Archive for the ‘Military & Intelligence History’ Category

Military & Intelligence History – December 18th, 2016

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Five items in total…

U.S.A: The F-4 Phantom’s final flight and retirement ceremony will be this Wednesday

U.K: “Silver” – the master of deception who worked for all the Axis powers as well as for the Soviets and the British – and fooled them all

U.S.A: The day America invaded Russia and fought with the Red Army

U.K: Underground observation bunker found untouched after thirty years

Canada: 94 year-old code-breaker finally receives Bletchley Park Commemorative Badge for service breaking Japanese codes

June 30th, 1916 – “The day Sussex died”

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

This post is about my great-uncle George Beale, who died in the Great War and is honoured with a brass plaque on the wall of the church in the village where he was born.

Although he was a Gloucestershire man, he was a member of the 13th Royal Sussex Regiment. He signed up at Hastings, and the reason for his being there is a mystery which will remain unsolved.

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Military & Intelligence History – March 14th, 2015

Monday, March 14th, 2016

U.S.A: Blacks and the Confederacy – lying about the War of Northern Aggression

Canada: Remembering Scarborough’s top secret “bomb girls” – their stories are being lost as they grow older and die…

U.K: WWII’s Hanslope Park code-breakers finally receive honours

U.S.A: An F-15E shot down an Iraqi Mi-24 gunship with a GBU-10 bomb 25 years ago

U.K: The Falkland Islands War – the only conflict in which a combatant has used a nuclear submarine in anger

Military & Intelligence History – January 24th, 2016

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Britain: “The Phantom Major” – David Stirling founded the SAS from “…misfits and disciplinary problematic soldiers…”

U.S: Pioneer Cold War spy Stephanie Rader dies at 100

Britain: Lieutenant Commander David Balme who famously captured an Enigma machine from a German submarine dies at 95

Abbasid Caliphate: Battle of Talas in 751 kept China out of Central Asia

U.S: Flying “incidents and accidents” were numerous in the early jet days because cockpits were built to conform to the average dimensions of a 1926 pilot – “the environments needed to fit the individual rather than the average”

Military & Intelligence History – January 6th, 2016

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Seven items in total…

Sweden: Sunken submarine found off Swedish coast is Russian, may be 100 years old

U.S.A: The intelligence career of professional baseball player Morris “Moe” Berg

Canada: The 98th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion

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Military & Intelligence History – November 9th, 2015

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Eight items in total…

U.K: “Time-capsule trunk” containing fallen Great War officer’s belongings opened almost a century later

U.S.A: XB-70 Valkyrie bomber – weighing 230,000 pounds – was never developed for fear of vulnerability to Soviet surface-to-air missiles

Canada: RCAF helmet mystery solved after 70 years by determined Frenchman

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Obama “dithers” as South China Sea becomes a “Chinese Lake”

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

“That’s a potential problem since more than $5 trillion annually – or 30 percent – of global seaborne commerce now travels through the South China Sea; $1 trillion of that is American… Having waited years to address the issue, and possibly continuing to wait – as this White House does on so many foreign policy matters – doesn’t make it any easier. Indeed this waiting game has made it much more difficult and more dangerous.” – Dr. Peter Brookes, Family Security Matters.

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Military & Intelligence History – September 27th, 2015

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Six items in total…

U.K: The “Tizzard Mission” delivered Britain’s top military secrets to America during WWII invasion fears – including early prototypes of the turbojet engine and atomic bomb

U.S.A: Civil War submarine CSS Hunley begins to take shape, over half a ton of encrustations now removed

Australia: The oddball, top-loading Owen submachine gun was used in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam

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Military & Intelligence History – September 12th, 2015

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Seven items in total…

U.K: Cedric Belfrage identified by de-classified MI5 files as more valued by the Soviets than Kim Philby

Australia: Paul Royle, RAAF pilot who took part in the “Great Escape” POW camp break-out, dead at 101

U.K: Fly-pasts mark Biggin Hill’s “hardest day” when subjected to massive attacks on August 18th, 1940

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Military & Intelligence History – August 16th, 2015

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Eight items in total…

U.K: Ship’s bell from HMS Hood recovered – to be displayed in the National Museum of the Royal Navy as a memorial

Confederate Flag: The DOD will not be considering a flag ban – military bases named after Confederate officers will not be re-named

U.S: An in-depth history of the B-17 “flying fortress” with several photo’s

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