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Jack the Ripper: Unidentified Serial Killer

Jack the Ripper terrorized London in 1888, killing at least five women and mutilating their bodies in an unusual manner, indicating that the killer had a substantial knowledge of human anatomy. The culprit was never captured—or even identified—and Jack the Ripper remains one of England’s, and the world’s, most infamous criminals. All five killings attributed to Jack the Ripper took place within a mile of each other, in or [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:43:02+00:00 August 12th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Operation Frankton: The Cockleshell Heroes

By one of the entrances to what is now the Hangar 14 conference center on the Garonne riverfront, a 2002 plaque commemorates one of the most heroic chapters in Bordeaux’s Second World War history: the British Royal Marines' "Operation Frankton". This December 1942 commando raid aimed to find an innovative means of thwarting German war efforts. It focused on the so-called “blockade runner” supply ships which would dock in [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:52:14+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Angus UK Barbieri: Man Without Food For 382 Days

The True Story of a Man Who Survived Without Any Food For 382 Days Most people can survive without food for at least a few weeks, maybe a bit longer. Eventually, however, starvation kills. Yet the limits on how long people can go without eating are complicated; without water, people are unlikely to last a week, but the amount of time starvation takes can vary drastically. Take the story [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:04:02+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

HMS Hood British Battleship: World War II

HMS Hood was the pride of the Royal Navy. HMS Hood was a massively armed battlecruiser with what was thought to be armor equal to her armaments. To all intents, HMS Hood was considered to be one of the most powerful battlecruisers afloat in World War Two. HMS Hood was 44,600 tons, had a crew of 1,419 and was faster than the Bismarck with a maximum speed of 32 [...]

By | 2017-10-30T00:52:07+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

First Battle of Gaza: World War I

The First Battle of Gaza was fought on March 26, 1917, and was part of the Middle Eastern Campaign of World War I (1914-1918). Having advanced across the Sinai in the wake of victories at Romani, Magdhaba, and Rafa, British forces prepared to attack into Palestine. Blocking their path was approximately 15,000 Turkish troops defending a line stretching from Gaza southeast to Beersheba. As there were no reliable water [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:18:07+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

First Battle of Sirte: World War II

The First Battle of Sirte was fought between the British Royal Navy and the Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy) during the Mediterranean campaign of the Second World War. The engagement, largely uneventful, took place on 17 December 1941, southeast of Malta, in the Gulf of Sirte. In the following days, however, two Royal Navy's task forces based at Malta were decimated after running into an Italian minefield off Tripoli, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:25:10+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

First Battle of St Albans: Wars of the Roses

The antagonism between the Houses of Lancaster and York commenced in 1399 when Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster overthrew his unpopular cousin King Richard II. A grandson of Edward III, through John of Gaunt, his claim to the English crown was relatively weak compared to his Yorkist relations. Ruling until 1413 as Henry IV, he was forced to put down several uprisings to maintain the throne. On his death, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:29:03+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Categories: Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Shrewsbury: Medieval Wars

The Battle of Shrewsbury was the climatic battle of rebellion against King Henry IV of England and was fought July 21, 1403, during the larger Hundred Years' War (1337-1453). In 1403, during a lull in the Hundred Years' War, the powerful Percy family rose in rebellion due to perceived ill treatment by King Henry IV. The family's dissatisfaction stemmed from a feeling that they had been mistreated by the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:30:44+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Categories: Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Bardia: World War II

The Battle of Bardia was fought over three days in the city of Bardia in Libya from 3-5 January 1941, as part of Operation Compass, the first military operation of the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. Major General Iven Mackay's 6th Division assaulted the strongly held Italian fortress of Bardia, Libya, assisted by air support and naval gunfire, and under the cover of an artillery barrage. [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:32:57+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Thomas Plunkett: A Pattern for the Battalion

The 95th was one of the most prolific regiments to leave us with many accounts of its actions through the memoirs and diaries of the men who served in it. One name above keeps cropping up; Thomas Plunkett. Born in 1785 in Newtown, Wexford, Ireland, and like many of his comrades in the 95th, he served in the local Militia. Described by Edward Costello as ‘a smart, well-made fellow, [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:37:19+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, Renaissance|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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