husband, liberal and history researcher.
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Battle of Texel
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the 17 October 1914 the 7th Half-Flotilla's four S-90 class torpedo ships
shipped out of the Ems estuary to carryout mining operations on the Downs or
even as far as the Thames Estuary which would cause major disruption to British
shipping. The torpedo b...

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Desert offensive, Libya 1940
Blenheim Mk Is in Iraq © IWM (CM 106) War
in North Africa was not a surprise and had been planned for since July 1937
with the Committee of Imperial defence reversing the Cabinet’s decision to
exclude any government expenditure for defence against Italian a...

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Haddocks and the bombing of Northern Italy
   As German forces cut their swathe through
northern France a large question mark began to hang over what Italy might do.
Italy was neutral at the outset of the War but the Fascist government of Benito
Mussolini held similar expansionist ambitions having t...

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The death of the Advanced Air Striking Force
The 9 May 1940 started for Air Vice Marshal Barratt in a
very inauspicious way at 2:15 a.m. with a call from London to warn him that
Germany had issued an ultimatum to the Dutch, however there was no confirmation
from the attaché in The Hague though it seem...

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The loss of HMS Audacious
 One of Germany's short lived but
successful Hilfenkreuzers SMH Berlin , a
17,324 GRT liner built in Bremen by AG Weser for the Norddeutscher Lloyd line.
She was converted into a mine layer at the war's outset and fitted with two 4.1” guns, heavy
machine gu...

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Gardenining - Aerial dropped sea mines 1940-2
   In April 1940
Bomber command were asked to commence laying magnetic mines in the North Sea
and was the fruition of a project that the Admiralty had been developing since
1936. By June 1939 the first orders were arriving at the Admiralty and the Air
staff...

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The Great Fire of London by Sophie
SOPHIE’S NEWS Wednesday 5 th September 1666 20 pennies FIRE SPREADING! Words By; S. Sams A fire which started in a bakery in Pudding lane on Sunday continues
to spread. The wooden houses of the city burnt quickly moving between the
closely packed streets.  ...

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Take a look at this video on YouTube:

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Action on the Skagerrak 31 May - 1 June 1916
Late on the 30th May 1916 SMS Seydlitz, Moltke, Lutzow and Derflinger  mobilised and at 2:30 a.m. on the 31st they left the Jade estuary and made for the Skagerrak led by Admiral Hipper. They were accompanied by Admiral Bodicker's II Scouting group of 30 to...
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