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 3,204 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.» 4 Jun 1920: The US Army Reorganization Act made the Air Service a combatant arm of the army, with 1,516 officers and 16,000 men in a total force of 280,000; this legislation defeated hopes for an independent air arm similar to the RAF, but marked progress towards recognising aviation as an asset to be administered independently from ground forces; of the authorised strength, only 919 officers and 8,725 men were engaged.
» 26 Dec 1944: Soviet armies surrounded Budapest, beginning a siege on the Hungarian capital that would last 102 days. More than a million civilians were trapped in the city during the fighting. By the time the city surrendered in Apr 1945, the Russians had lost 80,000 troops killed and 240,000 wounded; the Germans and Hungarians 38,000 dead and 62,000 wounded; 38,000 civilians had perished.
» 5 Mar 1936: The Confessing Church in Germany issued a declaration rejecting National Socialist ambitions to be "the supreme and ultimate authority in all spheres of life". Banned by the Gestapo, 700 pastors were arrested after reading out the declaration.
» 28 Jan 1918: The Russian Orthodox Church was formally separated from the state. Religious belief was still permitted by the regime provided it did not threaten public order or trespass into politics.
» 1 Sep 1937: No. 5 Group, RAF Bomber Command was established under the command of Air Vice-Marshal Arthur Travis with its headquarters at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
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