Ian Proctor

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Ever since they occupied Aden as a territory in 1839, British troops were subjected to attacks. From 1962, Britain was engaged in an escalating conflict in the protectorate. Using grenades, bombs and rifles supplied by regional and world powers,...

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Submarines played a key role in operations throughout the Cold War. They were NATO’s primary anti-submarine tool, tracking and observing Soviet nuclear-armed submarines making their way into the Atlantic, or gathering intelligence on new weapons or...

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When King George V declared war on Germany in August 1914, he did so for Britain and his dominions and colonies throughout the Empire. Across New Zealand thousands of men volunteered in support of their mother-country. Between 1914 and 1918 more than...

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'Operation Musketeer' was the codename for the November 1956 Anglo-French military operation, in conjunction with Israeli forces, to regain control of the Suez Canal, after it was nationalised by the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser....

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The 1956 Suez Crisis, when Britain along with France and Israel invaded Egypt to recover control of the Suez Canal, was arguably one of the most significant episodes in post-1945 British history. It’s outcome highlighted Britain’s declining status and...

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During the Cold War the principal role of a fleet submarine was to silently observe and track Soviet submarines and ships leaving port. With the end of the Cold War many submarines were adapted to carry Tomahawk land-attack missiles as well as...

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In 1839 Britain established a territory in Aden (now part of Yemen), a small area in the south of the Arabian Peninsula, to provide a base for ships heading to India. In 1931 Aden was made a Crown Colony in defiance of neighbouring warlords who sought...

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Between 1940 and 1942 the British colony of Malta in the central Mediterranean faced relentless aerial attacks by the Luftwaffe and Italian Air Force. The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force both fought to defend the island and keep it supplied. Malta was...