Mackenzie Gregory

Mackenzie Gregory

Mackenzie Gregory spent all of WWII at sea or overseas as a Naval officer. Sunk in HMAS Canberra at the Battle of Savo Island on August 9 1942, he has always had a keen interest in Naval History. His Web Site ahoy, carries a host of articles on this subject. He recently published his Trilogy of The War at Sea.

HMAS Ballarat I

Named after the Victorian inland city of Ballarat. HMAS Ballarat I was one of sixty Australian Minesweepers (commonly known as corvettes) built during World War II in Australian shipyards as part of the Commonwealth Government’s wartime shipbuilding programme. Twenty (including Ballarat (I)) were built on Admiralty order but manned and commissioned by the Royal Australian […]

First Use of Poison Gas In Modern Warfare

Of course the use of poison gas in warfare had been proscribed under the Hague Convention of 1905, and Germany as well as all the other WW1 combatants had signed it.  The relevant article read: ‘The contracting powers agree to abstain from the use of projectiles;/ /the object of which is the diffusion of asphyxiating […]

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