On the night of 16/17 May, 1943, 19 aircraft of Royal Air Force No 617 Squadron took off to breach a number of important dams in and around the Ruhr area of Germany. There were three primary targets, namely the Möhne, Eder and Sorpe dams, and three alternative targets, the Lister, Ennerpe and Diemel dams.
Whether it is a memorable meal when out of the trenches or the failure of the rations to arrive on a cold, wet morning in the front line, descriptions of life on the Western Front are littered with references to food. To those who read the accounts, soldiers appear obsessed by food. Whether soldiers are in the front line as infantrymen, serving the guns, driving vehicles or caring for animals, they need to eat.
As our article on the suffragettes mentions (see page 3), this month marks the centenary of the grim death of Emily Wilding Davison, who stepped in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby to draw attention to her cause – and lost her life as a result. Although her life and death were much publicised by the suffragette movement, until now her family has remained silent. In this revealing
For over 200 years Birmingham had a worldwide reputation in manufacturing everything from button and buckles to guns and jewellery. It is no wonder that Britain’s second biggest city proved to be such a magnet to a migrant population not only from across the Midlands, but from across the world.
Certiﬁcates of birth, marriage or death are considered a mainstay of genealogy, providing essential details to aid research. Obtaining these certiﬁcates is fairly straightfor-ward once the correct entry is found in indexes compiled by the General Ofﬁce since July 1837. Sometimes, however, the entry you are seeking cannot be found – perhaps the surname has been incorrectly transcribed, or an entry is not found in the expected year, or the registra-tion district is different from the expected birthplace.
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