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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Timeline ContributionsAlan Chanter has also contributed 2,995 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions are shown below.» 12 Feb 1944: At 0100 hours, German supply ship Charlotte Schliemann was hit by one shell from destroyer HMS Relentless in the Indian Ocean. The German crew of 41 officers and men then abandoned ship and were taken prisoner.
» 2 May 1942: The powder magazine of gun battery Geary on Corregidor in the Philippine Islands was hit by Japanese artillery at 1627 hours, detonating 1,600 62-pound powder bags; 56 were killed and hundreds were wounded. To the east, in Manila Bay, river gunboat USS Mindanao was scuttled to prevent capture.
» 1 Jul 1940: The Free French government-in-exile established its own Military Intelligence Service under Major André Dewavrin - Service de Renseignements.
» 30 Jan 1945: The British Government called on every firm and factory to cut the use of gas and electricity by 10 percent without jeopardising essential war work.
» 5 Dec 1940: The second Tornado prototype aircraft took flight. Read More
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Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939