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Bamburgh Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Bamburgh Castle occupies a strong defensive position on top of a long volcanic crag overlooking the North Sea. The site has been occupied since pre-historic times and, by the late Iron Age, was an important settlement of the Votadini tribe. A beacon was established on the site during the Roman era and it is possible Bamburgh acted as part of the warning system associated with the Saxon Shore defenses [...]

By | 2017-11-09T07:06:19+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Leeds Castle: Medieval Fortification in Kent, England

Leeds Castle in Kent, England, has been called the “loveliest castle in the world”. Listed in the Domesday Book, this castle has been a Norman stronghold, a royal residence, and a royal palace. Its situation is stunning, set on two islands in a magnificent lake. The Royal Manor was originally built in 857AD and owned by a Saxon royal family. After the Norman Conquest, work began on building the [...]

By | 2017-11-06T07:22:29+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Alnwick Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

The castle Alnwick was first mentioned in 1136 when it was captured by King David I of Scotland. At this point, it was described as "very strong". It was besieged in 1172 and again in 1174 by William the Lion, King of Scotland and William was captured outside the walls during the Battle of Alnwick. Eustace de Vesci, Lord of Alnwick, was accused of plotting with Robert Fitzwalter against [...]

By | 2017-10-31T14:06:33+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Corfe Castle: Medieval Fortification in Dorset

Corfe Castle is a fortification standing above the village of the same name on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates to the 11th century and commands a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage. The first phase was one of the earliest castles in England to be built at least partly using [...]

By | 2017-10-31T14:07:43+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Hadrian’s Wall: Ancient Defensive Fortification

Hadrian’s Wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman empire for nearly 300 years. It was built by the Roman army on the orders of Emperor Hadrian following his visit to Britain in AD 122. At 73 miles (80 Roman miles) long, it crossed northern Britain from Wallsend on the River Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west. The most famous of all the frontiers of the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T00:57:03+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times, Constructions|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Battle of Messines: World War I

It has been argued that the Battle of Messines was the most successful local operation of the war, certainly of the Western Front. Carried out by General Herbert Plumer's Second Army, Battle of Messines was launched on 7 June 1917 with the detonation of 19 underground mines underneath the German mines. The target of the offensive was the Messines Ridge, a natural stronghold southeast of Ypres, and a small [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:17:45+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Falaise Pocket: World War II

The Battle of the Falaise Pocket was fought August 12-21, 1944, during World War II (1939-1944).Landing in Normandy on June 6, 1944, Allied troops fought their way ashore and spent the next several weeks working to consolidate their position and expand the beachhead. This saw the forces of Lieutenant General Omar Bradley's First US Army push west and secure the Cotentin Peninsula and Cherbourg while the British Second and [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:19:38+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The De Havilland Mosquito: World War II

On March 15, 1939, German ambitions and lies combined with lack of British resolve pushed Europe to the brink of war when Germany occupied what was left of Czechoslovakia. After this duplicitous move, Britain and France could no longer stand by and allow Germany to encroach on any more territory. Whereas Germany had been ominously building up its armed forces, Britain and France had done nothing, but now they [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:23:21+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Duke of Lancaster: Railway Steamer Passenger Ship

This ship is the Duke of Lancaster. It's been docked on the banks of an estuary for 37 years. It started its life as a passenger ferry and cruise liner between 1956 and 1979 when silver service was the norm for passengers who wound their way across the seas from Ireland, Scotland and throughout Europe. According to a website dedicated to the ship, the first class quarters in the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:33:18+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Categories: Historical Mysteries|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Maunsell Sea Forts: World War II

Rising from the water like rusty invaders out of H.G. Wells, the Maunsell sea forts in the Thames Estuary are decaying reminders of the darkest days of World War II. Part of the Thames Estuary defense network, the anti-aircraft tower-forts were constructed in 1942, with each fort consisting of a cluster of seven stilted buildings surrounding a central command tower. When operational, catwalks connected the buildings. When operational, catwalks connected [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:38:55+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , |0 Comments

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