Penny Black

It may sound like a 19th century Gothic novel or the name of an Irish folk singer but neither apply, Penny Black is in fact the name of the first adhesive postage stamp. It was first issued in Great Britain om May 1 ,1840 but was not valid for use until 6 May   it showedContinue reading “Penny Black”

Fighting for the enemy

Before you read this blog, have a close look at the above picture. It is a picture of an SS soldier, and you have probably seen many pictures like it, but there is something special about this one.On the sleeve on the left arm, at the left bottom, you can see part of a flag,Continue reading “Fighting for the enemy”

Two leaders, 2 speeches,one date-June 18 Gaulle & Churchill.

On June 18, 1940,Charles de Gaulle and Winston Churchill both gave speeches which instilled hope in the darkest hour. Speeches of defiance which some of is still rings true today. The Appeal of 18 June-Charles de Gaulle(Translated) The appeal is often seen as  the origin of the French Resistance to the German occupation during WorldContinue reading “Two leaders, 2 speeches,one date-June 18 Gaulle & Churchill.”

Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf? Well apparently Hitler was.

As part of the preparation of ‘Operation Sealion’ the planned invasion of Great Britain. A  secret list of prominent British residents to be arrested, was produced in 1940 by the SS. The original name in German was ‘Sonderfahndungsliste GB’ (Special Search List Great Britain) it was a 144 page document with 2,820 selected targets to beContinue reading “Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf? Well apparently Hitler was.”

The assassination of a British Prime Minister.

British politics is probably the most intriguing politics in the world. With all its traditions and even the sometimes humorous debates in the house of commons are often fascinating. However what many people don’t know that in 1812 on the 11th of May the only ever assassination of a British Prime minister took place.  Continue reading “The assassination of a British Prime Minister.”

The Princess mechanic

Love her or loath her, there is no denying Queen Elizabeth II is an iconic figure and is well able to stand her ground and she is not afraid to get her hands dirty. On April 25 1942, at age 16, the then Princss  Elizabeth registered with the Labour Exchange ,the British employment agency atContinue reading “The Princess mechanic”

WWII Internment camps in Britain

“Collar the lot,” is what Churchill said about the citizens of enemy nations living in the UK, it didn’t matter if they were friend or foe,. During the Second World War (1939 – 1945) a number of internment camps for civilians from enemy countries were established on the Isle of Man. These were based atContinue reading “WWII Internment camps in Britain”

Harold Shipman-Dr Death

Born in England in 1946, serial killer Harold Shipman attended Leeds School of Medicine and began working as a physician in 1970. Between then and his arrest in 1998, he killed at least 100 and possibly as many as 260 of his patients, injecting them with lethal doses of painkillers. He was  jailed for life,Continue reading “Harold Shipman-Dr Death”

Dads Army- The British home guard

“Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler” is the first line of the theme of the British sitcom Dad’s Army. A truly hilarious show. I remember one episode where Capt Mainwaring is telling a story how he met an Australian soldier. He had asked him “Did you come here to die?” whereupon theContinue reading “Dads Army- The British home guard”

The bombing of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace was hit by bombs seven times during the Second World War. It was just a matter of sheer luck that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth weren’t killed or very badly injured when the third raid took place on September 13th, 1940. The king and queen were in one of the rooms nearContinue reading “The bombing of Buckingham Palace”