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Battle of Dover Straits - 1917

Casualty: Leading Seaman Geoffrey George Ivens, 236507, killed 21st April 1917 after German Destroyer raid in Dover Straits.

Another raid by German Zeebrugge-based destroyers but this time only on the Dover barrage – 5th Half Flotilla (HF) to attack the English side, bombarding Dover if possible, “Z” or Zeebrugge HF the French side with Calais as their possible additional target. 602 more words

Warwickshire Branch

Reviewed: "Edith Cavell: Faith before the firing squad" by Catherine Butcher

After reading Catherine Butcher’s biography of English nurse Edith Cavell, I kind of feel like all the history classes I took shortchanged me by never teaching me about this extraordinary woman. 435 more words


Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #55 Samuel Royalty "Roy" LILLIE 1895-1979

With Memorial Weekend soon coming up I would like to share these old photographs over several days, although not daily, until Memorial Day. You are probably wondering why I am featuring a veteran when Memorial Day is for those who lost their lives while serving in the military, particularly in battle or of wounds sustained in battle. 209 more words

Old Photographs

World War Brick is only 3 Weeks Away!

Check out all the fun we had at World War Brick Anaheim.

In just three weeks, World War Brick Minneapolis will be even more fun! It is at our headquarters!   433 more words


Rise of Flight Sale

I took advantage of the Rise of Flight sale that started today. I’ve already written a post about my recent interest in the product and after taking the plunge and trying out the free to play options, I decided to jump in the rest of the way. 132 more words


In Memoriam: My WWI Soldier

While there were a number of men in my family tree who fought during WW I, including some cousins from England, I am aware of only one who died in battle:  Robert Lemuel Clore, my fourth cousin twice removed. 546 more words


Paravanes were developed 1914-1916 by Lieutenant Burney and Commander Usborne as a direct result of the First World War, due to the need to destroy oceanic mines. 527 more words

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