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MarkUK
Topic :   Week Beginning Monday 22 April 1918

Monday 22 April 1918.
Operation Georgette. Inconclusive fighting, neither side gains the advantage.
Armenia. The Turks occupy Bayazid.
Naval action in the Adriatic between five Austro-Hungarian destroyers and a combined force of six Royal Navy, French and Australian destroyers; the Austrians are driven north from the Albanian coast where they were disrupting Allied shipping from Italy.
In southern Russia the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic is proclaimed and immediately declares war on Turkey.
Guatemala declares war on Germany. 


22-04-2018 2:01 AM


MarkUK
Re :   REAL ESTATE GB

Yes, he finished what William Wallace started in driving the English out of Scotland. Wallace was active 1296-98 until he was defeated and fled to France. After a further eight years under English rule Robert Bruce, Earl of Carrick seized the initiative and proclaimed himself King of Scots in 1306. 


22-04-2018 1:38 AM


tommytalld
Re :   REAL ESTATE GB

Was that the Robert the Bruce featured in Braveheart?


21-04-2018 3:10 PM


majorshrap
Re :   Don't start another.

Interesting stats, 90% of all Muslim immigrants to the Netherlands stop working after two and a half years. I assume that’s when their benefits kick in. In Sweden, 50% of all Muslim immigrants who arrived in the last eight years are on benefits.


21-04-2018 10:04 AM


majorshrap
Re :   Famous Birthdays

Correct, I am 67 but I don't look a day over 66.


21-04-2018 8:59 AM


majorshrap
Re :   REAL ESTATE GB

Property in Scotland is very cheap, as compared to England. There is a saying in Scotland which goes..... sell your southern cardboard box and buy a castle from the Jocks.


21-04-2018 8:57 AM


MarkUK
Re :   REAL ESTATE GB

Sir James Douglas "Black Douglas" is an interesting character. He set off for the Holy Land in 1330 carrying King Robert Bruce's heart to Jerusalem (King Robert had died the previous year). It was destined to a hopeless task, the entire Holy Land had been in Muslim hands for nearly 40 years, so there was little chance that he would be able to fulfil his task. He was persuaded to join a Crusade against the Moors in Spain instead and was killed at the battle of Teba in southern Spain. Both his bones and King Robert's heart were brought back to Scotland.


21-04-2018 8:26 AM


MarkUK
Re :   The Red Baron

No, I'm fully aware of all major, and many not so major, anniversaries each and every day. There are so many I'm concentrating on 100th, 200th etc.  


21-04-2018 8:06 AM


tommytalld
Re :   REAL ESTATE GB

My lady friend has a grandson named "Cooper", imagine that.


My last property listing for GB:

Angus, The Craig is one of the oldest properties in Scotland. The castle once housed James V & Mary Queen of Scots; in 1330 Sir James Douglas slept there on the eve of his departure for Jerusalem. A 20 acre plot include two cottages, walled gardens, & a wine cellar. All for $2.3 million Yankee dollars

Must be some history here eh?



21-04-2018 7:14 AM


tommytalld
Re :   The Red Baron

Mark, did you miss the sinking of the Titanic & Hitler's birthday...........again?


21-04-2018 4:50 AM


tommytalld
Re :   The Red Baron

"I am Kaput" said to be his last words. A military funeral with full honors given by his enemies.


21-04-2018 4:48 AM


MarkUK
Topic :   The Red Baron

100 years ago today, on 21 April 1918, the most famous and most successful air ace of World War I was killed, Kapt. Manfred, Baron von Richthofen "The Red Baron", he was 25 years old.
He served in a German cavalry unit from 1911 until he transferred to a flying unit in 1915. He was to become the most feared fighter pilot on the Western Front with as many as 80 victories, although a few are disputed, between September 1916 and his last the day before he was killed.
On 21 April flying a Fokker Dr 1 triplane von Richthofen was pursuing a Sopwith Camel of 209 Sqn RAF piloted by Canadian Lt. Wilfred May when it is thought he strayed too far over Allied lines at Morlancourt Ridge when he was surprised by another Canadian of 209 Sqn in a Camel, Capt. Arthur Brown. As he flew very low he was also fired upon by Australian troops with rifle fire. Exactly what happened next is unclear, von Richthofen was seen to break off the pursuit and execute a heavy landing behind Allied lines. When Allied soldiers reached the Fokker von Richthofen was dying. He had a bullet wound in his chest.
Whether he was killed by Capt Brown in aerial combat or by Australian ground fire has never been satisfactorily resolved.    


21-04-2018 2:11 AM


MarkUK
Topic :   Famous Birthdays

HM The Queen is 92 today. Another marginally less famous person, who is a few (exact number unspecified) years younger, also a birthday today, our very own Sage of the North, Major.  


21-04-2018 1:45 AM


MarkUK
Re :   Week Beginning Monday 15 April 1918

Sunday 21 April 1918.
Operation Georgette. Limited ground action, but much aerial activity. The French restore their position at Seicheprey.
Capt Manfred, Baron von Richthofen "The Red Baron" shot down and killed (see main page).



21-04-2018 1:41 AM


majorshrap
Re :   Donald 'J for Jerk' Trump

HA! You’ll see. Stop watching that soap opera called CNN


20-04-2018 12:42 PM


majorshrap
Re :   REAL ESTATE GB

Of course, many Anglo surnames are based on the profession of the old owners, hence Smith, Baker, Cooper and Maggie Thatcher got hers from? There are plenty of thatchers out there, as there are so many thatched roofs still about. People still build them from new and add a thatched roof, but that,s trendy, although it can add a big cost to your insurance. There are also quite a few different reeds involved and because most are listed buildings, you are made to have the original thatch of the area, but given the choice, and the bucks, most want Norfolk Reed, collected from the fens of that county. Fens are wetlands.


20-04-2018 12:37 PM


PBA
Re :   Donald 'J for Jerk' Trump

 McCabe is going to be taken to court and Comey has said he will give evidence at that trial. So we have the head of the FBI giving evidence against the deputy head of the FBI. Hell hath no fury like a deputy head of FBI scorned. Trump has been told by Rosenstein that all investigations concerning him and the Russia scam are at an end. Comey should never have wrote that book, although the money will sustain his family if he's jailed.

Don't you mean that Comey will be called to Testify against Trump. Rosenstein for sure wouldn't tell Trump that the investigation is over because it's not. Why are you calling the Russian thing a scam for?? It has been proven they interfered and still are. Same as they loaded all your web sites in Britain and caused a divide to con you all to pull out of Brexit.


20-04-2018 12:28 PM


tommytalld
Re :   REAL ESTATE GB

See "raining cats & dogs."


20-04-2018 12:21 PM


PBA
Re :   Donald 'J for Jerk' Trump

This is what the Washington post had for a headline this morning.

Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign.

The Majority of people in the States still believe Comey over Trump and the last time I heard majority still rules.


20-04-2018 12:17 PM


PBA
Re :   REAL ESTATE GB

Thatched roofs?? It obvious none of you remember the story of the three little pigs and what the big bad wolf does to places built of straw. They make good homes for the mice and everything else that comes out at night.


20-04-2018 12:09 PM

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