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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 3,229 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 21 Oct 1938: HMS Gurkha (L52) was commissioned into service with Commander F. R. Parham in command.

» 5 Jan 1942: Soviet forces launched general offensives on the Leningrad, Moscow, Ukraine, and Crimea fronts. Joseph Stalin, who had taken command, refused to heed his generals who warned against a broad 1,000-mile long front.

» 17 May 1943: Lieutenant Colonel Robert M. Stillman led the 322nd Bomb Group on a disastrous low level mission to Haalem and Ijmuiden in the Netherlands. Light flak and Messerchmitt Bf 109G fighters accounted for the loss of ten out of the eleven American B-26 bombers that had set out. The only survivors were one crew that had turned back to its base early because of technical difficulties.

» 10 Dec 1942: No. 1 Demolition Squadron, PPA (Popski's Private Army), commanded by Major Vladimir Peniakoff, became operational as a British Special Forces unit, formed specifically to raid Axis fuel supply lines in North Africa.

» 30 Aug 1914: Paris, France was bombed for the first time, by a German Taube flown by Lieutenant Ferdinand von Hiddessen.

» 9 Feb 1944: George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, in a speech in the House of Lords in Britain openly criticised the Government over the bombing of German cities.





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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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