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Shipwreck of SS Gairsoppa reveals £150m silver haul

A shipwreck containing 200 tonnes of silver worth about £150m has been found in the Atlantic - the largest haul of precious metal ever discovered at sea.

The SS Gairsoppa, a UK cargo ship sunk by a German U-boat in 1941, was found by US exploration firm Odyssey Marine.

The firm will retain 80% of the cargo’s value under the terms of a contract with the Department for Transport.

Only one person from the 85-strong crew survived the torpedo attack as the ageing steamer tried to reach Ireland.

The vessel was on its way back to Britain from India when it ran low on fuel in stormy weather, and tried to divert to Galway harbour, but it was spotted and sunk by the German submarine.

/ September 26, 2011, 5:32pm / 14

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Two black Labrador dogs which had a lot of sniffing to do during Operation Lismore that was completed by 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), the two Labs were responsible for locating Viet Cong fighters and enemy installations. The dog handlers are Private (who would later become a L Cpl) Thomas Douglas Blackhurst with Justin (left) and L Cpl Norman Leslie Cameron with Cassius (right).  L Cpl Blackhurst was killed in action on 17 April 1971 while serving with the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam. He was a radio operator, calling in helicopter of 9 Squadron RAAF for a medical evacuation. The helicopter crashed, killing L Cpl Blackhurst and L Cpl John Francis Gillespie of 8 Field Ambulance, the medic on board.

Two black Labrador dogs which had a lot of sniffing to do during Operation Lismore that was completed by 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), the two Labs were responsible for locating Viet Cong fighters and enemy installations. The dog handlers are Private (who would later become a L Cpl) Thomas Douglas Blackhurst with Justin (left) and L Cpl Norman Leslie Cameron with Cassius (right).

L Cpl Blackhurst was killed in action on 17 April 1971 while serving with the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam. He was a radio operator, calling in helicopter of 9 Squadron RAAF for a medical evacuation. The helicopter crashed, killing L Cpl Blackhurst and L Cpl John Francis Gillespie of 8 Field Ambulance, the medic on board.

/ September 26, 2011 / 21

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dulce-et-decorum-est said: Do you post anything to do with the British forces and their side of the war? I'd love to see some!

I do:

and then there’s a bunch more in the commonly used tags on my tumblr

September 26, 2011, 4:07pm / 2

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The  RAN guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart has arrived back at Garden  Island, NSW, after completing its second deployment to Vietnam. The crew  are being greeted by friends and family. Here R64789 Able Seaman  Underwater Control (ABUC) Bruce Robert Skipworth kisses his wife Elaine  as he holds his seven week old daughter for the first time.

The RAN guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart has arrived back at Garden Island, NSW, after completing its second deployment to Vietnam. The crew are being greeted by friends and family.

Here R64789 Able Seaman Underwater Control (ABUC) Bruce Robert Skipworth kisses his wife Elaine as he holds his seven week old daughter for the first time.

Source / September 26, 2011 / 33

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An Aussie soldier during a limited offensive in October 1951 during the Korean War

An Aussie soldier during a limited offensive in October 1951 during the Korean War

/ September 26, 2011 / 28

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A member of the WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force) kissing a policeman during the Victory Pacific celebrations in the city.

A member of the WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force) kissing a policeman during the Victory Pacific celebrations in the city.

Source / September 26, 2011 / 107

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A US Army nurse, dressed in a USAF jacket, in 1951 feeding Korean orphans

A US Army nurse, dressed in a USAF jacket, in 1951 feeding Korean orphans

/ September 26, 2011 / 38

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A nurse entertaining babies on a mattress under a table at the Camberwell babies home during an air raid practice.

A nurse entertaining babies on a mattress under a table at the Camberwell babies home during an air raid practice.

Source / September 26, 2011 / 35

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