Category: World War II

Remembering the past, helping with the future

Veterans – Over Before Christmas – September 1944

Talking of sayings, of all the famous lines from films starring Michael Caine, my favourite isn’t his most famous, the one about doors being blown off, nor even any mention of Zulus.  The line I am referring to was when he portrayed the role of Lt Col Joe Vandelour, 3rd Bn Irish Guards in the […]


1st September 2017 0

Veterans – History in The Making … 5

These last few months have been very prominent in terms of historical events involving the military. And it is right to commemorate our fallen colleagues and veterans at all times. The end of last month marked one of the greatest battles in the history of war with the 100th anniversary of the start of the […]


1st September 2017 0

The Science of Warfare … Part 2

Just about now, divers from the British Diving Association are deep in the waters of Loch Striven recovering two things that have been seen since the second World War. Loch Striven is a sea loch extending off the Firth of Clyde and forms part of the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll and Bute on the West […]


24th July 2017 0

The Science of Warfare … Part 1

The Science of Warfare (and what our relatives experienced in the name of science) Science covers mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology so whatever we do in life, science has some part to play.  But science also has a very dark side.  The first guns and rounds for weapons were developed using science as was indeed […]


24th July 2017 0

Veterans – History in The Making … 3

On 12th June 1982, US President Ronald Reagen stood almost directly in front of the closed-off Brandenburg Gate to give a speech.  Part of his speech included a plea to the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, when he said ‘Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.’ The Berlin Wall had been […]


24th July 2017 0

Veterans – History in The Making … 2

Many of our members have served or know people who have served in the armed services and as such will either be directly or indirectly related to Veterans or be a Veteran themselves. And Veterans have been making history in many of their actions over time. If you look back in History the month of […]


24th July 2017 0

Veterans – History in the Making … 1

Today June 6, in 1944, was the day the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi which would lead to the end of World War II. Within three months, the northern part of France would be freed and the invasion […]


24th July 2017 0

History In The Making – Part 3

British military aviation was developed in 1878 by an officer of the Royal Engineers when he designed and built a balloon with a hydrogen lifting system. The idea had been based upon the use of tethered observation balloons used during the American civil war.  The British government had considered balloons for use in war in […]


25th June 2017 0

History In The Making – Part 1

Many of our members have served or know people who have in the armed services and as such will either be directly or indirectly related to Veterans or a Veteran themselves. And through these times of service all veterans have been making history when either directly or indirectly involved in historical events that have happened […]


25th June 2017 0