1. How many Allied vessels were lost during Operation Dynamo, the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation?
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December 6 is celebrated by the Christian churches as the feast day of St Nicholas. The saint is one of the historic figures on whom Santa Claus is based and so today is the closest the world gets to a Santa Claus Day.
Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra in the early fourth century at the time when Christianity entering into full flight under the Emperor Constantine as the imperial religion of the Roman Empire. Legends reveal him as a secret giver of gifts to the needy, whose charity was saintly because it brought no honour to the giver, only help to the recipient. His gift-giving is thus one of the Christian antecedents of the practice of disguising Christmas presents in stockings or wrappings.Read More
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This government-funded paramilitary force operated from 1849 (prior to Queensland’s separation from New South Wales) until 1904. It grew to have an expansive reach throughout the state, with camps established in strategic locations along the ever-expanding frontier, first in the southeast and then west and north. While staffed with non-Indigenous senior officers, the bulk of the force was made up of Aboriginal men and, sometimes, boys.
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In this blog post I’m going to draw on the Cabinet Papers to explore the British Government’s response to the arrival of Black GIs in Britain during the Second World War. I refer to government records and other primary sources of the time which use terminology which we now consider offensive, for example, ‘coloured troops’ and ‘negroes’.
Several years ago I recall hearing a story about villagers in the West Country during the Second World War refusing to go along with a local US Army segregation order that Black GIs were excluded from the local pub and that only white American troops could use it – the villagers protested and effectively overturned this order. I’m pretty certain that it was the singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg that related this story to me, when I had the pleasure to meet him some years back. The story made a big impression on me and I thought, one day, I must follow this thread up. Now I have, and here are the fruits of my research so far.Read More
On his first journey Cook mapped the east coast of Australia, on his second the British Admiralty sent him into the vast Southern Ocean. Equipped with one of the first accurate chronometers, Cook pushed his small vessel not merely into the Roaring Forties or the Furious Fifties but become the first explorer to penetrate the Antarctic Circle, reaching an incredible Latitude 71 degrees South, just failing to discover Antarctica.Read More
A HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR, VOLUME ONE – AUDIOBOOK By John Buchan (1875 – 1940)...Read More
A History of the Great War, Volume One – AUDIOBOOK By John Buchan (1875 – 1940) This...Read More
The Final Campaign: Marines in the Victory on Okinawa By Joseph H. Alexander (1938 – 2014)...Read More
Closing In: Marines in the Seizure of Iwo Jima – AUDIOBOOK By Joseph H. Alexander (1938...Read More
THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF FRANCE, 1789-1910 – AUDIOBOOK By Muriel O. Davis This little book...Read More
ACROSS THE REEF: THE MARINE ASSAULT OF TARAWA – AUDIOBOOK By Joseph H. Alexander (1938...Read More
HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND FROM 1696 TO 1890 – AUDIOBOOK By George...Read More
THE SUFFRAGETTE: THE HISTORY OF THE WOMEN’S MILITANT SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT By E. Sylvia...Read More
SUSAN B. ANTHONY REBEL, CRUSADER, HUMANITARIAN – AUDIOBOOK By Alma Lutz (1890 –...Read More
“THE FLU”: A BRIEF HISTORY OF INFLUENZA IN U. S. AMERICA, EUROPE, HAWAII By A. Mouritz (1861...Read More
THE GREAT EVENTS BY FAMOUS HISTORIANS, VOLUME 7 – AUDIOBOOK By Charles F. Horne (1870...Read More
By Charles F. Horne (1870 – 1942),Rossiter Johnson (1840 – 1931) A...Read More
THE GREAT EVENTS BY FAMOUS HISTORIANS, VOLUME 4 – AUDIOBOOK By Charles F. Horne (1870...Read More
THE GREAT EVENTS BY FAMOUS HISTORIANS, VOLUME 3 – AUDIOBOOK By Charles F. Horne (1870...Read More
THE GREAT EVENTS BY FAMOUS HISTORIANS, VOLUME 2 – AUDIOBOOK By Charles F. Horne (1870...Read More
THE GREAT EVENTS BY FAMOUS HISTORIANS, VOLUME 1 – AUDIOBOOK By Charles F. Horne (1870...Read More
Tom Petrie’s reminiscences of early Queensland (dating from 1837). Recorded by his daughter – Audiobook
TOM PETRIE’S REMINISCENCES OF EARLY QUEENSLAND (DATING FROM 1837). RECORDED BY HIS DAUGHTER...Read More
By Thomas R. Gray THE CONFESSIONS OF NAT TURNER, THE LEADER OF THE LATE INSURRECTION IN...Read More
THE A.E.F.: WITH GENERAL PERSHING AND THE AMERICAN FORCES – AUDIOBOOK By Heywood...Read More
FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY PROSE COLLECTION VOL. III – AUDIOBOOK By Various. This collection...Read More
FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY PROSE COLLECTION VOL. II – AUDIOBOOK By Various. This collection...Read More
FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY PROSE COLLECTION VOL. I – AUDIOBOOK By Various This collection of...Read More
History Guild would like to acknowledge the Boonwurrung people, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are based, and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.