June 17 – On this day

Significant events including the eve of Waterloo and Churchill’s “The Battle of Britain is about to begin” speech

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1815

The Duke of Wellington’s soggy army makes camp on a ridge near a little town called Waterloo. The next day they’ll defeat Napoleon on that very same ground.

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1817
The foundation stone of the Wellington Testimonial in Phoenix Park, Dublin, was laid by Charles Whitworth, the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. At 62 metres, or 203 feet, it is the tallest obelisk in Europe.

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1919

Lt Augustus Agar attacked and sank the Russian Cruiser Oleg in Kronstadt whilst working for British Intelligence under MI6 earning him the VictoriaCross. He attacked in HM Coastal Motor Boat 4 with a torpedo. HMCMB4 is on display at IWM Duxford

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1940

Winston Churchill issues a grim warning to his fellow citizens: “The Battle of France is over; the Battle of Britain is about to begin.”

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1948

The Malayan Emergency was declared; for the following twelve years battalions of 2GR, 6GR, 7GR and 10GR were on operations against Communist Terrorists in the Malayan jungle.

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