A great story about Henry the VIII’s ship, the Mary Rose

This story is about a sophisticated scientific analysis carried out on the remains of this famous ship’s crew. The biographies of eight crew found among the remains of the Tudor warship Mary Rose have been revealed using the latest archaeological methods.  


If you would like to read the multi-isotope analysis of the crew members you can read it here.

If you know nothing about the Mary Rose this introduction might interest you.

This video is about the restoration process of the Mary Rose.

A survivor of the famous World War two German warship Bismarck tells us all [2]

The Bismarck was one of two of the largest and most powerful battleships that the Germans built. Its sister ship the Tirpitz and the Bismarck could have jointly determined the fate of the European theatre of World War two. The might have closed all sea lanes feeding the British war effort.

If you are a World War two military historian I feel that you could become engrossed by the contents of this linked article I have copied and pasted for your benefit. I have copied and pasted it this way in case the original story is removed from being online. I feel the story is far to valuable to do otherwise.

This article is an extract from a book written by the most senior survivor of the Bismarck Burkard Baron von Mullenheim-Rechberg. The author presets us with an intimate blow by blow account of the Bismarck’s encounter with the British navy far west of France in the Atlantic ocean on 27th May 1941 and its final demise.

If you do not know much about this significant event in World War two maritime history you may see these two additional links of some value too:

An enhanced background to the battle and its consequences

The British propaganda song “Sink the Bismarck”

What really happened when two sailors lost their lives on an Australian submarine on August 3rd 1987?

Introductory comment sourced from the Naval Historical Society of Australia:

“…Two crewmen from the Oberon class submarine HMAS OTAMA, (LCDR R. Taubman, RAN), lost their lives, in heavy seas off the east coast of Australia, when OTAMA dived while they were still on the submarines casing. The two men were Able Seaman Hugh Edward Markcrow, and Seaman Damien Humphries. Despite an intensive air and sea search, neither body was ever recovered. A Board of Inquiry into the incident revealed that the two men had gone back onto the casing to secure loose equipment, after having been already checked off as coming inside the submarine’s pressure hull. Their absence was then not noticed for some time…”


This quoted parliamentary inquiry might help you to make up your own mind whether something “sinister” happened or not.

The great WW2 German prisoner of war escape tunnel site revisited

If you have never heard about this fascinating story of war time audacity, bravery and heroism I urge you to read on.

On March 24th 1944 seventy six prisoners of war escaped from a heavily fortified German prisoners of war camp. The camp was designed to be escape proof. Hitler was furious. Unfortunately for the escapees things did not go to plan because of a survey error that meant that the exit point of the primary tunnel of three fell just short of the thick woods where it was planned to be. Three escapees made it back to England, twenty six were captured and locked up again and the remainder were executed under Hitlers orders. The tunnel names were Tom, Dick and Harry. Harry was 102 meters long. Click here if you have never heard about this history making story. This copy is taken from the original professionally posted article as cited at the end of the text.

The airmen that died

The more complete story

Was the Great War was world’s first sci-fi war?


“… Charley’s War was a comic strip set in World War One that ran for many years in Battle, a British comic published in the 1970s until the late 80s.

Written by Pat Mills and illustrated by the late Joe Colquhoun, it follows young Londoner Charley Bourne’s fight to survive in the trenches of the Western Front.

After starting his career with Dundee-based publisher DC Thomson, Mills co-created Battle with fellow comic book writer John Wagner and also launched British science-fiction/fantasy comic 2000AD.

Here Mills gives an insight into writing Charley’s War and why he believes how mechanised warfare – machine guns, zeppelins and planes – made WW1 the world’s first science-fiction war…”

Now refer to source for complete story.