Piracy

Plan Unthinkable and German Armed Forces

British German Units History Piracy 16 Min Read

Operation Unthinkable – Churchill’s Plans to Invade the Soviet Union In the spring of 1945 the Red Army continued its advance towards Western Europe, reaching the Adriatic in the south and approaching to within 100 miles of the River Rhine in the west. Meanwhile Germany was shattered and the great powers of Britain and France were financially exhausted. The United…

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History Piracy 7 Min Read

Norman Kingdom of Sicily

The island of Sicily was conquered and settled by Muslim invaders from North Africa in the ninth century and was reconquered by the Normans of southern Italy in the period 1061-1091. Thereafter the island and various mainland territories came to form a kingdom that became one of the major powers…

British China Piracy 26 Min Read

THE DEMISE OF JOLLY ROGER I

The Suppression of Piracy in the East Indies and the South China Sea, 1855–69 As trade between Europe and the Far East developed, so did piracy, on a scale that dwarfed the activities of the Caribbean buccaneers of the previous century. It has been suggested that the pirates of the…

British China Far East Junks Piracy 9 Min Read

THE DEMISE OF JOLLY ROGER II

Once a gunboat had been sent to the Far East it was Admiralty policy that she should end her days there, with any necessary repairs being carried out at Hong Kong. Commissions lasted between three and four years, with replacement crews being sent out aboard transports or troopships. Service aboard…

Medieval Military and Naval Ottoman Piracy Sail 17 Min Read

AN EXEMPLARY MARITIME REPUBLIC: VENICE AT THE END OF THE MIDDLE AGES Part II

Venetian Galley Bernard Doumerc In 1302, the Venetian government implemented a revision of ‘the corrections and additions’ to the Arsenal regulations.8 This action was necessary to encourage the full development of the technological revolution that would maximise the Republic’s naval potential. A short time later, between 1304 and 1307, the…

Military and Naval Piracy 21 Min Read

AN EXEMPLARY MARITIME REPUBLIC: VENICE AT THE END OF THE MIDDLE AGES Part III

Bernard Doumerc Henceforth, the state owned the merchant fleet, chartering galleys to merchants who operated them. The operator was the highest bidder in the auction for charters. Only nobles were allowed to participate in this auction, an exclusive privilege that gave them control of the financial and commercial operations of…

Piracy 35 Min Read

“War of the Three Jeannes”

The War of Breton Succession, which took place at the beginning of the Hundred Years’ War, is referred to by Klausmann, Meinzerin, and Kuhn as the “War of the Three Jeannes” due to the women at the center of the action: Jeanne de Montfort, Jeanne de Clisson, and Jeanne de…

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The Panzer Divisions

The military historian Matthew Cooper described the German Panzer arm of service as: ‘a failure.…

Piracy in the Indian Ocean

Historians have been particularly interested in the fact that on two occasions during our period…

Norman Kingdom of Sicily

The island of Sicily was conquered and settled by Muslim invaders from North Africa in…

Henry VI: Resurgence of Piracy II

Conjectural sketch of a balinger (C) Ian Friel 2015. Balinger: During the 14th–16th centuries, a…