On 12th April 1917, the Canadian Army Corps captured Vimy Ridge from the German Sixth Army after 4 days of fierce fighting. One of the most important geographic features on the Western Front during World War I, Vimy Ridge was considered practically impregnable... Continue Reading
On 14th March 1945, during World War II, the first Grand Slam bomb was dropped by the RAF no. 617 Squadron Leader CC Calder on the Bielefeld Viaduct in Germany. The bomb penetrated deep underground before detonating; the combined use of the Grand Slam and several Tallboys caused more than 100 yards of the viaduct to collapse through the earthquake bomb effect.Continue Reading
On 8th March 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, the battle of Guadalajara began with an offensive by the Italian Corpo di Truppe Volontarie (CTV) and Nationalist forces to encircle the Spanish capital, Madrid. Continue Reading
Situated between the islands of Sumatra and Java, the Sunda Strait was the location for a number of naval engagements that took place in late February and early March 1942, as part of the larger Battle of the Java Sea (also known as the Java Sea Campaign)...Continue Reading
On the 21st February 1916, during the First World War, the battle of Verdun commenced with an attack by German troops under General Erich von Falkenhayn on the French fortress city of Verdun. A bloody war of attrition, the conflict continued for over 300 days, becoming one of the longest battles in human history.Continue Reading
Today's Sunday Photo blog, in light of yesterday's Valentine's Day celebrations, is dedicated to the aptly named Valentine Tank.
Designs for Britain's most produced and most widely used tank of the Second World War were begun without a specification from the War Office in the late 1930s...Continue Reading