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The Manville Gun

One of my favourite war films is the Dogs of War, an adaptation of the Frederick Forysthe novel of the same name. A most memorable scenes is the final assault, in which a monstrosity of a multi-shot grenade launcher is…

Testing the Funnies

The specialist armoured engineering vehicles of the 79th Brigade under Sir Percy Hobart played a pivotal role in the success of the D Day landings, read more here. This video shows a number of them under test in 1942, carpet…

Securing the Skies

To coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the RAF have released a an interesting brochure that compares and contrasts the defence of British airspace then and now; the raison d’être of any Air Force is to…

Opening the Port at Umm Qasr, Iraq 2003

The area around Umm Qasr and the Al Faw peninsula in Iraq featured a range of amphibious and mine clearance activities in 2003. Background The port of Umm Qasr, before the conflict, was responsible for two-thirds of the United Nations…

The D-Day Normandy Landings

D Day Mulberry
Soon after Dunkirk and with the Battle of Britain won, thinking turned to the return fixture and the realisation that it would need a logistics element of unparalleled proportions possessing the technical means to cross the English Channel.

A Pier at La Panne

I have been rather remiss in not writing anything about Dunkirk but with so much great material out there it is hard to produce anything that is interesting. On Twitter earlier someone highlighted an aspect of the Dunkirk landings I…