Monthly Archives: November 2011

War Diary 20th to 27th December, 1939

Wednesday, 20th December Reported that Captain Langsdorf, who commanded ‘Graf Spee’ committed suicide on Tuesday night. Heavy Russian attack in Karelian Isthmus was repulsed. In thenorth Soviet troops checked by snowstorms Us Cruiser ‘Tuscaloosa’ arrived in New York with 579 survivors from … Continue reading

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War Diary 14th to 19th December, 1939

Thursday, 14th December German pocket battleship ‘Admiral Graf Spee’, badly damaged, took refuge the preceding night in Montevideo harbour, and was granted permission to stay for 48 hours. Five British cruisers waited outside harbour. Five Messerschmitt fighters shot down in … Continue reading

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Arthur Wish – WW2 Family Memories

Thanks to Holly for sharing her family story with us “My father, Arthur Wish, was interned in Australia during the early part of the war. He was a refugee from Nazi Germany in 1937 because he had a half Jewish … Continue reading

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War Diary 7th to 13th December, 1939

Thursday December 7th Finns maintained defence of Karelian Isthmus and denied that Russians had broken through, Russians attacks in the north were repulsed. Fierce fighting in Pestamo district. Nine enemy aircraft driven off by RAF fighters in the Firth of … Continue reading

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War Diary, 1st to 6th December, 1939

Friday, December 1st, 1939 There were two further air raids on Helsinki and other towns. Finnish communique claimed that all the south eastern frontier and nearly all on the Karelian Isthmus; that 1,200 prisoners were captured, a destroyer sunk by … Continue reading

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Henry Ambrose Snell Jr

Thanks to Mike Rogan for sending this story and photo, and allowing us to publish. “My Grandfather has been a hero of mine for a long time, even though he died in 1992 when I was only six. Henry Ambrose … Continue reading

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Letters Home from Stalag VIIIb

“In May 1940, my leave was cancelled and I was called for training, at St Mary’s Bay, Kent, in the use of a new anti tank gun. My first letter home is from there. On 21st May, our unit of … Continue reading

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A Unique Day – Royal British Legion Remembrance

The Royal British Legion asked for donations with a difference, in return they gave out small cardboard poppies with red on one side and the reverse could be completed with family names who have fallen through any conflict of war. … Continue reading

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Women’s Land Army Tribute

During both the Great and the Second World War women were the back bone of British survival.  Taking over the farms, and woods to ensure supplies continued whilst the men were away. To date there is no tribute to the … Continue reading

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War Diary 24th to 30th November, 1939

Friday, November 24th Over 200 drifting mines washed up on Yorkshire coast. Enemy aircraft made two raids over Shetlands. No bombs were dropped. The Admiralty announce that the cruiser ‘Belfast’ was damaged on November 21st by torpedo or mine in the Firth … Continue reading

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