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

Weapon: Enigma Machine22 Jan 2020 
Aircraft: Firebrand27 Dec 2019 
Weapon: Anderson Shelter4 Dec 2019 
Ship: X-class30 Oct 2019 
Vehicle: SU-152/ISU-15225 Sep 2019 
Ship: Chariot-class18 Sep 2019 
Aircraft: IK-328 Aug 2019 
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 
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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 3,204 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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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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