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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.

Latest Contributions

Aircraft: Wellesley3 Nov 2017 
Aircraft: Proctor29 Sep 2017 
Facility: Debach Airfield1 Sep 2017 
Facility: Bletchley Park4 Aug 2017 
Facility: RAF Newchurch16 Jun 2017 
Ship: Exeter24 May 2017 
Ship: Glorious14 Apr 2017 
Ship: LST-4121 Mar 2017 
Ship: Nevada14 Jan 2017 
Ship: Kelly13 Jan 2017 
Person: Maxwell Newman25 Nov 2016 
Aircraft: Welkin23 Sep 2016 
Person: Reginald Jones12 Aug 2016 
Aircraft: Tornado24 Jun 2016 
Aircraft: Type 4326 May 2016 
Person: Alfred Knox28 Mar 2016 
Facility: Lichterfelde Barracks15 Feb 2016 
Facility: Buchenwald Concentration Camp6 Jan 2016 
Country: South Africa26 Oct 2015 
Ship: Thornycroft-class28 Sep 2015 
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Photographs/Maps Contributions

British Army dispatch rider on a BSA M20 motorcycle, date unknownMemorial Wall, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, United Kingdom, Sep 2017
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Timeline Contributions

Alan Chanter has also contributed 3,034 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 4 Sep 1939: In the South African Assembly Prime Minister Barry Hertzog declaration of neutrality was defeated by 80 votes to 67 and South Africa committed itself to entering the war.
» 25 Jun 1942: In the Palace of Westminster in London, England, United Kingdom, Winston Churchill's critics, led by Sir John Wardlaw-Milne, embarked on a vote on no-confidence in the Prime Minister. Read More
» 21 Oct 1937: Spanish Republican-held stronghold of Gijón surrendered, allowing the whole northern coast of Spain to pass into Nationalist control. In Gijón harbor, the Spanish Republican destroyer Ciscar was sunk Nationalist aircraft.
» 3 Oct 1944: The US submarine Seawolf was sunk by depth charges fired from the destroyer escort USS Richard M. Rowell off Morotai, Maluku Islands, Dutch East Indies. Read More
» 1 Oct 1940: Luftwaffe ace Erich Hartmann began basic training with Friegerausbildungsregiment 10 at Neukuhren, near Königsberg in East Prussia, Germany. Hartmann would achieve 352 "kills" during the war before being sentenced, as a war criminal, to 50 years forced labour by the Soviets.




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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

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