Category Archives: World War I

Spanish ‘Flu’ – the epidemic that Dover swept under the proverbial carpet

‘Flu’, or influenza to give its correct name, regularly occurs during the winter months and periodically there are pandemics. Caused by a virus, the usual symptoms are chills, fever, sore throat, severe muscle weakness and headache, coughing and sometimes vomiting, … Continue reading

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British Destroyers and the Zulu, Nubian and Zubian

During the latter part of the 19th century a number of middle-ranking naval officers were expressing concern about the extent of tiny torpedo boats being built by some European countries. Little notice was taken but by the 1890s, many of … Continue reading

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Blockships

At the outbreak of World War I (1914-1918) on 4 August 1914, Dover’s harbour was taken over by the Admiralty and one of the main considerations was to prevent enemy submarines entering. It was decided to block the Eastern entrance … Continue reading

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Ostend Raid, Francis O’Connor and the Battle of Britain Almshouses

Following the outbreak World War I (1914-1918) in August 1914, Germany swept through Belgium routing the country’s army and capturing the Belgium coast. There they commandeered the ship canal at Bruges as a base for submarines (U-boats), as it provided outlets … Continue reading

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Dover Patrol and the Zeebrugge Raid

Following the outbreak of World War I (1914-1918), Germany swept through Belgium routing the Belgian army. They then defeated the French at Charleroi and the British Expeditionary Force of 90,000 men at Mons, causing the entire Allied line in Belgium … Continue reading

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