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  1. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: 19 - 20 April 1941

    19 April 1941. 08:00hrs. Near Sulingen. Germany. Troops from the 2/4th and 2/8th Infantry Battalions and the 2/3rd Field Regiment, under newly promoted Brigadier George Vasey's 19th Brigade prepared to go through the exercise once more. 6th Australian Division would assault the River Weser and...
  2. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: 16 - 18 April 1941

    16 April 1941. 15:00hrs. Ministry of Labour. London. England. William Barcley, writer for the Daily Express, had been granted an exclusive interview with the Minister of Labour, Ernest Bevin. The two men sat in the Minister’s office as the interview was conducted, Barcley taking notes as he...
  3. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: 15 - 16 April 1941

    15 April 1941. 07:00hrs. Knook Camp, Warminster. England. Today was his birthday, not that much would be made of that fact, for Private Alex Brown and his mates, this was their last morning at this training establishment. After he turned 19 the previous April, he’d received his call up papers...
  4. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: 13 - 14 April 1941

    13 April 1941. 06.30 hrs. Over the North Sea. Flight Lieutenant John Woodside was enjoying being in the air again, even though his navigator, Flight Sergeant Arthur Grant was in his usual grumpy mood. Their photoreconnaissance Mosquito had been grounded far too long, and once again man and...
  5. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: 11 - 12 April 1941

    11 April 1941. 06:00hrs. Groningen. Netherlands. 59e GRDI (the reconnaissance unit of 68e DI) had arrived on the outskirts of Groningen during the night, and had taken up defensive positions, not wishing to enter the town until there was enough light. Intelligence had suggested that as the HQ...
  6. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: 9 - 10 April 1941

    9 April 1941. 08:15hrs. Ostend. Belgium. Feldwebel Günther Kaufer had finally made it to the channel. His army had never managed this, despite all the promises of the panzertruppen last May. Since he’d been captured by the Grenadier Guards on 2 April he’d had a couple of days in a field...
  7. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: 7 - 8 April 1941

    7 April 1941. 00:01hrs. Varsseveld. Holland Subedar-Major Maniraj Thapa, senior Viceroy Commissioned Officer in 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles), listened as acting-Major Gold ran through the Battalion’s orders. The Gurkha Division had come a long way and still had...
  8. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: 4 - 6 April 1941

    4 April 1941. 07:05 hrs. Oppenheim. Germany. General Victor Bourret had come forward to Oppenheim to see for himself the enormous effort that was going in to getting his 5e Army across the Rhine. The progress of the 83e and 84e DIA with the 3e DCr had pushed the Germans back the line of towns...
  9. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: 2 - 3 April 1941

    2 April 1941. 08:47hrs. Over the Rhine. Leutnant Wolfe Schaller had ten kills to his name, two already today and if the French pilot in his sights didn’t do anything funny in the next few seconds, he would be the third. It was difficult to know what was going on around him, as he finished off...
  10. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: 1 - 2 April 1941

    1 April 1941. 06:55 hrs. Wildcat “A for Apple”. Over Valkenburg. Fifteen Sussex helicopters flying from HMS Eagle before dawn had deposited the first company of Royal Marines around the bridge at Haagsche Schouw, near the town of Leiden. They had successfully captured it and prevented it being...
  11. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: (Book 2, part 2.) 29 March - 1 April 1941

    Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Book 2, Part 2. 29/30 March 1941. Viborg. Denmark The alert had been put out early the previous evening. In the headquarters of 170th Division, part of the occupation forces of Denmark, reports of heavy air attacks had been coming in from units around the area...
  12. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: 21 - 28 March 1941

    21 March 1941. Forecasting Division. Meteorological Office. Dunstable. Bedfordshire. Charles Douglas had a bad habit when he was stressed to run around the office a couple of times, but other than that, this veteran of the Royal Flying Corps was one of the ablest forecasters in Britain. Over...
  13. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: 1- 20 March 1941.

    1 March 1941. Near Gembloux, Belgium. Third Armoured Brigade (2, 3 and 5 RTR) had had a busy winter. They had been exercising continually with various infantry units to hone the skills of mechanised warfare, a role that with enough practice they were beginning to master. All three Tank...
  14. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: February 1941

    1 February 1941. John I. Thornycroft & Company. Woolston, Southampton. HMS Gavinton, the first of the new Ton Class of minesweepers was launched with greater fanfare than was usual for small ships. Prime Minister Winston Churchill had made the journey to Southampton to be at the launch. Though...
  15. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: January 1941.

    3 January 1941. Fort George, near Inverness. Scotland. Major Iain Murray, Scots Guards, tried to get some blood flowing back through his feet and toes. A night exercise in freezing temperatures was never easy, and Murray had gotten a little out of shape. Since trying to join his Regiment in the...
  16. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: December 1940

    1 December 1940. Valetta, Malta Pilot Officer John McDonald glanced down at the harbour area as he overflew it on his way back to base. In the winter sunshine it looked busy and peaceful. If he looked harder, he would have been able to see that he was being tracked by a number of anti-aircraft...
  17. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: November 1940

    1 November 1940. Canberra, Australia. Chief of the General Staff, General Vernon Sturdee gave his assessment of the current state of the Australian army to Prime Minister Robert Menzies and his Cabinet. 6th and 7th Division were currently in Arras, along with the New Zealand Division, forming...
  18. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: 12 - 31 October 1940

    12 October 1940. Moscow. CCCP. Comrade Beria waited to be summoned into Stalin’s office. There was always a queasy feeling in his stomach at this point. He was sure of what the meeting was about, but sometimes “the boss” would bring up something totally unexpected. Then Beria would have to...
  19. Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Books 1, 2 and 3.
    Threadmarks: Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Book 2. 1-13 October 1940

    Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion. Book 2. 1 October 1940. London, England. In a quiet room in the Admiralty, there was a rare meeting of the Bristol Group commanding officers. They still thought of each other with their original ranks: Bristol: Capt Alan Grose; Cardiff: Capt Mike Harris...
  20. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Before you start too much discussion on food or small arms or planes or.... The thing I've been working on is getting Ship Shape sorted and finished.
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