The Battle of Heligoland Bight, 28 August 1914, by J. E. Maycock

Maycock, J. E.; The Battle of Heligoland Bight, 28 August 1914

The Battle of Heligoland Bight, 28 August 1914. Oil on canvas by J. E. Maycock.

Always ask the experts

Two things:
1. Just because a photo archive provides a caption it doesn’t mean the information in that caption is factual.
2. So always ask an expert.

Gold medal commemorating John Travers Cornwell

Gold medal commemorating John Travers Cornwell, Boy 1st Class, Royal Navy, for his service aboard HMS Chester at the Battle of Jutland. In collection of National Maritime Museum.



Today is the 70th anniversary of V-J Day

Great post on VJ Day from the folks at CVN 68.

Nimitz News Online

70 years ago today, Allied Forces joined together aboard the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) to sign the Instruments of Surrender, marking the Allies’ victory over Japan and the end of World War II. The hundreds of Sailors onboard filled in nearly every open space on the ship’s weather decks to watch the monumental occasion.

Acting on behalf of Emperor Hirohito and the Japanese government, foreign minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed first for Japan, followed by General Yoshijiro Umezu, Chief of Staff, Japanese army headquarters.

Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur signed next followed by Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, as well as other commanders of Allied Forces.

After the surrender ceremony, 450 carrier planes from 3rd Fleet passed in mass formation over Missouri and the 254 allied ships in Tokyo Bay. Minutes later, Army Air Forces B-29 bombers flew by, signifying the Allied victory and the…

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MOAS, MSF and Sea Watch: Independent Research and Rescue Services Following the End of Mare Nostrum 

Work of NGOs in the Mediterranean migrant crisis. Putting in valuable work, saving lives.

Mediterranean Hope

by Paolo Cuttitta (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) – If 2014 went down in history as the era of Mare Nostrum – rescuing people at sea through government and military humanitarian interventions – on the other hand 2015 will be remembered for a number of non-governmental and civic initiatives.

This summer, in fact, three different non-governmental actors are playing a very decisive role by searching for boats heading towards the Italian coasts:  MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station), operated by MSF (Medici Senza Frontiere, Doctors Without Borders) and Sea Watch.

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