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  • LIR and last battle on British soil

    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/...ttack-in-Kent-

    THE little-known Battle of Graveney Marsh, the last military conflict to take place on British soil, is finally being remembered 70 years after the event.

    Most history books have Bonny Prince Charlie’s 1746 defeat at Culloden as the most recent conflict to occur on home soil.

    But the virtually unheard of skirmish in the Kent countryside near Whitstable 194 years later was actually the last such action.

    The battle took place on September 27, 1940 between the crew of a downed German bomber and a company of British soldiers who had rushed from a local pub. Members of the London Irish Rifles were billeted in the Sports- man Inn at the coastal hamlet of Seasalter when the stricken Junkers 88 plane came down on Graveney Marsh.

    Though the British soldiers armed themselves, they expected the four-strong Luftwaffe crew to give up without a fight.

    But as they approached plane, the Germans opened fire with a machine gun. The British service- men returned fire while a smaller group crawled along a dyke to within 50 yards of the plane before they began shooting.

    There was a heavy exchange of fire-power until the Germans sur- rendered, with one being shot in the foot – but nobody was killed. In a dramatic twist, commanding officer Captain John Cantopher heard one of the captured
    crew say in German the plane would “go up” at any moment.

    He dashed back to the aircraft, found an explosive charge under one wing and threw it into a dyke,
    saving the two-week-old aircraft for British engineers to inspect.

    Incredibly, the British shared pints of beer with the German airmen at the pub before the PoWs were picked up.

    Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/...#ixzz1ANM179tU

  • #2
    I presume it is mainland Britain and not the British Isles (under British rule) or the British Empire as there has been plenty of battles here and elsewhere since then?!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by DeV View Post
      I presume it is mainland Britain and not the British Isles (under British rule) or the British Empire as there has been plenty of battles here and elsewhere since then?!
      It was the last battle on British soil against a foreign force who Britain was at war with.


      NI is classed as the UK, not Britain. The empire was not classed as Britain either.


      "The battle took place on September 27, 1940 between the crew of a downed German bomber and a company of British soldiers who had rushed from a local pub. Members of the London Irish Rifles were billeted in the Sports- man Inn at the coastal hamlet of Seasalter when the stricken Junkers 88 plane came down on Graveney Marsh."
      Vanguard
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      Last edited by Vanguard; 10 January 2011, 11:30.

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      • #4
        Channel isles

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        • #5
          hey Vanguard that's a brilliant tale, thanks for keeping it alive for a little longer and posting the article.

          it really shows you the stupidity of war if they all ended up having pints together in the pub afterwards!

          it must have been a very different world in those days.
          RGJ

          ...Once a Rifleman - Always a Rifleman... Celer et Audax

          The Rifles

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RoyalGreenJacket View Post
            hey Vanguard that's a brilliant tale, thanks for keeping it alive for a little longer and posting the article.

            it really shows you the stupidity of war if they all ended up having pints together in the pub afterwards!

            it must have been a very different world in those days.

            Could be doing the same in A'stan, if the lads were not muslim

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            • #7
              or there were pubs!

              it's a good story Vanguard, and i like how it involved an Irish regiment of the British Army who started and finished this incident over a pint at the bar - unusually with the enemy who they were shooting the arse off earlier!
              RGJ

              ...Once a Rifleman - Always a Rifleman... Celer et Audax

              The Rifles

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              • #8
                Can this really be called a "battle"? Its nothing more than a skirmish.

                What of the Battle of Britain?
                Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Victor View Post
                  Can this really be called a "battle"? Its nothing more than a skirmish.

                  What of the Battle of Britain?
                  That happened in the Air not on the ground

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                  • #10
                    Hi there,
                    Something similar is said to have happened to a German bomber that crashed in Ireland. The crew held onlookers at bay with a machine-gun while they tried to set it alight.When that didn't work, they riddled the aircraft with a few drums worth instead and then gave themselves up.
                    regards
                    GttC

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by apc View Post
                      That happened in the Air not on the ground
                      I imagine all the bombs dropped managed to hit the earth's surface somehow.

                      And that all the AAA was fired from said surface.
                      Last edited by Victor; 13 January 2011, 01:34.
                      Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Victor View Post
                        Can this really be called a "battle"? Its nothing more than a skirmish.
                        you obviously haven't heard what happened in the bar before the Germans were taken away as POW's
                        RGJ

                        ...Once a Rifleman - Always a Rifleman... Celer et Audax

                        The Rifles

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