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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

Vehicle: 508 CM8 Jun 2022 
Aircraft: Ki-10020 Apr 2022 
Ship: Luigi Torelli9 Mar 2022 
Vehicle: M1923 Feb 2022 
Weapon: M1A1 Bangalore Torpedo16 Feb 2022 
Weapon: Capital Ship Bomb19 Jan 2022 
Ship: Acasta15 Dec 2021 
Ship: York3 Nov 2021 
Weapon: RAF Barrage Balloon29 Sep 2021 
Other: WAAF: Women in the WW2 Royal Air Force18 Aug 2021 
Vehicle: ZiS-3014 Jul 2021 
Other: Rip the Search and Rescue Dog16 Jun 2021 
Aircraft: Ta 1529 Jun 2021 
Person: Ernst Udet5 May 2021 
Aircraft: Pe-810 Mar 2021 
Vehicle: M18 Hellcat27 Jan 2021 
Person: Frederick Cotton6 Jan 2021 
Vehicle: Universal Carrier2 Dec 2020 
Person: Vera Rosenberg28 Oct 2020 
Ship: Isaac Sweers30 Sep 2020 
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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 3,235 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 14 Aug 1942: The first P-38 Lightning kill in the European Theatre occurred when the 33rd Fighter Squadron flying from Iceland destroyed a marauding Fw 200 maritime patrol bomber.

» 27 Feb 1945: Admiral Louis Mountbatten, on the advice of Colonel Colin Mackenzie (Head of Force 136) and Colonel John G. Coughlin (Head of OSS at SEAC) overruled General Oliver Leese's announcement that the Burmese Anti-Fascist Organisation (which included Communists) would not be armed or employed, since it was felt, at SEAC, that the Allied armies would need all the help they could get from the Burmese Nationalists during the drive on Rangoon.

» 4 Aug 1944: Colonel Charles Hunter was relieved of his command and returned to the United States by ship. Morale among the "Marauders" (most of whom were recovering from their ordeal in hospital beds) collapsed completely as a consequence, and soon after the entire force was despicably disbanded. Back in the United States, the obnoxious Stilwell's treatment of Hunter's "Marauders" had become a public scandal eventually leading to a full inquiry.

» 1 Jun 1943: While serving time in prison for embezzlement, Fritz Kuhn, leader of the dissolved, pro-Nazi, German American Bund had his American citizenship cancelled.

» 11 Feb 1933: The SA, in the Rhineland, Germany, were sworn in as police auxiliaries.

» 5 Aug 1943: Minesweeper USS Alarm was transferred to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease act.





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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
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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