The British sank their own submarine, D-1, in 1918. (captioned photo)
Lead diver Steve Mortimer, who was part of the team searching for the remains of German U-boats when they came across the wreck, said: “Every diver dreams of identifying a historically important wreck.”
HMS/m D1 was out of date when the First World War started. It served a limited mission of protecting the Dover coast, and then it was designated a training boat.
In October 1918 it was deliberately sunk and used as a training target for Royal Navy training exercises detecting enemy submarines.
It is upright and remains largely intact on the seabed.
The D-class submarines were considered to be so innovative that the prototype, D1, was built in utmost secrecy in a securely guarded building shed. She was launched at Barrow with equal secrecy, with only departmental heads and a few officers from the cruiser HMS Mercury, that was currently in the dock being present. Once moved to the fitting out berth, she was once again screened from view.
‘The Deluge’ or the Swedish Invasion of Poland, 1655-1660.
Following the Thirty Years’ War, the Swedish Empire emerged as one of the strongest nations on the continent. It had a large army but little money to pay its soldiers. The Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, weakened by wars with the Cossacks and Tsardom of Russia, seemed like easy prey, also because its best soldiers had been either killed in the 1652 Battle of Batih or massacred after it.
Rocket’s Red Glare
China’s Martian Rover
Dean Cheng, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told the Wall Street Journal that China has pointed political goals for its space program.
“China is presenting itself as an alternative,” said Cheng. “With regards to the Moon and Mars, that is for political signaling, political demonstrations to show the world who has a more capable technological base, and who has a better political system.”
On this day, May 15 in 1756 the Seven Years War, also know as The French and Indian War, and Queen Anne’s War began.
The French loss ensured the colonial and maritime supremacy of Britain and strengthened the 13 American colonies by removing Britain’s European rivals to the north and the south. Fifteen years later, French bitterness over the loss of most of their colonial empire contributed to their intervention in the American Revolution on the side of the Patriots.
The War that Made America by Fred Anderson is a good book, covering that war.