On this day in 1951 during the Korean War the Battle of Imjin River began. Cpl Neville Bestwick, was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery repairing breaks in lines between the brigade and battalion Headquarters while under mortar and small arms fire
On this day in 1974 he Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British security forces, and civil rights groups, claimed its 1000th victim.
The Royal Corps of Signals provided communications for commanders and staff at brigade and theatre level, as well as the infrastructure to enable patrols on the ground to communicate with each other and with higher and lower commands.
On the 19th April 1965 an article by Gordon Moore was published in Electronics on the future of semiconductor components.
On the 18th April 1945 Sir John Ambrose Fleming died aged 95. Fleming was an English electrical engineer who invented the first thermionic valve. This was a vacuum tube with two electrodes in which the electrons flowed from filament to anode only.
On this day in 1942 the island of Malta was awarded the George Cross in recognition of the gallantry of the island’s population during the siege of Malta which began in 1940. Malta was strategically important to the Allies and needed to be defended and resupplied at all costs.