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The ‘Immortal’ Osman Digna

The ‘Immortal’ Osman Digna

Demonised by some but highly respected by others, Osman Digna (sometimes spelt ‘Uthman Diqna) was a Mahdist leader who remained a thorn in the side of the British in Sudan for almost two decades during the late Victorian period. He was, perhaps, the ablest commander of the Ansar – the Mahdist army – who, despite…

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The Five Shilling Rebellion

The Five Shilling Rebellion

After over two and a half years of bitter fighting, the British finally prevailed over their resilient Boer adversaries in South Africa in 1902. Defeated, the Boers commandos of the Transvaal were asked to sign a pledge that they would adhere to the newly agreed peace terms. Many did, some refused. For those unable to…

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Operation Catapult: A Most Disagreeable Task

Operation Catapult: A Most Disagreeable Task

It was midnight on 25 June 1940 when the armistice, signed three days earlier by French and German representatives at Compiègne, came into force and ended the Battle of France. In a mere six weeks the Germans had conquered much of western Europe, including France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. These unfortunate countries would remain…

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She Fought at Jutland: HMS Caroline

She Fought at Jutland: HMS Caroline

The Battle of Jutland – referred to by the Germans as Skagerrakschlacht, or Battle of Skagerrak – was the largest naval engagement of the First World War, fought between the Grand Fleet of the British Royal Navy and the High Seas Fleet of the Imperial German Navy in 1916. There are, of course, no human…

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Avro Lancaster KB889

Avro Lancaster KB889

There are currently only two airworthy Avro Lancasters in the world. These include: PA474, operated by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in the UK, and FM213, flown in Canada by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. However, a number of other ‘static’ survivors also exist, including KB889, which is currently on display at the Imperial…

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Napoleon’s Continental System

Napoleon’s Continental System

Great Britain was never able to field an army that could match in size most of those that fought for or against Napoleon on Continental Europe during the Napoleonic Wars. She did, however, gain mastery of the seas that, particularly following the Battle of Trafalgar in October 1805, remained largely unchallenged until the First World…

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For Valour: A First-Day Battle of the Somme VC

For Valour: A First-Day Battle of the Somme VC

Temporary-Major Stewart Walter Loudoun-Shand of the Yorkshire Regiment was one of nine men to receive the Victoria Cross – Britain’s highest award for valour ‘in the face of the enemy’ – on the first-day of the Battle of the Somme, fought from 1 July to 18 November 1916. Of those nine, only three would survive…

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