On Friday the 18th December 1908, an unknown military force landed on the shores of the river Crouch in Essex. Britain had been invaded. The invading force (the Germans, if the soldiers tasked with responding were to be believed) appeared to have gained that greatest of military assets – suprise. Now, having secured a beachhead, they were pushing towards Shoeburyness. For Captain R.K. Bagnall-Wilde of the Royal Engineers, the officer on the spot, this was a potentially disastrous ...
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