As a consultant I usually get to work on several diverse projects every year. It’s daunting, but always interesting to see the different locations and I always ensure I do a site visit. It’s fascinating to see the way different organisations work. Recently I had a tour around a speciality chemical plant. It was amazing … More Rolls-Royce Derby birthplace of the Merlin
On 1 September 1939 Germany invaded the western half of Poland. Just over two weeks later the Soviet Union invaded the eastern half and immediately began incorporating it in to the Soviet Union. Below is an extract of my book ‘Two Years in a Gulag’ describing the event using a Pleszak family first-hand, hand-written account … More First-hand account of when eastern Poland became western Belarus. October 1939
The Masurian Lakeland (Pojezierze Mazurskie) is Poland’s equivalent to the English Lake District. Situated in the northeast of Poland it has over 200 lakes surrounded by farmland, forest, and meadows. It is spectacularly beautiful and not surprisingly a popular tourist destination. Historically though, it was part of the German Empire as East Prussia when it … More Architectural marvel or hideous eyesore: Sluice Leśniewo Górne?
The Great War was fought on a global and industrial scale, quite rightly having the title of the First World War. It was a new type of war, fought on a magnitude and with a military technology never previously seen and is fully deserving of all the research, media attention, and debate that it generates. … More Little known battles on the Eastern Front and the consequences of WW1 for Poland
If you were to draw a line on a globe from Derby to the Taj Mahal in India it would pass through Poland west to east. Interesting, maybe, but not the subject of this blog. There is a very significant link, and the link is George Curzon. I suspect most of us will never have … More The line from Derby to the Taj Mahal that divided Poland
As a hobbyist historian and writer I love historical links however tenuous. I recently gave a talk, in the beautiful setting of Mellor Parish Centre at the extremity of Greater Manchester, about the Poles exiled to Siberia and Anders’ Army. I was able to link in a member of Anders’ Army who, not only served … More Derbyshire’s High Peak link to the most famous WW2 Battle of Britain fighter squadron
18 March 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the little known but highly significant Battle of Lake Naroch on the Eastern Front. Sometimes known as the Russian 1916 Spring Offensive, it occurred after the German advance east had been halted in the September of 1915. The German Army had dug in through … More The Battle of Lake Naroch – Eastern Front, March 1916