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USS Fletcher Destroyer: World War II

By | December 14th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |

USS Fletcher (DD/DDE-445), named for Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher, was the lead Fletcher-class destroyer, and served in the Pacific during World War II. She received fifteen battle stars for World War II service, and five for Korean War service. Fletcher was laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, on 2 October 1941. She was launched on 3 May 1942; sponsored by Mrs. F. F. Fletcher, widow of Admiral Fletcher; and commissioned on 30 [...]

Warkworth Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

By | December 13th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage form one of the most unusual pairs of medieval monuments in Britain. The castle was probably laid out in its present form in about 1200 and was the favoured residence of the powerful Percy family from the 14th to the 17th centuries. As the Earls (and later Dukes) of Northumberland, they were among the greatest landowners in northern England. Nearby, on the banks of the river Coquet and accessible only by boat, are the remains [...]

The Brazen Bull: Torture and Execution Device

By | December 12th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: |

The brazen bull, bronze bull, or Sicilian bull, was a torture and execution device designed in ancient Greece. According to Diodorus Siculus, recounting the story in Bibliotheca Historica, Perillos of Athens invented and proposed it to Phalaris, the tyrant of Akragas, Sicily, as a new means of executing criminals. The bull was made entirely of bronze, hollow, with a door on one side. It was in the form and size of an actual bull and had an acoustic apparatus [...]

Lincoln Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |

Strategically sited on high ground overlooking the River Witham, Lincoln was originally established by the Romans as a Legionary Fortress and later it was converted into a colony for veterans. Following the Norman Conquest, the earlier defences were adapted into Lincoln Castle and Town Walls. Key battles were fought in the vicinity during the Anarchy and the First Barons' Wars. The Romans Sited on top of a steep escarpment overlooking an otherwise low-lying landscape, Lincoln dominates the surrounding countryside. [...]

Alhambra de Granada Spain: Fortification in Spain

By | December 10th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |

Rising above the modern lower town, the Alhambra and the Albaycín, situated on two adjacent hills, form the medieval part of Granada Spain. To the east of the Alhambra, Granada Spain fortress and residence are the magnificent gardens of the Generalife, the former rural residence of the emirs who ruled this part of Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. The residential district of the Albaycín is a rich repository of Moorish vernacular architecture, into which the traditional Andalusian [...]

American Soldier: Sergeant Leonard Alfred Funk

By | December 9th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , |

It goes without saying that many gallant actions of war are often never recorded and lost to the passage of time as they are treated as simply what is required of men in combat. But if you are an American soldier, like First Sergeant Leonard A. Funk, who had already picked up a Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross by 1945, you tend to stand out from the crowd. Which is not an easy feat for the paratrooper of [...]

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