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February 6th, 1952

I remember being in school 70 years ago on February 6th, 1952, at Gordonbrock School near Ladywell in South London. We were called to assembly and told that King George VI had died and that Princess Elizabeth was now Queen. We knelt on the floor and said a prayer for...

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Women at War (II)

11 Group Operations Room, Uxbridge In my last blog I wrote about women in World War II, and how the war proved to be the most important single event along women’s long (and still continuing) march toward equality. When I began writing the Breaking Point series I knew...

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Women at War (I)

World War II was the decisive event that advanced women from their traditionally subservient, predominantly domestic role in society, into their dramatically more even modern role. (It is true that during the immediate postwar period women were expected to return to...

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Christmas 1914

I wrote this blog a year ago but the image of men coming out of the trenches to greet each other on Christmas morning remains as vivid as ever. History is filled with acts of barbarity, and modern history has more than its share. One of the most barbaric battlefields...

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In Praise of Model Trains II

In my last blog I wrote about the Christmas present I received when I was 6 or 7, a model train that introduced me to the hobby I have enjoyed ever since. It was one of two moments that I remember vividly that compelled me into model railroads. The second moment was...

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In Praise of Model Trains

My last blog was on strategic bombing. A bit grim! I want to set aside my usual historical themes for this blog. As they used to say on ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus:’ ‘now for something completely different.’ In 1949, a mere 70+ years ago, my brother and I received a...

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