The End of Hostilities

The ‘Instrument of Surrender’ that concluded World War 2 was signed at Reims at 02:41 Central European Time (CET) on 7 May 1945. The signing took place in a red brick schoolhouse, the Collège Moderne et Technique de Reims which served as the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. It was to take effect at 23:01 (one minute after midnight BST) on…

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: a general view of the Arctic Star medal awarded to Edwin Leadbetter, 92, from Glasgow

One Degree of Separation

A hero of the Arctic convoys in World War II who missed out on a medal because he was one degree too far south is finally to get his award. Edwin Leadbetter, 92, was outraged he did not get the Arctic Star and the prestigious Ushakov Medal for his services to Russia in the dangerous…

Bob Champion, who has now received the Arctic Star Picture: DAVID FERGUSON (18079306) Read more at http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/04/29/honour-for-island-arctic-convoy-hero/#0lYJtmHR3DA5YO72.99

Honour for Arctic Convoy Hero

THE heroism of an Islander who took part in the perilous Arctic Convoy missions of the Second World War was celebrated yesterday at a reception held in his honour. Bob Champion (93) was the leading torpedo operator on HMS Kent, which took part in the Arctic Convoys – missions north of the Arctic Circle to…


HMS Ephretah

Also known as HMS Ephreta, the Admiralty Steam Drifter Ephretah was built at Oulton Broad, Lowestoft in 1918 named ‘Quicksand’. She was one of the many pre-war trawlers requisitioned by The Admiralty for minesweeper or anti-submarine work. The trawler, though not an ideal anti-submarine craft, was a cheap and accessible resource for that duty. The guns they could mount…


The Photographers of WW2

Two civilian pressmen were among the photographers called up to witness the British Expeditionary Force in 1939 and 1940. When the Second World War broke out in September 1939, just one Army photographer, Geoffrey Keating, and one cameraman, Harry Rignold, accompanied the British Expeditionary Force to France. On 24 October 1941, the Army agreed to…

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