The Bismarck went down on May 27th, 1941, a very close run thing as it turned out. She was only hours from safety under the Luftwaffe umbrella when she was stopped by the British.
And on November 23rd, 2010, the Naval Officers of BC, at their annual Surrender Day lunch, were treated to a presentation on the Bismarck by Dennis Molnar, a keen amateur historian. Remarkably, one of the members attending the lunch was John Moyneux, who was an able seaman in HMS Hood only months before the pride of the Royal Navy was sunk by the Bismarck.
Dennis Molnar, left, and John Molyneux at the Surrender Day lunch, held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. "Surrender Day" marks the occasion when the German Grand Fleet surrendered to the Royal Navy in 1918 following the armistice.
The NOA of BC was founded in 1919 by a group of Canadian officers who had served in the Royal Navy.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Colonel (Retired) Keith Maxwell, OMM, CD, was guest speaker at the Churchill Society of BC's AGM and dinner meeting last week. Colonel Maxwell, who among other duties in his career with the Canadian Forces served with NORAD in Colorado Springs, later worked for NATO in Brussels. He took advantage of his location to study and walk World War One battlefields, and has since led many educational tours in France and Belgium.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Soldier of the Horse is one step closer to production, with launch scheduled for early spring 2011. Final edits have now been done, although the last time I said that (yesterday) I immediately found two more loose ends to tie up.