Can you help those old codgers like me , who survived the second world war and before. I am in my ninety third year patched up and painted but still surviving.
I along with one or two friends created and run the National Ex…Continue
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During warfare, one of the key aspects of communications is the ability to transmit…Continue
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Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and its…Continue
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During the First World War eight…Continue
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In the dim and eerie candlelight, with the drone of low-flying aircraft above their heads, people huddled in underground, rock-cut shelters, thumbing their rosary beads in silence as their stricken eyes darted towards the shaft of…Continue
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This is a fascinating article we found and wanted to share. Spirit of Remembrance is working closely with Arthur Lane and NESA (National Ex Services Associations)
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World War Two British plane enthusiast wins right to dig up buried Spitfires in Burma
Daily Telegraph 18 October 2012
Burma's government has signed an agreement with…
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I was very sorry to hear of the death of noted historian, Sir John Keegan, last week. I was a member of his first military history class when he arrived at RMA Sandhurst in 1962. His enthusiasm for the subject infected me and he is wholly responsible for my own passion for our miltary heritage. His approach focused on the human experience rather than dustier aspects of warfare.
We had to wait until 1976 for his first, and possibly his best, book "The Face of Battle", a study of…Continue
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The team from Spirit of Remembrance spent the day with the crowds in Trafalgar Square, meeting and greeting hundreds of the many thousands of visitors to this fantastic event.
Nikki, Graeme, Bob and myself were privileged to meet and talk to some tremendously interesting people, many with fascinating stories of their family histories in relation to their ancestors’ military service.
The weather was kind to us, the visitors – whether Brits, ex-pats or even people on vacation in…Continue
On the First of July 1867, Confederation came into effect, and thus the country of Canada was created. Unlike many other nations which arrive at their inception through revolt or revolution, our nation was brought forth in a spirit of compromise, and as those nations forged in a crucible of violence seem to have that nature endemic to them in their later affairs, so has Canada maintained that compromising ability throughout our history.
However, the first of July has itself another…Continue
The name of Dieppe resonates with Canadians as a bitter part of our history. Some see the debacle as a wastage of Dominion forces (as colonials always suspect deferment to our deployment on particularly dangerous or hare-brained missions rather than committing British troops) and some have attempted to assuage the disaster by labelling it a "dress rehearsal for Normandy." That argument is not much more than rose-tinted retrospect; Normandy or any other true "Second Front" planning hadn't…Continue
There's something about the term "Canadian Expeditionary Force" that has struck me with a sense of romanticism ever since I first began to study the First World War as a grade school student. the middle word of the title for the fighting force Canada deployed to the field conjures certain notions, and even still…Continue
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I'm generally not that handy; which is why I didn't join the Engineers. I'm certainly glad of them, though. Armies have used the asset of skilled labour since the dawn of warfare. They built siege engines, forded rivers, prepared winter camps. When taking a castle under siege, the engineers were responsible for digging ditches to approach the foundation under cover to attempt to breach the wall. These ditches were called saps, and is why engineers today take pride in the title…Continue
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30 years and many tears on.
Where did that time go ?
In 1982 I was too young to be a soldier but myself and my father (an ex-RAF NCO Meteorologist) followed the battle to re-take the Falkland Islands avidly with each evening news bulletin.
My father had even nipped down to the Admiralty charts office to purchase the same two charts that each British warship should have been equipped with for East and West Falkland and between us, we mapped the progress of British forces…Continue
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Article by C J Harvie Photo Journal Here
As someone who has made a hobby of the study of history, particularly 20th Century European conflict, it had long been a desire of mine to take a pilgrimage vacation to see some of the actual areas I only had the ability to read about. In the fall of 2009, I was fortunate enough to have had such an…Continue
It will shortly be the 95th anniversary on 7 June of the commencement of the Battle of Messines when the British Second Army launched an offensive near the village of Mesen (Messines) in West Flanders, Belgium. The target of the offensive was a ridge running north from Messines village past Wytschaete village which created a natural stronghold southeast of Ypres. This was the site of the largest mining attack in the history of warfare.
A year before, at Givenchy-les-la-Bassée, Sapper…Continue
The term ‘Battle of the Bulge’ conjures up childhood memories of the film of the same name, with the likes of Hollywood stars such as Fonda, Shaw, Savalas, Ryan, Dana Andrews and Bronson, plus the use of inaccurate US Tanks, weapons and other extravagant use of artistic licence.
The rightly recognised determined and successful defence of the town of Bastogne by the US 101st Airborne Division and Combat Command B of the 10th Armoured Division is worth commemoration.
What is far…Continue