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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.

ww2dbaseA retired widower with three adult children, Alan's interests now include studying the equipment, weapons, aircraft etc. from the Second World war and compiling articles for this website.

Latest Contributions

Aircraft: DH.95 Flamingo23 Aug 2023 
Aircraft: Bre.521 Bizerte21 Jun 2023 
Vehicle: SdKfz 186 Jagdtiger7 Jun 2023 
Other: Special Operations Executive29 May 2023 
Aircraft: Lat√©co√®re 29822 May 2023 
Person: Fritz Kolbe17 Apr 2023 
Person: Josephine Baker15 Mar 2023 
Vehicle: Light Tank Mk VI22 Feb 2023 
Weapon: ZB-53 vz. 3715 Feb 2023 
Weapon: ZB-6015 Feb 2023 
Person: William Joyce8 Feb 2023 
Aircraft: N-3PB25 Jan 2023 
Vehicle: Guy Armored Car18 Jan 2023 
Vehicle: Infantry Mk I Matilda11 Jan 2023 
Aircraft: Harrow4 Jan 2023 
Aircraft: Vincent28 Dec 2022 
Vehicle: UE21 Dec 2022 
Other: Special Air Service14 Dec 2022 
Aircraft: Ar 962 Dec 2022 
Vehicle: SdKfz 161/3 M√∂belwagen23 Nov 2022 
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Photographs/Maps Contributions

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 3,231 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 13 Apr 1945: 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment of the British 49th Division, attached to the Canadian Army, liberated Arnhem in the Netherlands, scene of the Market-Garden battle of the previous year. Attacking the town in flanking movement from the east across the River Ijssel rather than the Rhine, the fighting was no less bitter, but the Lincolns achieved their objective and took 234 prisoners at a cost of five men killed and 49 wounded. Elsewhere in the Netherlands, Allied troops captured Assen, Diepenveen, and Olst.

» 10 Jun 1940: Winston Churchill dismissed Major General Vernon Kell and appointed his deputy, Brigadier Oswald Harker, as Director-General of the Security Service (MI5).

» 13 Nov 1944: Civil air service was restored to London, England, United Kingdom for the first time since Sep 1939 when Railway Air Services began flight operations on a Croydon-Liverpool-Belfast route.

» 14 Jan 1942: Hamburg, Germany was bombed for the first time by mainforce aircraft of RAF Bomber Command; this raid conducted by aircraft of No. 207 Squadron would last until the early hours of the next date. Altona railway station and other targets were hit. Hamburg would ultimately be bombed on seventeen occasions, destroying 75% of the city.

» 31 Dec 1942: A furious Hitler ordered the scrapping of the German Navy's battle fleet after Royal Navy destroyers drove off the mighty L√ľtzow and Admiral Hipper from attacking a convoy in the Barents Sea. Hitler said his battleships were useless "like so much old iron". Admiral Raeder, commander of the Kreigsmarine, resigned and was replaced by Admiral Donitz, commander of the submarine force.

» 19 Apr 1944: General Dwight Eisenhower agreed to give greater bombing priority to attacks on the German V-1 and V-2 weapons sites.

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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 stellarithornton@gmail.com
Thank you so much
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:


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

All the best, Tom Lee
4. Jacquelyn Frith-Crofts says:
7 Mar 2023 02:36:36 AM

I am a great Neice of Jack Frith, killed in the Suez Maru atrocity, and have written a book on the atrocity - and you have erroneously repeated the myth that there was a survivor. this myth is sometimes presented as an 'amusing anecdote' but we the families do not find it amusing, and I would like to request that you remove the sentence ' Of the 549 British and Dutch prisoners, there was only one survivor, Kenneth Thomas, who was picked up twenty-four hours later by an Australian ship. ww2dbase [AC] '

The myth was perpetuated by COFEPOW and they have removed the source, probably from D Courant. Please refer to the family group on facebook @suezmaru
I would be grateful for your understanding on this point.

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