From Manchester to Lincoln via Lancaster – An aviation aristocracy family tree

The relationship between Manchester the city, and Lancaster the bomber is well documented. Many of us will also know that the Lancaster bomber originally started out as the Manchester bomber and that Avro, the aviation manufacturing company responsible for the Manchester and Lancaster bombers started in, and fortuitously remained Manchester based for the entire life … More From Manchester to Lincoln via Lancaster – An aviation aristocracy family tree

Manchester’s Avro Aviation Heritage reminders

The famous aeroplane manufacturing company Avro is synonymous with the city of Manchester. The connection between the two lasted over one hundred years, longer if we consider that the founder of Avro was born in Manchester. Sadly, the last link was broken when the Avro successor, British Aerospace (BAe), closed its main facilities in 2012. … More Manchester’s Avro Aviation Heritage reminders

First-hand account of when eastern Poland became western Belarus. October 1939

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

Architectural marvel or hideous eyesore: Sluice Leśniewo Górne?

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?

Little known battles on the Eastern Front and the consequences of WW1 for Poland

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

Derbyshire’s High Peak link to the most famous WW2 Battle of Britain fighter squadron

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

The Battle of Lake Naroch – Eastern Front, March 1916

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

Painting unveiled to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Lake Naroch March 1916

Belarusian artist Vladimir Saiko’s painting “Siberian Riflemen” unveiled in National History Museum in Minsk on 17 March 2016 to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Lake Naroch on the Eastern Front in March 1916. This massive painting 305x150cm, is oil on canvas and took over 2 years to create. It depicts a Russian offensive … More Painting unveiled to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Lake Naroch March 1916