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Blitzwalkers · 1W ago

Remembering a Charlton hero: The Jim Mackenzie Story

Jim Mackenzie at right of photo (Charlton Athletic Museum)This blog usually concentrates on events and people from the Second World War but to commemorate Remembrance Week 2017, we look back...
Blitzwalkers · 1M ago

Exploring Wartime Woolwich

LCC Bomb Damage Map for the area of the walk (author's image)Last month, we looked at the classic British war movie Battle of Britain, in advance of the special open-air screening of this fi...
Blitzwalkers · 2M ago

Battle of Britain

Original poster for the film (author's collection)Regular readers may remember that in the October 2016 edition of this blog, we looked at "Real to Reel" an exhibition covering a century of ...
Blitzwalkers · 2M ago

Dickie Reynell, Black Saturday and eye-witness accounts

Flt Lt RC Reynell RAF (Shoreham Museum) Regular readers of this blog will be aware that I have written on a couple of occasions abour Flight Lieutenant Richard Carew Reynell RAF, an Australi...
Blitzwalkers · 3M ago

My thoughts on Dunkirk

As regular readers will know by now, this blog isn't usually in the business of film reviews, so please don't expect a Mark Kermode or Barry Norman style appraisal. As readers will know, I b...
Blitzwalkers · 4M ago

The Wrens and The Royal Naval College, Greenwich

A familiar view (author's photo)As regular readers of this blog will know by now, I'm a Southeast Londoner, born in Greenwich and continue to be a proud resident of the Royal Borough of Gree...
Blitzwalkers · 4M ago

"Not just a name on a memorial" - The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede

Per Ardua Ad Astra (author's photo)As has been mentioned on this blog on numerous occasions, a major part of my job - if it can be described as such - is research. Sometimes, this is part of...
Blitzwalkers · 5M ago

A visit to Hamburg

The Hasselbrook shelter rises from the trees (author's photo)As regular readers of this blog will know by now, I've been visiting the city of Hamburg on a fairly regular basis since the late...
Blitzwalkers · 7M ago

Book Review - Crime in the Second World War: Spives, Scoundrels, Rogues and Worse

Think of the British 'Home Front' during the Second World War and the inevitable image is that of a community spirit not equalled before or since, the British people at their absolute best w...
Blitzwalkers · 8M ago

Firemen Remembered at Invicta Road

The Invicta Road plaque in situ overlooking the school playground (author's photo)On Thursday last, 16 March 2017, I was fortunate enough to attend the unveiling ceremony of the latest memor...