Historical facts and comment.
In The Unruly City, historian Mike Rapport offers a vivid history of three intertwined cities toward the end of the eighteenth century—Paris, London, and New York—all in the midst of political chaos and revolution. From the British occupation of New York during the […]
At about 7 p.m. on 27 July 1916, the Germans committed one of the worst atrocities of the First World War. Captain Charles Algernon Fryatt, Master of the Great Eastern Railway ship SS Brussels, had been court-martialled, even though a civilian, for attempting to ram an […]
During the 1940s Greece was torn apart twice, first by World War II and second by Civil War.Beginning in 1941, the occupation of Greece by Germany was intensely brutal. Children starved on the streets of Athens. The Jewish population was decimated […]
Not Just a Name – Alresford, Hampshire & District 20th Century Deaths in the Armed Forces, ISBN 978-0-9538607-1-5, has been produced with the help of a grant from Hampshire County Council. The aim has been to tell as much as possible about the local men as people as well as the circumstances of their loss. […]
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“THE ULSTER TALES” REVIEW BY THE RT HON SIR JOHN MAJOR, KG, CH
During the years I was in Downing Street, Northern Ireland was never far from my mind, or off my desk. It intruded at all times and in all circumstances and for good reason: British citizens were being murdered, and many more had their lives disrupted, by the IRA campaign for a united Ireland.
A great interest of the author is steam railway locomotives, in particular the powerful ‘Merchant Navy’ class built by Oliver Bulleid, the Chief Mechanical Engineer of Britain’s Southern Railway in the 1940s. Thirty such locomotives were produced, each named after a shipping line served […]
The secrets of Orford Ness have long excited enormous interest. It played a role in our military history comparable with Bletchley Park, from early days of the RFC through to crucial tests on nuclear bombs.The last trial was for a post-Falklands War weapon in […]