From the Archives: Operation ‘Hermetic’: countering the threat to D-Day from the German surface fleet

DR TIM BENBOW It was a signal that Admiral Bertram Ramsay must have been longing to send, while being concerned at the potential consequences: ‘CARRY OUT OPERATION HERMETIC’. The issue of this simple order would have executed the contingency plan he had devised as Allied Naval Commander, Expeditionary Force to counter any attempt by the… Read More From the Archives: Operation ‘Hermetic’: countering the threat to D-Day from the German surface fleet

The Battle of Waterloo and its strategic context

DR TIM BENBOW The Battle of Waterloo is a military victory well worth commemorating, even celebrating. The brilliant generalship of the Duke of Wellington and the fighting skill of his coalition army (with its German, Belgian and Dutch as well as British troops) together with their Prussian allies achieved a famous victory. It deserves its… Read More The Battle of Waterloo and its strategic context

The Admiralty, the Air Ministry and the Battle of the Atlantic, 1940-43

by DR TIM BENBOW The ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ against the U-boats was the most vital campaign for Britain between mid-1940 and early 1943.  It had to be won if Britain was to remain in the war let alone shift over to the offensive.  Gaining this critical success was made more difficult by the general… Read More The Admiralty, the Air Ministry and the Battle of the Atlantic, 1940-43