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Remembering the summer of 1916 for Red, White and Blue Day 2016 - Friday 14th October

The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest battles of World War One, with 20,000 British soldiers losing their lives on the first day of the battle. In all, the campaign cost nearly 1,300,000 dead and wounded soldiers on both sides.

Fighting began on the 1st July, and continued up until late November that year. It was the largest battle on the Western Front of the war, and there was little to show for all the lives lost on both side, only a few miles gained by the Allies.

Held on Friday 14th October, Red, White and Blue Day 2016 will be joining the rest of the UK and remembering the momentous events of 1916 - on land, and at sea – which had a huge impact on the outcome of the war.



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Notable dates

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RAF
1993
- Operation Cheshire: Hercules of No 47 Squadron completed 600 sorties to deliver 19 million Ib of humanitarian aid to Bosnia-Herzegovina. By the end of the operation in January 1996 the RFA had delivered 26,577 tons of supplies in 1,977 sorties

RAF
1940
- Operation Dynamo: the evacuation of Dunkirk was completed with 338,226 Allied troops brought back to the UK. In the fierce air-to-air fighting during the evacuation, the RAF lost 177 aircraft over Dunkirk, including 106 fighters: the Luftwaffe lost 132 aircraft of all types

The Soldiers' Charity
1944
- D-day – Allied Forces land in Normandy


RAF
1944
- Operation Overlord - Thousands of Allied troops landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France at the start of a major offensive against the Germans. Thousands of paratroops and glider-borne troops have also been dropped behind enemy lines and the Allies are already said to have penetrated several miles inland.


Royal Navy & Royal Marines
1977
- Silver Jubilee Review of the Fleet at Spithead, Gosport, by The Queen and Lord High Admiral. It was the first Spithead fleet review to include nuclear-powered vessels but the first without battleships present. Warships: 1,212
Landing Ships and Craft: 4,026
Ancillaries: 731
Merchant Vessels: 864
Total: 6,833

RAF
1940
- Italy declared war on Great Britain and France

The Soldiers' Charity
1918
- The Treaty of Versailles is signed by the Germans


RAF
2012
- The Bomber Command Memorial, in Green Park, London, was unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen. The RAF Benevolent Fund is the custodian for the memorial, built to remember the 55,573 members of Bomber Command who lost their lives during the Second World War.


Royal Navy & Royal Marines
1977
- Silver Jubilee Review of the Fleet at Spithead, Gosport, by The Queen and Lord High Admiral. It was the first Spithead fleet review to include nuclear-powered vessels but the first without battleships present.

The Soldiers' Charity
1982
- British troops take key objectives of Mount Longdon, Two Sisters and Mount Harriet

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
1914
- Admiral Sir Percy Scott caused uproar with a famous letter to The Times in which he declared the battleship redundant.

He said: "Submarines and aeroplanes have entirely revolutionised naval warfare; no fleet can hide itself from the aeroplane eye, and the submarine can deliver a deadly attack even in broad daylight… As the motor vehicle has driven the horse from the road, so has the submarine drive the battleship from the sea."

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
1943
- King George VI visited Malta in cruiser Aurora, travelling as 'Mr Lyon'.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines
1916
- Battle of Jutland takes place, representing the largest naval battle and only full-scale clash of battleships in World War One. 250 ships and more than 8,000 lives on both German and British sides were lost.

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Royal Navy descendants invited to Jutland centenary commemorations

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Hilary Juke's Interview - BFBS Radio 2 (May 2016)

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