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: 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 
Vehicle: SdKfz 6/3 Diana26 Oct 2022 
Aircraft: XFL Airabonita19 Oct 2022 
Ship: Archerfish24 Aug 2022 
Vehicle: AEC Armoured Command Vehicle10 Aug 2022 
Vehicle: Dovunque 353 Aug 2022 
Vehicle: TKS27 Jul 2022 
Vehicle: TL 3720 Jul 2022 
Aircraft: Ki-10213 Jul 2022 
Vehicle: Samoch√≥d pancerny wz.346 Jul 2022 
Person: Frederic Worthington29 Jun 2022 
Vehicle: 508 CM8 Jun 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, date unknownPe-8 bombers in flight, date unknown
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Timeline Contributions

Alan Chanter has also contributed 3,235 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 5 May 1948: VF-17 became the first US Navy squadron to be qualified to fly jets from an aircraft carrier. Three days of operations aboard the USS Saipan saw the squadron's pilots checked out on a minimum of eight take-offs and landings each.

» 15 Sep 1944: The US Marines invaded Peleliu in the Palau islands believing that the island was only lightly defended. In fact, there were some 12,000 Japanese concealed on the island waiting to reveal their hand. In a week the Marines would suffer terrible casualties. The 1st Marines ended up at half their combat strength and, in the 5th and 7th Marines more than four out of every ten men sent ashore were either killed or wounded. For the record Peleliu measured just six miles long and two miles wide and was of questionable strategic value.

» 18 Jul 1945: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada had a miraculous escape when the Bedford Naval magazine blew up. Thousands were evacuated as explosions rocked the town for 24 hours, but battling firemen managed to prevent the flames from reaching the main magazine. Fortunately there were only fifteen casualties of which only one proved fatal.

» 13 Aug 1945: The secessionist self-proclaimed nation of Mongolia declared war on Japan.

» 7 Feb 1940: At a conference presided over by Hermann G√∂ring the German General Staff recommended that no research or development should be pursued unless it promised military results within four months.

» 14 Jul 1948: US General John Joseph Pershing died at the age of 88, honoured by most of the European nations as well as his own. His body rests at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, United States.

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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

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