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Featured battle : off Lowestoft

Part of Anglo-Dutch War, Second

Date : 01 June 1665 - 03 June 1665

Although the two fleets were in sight of one another, and manoeuvring for advantage from noon on the 1st they did not exchange fire until 3 am on the 3 rd. There were severe losses on both sides but the Dutch lost more ships and men than the English.

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RAF Tucano T mk 1 Trainers

RAF Tucano T mk 1 Trainers

These two pictures show aircraft from the two squadrons comprising No.1 Flying Training School at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. The aircraft themselves are Tucano T1's designed by Embraer of Brazil but assembled by Shorts of Belfast, Northern Ireland. They are powered by a Garrett Turboprop developing 1151 static horse power and can reach 350mph and 25,000 feet altitude. They are also fully aerobatic, stressed from +6 to -2.5 G. The aircraft on the left is from No. 72 (Reserve) Squadron and that on the right No.207 (Reserve) Squadron.

Gallery updated : 2016-02-21 17:33:57

Featured review :

Code Talker

Nez, Chester & Avila, Judith Schiess
A touching account of both the creation and use of the Navajo code used by the US Marines in the Pacific theatre from one of the original 29 code talkers recruited in 1942. It recounts Chester Nez's involvement in the creation and use of the Navajo code, unfathomable by anyone who wasn't a native speaker and considered impossible to learn, hence unbreakable by the Japanese. But not only is this an account of his and his fellow Navajo specialists' traumatic war from Guadalcanal to Guam and Peleliu. It is also a moving account of life as a Native American child growing up in a harsh land in the 1920's and 30's, caught between two cultures. It deals sensitively with his post traumatic stress disorder on returning from the pacific and his tribal, community approach to dealing with it. Running throughout is a strong sense of faith in the Navajo 'Right Way' of living and of justified pride in the way the native American community contributed to the war effort. A unique account, from one of the originals and highly recommended for anyone studying either the Pacific Theatre of operations or pre-war America.
Berkley Caliber, New York, Oct 2012

Reviewed : 2013-02-11 00:00:00