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

Person: Philippe de Hautecloque7 Aug 2019 
Vehicle: BA-6424 Jul 2019 
Facility: Danesfield House29 May 2019 
Facility: Pentagon1 May 2019 
Ship: Parizhskava Kommuna24 Apr 2019 
Vehicle: SdKfz 165 Hummel3 Apr 2019 
Aircraft: M.14 Magister25 Mar 2019 
Person: Maynard Smith1 Mar 2019 
Facility: Möhnesee Dam18 Feb 2019 
Aircraft: Fw 44 Stieglitz21 Jan 2019 
Facility: ROF Chorley24 Oct 2018 
Person: Sergei Simonov17 Sep 2018 
Person: John Hoover5 Sep 2018 
Person: Harry Hopkins1 Aug 2018 
Person: Violette Szabo25 Jul 2018 
Person: Anna Roosevelt4 Jul 2018 
Aircraft: Bf 108 Taifun14 Jun 2018 
Ship: Neptune23 May 2018 
Aircraft: Bü 18123 Apr 2018 
Vehicle: Commercial C8 FAT18 Apr 2018 
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Photographs/Maps Contributions

Eleanor Roosevelt at the launching ceremony of carrier Yorktown, Newport News, Virginia, United States, 4 Apr 1936British Army dispatch rider on a BSA M20 motorcycle, date unknownKing George VI, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Queen Elizabeth, in London, England, United Kingdom, 23 Oct 1942Memorial 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 3,157 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 19 Mar 1943: The Japanese passenger ship, Takachihi Maru, was torpedoed and sunk off Taiwan. More than 1,200 perish, mainly Japanese and Taiwanese civilians (Taiwan was a Japanese colony at the time). It remained Taiwan's worst sea disaster.
» 26 Sep 1887: Barnes Wallis was born in Ripley, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom. Read More
» 18 Aug 1919: The Russian battleship Petropavlovsk was torpedoed and sunk at Kronstadt near Petrograd, Russia by a British coastal motorboat. Salvaged and repaired she was renamed Marat but was crippled by German dive-bombers at Kronstadt in Sep 1941. Repaired (and renamed Petropavlovsk again) she would see out World War II as a floating battery.
» 1 Aug 1945: In the biggest air raid yet over Japan, 820 Superfortress bombers dropped 6,632 tons of high explosive bombs and incendiary bombs on four cities, bringing the total number of Japanese cities incinerated to 56.
» 31 Mar 1937: Bombers of the German Condor Legion in Spain, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Freiherr von Richthofen, bombed the mountain strongholds of the Republicans, not easily reached by artillery, and battered the key village of Ochandiano before it was quickly taken by the Army of Navarre. In the same region, the Spanish Nationalist forces, commanded by General Emilio Mola y Vidal, began an offensive against Basque forces in Vizcaya with the intention of capturing the Basque stronghold of Bilbao.




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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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