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

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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

Summary of Service for HMS Manchester, 1938-1942

HMS Manchester, a Southampton class cruiser, was built and engined by Hawthorn Leslie and Co at Hebburn-on-Tyne. Laid down on 28 March 1936, she was launched on 12 April 1937 by Mrs Toole, the Lady Mayoress of the City of Manchester and completed on 4 August 1938. She was allocated to the East Indies Station,… Read More

Deserve Success…

“No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.” Sir Winston Churchill (1874 to 1965) Conservative Prime Minister twice: from 1940 to 1945 (before being defeated in the 1945 general election by the Labour leader Clement Attlee) and from 1951 to 1955. A soldier (joined the Royal Cavalry in 1895) and part-time journalist… Read More

Right & Strength…

“There is only one right in the world and that right is one’s own strength.” Adolf Hitler (1889 to 1945) Adolf Hitler, also known as Der Führer (“The Leader”) was the leader of the Nazi Party (from 1920-21) and chancellor (Kanzler) and Führer of Germany (1933-45). He was chancellor from 30 January 1933, and, after… Read More

The Last Drop…

“At last we are eye to eye with death. We must renounce all hopes of freaks and fortunes. Sacrifice to the last drop of blood is demand of us. Surrender would paralyse and sap our race for generations.” German Army radio spokesman in a broadcast to German troops during the battle for Hungary (October 1944)