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: 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 
Person: Barnes Wallis3 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 2017Replica of a Hurricane fighter, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, United Kingdom, Sep 2017Replica of a Spitfire fighter, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, United Kingdom, Sep 2017
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Timeline Contributions

Alan Chanter has also contributed 3,029 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 21 Sep 1938: Spanish leader Dr. Negrin announced, in a speech to the League of Nations, that the International Brigades were to be withdrawn from the fighting.
» 23 Feb 1942: The Sittang railway bridge in Burma was blown up to prevent its capture by the Japanese, even though most of General Smyth's command was still on the east bank. Smyth salvaged from the catastrophe 3,484 infantry, 1,420 rifles, 56 Bren guns and 62 Thompson submachine guns. Nearly 5,000 men, 6,000 weapons and everything else was lost. Despite many men making it back across the river without their weapons, 17th Indian was now a spent force. It would take the Japanese a fortnight to bring up bridging equipment which permitted the Europeans in Rangoon to make their escape from the doomed city.
» 5 Aug 1943: Minesweeper USS Alarm was transferred to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease act.
» 24 Feb 1944: American submarine Rasher sank Japanese transports Tango Maru and Ryusei Maru in the Java Sea, not knowing that the former was carrying Allied prisoners of war and laborers. 3,000 POWs and laborers were killed aboard Tango Maru and nearly 5,000 soldiers were killed aboard Ryusei Maru. Read More
» 1 Jan 1940: Between the start of the European War on 1 Sep 1939 and this date, 15,600 British men registered themselves as conscientious objectors.




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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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