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Blitzwalkers · 2d 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 · 4W 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 · 2M 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 · 3M 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...
Blitzwalkers · 3M ago

His Majesty's Stationery Office at War

One of the many bonuses of my job as a guide, speaker and researcher is being able to indulge myself in one of my old hobbies of collecting old books, although this is something of a double-...
Blitzwalkers · 5M ago

Accidental Researching in Charlton

The grave of Flight Lieut FJ Kemp at Charlton Cemetery (author's photo)Since taking the plunge in 2015 and becoming a full time researcher and guide, with the time available for research no ...
Blitzwalkers · 6M ago

Out of the Ruins

The 1950 Ordnance Survey Map of Greenwich Town Centre (Dave Wood)Regular readers of this blog may remember that back in February of this year, we looked at a fascinating photograph that had ...
Blitzwalkers · 7M ago

An Ordinary Hero

Ordinary Seaman Jack Dorrington (Dorrington family collection)
Blitzwalkers · 7M ago

Book Review: Jewish Participation in the Fire Service in the Second World War

With the spectre of anti-Semitism still sadly very much in the news in recent times, Jewish Participation in the Fire Service in the Second World War is a timely reminder of how a large prop...
Blitzwalkers · 8M ago

Real to Reel

Choosing one's favourite war movies is by definition, an extremely subjective process. Even deciding what actually constitutes a war film can become a matter of intense debate between frien...