Adolf Hitler

Here was a man always near the top in any list of real life Villains, Adolph Hitler, who was responsible for killing millions of innocent men women and children during World War II. Born on the 20th of April 1889 in Braunau am Inn in Austria-Hungary, he was raised near Linz. He moved to Vienna […]

Have you ever heard of the Battle of Margate?

This wasn’t the battle of Mods and Rockers in the 60’s But it could have been, as it was the naval battle off Margate, where the rewards of this victory were over 2 million gallons of wine! It was a mistake! More interestingly, I believe that it actually happened by mistake.  You see on the […]

A naval battle in the middle of Africa, the Battle of Lake Tanganyika!

There are times in war when the actual fighting is an anti-climax, it is the logistics of getting a fighting force to the place of action, that wins it. An example of this is the first world war Battle of Lake Tanganyika. Where was the Battle of Lake Tanganyika held? Just think of this.  Lake […]

Facts about the Battle of Britain

Did you know that ordinary men and women across the country played vital role in winning this battle? They were Air Raid Wardens, firefighters and even those in the Home Guard. However, don’t forget those many people, who between June and October 1940, built around 2,000 Hurricanes and Spitfires.  For example, even at the height […]

Did the Greek Gods start the Trojan War?

Actually, we don’t know, but, when we talk about the Trojan Wars, Greek mythology says “Yes, they certainly did”. You see in those days the Greeks felt the gods controlled the mortal world by using their magical powers to protect or punish the humans, depending those who were in their favour at the time. This […]

Who won the Battle of Britain?

Of course, the fighter pilots.  But they couldn’t have won without an awful lot of support. For example, at the beginning of the Battle of Britain the RAF had around 1,960 aircraft at its disposal in July 1940, of this only 900 were fighter aircraft.  They did have 560 bombers and 500 coastal aeroplanes, all […]

Singapore, another surrender we need to learn about!

Singapore, which is today an independent city state, but in 1942 was a jewel in the British Empire, and as shown in the map above, was in a strategically important position.   This is because the Strait of Malacca is one of the most important shipping lanes in the world.  It was, and still is, the […]

The Three Hundred- and Thirty-Five-Years War!

It is incredible because, yes, there was a war that lasted 335 years, in which no one died, and everyone forgot about. Even more amazing was that this 335 years’ war was fought between the Isles of Scilly, yes, those little islands off the end of Cornwall, and the Republic of the Netherlands!  It lasted […]

The events leading up to the Spanish Armada?

The armada was the brainchild of Spain’s King Philip II. His reasons This meant that from Philip’s point of view, it was a no brainer, he had to invade England, solving all his problems in one stroke. His cunning plan He had a cunning plan, send an armada of fighting ships up the English Channel […]