X.1: The Royal Navy’s Mystery Submarine

The ‘X’ stood for experimental, but it might equally have meant extraordinary, exotic or extravagant, as this giant submarine attracted superlatives – … [Read more...]





Johnny: The Legend and Tragedy of General Sir Ian Hamilton

Gallipoli was the brainchild of two brilliant men – Kitchener, the political head of the British Army in 1914 – and Churchill, the political head of … [Read more...]





Short Sunderland – The ‘Flying Porcupines’ in the Second World War

In 1933, the Air Ministry issued a specification for a general-purpose four-engine flying boat capable of operating from the outposts of the Empire. … [Read more...]





Special Forces: Bruneval Raid – Operation Biting

In 1941 Dr RV Jones became convinced that the Germans had developed their own radar system that would account for increasing RAF bomber … [Read more...]





Second World War Lives

The Second World War was a momentous event in twentieth-century history and it is a fascinating period for family historians to explore. Numerous … [Read more...]





The End of Glory – War & Peace in HMS Hood 1916-1941

There have been many fine books written on HMS Hood, the glory of the Royal Navy, while television and cinema have also taken the subject to their … [Read more...]





Scott of the Antarctic – We Shall Die Like Gentlemen

Captain Robert Falcon Scott CVO (6 June 1868 – 29 March 1912) was a Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic … [Read more...]





Deeds of Heroes – The Story of the Distinguished Conduct Medal 1854-1993

For over 100 years the Distinguished Conduct Medal – the DCM – was the second highest medal that could be awarded for gallantry to the other ranks of … [Read more...]





Britannia’s Daughters

The Women’s Royal Naval Service was formed in 1917 when the call was for volunteers to release a man for sea service. At the peak there was over … [Read more...]