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Alan Chanter

ww2dbaseAlan Chanter was born in London in 1947. Enlisting in the British Army in 1967, Alan saw service in Germany and Northern Ireland and visited Berlin and Cyprus. Rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant, he was twice introduced to members of the Royal Family and awarded both the General Service Medal with clasp for Northern Ireland and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Retiring from the Army in 1989, Alan took employment in a factory manufacturing components for machine tools until his job became redundant in 2002.

ww2dbaseAlways interested in History (particularly that relating to the Military), in 2001 Alan began writing short items for a number of History-based Internet Newsgroups. Whilst unemployed this developed into some rather lengthier essays.

ww2dbaseAlan now resides in Lincoln (founded by the Romans) and is married with three adult children. He is currrently employed, part-time, as a driver for a local Taxi company.

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Panhard Type 178 armoured cars on parade, date unknownEleanor Roosevelt at the launching ceremony of carrier Yorktown, Newport News, Virginia, United States, 4 Apr 1936
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Timeline Contributions

Alan Chanter has also contributed 3,235 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 15 Dec 1937: In Spain, in order to pre-empt a Spanish Nationalist attack upon Catalonia, two Spanish Republican armies (led by Generals Hernández Sarabia and Leopoldo Menendez) launched an offensive to capture the city of Teruel, surrounding the city by nightfall. The city's garrison commander Colonel Rey d’Harcourt would hold out in the southern part of the city until early Jan 1938.

» 21 Mar 1934: The Nazi German regime reintroduced Sondergerichte Courts, special courts without the usual safeguards in legal procedure, to deal with political cases.

» 23 Apr 1947: The battleship HMS Warspite was wrecked on the rocks of Mounts Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, while being towed to the breakers.

» 8 Oct 1941: German Panzergruppe 1 reached Berdyansk and Mariupol in Ukraine in an attempt to reinforce the German 11th Army against Soviet 9th and 18th Armies. Across many sectors of the Eastern Front of the European War, heavy rain set in, resulting in mud that crippled the German Panzers' mobility and held up supplies.

» 3 May 1945: RAF Typhoon fighter-bombers, looking for ships transporting German troops to Norway where it was believed they planned to make a last stand, attacked and sank the troopships Cap Arcona and Thielbek, which were actually loaded with concentration camp inmates under transportation. The full death toll had never been established but could be as high as 8,000 from the two ships, including crews and SS guards.

» 5 Feb 1943: Air Marshal John. C. Slessor was appointed Air officer Commanding (AOC) of RAF Coastal Command.





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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
9 Aug 2016 07:34:01 AM

Your article for 9 Aug 1924 says that this was the date the Shenandoah docked with the Patoka - and may, in the date-line boundary sense of the world, be correct. However, the US Naval History and Heritage Command web site, and others, show and 8 Aug date of that event. I think you are a day off. Check: https://www.history.navy.mil/today-in-history/august-8.html
2. Stella Thornton says:
1 Sep 2017 10:08:19 AM

Please could I ask you contact me as Sgt George Benton is my grandfather and you mentioned him in one of your threads ref Dunkirk - he used a stretcher to walk over on East mole to take casualties to a ship to be casivac -my email is [email protected]
Thank you so much
Stella
3. Thomas Lee says:
17 Feb 2018 01:43:54 PM

For 23 Feb 1943, AC sites "seven tankers sunk by ACOUSTIC TORPEDOES."
The Germans did not deploy such devices until march of that year, per Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G7e_torpedo#G7e

Scroll down to the citation for the model G7e/T4 Falke

All the best, Tom Lee

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