A concise review of wartime events including the dropping of the first atomic bomb
On this day in 2000, Lt Alec Guinness died aged 86. He commanded Royal Navy Landing Craft at the Sicily invasion and went on to become one of Britain’s greatest actors, perhaps best known for his role as Obi Wan Kenobi in Star wars #madeintheroyalnavy
A review of major events OTD in WW2. Onthis day in 1944, the Gestapo discovers a Jewish family hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Among those arrested is Anne Frank, age 15. She will eventually die at Bergen-Belsen, but the diary she leaves behind becomes one of the most important accounts of the Holocaust ever written.
Campbell College CCF Pipes and Drums at the Menim Gate 2019. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres. Twelve former students of Campbell College, Belfast were killed during the battle. Three men from Castlerock fell.
Allied Operation Gomorrah took place from 24/07/1943 to 31/07/1943 – a campaign of air raids lasting for 8 days and 7 nights on the German city of Hamburg. In the end, more than 45,000 people died, largely civilians, 37,000 were wounded, and 250,000 buildings were destroyed. See summary of major events OTD in WW2 here.
Campbell College CCF Pipes and Drums at the Ulster Tower as part of their July 2019 Exercise Reflect visiting Old Campbellian War Graves. They also played at the Theipval Memorial. Summary below of major events OTD in WW2.
Today is the anniversary of the unveiling of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in 1927; the origin of the daily Act of Remembrance; some names from Northern Ireland which are engraved on it including that of the first MP to be killed in WW1.