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Posts published by “Xan Atkins”

Interview with Charles Insley

‘You’ll have to excuse my lack of voice’ says Dr Insley as I take a seat opposite him, on a desk stacked with papers. The office is crammed with books and paperwork, the hard labour of a university history professor, just returned, so he tells me, from a conference. Famous…

Battle of the Month: Waterloo

June 19th 2015 will mark 200 years since one of the most defining battles in the history of Europe. On Sunday 19th June 1815, on a rainy morning, thousands of men awoke to take part in the Battle that would make or break Europe: Waterloo. An already once broken Napoleon…

A Not So Special Relationship: The War of 1812

When talking about war between Britain and the USA, most people think of the American War of Independence at the end of the eighteenth century. Many are not aware that Britain and the USAwent to war just over thirty years later in what would simply become known as the War…

Roope and the Glowworm

Amongst the many tales of self-sacrifice and mad courage in the face of overwhelming odds, one striking story is that of Lieutenant-Commander Gerard Roope. Roope was captain of the HMS Glowworm, a Royal Navy G-class destroyer operating off the coast of Norway during the early months of the Second World…

The Viking Siege of Paris

The Vikings are traditionally assumed to be raiders who preyed along the coastlines, pillaging small villages and outposts.Nevertheless, the Vikings’ attacks on Paris showed they were more than this. The initial attack was in 845, when a Viking force of 120 ships and over 5000 men sailed up the Seine…