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Military: Book Signing – Saturday 2 August 2014

Written by RSS Poster Daly History Blog
Hi all! I know that it’s been a long time – I’m still recovering after D-Day 70! – but just to let you all know that I will be signing copies of ‘Portsmouth’s World War One Heroes’ at Waterstones in … Continue reading


Military: IT Band = History?

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Well it seems like weeks since I’ve last updated here – in fact, its been months! After getting frustrated with the lack of progress with my IT Band, I finally bit the bullet and went to see Cliff at Kings … Continue reading


Military: Military History: is there anything new to learn?

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Last weekend I spent a very interesting couple of days working at our D-Day 70 Community Conference. As well as a visit to Southwick House which served as Eisenhower, Montgomery and Ramsay’s headquarters in the days prior to D-Day (I’d … Continue reading


Military: D-Day on your Doorstep

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The D-Day landings and the campaign in North West Europe in 1944 and 1945 are normally thought of as beginning in Normandy on 6 June and ending in Berlin on 8 May 1945. As usual with anything military history related, the real story behind the scenes is much different. The whole campaign from D-Day onwards depended on much preparation in Britain for months, if not years afterwards. In fact, virtually every corner of Britain will have some kind of connection with D-Day. Continue reading


Military: The Long Long LONG Trail: First World War on the TV (part 1)

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With the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War looming, we have already seen a steady increase in the amount of programs related to the First World War on television. Here’s my assessment of what we have seen … Continue reading


Military: Afghanistan, Vehicles, and Urgent Operational Requirements

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This week's Top Gear had a very interesting segment about the British Army's use of 'soft-skinned' vehicles in Afghanistan. It is a subject that has been well written about, but now that Operation Herrick is winding down, is it time to pose some questions on British military procurement? It is well known that the British Army entered the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan relying almost solely on the faithful Land Rover for patrolling. Was this a case of simply retaining equipment that had been intended to fight previous wars? Did budgetary constraints prevent proper planning? Continue reading


Military: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters honours the father he never knew

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Earlier today Roger Waters, ex of Pink Floyd, unveiled a memorial to his father, near where he was killed at Anzio, during the Italian Campaign in the Second World War - 70 years to the day after the death of the father that he never knew. Waters had had no idea about when and how his father had been killed, but thanks to research by another veteran, Waters now knows the exact location and manner in which his father, Lieutenant Eric Waters, died. Continue reading


Military: ‘the tail’: US Army logistics in Britain, 1944

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It's the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings coming up soon, and aside from the blanket coverage of the First World War, expect various documentaries about the subject. One of the things that has always interested me about D-Day and Operations Neptune and Overlord, is the sheer amount of administration, planning and 'behind the scenes' work needed to keep an army in action. I can't remember the exact figure, but I think during the Second World War less than 20% of all servicemen in allied armies fought in the 'teeth' arms. Continue reading


Military: The land at the end of our toes, goes on… and on… and on… and on…

Written by RSS Poster Daly History Blog
Last May, some, hmm...8 months ago, I took up long distance running. A slightly unusual thing for a military historian to do, I concede. Continue reading


Military: Portsmouth’s World War One Heroes – book talks

Written by RSS Poster Daly History Blog
I'm going to be giving some talks based on my new book, 'Portsmouth's World War One Heroes', courtest of Portsmouth Library Service. Continue reading




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Book Signing – Saturday 2 August 2014
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