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On this day the 12th May 1945, the 1st book in the 'Thomas the Tank Engine' series by the Rev. Wilbert Awdry is publishe...
12/05/2020

On this day the 12th May 1945, the 1st book in the 'Thomas the Tank Engine' series by the Rev. Wilbert Awdry is published. It was called 'The Three Railway Engines' and focused on Edward, Gordon and Henry but no Thomas! The initial print run of 22,500 copies solid quickly and a further two print runs where made that year. In total Wibert Awdry wrote 26 stories between 1945 & 1972 and where all based on his experiences as a lifelong lover of steam engines. His son Christopher would go on to write a further 16 between 1983 & 2011.

The idea for Thomas the Tank engine is believed to have appeared when Christopher had the measles in 1942. His father would tell him stories and rhymes when he was shut away in a darkened room. This was one of the rhymes…

Early in the morning,
Down at the station,
All the little engines
Standing in a row.

Along comes the driver,
Pulls the little lever
Puff, puff! Chuff, chuff!
Off we go!

And any post on Thomas would not be complete without the famous theme music from the TV show that followed! - https://zcu.io/ysLN

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale the nursing reformer who attended the wounded during...
12/05/2020

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale the nursing reformer who attended the wounded during the Crimean War. As a tribute to her the 12th May is the International Nurses day in 1974.

For those of you at home with kids the BBC Teach team have uploaded this short documentary to YouTube that is a good introduction. - https://zcu.io/S0o0

And for those who want to find out a more then this is a long documentary - https://zcu.io/tH6H

10/05/2020
Ludwig Van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

#OTD in 1824 Beethoven ninth symphony was performed for the 1st time in Vienna. By this point in his career his was deaf, exhausted and extremely ill but yet still delivered this masterpiece and secured his place in musical history. https://zcu.io/zzk6

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: The Music of a Genius Update 3/3/2016: I've started uploading videos on YouTube again, check out my latest video! Be sure to like...

Norwich you're next!Download the app today at....Apple - https://zcu.io/x49EAndroid - bit.ly/2VKBCol #Norwich #History
09/05/2020

Norwich you're next!

Download the app today at....
Apple - https://zcu.io/x49E
Android - bit.ly/2VKBCol

#Norwich #History

On this day the 7th May 1945, Colonel General Alfred Jodl, German Chief of Staff, signs the  “Unconditional Surrender” o...
07/05/2020

On this day the 7th May 1945, Colonel General Alfred Jodl, German Chief of Staff, signs the “Unconditional Surrender” of all remaining forces of the German army and thus ending the war in the west. The war against Japan would not end for a further three months.

This was the wording of the official surrender document;

ACT OF MILITARY SURRENDER
1. We the undersigned, acting by authority of the German High Command, hereby surrender unconditionally to the Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force and simultaneously to the Supreme High Command of the Red Army all forces on land, at sea, and in the air who are at this date under German control.
2. The German High Command will at once issue orders to all German military, naval and air authorities and to all forces under German control to cease active operations at 23.01 hours Central European time on 8 May 1945, to remain in all positions occupied at that time and to disarm completely, handing over their weapons and equipment to the local allied commanders or officers designated by Representatives of the Allied Supreme Commands. No ship, vessel, or aircraft is to be scuttled, or any damage done to their hull, machinery or equipment, and also to machines of all kinds, armament, apparatus, and all the technical means of prosecution of war in general.
3. The German High Command will at once issue to the appropriate commanders, and ensure the carrying out of any further orders issued by the Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force and by the Supreme Command of the Red Army.
4. This act of military surrender is without prejudice to, and will be superseded by any general instrument of surrender imposed by, or on behalf of the United Nations and applicable to GERMANY and the German armed forces as a whole.
5. In the event of the German High Command or any of the forces under their control failing to act in accordance with this Act of Surrender, the Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force and the Supreme High Command of the Red Army will take such punitive or other action as they deem appropriate.
6. This Act is drawn up in the English, Russian and German languages. The English and Russian are the only authentic texts.

