Exactly one month after Britain’s declaration of war on the German Reich (September 3, 1939) a U-boot skipper’s audacious opportunism sent the first of five of Britain’s battleships and battlecruisers to the bottom of Scapa Flow. Situated on Scotland’s stormy west coast this fortress harbour served as an English lair from which Royal Navy ships ambushed German shipping navigating the North Sea.
After the defeat of the Workers Reich on May 8, 1945, the armies of the British, Soviet and American empires plundered everything they could lay their hands on. Soviet plunder of the defeated Reich included the seizing of the German-built transatlantic liner SS Berlin III. This super liner, after providing German workers with affordable Mediterranean cruises, in July 1939 was converted into a hospital ship and later evacuated thousands of troops and civilians fleeing the rapacious Red Army.
Many of the woes suffered by the Western nations can be attributed to the woeful ignorance of the general population – especially those born after 1980.
On Sunday, NATO sent a note to the member countries of the alliance warning about the mobilization of the K-329 Belgorod submarine in the Arctic Ocean, El Periódico reports. According to the publication, the submarine attracted the attention of the alliance primarily because it carries the Poseidon nuclear torpedo, also known as the Torpedo of the Apocalypse.
All birthdays are, of course, milestones. Sadly, these signposts provided by fate are not reached by everyone. That isn’t anything that can’t be fixed by reincarnation. Has Michael, a lifelong veteran of pro-European struggle any regrets? Yes, a few but that is life too. Whether he put his God-given life to good purpose is more important and a matter for posterity.
A 30-year-old Russian lone sailor who attempted to sail solo from Sweden to Spain in a sailboat he bought in Stockholm has been rescued after a major search operation discovered a message that was sculpted in moss.
Remains of an 18th-century Dutch warship and a British steamer from the 19th century have been discovered by a team of Mexican archaeologists exploring the Yucatan Peninsula.
At the height of the Cold War in 1964, only two years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the British Westminster government decided it was a good idea to breach every trade embargo in the book and try to ship a load of Leyland buses to Cuba.
On the morning of 2 October 1942, the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Curacao rendezvoused north of Ireland with the ocean liner RMS Queen Mary, which was carrying approximately 10,000 American troops of the 29th Infantry Division.
When on December 12, MV Mutambala, a ferry operating on Lake Tanganyika sank in a storm there was little news coverage. The disaster claimed the lives of up to 150 passengers, mostly women and children. Strong winds and overloading are said to be the cause of the tragedy. It is not uncommon for ships operating on Lake Tanganyika to sink, usually for the same reasons.