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WWII Facts – Interesting facts about the Second World War

Complimenting our fact-files on Spitfire, Churchill, Hitler and Stalin, Military Times has compiled a list of frequently baffling facts about the Second World War. Many of these have been widely reported and circulated, entering the annals of modern folk-lore.  Yet like all legends, they have been embellished over time, either by hyperbole or simple miss-reporting. Whilst […]

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Winston Churchill Quotes

Winston Churchill’s command of the English language was arguably one of the greatest weapons in his arsenal. It was integral not only in strengthening the resolve of the British public, but in sending out a clear message to enemies and allies alike on the global stage. In a 1906 election speech he is quoted as […]

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Stalin Facts: 10 little known facts

Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator, is encased by myth and legend. He could be, at turns, both charming and chillingly ruthless.  Millions died under his direct orders; even his closest allies and compatriots.  It was Stalin, after all, who said “I trust no-one, not even myself.” His purge of Russian generals was so proficient and total that it […]

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Broadside Cannon

There can have been few sights as frightful as the dull gaze of the 32 pounders of a ship’s broadside as it turned to face you. Weighing in at 3.5 tonnes and capable of firing at a muzzle velocity of 487 metres per second, these vast cannon were the most important and imposing naval armaments […]

The World At War – Boxset Review

Military Classics: Jeremy Isaacs’ The World at War (1973) Military Times reviews the classic award-winning TV documentary series, about to be reissued in high-definition on Blu-Ray and DVD. In May 1964, the BBC made television history by broadcasting the first in their new 26-part series The Great War. Comprising weekly episodes of 40 minutes each […]

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The Diehards – Regiment Profile

The Diehards: The 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot (now part of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment) Nothing could exceed the conduct and gallantry of Colonel Inglis at the head of his regiment.’ That is how Field Marshal Sir William Beresford, the British commander-in-chief at the Battle of Albuera, described the performance which gained ‘The Diehards’ […]

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Military Times revisits the bizarre WWII invention of Burrhus Frederic Skinner. Behavioural analyst, author, innovator, poet, social philosopher, and Harvard professor of psychology, Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904-1990) was certainly a highly influential jack-of-all-trades. He invented the operant conditioning chamber, the cumulative recorder, the teaching machine, and pioneered his own scientific philosophy, ‘Radical Behaviorism’. What he […]

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The Fairey Swordfish

Obsolete it may have been, but the Fairey Swordfish remained in front-line service throughout the Second World War, distinguishing itself as the last biplane in the world to see active service. Although Taranto was arguably its finest hour, Swordfish scored many other notable successes, notably damaging the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941, helping sink […]