The photograph is from the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces, in Reims, France. In the picture you can see General Jodl’s in the middle and on his left is General Admiral Von Friedeburg, of the Germany Navay, and on his right is Major Wilhelm Oxenius, of the German General Staff.

05/05/2020
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Are you wanting to sink your teeth into an interesting yet informative article? Why not give our wonderful 'History of York' a read, and follow up by virtually exploring some of our exciting York locations! Available on the HH app now https://zcu.io/ouUX

Today is the 40th Anniversary of the Special Air Service (SAS) storming the Iranian Embassy, in London’s Princes Gate ar...
05/05/2020

Today is the 40th Anniversary of the Special Air Service (SAS) storming the Iranian Embassy, in London’s Princes Gate area, under Operation Nimrod.

On the 30th April six member of the Democratic Revolutionary Front for the Liberation of Arabistan (DRFLA) entered the embassy and seized 26 hostages. Their demands where the release of prisoners from prisons in Khuzestan and safe passage out of the United Kingdom. This request was denied and the siege begun.

On the 2nd day of the siege two teams of around 30-35 troopers from B Squadron SAS where deployed to Regents Park Barracks in case they where needed. Once in London the teams put together an immediate assault plan, if the situation deescalated quickly, while also developing the plan for a deliberate assault if ordered to do so. As the Director of Special Forces Peter de la Billere noted in a later interview the planning and preparation was intense;

“In the Forward Holding Area I talked to members of the assault team, and found the atmosphere typical of the SAS immediately before an operation: there was no sense of over-excitement or tension; rather, an air of professionalism and quiet confidence prevailed. These men had been superbly trained, and they had so often practised the kind of task they were about to carry out that it had become almost an everyday event. This is not to say that they lacked courage or imagination: on the contrary, they knew full well that the terrorists were heavily armed, and that the building could be wired with explosives, and might go up as they broke in. They simply accepted the risks and carried on.”

On the sixth day of the siege, the terrorists had grown increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress and at 13:45 they executed the embassy Chief Press officer, Abbas Lavsasani. His body was then dumped on the street in front of the waiting TV cameras. An emergency COBRA meeting was called and the SAS put on standby to assault the building while final attempts were made to end the siege peacefully. However, all attempts failed and fearing that further hostages would be killed control of the operation was handed from the Police to the Military at 19:07 and at 19:27 the assault began.

What happened next would propel the SAS out of the shadows and into the limelight for the 1st time in their history. Five of the terrorists would be killed, one would be arrested and all but one of the hostages would be rescued.

This is the news report from Thames TV and shows the troopers assaulting the embassy - https://zcu.io/QJop

There is also a doc-drama on Netflix called Six Days that tells the inside story on what happened. - https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80178280

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! Check out or article on the history of Brighton Palace Pier to find out the secr...
04/05/2020
Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton.

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! Check out or article on the history of Brighton Palace Pier to find out the secret history of this iconic seaside landmark..anyone for fish and chips? (Available on the HH app and website now!)https://zcu.io/ydDN

Hidden history. Illuminate the past, unravel the future. We believe that the past is the best indicator of the future and through truly understanding the past we can all make better decisions about the future.

03/05/2020

THE NEXT RELEASE IS LIVE – The 6th release of original articles, locations and museum guides is live on the Hidden History App today!

This is a big release with over 30 new locations added, four original leading articles and four new museum guides all available completely for free. And the really exciting pieces is that we have know expanded to include #Liverpool!

Here is the full list of what’s new!

