Summary of Service: HMS Southampton, 1939-1941

HMS Southampton gave her name to a class of cruisers authorised in 1933, of 9,100 tons standard displacement, 32 knots designed speed, and a main armament of twelve 6 in guns. She was built by John Brown and Co, Clydebank, laid down on 21st November, 1934, launched on 10th March, 1936, and completed on 6th… Read More

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The Zipper King…

“Tadao Yoshida, “the zipper king”, founded the company in 1934, but had to start again after his Tokyo factory was bombed in the second world war. Soon the postwar company had gained a reputation for quality and reliability outside Japan.” (The Economist, 2018, p.71). Reference The Economist. (2018) Zip Fasteners. The Economist. 22 December 2018,… Read More

Atheist vs Non-Atheist…

“An atheist could not be as great a military leader as one who is not an atheist.” Thomas H. Moorer (1912 to 2004) Thomas Hinman Moorer was a US Navy admiral, chief of naval operations (1967-70) and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1970-74) during the Vietnam War. A naval aviator in World War… Read More

Religious Offering…

“The soldier, above all other men, is required to perform the highest act of religious offering – sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death he discloses those divine attributes which his maker gave when he created in his own image. No physical courage and no brute instincts can take the place… Read More

Out Government, In Private Industry…

“I’d like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole feud to private industry.” Joseph Heller (1923 to 1999) Joseph Heller was an American writer whose novel Catch-22 (1961) was one of the most significant works of protest literature to appear after World War II. The satirical novel was a… Read More

Summary of Service: HMS Sheffield (1937-1964)

The Sheffield, a “Southampton” Class cruiser of 9100 tons standard displacement with a main armament of twelve six inch guns, was built and engined by Vickers Armstrong Ltd, at Newcastle-on-Tyne. Laid down on 31 March 1935, and launched on 23 July 1936, she was completed on 25 August 1937 and joined the 2nd Cruiser Squadron,… Read More

Summary of Service: HMS Newcastle (1937 to 1958)

HMS Newcastle was a cruiser of the “Southampton” class, with a displacement of 9,100 tons (standard), designed speed of 32 knots, and main armament of twelve 6 inch guns (reduced after the Second World War to nine 6 inch). She was built by Vickers-Armstrongs at Walker-on-Tyne, and was laid down on 04 October 1934; launched… Read More