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Australian LP-2 Armoured Car

Australian LP-2 Armoured Car This picture shows the two LP-2 Armoured Cars produced in Australia. These Local Pattern vehicles followed an unsuccesful LP-1 and were the precursor to a small production run of LP-3s and LP-4s. Both of these vehicles were part of the No.1 Armoured Car Regiment when this picture was taken (note the label on the front right of the leading car).
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British Offensive in the Chesapeake

The British navy controlled Chesapeake Bay and was generally successful with a blockade. Changing tactics in the late summer of 1814, British forces invaded Maryland, intending to bring an end to the conflict.American soldiers were routed at Bladensburg, a battle that President Madison witnessed. That ignominious defeat, only five miles from Washington, opened a clear path to the capital.
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Norman Place Names in England

After the success of the Normans in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings, they sought to impose Norman rule throughout England and Wales. One way of demonstrating Norman supremacy over the conquered English was to impose their own names on places that had English names or variants from the Celts etc. For such a warlike people, one of the reasons the Normans changed some place names was a simple dislike for a name that they considered unpleasant.
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No. 119 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

No. 119 Squadron (RAF) during the Second World WarAircraft - Locations - Group and Duty - BooksNo.119 Squadron had two incarnations during the Second World War, first as flying boat squadron originally formed to operate three Short S.26 class flying boats, and then as a land plane squadron operating against German E-boats.
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Battle of Britain Aces

Aces were seen as the heroes of the Royal Air Force - especially those pilots who attained ace status during the Battle of Britain. While few would argue that the aces deserved the fame they acquired, some of the unsung heroes of the Battle of Britain were the teams on the ground that kept the Hurricanes and Spitfires airworthy so that the Luftwaffe could be taken on by those who were strove to become aces.
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Basil Bernstein

Basil Bernstein researched speech and how it affected educational attainment. Bernstein suggested that class difference in speech patterns were related to educational attainment Restricted speech code is a kind of shorthand speech, which Bernstein claimed is used by the working class and in more generality by married couples.
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