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Recent British Military Operations

This is not intended to capture all conflicts and military operations since 1952, nor is it intended to be a history lesson on the conflicts of recent military operations.  But it is intended to highlight the fact that during the British forces have been busy almost every year. Malaya 1948-60 Lasting from 1948 until 1960, the Malayan emergency was a period of unrest following the

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The Shortest War

August is a month full of anniversaries, the start of World War One in 1914, The first atom bomb in 1945, the Iraq invasion of Kuwait in 1990, the Battle of Britain in 1940 and the Berlin Wall goes up in 1961 – to name a few.   But an interesting anniversary is the Anglo-Zanzibar War. The Anglo-Zanzibar War was fought between the United Kingdom and

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The Last British King to Lead Troops & Die in Battle

George II was the last British monarch born outside the British Isles of Great Britain; George was born and brought up in what is now known as Northern Germany. He became king in 1727, then during the War of the Austrian Succession, George II fought at the Battle of Dettingen on 27 June 1743; as armies from Great Britain, Hanover and Austria battled with France

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Everest 1953 – Who Were the True Heroes

The names of Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing are world famous for the first recorded ascent of Everest on 29 May 1953, but can you name anyone else involved in the expedition?  Chances are, unless you have some personal interest, you cannot and it is a sad fact that so often it is only the summit party that makes the news. The 1953 expedition, has

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The Queen’s ‘first’ Victoria Cross

Since 1952, The Queen has conferred many honours and awards; the first investiture of the Queen’s reign took place at Buckingham Palace on 27th February 1952, just three weeks into her reign, when the first person to be presented to her was Private Bill Speakman, who received the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Korean War. Private Speakman was born and raised in Altrincham, and

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Elizabeth Cross and The Deadman’s Penny

I recently witnessed the award of The Elizabeth Cross to parents who had lost their son in Afghanistan; The Elizabeth Cross is an award given to the next of kin of members of the British Armed Forces killed in action, or as a result of a terrorist attack, after the Second World War. The award was instituted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 1

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