Original Articles –

The History of #Liverpool by Elisha. This is an introduction to the history of Liverpool and takes you through how the city developed and became the place we love today. This piece is supported by the 1st 14 locations across Liverpool and we will be adding more in future releases. The linked locaitons are…

Albert Docks
Albion House
The Beatles Story
Church of St Luke
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Billy Fury Statue
The Hillsborough Memorial
Hockenhall Alley
Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Heroes Memorial
Radio Tower
Royal Liver Building
School for destitute children
Museum of Liverpool

The Krays by Sophie. This is an in-depth look into the history of the infamous brothers and the crime organisation they led in the 1960’s. The article is linked to six locations across London that played a key part in their story. #Thekrays The linked locations are…

97 Evering Road
178 Vallance Road
Chingford Cemetery
Double R club
The Old Bailey
The Blind Beggar pub

Freemasonary by Elaine. This is an overview of the Freemasons and how there history is woven into the hidden fabric of London. The article is linked to the original location of the 1st Grand Lodge. #freemasons

The Black Death by Anna. This is the third article from Anna exploring the lessor known area of medical history. This article takes you through the story of the Black Death and is linked to the site where its believed the it entered the UK. #Blackdeath

Museum guides by Elisha -
Science Museum
British Library
Childhood museum
Freemason Museum

Individual Locations -
Newcastle tunnels
Swindon Railways Works
Jane Austin House
Oxford University Museum
Dubris Lighthouse
Verulamium
Tower Hill Tombstone
Maiden Lane Plaque

We hope you all enjoy this release!!!

Thank you Kieran

C5 today at 16:30 is the all time WW2 classic - A Bridge Too FarSo many classic bits to this film but for us the highlig...
03/05/2020

C5 today at 16:30 is the all time WW2 classic - A Bridge Too Far

So many classic bits to this film but for us the highlight is Lt General Horrocks brief to ### corps.... "I'd like to think of this as one of those American western films. The paratroops, lacking substantial equipment, always short of food - these are the besieged homesteaders, the Germans, well naturally, they're the bad guys, and ### Corps, we my friends, are the cavalry, on the way to the rescue".... but will they make it in time!

Whats you favourite part?

02/05/2020
Release 6

THE NEXT RELEASE IS LIVE – The 6th release of original articles, locations and museum guides is live on the Hidden History App today!

This is a big release with over 30 new locations added, four original leading articles and four new museum guides all available completely for free. And the really exciting pieces is that we have know expanded to include #Liverpool!

Here is the full list of what’s new!

Original Articles –

The History of #Liverpool by Elisha. This is an introduction to the history of Liverpool and takes you through how the city developed and became the place we love today. This piece is supported by the 1st 14 locations across Liverpool and we will be adding more in future releases. The linked locaitons are…

Albert Docks
Albion House
The Beatles Story
Church of St Luke
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Billy Fury Statue
The Hillsborough Memorial
Hockenhall Alley
Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Heroes Memorial
Radio Tower
Royal Liver Building
School for destitute children
Museum of Liverpool

The Krays by Sophie. This is an in-depth look into the history of the infamous brothers and the crime organisation they led in the 1960’s. The article is linked to six locations across London that played a key part in their story. #Thekrays The linked locations are…

97 Evering Road
178 Vallance Road
Chingford Cemetery
Double R club
The Old Bailey
The Blind Beggar pub

Freemasonary by Elaine. This is an overview of the Freemasons and how there history is woven into the hidden fabric of London. The article is linked to the original location of the 1st Grand Lodge. #freemasons

The Black Death by Anna. This is the third article from Anna exploring the lessor known area of medical history. This article takes you through the story of the Black Death and is linked to the site where its believed the it entered the UK. #Blackdeath

Museum guides by Elisha -

Science Museum
British Library
Childhood museum
Freemason Museum

Individual Locations

Newcastle tunnels
Swindon Railways Works
Jane Austin House
Oxford University Museum
Dubris Lighthouse
Verulamium
Tower Hill Tombstone
Maiden Lane Plaque

We hope you all enjoy this release!!!

Thank you Kieran

01/05/2020
Sylvia Short Film

#FridayRecommendation - The increidbly talented team at SubMotion picture have put their multi award winning short film Sylvia onto YouTube. This is 17mins of your life your going to enjoy! https://zcu.io/mgK6. Add a comment to let us know what you thought of the film.

A Multi Award Winning Short Film // Based on a Viral True Story ** Watch to the End ** In a heartbeat, the things we hold dearest can so easily be stripped a...

