On this day…in 1941

On this day, British and Australian forces enter the port at Tobruk, in Libya, and tens of thousands of Italian occupiers are taken prisoner. Italy declared war on Great Britain in June 1940. At that time, Gen. Rodolfo Graziani had almost 10 times the number of men in Libya than the British forces in Egypt under … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1915

During World War I, Britain suffers its first casualties from an air attack when two German Zeppelins drop bombs on the eastern coast of England. The zeppelin, a motor-driven rigid airship, was developed by German inventor Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin in 1900. Although a French inventor had built a power-driven airship several decades before, the … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1842

On January 13, 1842, a British army doctor reaches the British sentry post at Jalalabad, Afghanistan, the lone survivor of a 16,000-strong Anglo-Indian expeditionary force that was massacred in its retreat from Kabul. He told of a terrible massacre in the Khyber Pass, in which the Afghans gave the defeated Anglo-Indian force and their camp … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1939

At 4:45 a.m., some 1.5 million German troops invade Poland all along its 1,750-mile border with German-controlled territory. Simultaneously, the German Luftwaffe bombed Polish airfields, and German warships and U-boats attacked Polish naval forces in the Baltic Sea. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler claimed the massive invasion was a defensive action, but Britain and France were … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1941

On this day in 1941, Adolf Hitler sends two bombers to Iraq to support Rashid Ali al-Gailani in his revolt against Britain, which is trying to enforce a previously agreed upon Anglo-Iraqi alliance. At the start of the war, Iraqi Prime Minister General Nuri as-Said severed ties with Germany and signed a cooperation pact with … [Read the full story]

Would YOU vote for a Royal Republic?

I have to admit the Brits know how to do the pomp and ceremony bit. The Queen has done a wonderful job over the past sixty years. Here in our paradise of a country we have been proud to see the celebrations. Shame about the rain and cold weather in flaming June in the UK. … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1879

At Kambula, in northwest Zululand, a force of 2,000 British and Colonial troops under the command of British Colonel Henry Evelyn Wood defeats 20,000 Zulus under King Cetshwayo, turning the tide in the favor of the British in the Zulu War. In 1843, Britain succeeded the Boers as the rulers of Natal, which controlled Zululand, … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 461

On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was … [Read the full story]

Brits TV schedule makes Adele give the finger

She was right in the middle of giving an emotional acceptance speech about how she was proud to be flying the flag for Britain. So when she was interrupted so Brit Awards (Brits) host James Corden could introduce Blur, Adele didn’t take too kindly. The singer, who had won the top award of the night, … [Read the full story]

Falkand Islands dispute gets nuclear

Argentina says it has information that Britain sent a nuclear armed submarine to the South Atlantic near the disputed Falkland Islands in the latest verbal salvo in a dispute in the territory. Argentina’s Foreign Minister Hector Timerman told reporters at the United Nations that a submarine called the Vanguard with nuclear weapons was recently sent … [Read the full story]

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