Archive for May, 2015

IN THE FOOTSTEPS: D-DAY TO VE DAY

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by rapidz

From the landings in Normandy on 6th June 1944, to the eventual victory in Europe on May 8th 1945, Allied forces fought their way through France, Belgium and Holland and on into Germany. Vast offensives opened up the route to eventual victory, and names of battles, key locations and even operations from this period remain […]

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL

Posted on May 1st, 2015 by rapidz

Winston Churchill is one of the most famous and recognisable men in British history, and through countless biographies and historical insights we know almost everything about him. We know he was a world-class orator. We know he liked to smoke Romeo y Julieta cigars. We know he drank huge volumes of Pol Roger champagne. We […]

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THE LEGACY OF VE DAY

Posted on May 19th, 2015 by rapidz

When the fighting, the struggle and even the eventual rejoicing were over, post-war Britain faced some hard decisions. It was clear the country, and the world around it, had changed forever. A return to ‘business as usual’ was impossible.   In an attempt to remain a major player on the world stage, Britain maintained a […]

THE WEIRDEST WEAPONS OF WW2

Posted on May 2nd, 2015 by rapidz

As huge armies faced up to each other across Europe, they brought a plague of tanks, guns, aircraft, bombs and bullets to contest military superiority. However, behind the front lines, another equally vital war was taking place – the war for technical superiority. While at times both sides saw great success with game-changing weaponry, there […]

D-DAY TO VE DAY: HOW THE CAMPAIGN UNFOLDED

Posted on May 19th, 2015 by rapidz

Until 1942, the vast majority of resistance to German forces on the ground in Europe came from Soviet Russia. By this stage of the war, Stalin was heaping more and more pressure upon Churchill and Roosevelt to open up a western front and take some of the pressure off the brutal fight in the east. […]

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THE MOST DARING MISSIONS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Posted on May 11th, 2015 by rapidz

By their very definition, daring missions are fraught with uncertainty, risk and the potential for utter disaster. But if they’re successful, they have the ability to turn the tide of war and can play a vital role in the eventual outcome of any conflict. During World War Two, both the Allies and the Axis carried […]

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VE DAY STORIES: HOW VE DAY WAS CELEBRATED

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by rapidz

May 8, 1945 is a day that will live forever in the memories of those that lived through perhaps the greatest outpouring of joy the world has ever seen. After a radio address from Churchill and King George VI, the party could begin. For those who had lived through the Armistice Day celebrations at the […]

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D-DAY TO VE DAY: KEY MOMENTS THAT WON THE WAR

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by rapidz

The Second World War waged for almost 11 months after D-Day. As German troops, equipment, ground vehicles and planes were rapidly on the wane despite putting up intermittent shows of force for the remainder of the war, the much stronger and strategically acute Allied forces – under the confident command of Eisenhower, Churchill and Stalin […]

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THE WEAPONS THAT WON THE WAR

Posted on May 7th, 2015 by rapidz

As well as the armed forces personnel of every nation involved in the Second World War, the weapons they brought to the battlefield proved crucial. On the ground, in the air and on the seas, many billions of pounds, dollars, marks, roubles and yen were spent arming millions of men and women in the pursuit […]