Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Battle of the Atlantic

This month sees the 70th anniversary of Black May, the height of the Battle of the Atlantic (BOA) during the Second World War. The Royal Navy is commemorating the event with a series of events in London, Liverpool and Derry-Londonderry. More than 30,000 Naval personnel were lost during the BOA, a good many originating from the Western Isles; some 400 from the Isle of Lewis, and most of those served in the Royal Naval Reserve.
Today is also the 68th anniversary of VE-day, when the fighting in Europe ceased towards the end of WW2. The fighting against Japan continued for a little over 3 months, until two atomic bombs convinced the Japanese empire that surrender was the best option.

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