Tag Archives: Royal Navy

NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 11th November, 1940 : Fleet Air Arm attacks Taranto. At 10.40 a.m. torpedoes from … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 9th July, 1929 : Twenty-four seamen died when two submarines collided in the Irish Sea while returning home on the surface from an exercise. One submarine, the H47, sank immediately in about 50 fathoms … Continue reading

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The French Wars

…from the quills of the dead white poets Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936 (Napoleonic) The boats of Newhaven and Folkestone and Dover To Dieppe and Boulogne and to Calais cross over; And in each of those runs there is not … Continue reading

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june memories / 01

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 1st June, 1917 : Britain may at last have found the answer to the U-Boat menace in convoys of merchant vessels protected by warships. More than 100 British merchant ships were sunk by German … Continue reading

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february / 20

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 20th February, 1915 : The Royal Navy carried the war to the Turkish enemy today when a fleet of battleships and battle cruisers, supported by a French squadron, opened a day-long bombardment of the … Continue reading

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november / 13

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 13th November, 1941 : HMS Ark Royal, the ship the Axis powers claim to have sunk many times, finally fell victim to an Italian submarine torpedo today. The aircraft carrier was just preparing for … Continue reading

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september / 08

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 8th September, 1926 : Grave news from the Yangtse River front in the Chinese civil war reached London yesterday. The “Red” army of General Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang has captured Hankow, an important city and … Continue reading

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june memories / 26

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 26th June, 1957 : The headless body of Royal Navy frogman Commander Lionel “Buster” Crabb has been found in the sea near Chichester Harbour, ending speculation that the former submariner was being held by … Continue reading

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may memories / 31

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 31st May, 1916 : The two most powerful navies in the world were limping home tonight from Jutland after what sailors are already calling “the greatest naval battle in history”. Just who won is … Continue reading

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december memories / 31

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 31st December, 1902 : Venezuelan President Cipriano Castro has agreed to abide by any ruling of the Hague Tribunal over the violent international dispute which has paralysed his nation this month. Venezuela seeks removal … Continue reading

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Funny navy

Ludwig von Gress I first wrote about Somali piracy two years ago in Africa, Čína a piráti. The situation is not improving. Last week I had to write “with TV news crews focused north on ‘free’ and so arabospringy Egypt, … Continue reading

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