On this day the 30th April in 1945, A radio station in Hamburg announced the death of Adolf Hitler who had 'fallen at hi...
30/04/2020

On this day the 30th April in 1945, A radio station in Hamburg announced the death of Adolf Hitler who had 'fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany'. Despite is death the war still rumbled on for eight more days.

Listen to the original BBC announcement here https://zcu.io/qQjU

Its always good to support your community, and we at HH love engaging and reading the works of our followers. So today w...
30/04/2020
Hisdoryan

Its always good to support your community, and we at HH love engaging and reading the works of our followers. So today we would like to shout-out Hisdoryan blog, with so much interesting material, you will definitely love her blog as much as we do! https://zcu.io/Udt1

Looking for a fun, relevant and accessible history blog that proves that history doesnt always belong in the past? Then step this way - the Hisdoryan blog is just what you need!

29/04/2020

Today's #womancrushwednesday is Agatha Christie! Today, Christie remains the best-selling novelist of all time and is perhaps best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections. In total, her books have sold a billion in English and a billion in translation!

28/04/2020

IMPORTANT announcement – A few weeks ago we extended are support out to the heritage sector to help them recover from the CV19 crisis. And last week the 1st site went live. And.... it is... the @commonwealthwargravescommission Experience Centre in Beaurains, France! Check the links out below for more info;

You can find out more on the CWGC website - https://zcu.io/mhtQ or you can see the location on the HH websites - https://zcu.io/28og. The Experience Centre is on the app home page and also on the map if you want to see it there.

This is the 1st of the locations to be added and during this crisis and its’ also the 1st one to be added outside of the UK, which is kind of cool! Please help spread the word around the community as the offer is open to every museum, historical location, independent bookshop and café.

Stay Home, Stay Safe and let’s Start planning for the days out we are going to have once this is all over.

Take Care

Kieran

Download the app today at....
Apple - https://zcu.io/7ohN
Android - https://zcu.io/tl1o

#History #WeAreCWGC #WW2 #WW1 #LegacyOfLiberation

On the 27th April 1942, Norwich suffered its most sever bombing raid of the war with between 25-30 bombers attacking the...
27/04/2020

On the 27th April 1942, Norwich suffered its most sever bombing raid of the war with between 25-30 bombers attacking the city as part of the Baedeker Blitz. More than 160 people lost their lives and almost 600 others where injured in the two hour raid.

The Baedeker Blitz was the response to the growing allied bombing campaign against the third Reich and sought to make the allies think twice about targeting Germany cities. The idea for the raids has been attributed back to a propagandist Gustav Braun von Stumm who was a spokesman for the German Foreign Office who in said in 1942, “we shall go out and bomb every building in Britain marked with three stars in the Baedeker Guide”. The cities targeted where York, Norwich, Bath, Exeter & Canterbury.

This news article has some great photographs -> https://zcu.io/RNJS
And this is the link to the book mentioned in the article ->https://zcu.io/QMAx

A request for help... While getting the information together for this post we came across ref to a memorial in Earlham Road cemetery. However, we can't find its locations remotely i.e. via google. If anyone is local and can use their daily exercise to help us find the memorial then we would be very grateful. It would be good to add it to the app so this part of Norwich's history is not forgotten.

#Norwich #WW2 #Blitz

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We will be using this Facebook group to share with you engaging historical content and to provide updates on the new app releases. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing how HH is helping you discover the past.

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Hidden History book of interest ..... I thoroughly recommend this book as a great winter read for those with an interest in WW2 hidden history and those who love a great detective story. Its non-fiction - based entirely on fact. The book follows a team of modern day investigators as they uncover documents on Hitler's secret weapons chief - General Hans Kammler - and discover what really happened to him at the end of WW2. Conventional history says Kammler died at the end of the war but the authors present documents which tell a very different story. Incredibly well researched and a gripping read. Available now on Amazon.
Nerdily excited about the arrival of the cup I won! Many thanks!
The team is expanding ahead of launch. I can't wait to share the HH project with you all in the coming weeks. Its time to try and make the world a slightly better place.
A interesting set of links to read through for any of you who served in Ireland.