Summary of Service: HMS Southampton, 1921-1926

HMS Southampton was built by Messrs John Brown & Co, laid down at Clydebank, 30 March 1911 and launched, 06 May 1912 by Lady Katherine Somerset. She was a light cruiser of 5,400 tons, 15,400 HP with an armament of eight 6in guns. She was the fourth ship of the Royal Navy to bear the… Read More

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Attack or Die…

“I am not giving you an order to attack, I am ordering you to die!” Colonel M. Kemal (1881 to 1938), his address to Turkish troops fighting the ANZAC’s at Dardanelles in 1915. Kemal Atatürk, (Turkish: “Kemal, Father of Turks”), original name Mustafa Kemal, also called Mustafa Kemal Paṣa, was a soldier, statesman, and reformer… Read More

Soldiers are Dreamers…

“In the great hour of destiny they stand, Each with his feuds, his jealousies, his sorrows. Soldiers are sworn to action; they must win Some flaming, fatal climax with their lives. Soldiers are dreamers, when the guns begin They think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives.” Siegfried Sassoon (1886 to 1967) Siegfried Loraine Sassoon,… Read More

US Navy Aviator Jackets: Zip Fasteners Take Off!

“Sundback’s improved zip proved hard to market, not least because of the previous, dud design. It was used on utilitarian accessories—money belts, tobacco pouches – but the rag trade proved resistant. The first world war, though, gave the zip its break. In 1918, the US Navy began to put them on its aviator jackets. Then,… Read More

Fury & Non-Combatants…

“War hath no fury like a noncombatant.” C.E. Montague (1867 to 1928) Charles Edward Montague was an English novelist, journalist, and man of letters particularly noted for writings published in the Manchester Guardian and for a number of outstanding works of fiction. He wrote two works based on his experiences in World War I –… Read More

Worse Off…

“War is, at first, the hope that we will be better off; next, the expectation that he other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn’t any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone’s being worse off.” Karl Kraus (1874 to 1936) Karl Kraus was an Austrian journalist, critic, playwright, and… Read More