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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.

Castel del Monte: 13th-Century Citadel in Italy

When the Emperor Frederick II built this castle near Bari in the 13th century, he imbued it with symbolic significance, as reflected in the location, the mathematical and astronomical precision of the layout and the perfectly regular shape. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Castel del Monte is a successful blend of elements from classical antiquity, the Islamic Orient, and north European Cistercian Gothic. Brief synthesis Castel del [...]

By | 2017-11-23T07:16:05+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

H-4 Hercules: The Spruce Goose

The single 400,000-pound (181,436-kilogram) H-4 Hercules flying boat, built by the Hughes Aircraft Co., was the largest flying boat ever built with the widest wingspan. It was built after a U.S. government request in 1942 for a cargo and troop carrier that would not be susceptible to Axis submarines and, by substituting wood for metal in its construction, would not use critical wartime materials. Originally conceived by Henry J. [...]

By | 2017-11-22T07:34:04+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Chateau Du Haut Koenigsbourg: Fortification in France

Chateau Du Haut Koenigsbourg is a castle situated on a hilltop near Kintzheim and just west of Sélestat in Alsace (in the commune of Orschwiller). The castle is one of the most visited sites in Alsace, and in France, both for the castle itself and the far-reaching views. History of Chateau Du Haut Koenigsbourg It was as early as the 12th century that a castle first stood here because the [...]

By | 2017-11-21T07:09:46+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Cité de Carcassonne: Medieval Fortification in France

Named a World Heritage Site in 1997, Cité de Carcassonne has a history spanning more than 2,000 years. The largest former fortress in Europe, it has played a decisive role in the history of Languedoc. An Iron Age Oppidum transformed into a Roman town in the 1st Century BCE, the city-state became the possession of the powerful Viscount Trencavel who ruled over Bas-Languedoc. Situated on the right bank of the [...]

By | 2017-11-19T11:18:06+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Dunstanburgh Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Dunstanburgh Castle is, without doubt, one of the most striking and evocative medieval castles in England. The Dunstanburgh Castle sits on high cliffs on a promontory overlooking the North Sea. The striking remains are all the more evocative when you consider that they can only be reached by a mile-long footpath along the coast from Embleton to the north or a slightly longer path from Craster to the south. The Dunstanburgh [...]

By | 2017-11-18T11:21:08+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Siege of Kut Al Amara: World War I

Following the signal failure of the Anglo-Indian attack upon Ctesiphon in November 1915 Sir Charles Townshend led his infantry force, the 6th Division, on a wearisome retreat back to Kut-al-Amara, arriving in early December. Aware too that his force was exhausted and unable to retreat further Townshend resolved to stay and hold Kut, a town of key importance to the British presence in the region. In this he was [...]

By | 2017-11-17T07:12:33+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Caernarfon Castle: Medieval Fortification in Wales

Majestic Caernarfon Castle was built between 1283 and 1330 as a military stronghold, the seat of government and the royal palace. Designed and mainly supervised by Master James of St George, from Savoy, its brief and scale were extraordinary. Today Caernarfon Castle remains one of the most complete and impressive castles in Britain – you can walk on and through the interconnected walls and towers gathered around the central green, [...]

By | 2017-11-16T14:32:56+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

USS Arkansas (BB-33): American Battleship

Conceived at the 1908 Newport Conference, the Wyoming-class of the battleship was the US Navy's fourth type of dreadnought after the earlier -, -, and -classes. The first incarnations of the design came about through war games and debates as the earlier classes had not yet entered service. Central among the conference's findings was the need for increasingly larger calibers of main guns. During the latter months of 1908, [...]

By | 2017-11-16T14:34:02+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

HMS King George V: English Battleship

HMS King George V, launched in 1939, was the lead ship of her class of five battleships; at the time of her commissioning, she was the fastest battleship in the British Royal Navy. She was built by Vickers-Armstrong at Walker's Naval Yard at Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom. Her main armament of 360-millimeter guns was configured in two different types of turrets; two of the guns were in [...]

By | 2017-11-14T07:03:24+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Oxford Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Oxford was located at a fording point on the River Thames and was also on a key trading route between the Kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex. In the eighth century AD, St Frideswide monastery was founded there and a thriving market town known as ‘oxen-ford’ developed. Saxon Burh Oxford was converted into a burh (fortified town) during either the late ninth or early tenth century AD. Burhs were a [...]

By | 2017-11-13T07:55:11+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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