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World wars have left their marks worldwide and we have a lot to learn about our history and how far the human mind can go.

Carlisle Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Carlisle Castle is situated in Carlisle, in the English county of Cumbria, near the ruins of Hadrian's Wall. The castle is over 900 years old and has been the scene of many historical episodes in British history. Given the proximity of Carlisle to the border between England and Scotland, it has been the centre of many wars and invasions. Today the castle is managed by English Heritage and is [...]

By | 2017-12-17T13:41:33+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

B-26 Marauder American Medium Bomber: World War II

The Martin B-26 Marauder was an American World War II twin-engined medium bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin Company from 1941 to 1945. First used in the Pacific Theater in early 1942, it was also used in the Mediterranean Theater and in Western Europe. After entering service with the US Army, the aircraft received the reputation of a "Widowmaker" due to the early models' high accident rate during [...]

By | 2017-12-15T13:16:41+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

USS Fletcher Destroyer: World War II

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. [...]

By | 2017-12-14T14:00:31+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Warkworth Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

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 [...]

By | 2017-12-13T10:41:00+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Brazen Bull: Torture and Execution Device

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 [...]

By | 2017-12-12T10:16:43+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: |0 Comments

Lincoln Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

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 [...]

By | 2017-12-11T09:15:09+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Alhambra de Granada Spain: Fortification in Spain

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 [...]

By | 2017-12-10T12:46:23+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

American Soldier: Sergeant Leonard Alfred Funk

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. [...]

By | 2017-12-09T13:24:49+00:00 December 9th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Festung Hohensalzburg Castle in Austria

Festung Hohensalzburg Castle (German: Festung Hohensalzburg, literally "High Salzburg Fortress") sits atop the Festungsberg, a small hill in the Austrian city of Salzburg. Erected at the behest of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg with a length of 250 m (820 ft) and a width of 150 m (490 ft), it is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Festung Hohensalzburg Castle is situated at an altitude of 506 m. Early [...]

By | 2017-12-08T01:00:31+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Strasbourg, French Battleship: World War II

Strasbourg was the second and last battleship of the Dunkerque class built for the French Navy before World War II.She was slightly more heavily armored than her sister ship Dunkerque. In 1922, the Washington Naval Treaty imposed a ten-year moratorium on the construction of new battlecruisers. France was allowed to replace two old battleships after 1927 for a total of 70,000 tons. In 1925, the first Italian Trento-class cruiser [...]

By | 2017-12-07T08:02:54+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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