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

Aircraft: DH.95 Flamingo23 Aug 2023 
Aircraft: Bre.521 Bizerte21 Jun 2023 
Vehicle: SdKfz 186 Jagdtiger7 Jun 2023 
Other: Special Operations Executive29 May 2023 
Aircraft: Lat√©co√®re 29822 May 2023 
Person: Fritz Kolbe17 Apr 2023 
Person: Josephine Baker15 Mar 2023 
Vehicle: Light Tank Mk VI22 Feb 2023 
Weapon: ZB-53 vz. 3715 Feb 2023 
Weapon: ZB-6015 Feb 2023 
Person: William Joyce8 Feb 2023 
Aircraft: N-3PB25 Jan 2023 
Vehicle: Guy Armored Car18 Jan 2023 
Vehicle: Infantry Mk I Matilda11 Jan 2023 
Aircraft: Harrow4 Jan 2023 
Aircraft: Vincent28 Dec 2022 
Vehicle: UE21 Dec 2022 
Other: Special Air Service14 Dec 2022 
Aircraft: Ar 962 Dec 2022 
Vehicle: SdKfz 161/3 M√∂belwagen23 Nov 2022 
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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 1936Luigi Torelli, 1940sPe-8 bombers in flight, date unknown
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Timeline Contributions

Alan Chanter has also contributed 3,231 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 11 Feb 1942: Having crossed the Salween River at Kuzeik, Burma during the night the Japanese II/215th Infantry regiment engaged the raw and inexperienced 7/10th Baluch who were deployed in a semi-circle with their backs to the river without barbed wire or artillery support. After dark the Japanese launched their attack on the Indian positions and after four hours of bitter hand to hand fighting began to get the upper hand. By dawn organized resistance had effectively ceased. The heroic 7/10th Buluch had suffered 289 killed; with the few survivors making off in small parties.

» 2 Aug 1945: King George VI met with President Harry Truman on board HMS Renown in Plymouth Sound. The US President had flown from Germany to an airport in Devon, England, United Kingdom, and had toured the city of Plymouth.

» 26 Mar 1945: The Fletcher-class destroyer USS Halligan was fatally damaged by a mine off Okinawa, Japan. The abandoned hulk drifted aground on Tokashiki Island where she was finished off by Japanese shore batteries on the following day.

» 22 Oct 1943: British Brigadier R. E. Laycock, DSO was appointed Chief of Combined Operations in succession to Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten.

» 9 Jun 1944: No. 617 Squadron RAF (The Dambusters) dropped Barnes Wallis' new 12,000-lb "Tallboy" bomb for the first time on the Saumur railway tunnel in central France, which was being used by German reinforcements moving towards Normandie, France.

» 13 Jun 1917: At midday German Gotha bombers launched from bases in Belgium bombed London, England, United Kingdom, killing 162 civilians and injuring 432. Daily air raids would continue for a month, largely unopposed by the RNAS and Royal Flying Corps. The effect on civilian morale was considerable and damaging, and worker's productivity levels plummeted. The psychological impact was perhaps as damaging to Britain as the loss of life and physical destruction caused by the falling bombs.

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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:
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
Thank you so much
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:

Scroll down to the citation for the model G7e/T4 Falke

All the best, Tom Lee
4. Jacquelyn Frith-Crofts says:
7 Mar 2023 02:36:36 AM

I am a great Neice of Jack Frith, killed in the Suez Maru atrocity, and have written a book on the atrocity - and you have erroneously repeated the myth that there was a survivor. this myth is sometimes presented as an 'amusing anecdote' but we the families do not find it amusing, and I would like to request that you remove the sentence ' Of the 549 British and Dutch prisoners, there was only one survivor, Kenneth Thomas, who was picked up twenty-four hours later by an Australian ship. ww2dbase [AC] '

The myth was perpetuated by COFEPOW and they have removed the source, probably from D Courant. Please refer to the family group on facebook @suezmaru
I would be grateful for your understanding on this point.

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