THE Blitz was a devastating bombing campaign unleashed by the German air force on cities across Britain during the Second World War. Let's take a look at the air assault which began in September 1940. What was The Blitz? The Second World War bombing campaign, which lasted for eight months from September 1940 to May 1941, targeted industrial and civilian areas. The British press coined the deadly attack as “The Blitz” after the German phrase “Blitzkrieg” meaning “lightning war.” The air assault began towards the end of the Battle of Britain on September 7, 1940, with heavy raids on London. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's initial plan to destroy the Royal Air Force and invade Britain had failed. And an RAF assault on Berlin prompted Hitler and his military chief Hermann Goering to attack heavily populated areas of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in retaliation. Tragically, the raids by the German air force, known as the Luftwaffe, killed … [Read more...] about What was The Blitz during WW2, how did it start, where in the UK was worst hit and how many bombs were dropped in total?
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London (CNN)Mary Ellis, a "pioneering aviator" who was one of the last surviving female World War II pilots, has died at the age of 101. Ellis helped deliver Spitfires and bombers to the front line as part of the UK's Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during the war. UK Air Chief Marshal Stephen Hillier mourned her on Twitter. Another terrible loss. Mary Ellis, pioneering female aviator, Air Transport Auxiliary veteran, an inspiration to generations. I'll always remember her proudly reminding us at RAF100 events that she was older than the RAF itself! RIP Mary. pic.twitter.com/xktUU6R7Qn— ACM Stephen Hillier (@ChiefofAirStaff) July 26, 2018 "Another terrible loss," Hillier wrote. "Mary Ellis, pioneering female aviator, Air Transport Auxiliary veteran, an inspiration to generations. I'll always remember her proudly reminding us at RAF100 events that she was older than the RAF itself! RIP Mary." Ellis, then Mary Wilkins, joined the ATA in 1941 after hearing a radio commercial. … [Read more...] about World War II pilot Mary Ellis dies at 101
THE United Sates plotted to use exploding “kamikaze bats” against the Japanese during World War Two. American weapons boffins fitted the winged critters with tiny napalm laden devices and planned to drop them over cities in the Land of the Rising Sun. The idea was for the bats to roost in Japanese buildings which would then be incinerated. Many of the buildings in the Far Eastern country were mainly made from paper and bamboo meaning they were highly susceptible to incendiary attack. The idea came from a Pennsylvania dentist pal of the then First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who despised the little nocturnal beasts. Following the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941 Dr Lytle Adams a penned a letter to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt saying: “The lowest form of life is the BAT, associated in history with the underworld and regions of darkness and evil. “This lowly creature, the bat, is capable of carrying in flight a sufficient quantity of incendiary material to ignite … [Read more...] about How America used ‘kamikaze bats’ loaded with napalm as part of a doomed bizarre experiment with combat animals during WW2
ČTK | 10 April 2018 Ceske Budejovice, South Bohemia, April 9 (CTK) - About 300 people gathered in the central square of Ceske Budejovice on Monday to pay respect to the victims of the Lety concentration camp for the Roma that had operated during World War Two, about 80 km northwest of the city. The event's organiser, Tomas Trantina (TOP 09), said he does not like the latent racism and xenophobia in Czech politics. He said 240 children under the age of 14 died in the Lety camp. "This is something that must not be downplayed," he added. Trantina said the gathering wanted to show that people from the South Bohemia Region were aware of what the Lety camp was about. The participants in the gathering carried sheets of paper with the names of the victims and their dates of birth and death. Trantina said these sheets would be sent to the lower house groups of the ANO movement, the Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) and the Communist Party (KSCM). ANO, the SPD and the KSCM elected … [Read more...] about Hundreds of Czechs remember victims of WW2 camp for Roma
A VETERAN World War Two pilot aged 96 flew a Spitfire yesterday to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF. Ex-Squadron Leader Allan Scott flew the iconic fighter over Biggin Hill, South London — 77 years after he took off from its airfield in one to battle the Luftwaffe. On Saturday The Sun told how Allan shot down dozens of enemy fighters but managed to come through the war without a single bullet hole in his plane. His flight was one of a host of events celebrating the RAF’s anniversary. The Queen sent a special birthday message. She said: “It is fitting to pay tribute to the tenacity, skill and sacrifice of the men and women who have served." Allan was joined by Mary Ellis, aged 101, a former Air Transport Auxiliary pilot who flew over 1000 aircraft during the Second World War - 400 of them Spitfires. MOST READ IN UK NEWS'SHOULD I EAT IT?' The final words of rugby player left paralysed by eating slug as a dare EASTER MOANDAY UK set for 15cm of snow as freezing … [Read more...] about WW2 veteran Allan Scott, 96, takes to the skies in a Spitfire to mark RAF’s 100th birthday