Tag Archives: Royal Navy

The Americans Are Coming!

When war was declared in Europe, the United States of America had no interest in joining what they labelled as the European War.  American doctrine of the time was insular with regards to the old world and instead concentrated on … Continue reading

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When WW1 came to East Africa

As we approach Armistice Day, it’s become something of a blog tradition for me to write some posts related to WW1.   I thought this time to pick a little bit of an unusual subject and a little discussed arena … Continue reading

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The tragedy of Smalls Lighthouse

There have been lighthouses around the coasts and islands of Great Britain almost as far back there have been people travelling by ship.  A fine Roman lighthouse of nearly 2,000 years is still standing tall within the walls of Dover … Continue reading

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Captain Bligh, Fletcher Christian and The Mutiny on The Bounty

HMS Bounty was a small and rather unremarkable ship that was bought and re-fitted for the Royal Navy for a not particularly exciting mission but little did anyone onboard realise their names would go down in maritime history. It started … Continue reading

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I Salute You – The History of Saluting

Saluting is primarily but not exclusively a military sign of respect with a very long history.  This week it hit the news that some senior officers have become upset as recruits are not showing them the respect they are due … Continue reading

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70th Anniversary of D-Day

This time 70 years ago on 6th June 1944, the world held its breath as the largest amphibious military operation even seen was under way.  Operation Overlord was the long-awaited Allied invasion of Nazi held Europe that would lead to … Continue reading

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Day Tour to Portsmouth Historic Dockyards

Following my successful tour last week to Windsor Castle, I was delighted to be asked to take my two lovely guests from Australia to Portsmouth Historic Dockyards.  It’s not always an obvious choice at least for overseas visitors staying in … Continue reading

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