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One of the last true cavalry charges: The Charge of The Dorset Yeomanry at Agagia, Western Desert, 26 February 1916

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Britain's declaration of war on Turkey on 5 November 1914 created a threat to the Suez Canal, a vital artery of the British Empire. Whilst the main threat to the Canal came from the east (across the Sinai desert) the Turks and their German allies recognised that a threat to the British from the west could assist their ambitions of cutting off the S…


4 February 1915 : Lieut. Richard Apjohn Fitzgibbon

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Richard was the only son of Harry Fitzgibbon of Greystones, County Wicklow and Helen Rebecca Fitzgibbon (née Surgeon) of Dublin.  He was educated at Strangways School, Dublin; Lickey Hills Prep School, Barnt Green;  Radley College and Christ Church, Oxford. Richard coxed rowing eights at for Radley at Henley, and for Christ Church at Oxford…


Running the Rufiji Gauntlet: The destruction of SMS Königsberg

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Early on the morning of 6 July 1915 two warships slipped away from Tirene Bay on Mafia Island, and slowly headed towards the coast of Tanzania, less than 30 miles away. The vessels were small, at 265 feet in length, and sat very low in the water: there was only three feet of freeboard fore and aft. However, they were heavily armed, each carrying tw…