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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.

Alcazaba de Almeria: Medieval Fortification in Spain

Almería Alcazaba, locally known as Alcazaba de Almeria, lies on a hill above the city of Almería in the province of Almería in Spain. In 955 A.D. the first Caliph of Al-Andalus, Abd ar-Rahman III ordered the construction of the Alcazaba after he had granted Almería the title of 'medina' (city). It was built on an elongated hill, overlooking the city and the bay, probably the site of an [...]

By | 2018-01-07T11:47:47+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sidon Sea Castle: Medieval Fortification in Lebanon

Sidon's Sea Castle (Arabic: قلعة صيدا البحرية Kalaat Saida al-Bahriya) was built by the crusaders as a fortress of the holy land. It is one of the most prominent historical sites in the port city of Sidon, Lebanon. The city of Sidon is located on the Mediterranean coast of Lebanon. This ancient Phoenician city has been of great religious, political and commercial value; it is said to be inhabited [...]

By | 2018-01-05T09:19:57+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , |0 Comments

HMS Belfast Light Cruiser: World War II

HMS Belfast is a Town-class light cruiser that was built for the Royal Navy, currently permanently moored as a museum ship on the River Thames in London, England, operated by the Imperial War Museum. Construction of Belfast, the first ship in the Royal Navy to be named after the capital city of Northern Ireland and one of ten Town-class cruisers, began in December 1936. She was launched on St [...]

By | 2018-01-04T09:21:34+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Raglan Castle: Medieval Fortification in Wales

Raglan Castle (Welsh: Castell Rhaglan) is a late medieval castle located just north of the village of Raglan in the county of Monmouthshire in south east Wales. The modern castle dates from between the 15th and early 17th-centuries when the successive ruling families of the Herberts and the Somersets created a luxurious, fortified castle, complete with a large hexagonal keep, known as the Great Tower or the Yellow Tower [...]

By | 2018-01-03T08:02:21+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , |0 Comments

Operation Bodenplatte: World War II

For the German Luftwaffe, World War II all but ended on January 1st, 1945 with their last, desperate attempt to strike back against the Ally’s air superiority that was Operation Bodenplatte. After this day, Germany’s skies were quickly lost in the following few months as the Western and Eastern fronts collapsed into Berlin. Operation Bodenplatte was designed to cripple Allied air power in support of the Ardennes Offensive, or [...]

By | 2018-01-02T07:21:48+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Schloss Tarasp Castle: Medieval Fortification in Switzerland

Schloss Tarasp Castle is a castle in Switzerland, near the former municipality of Tarasp (now Scuol), in Lower Engadin, Graubünden. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance. Schloss Tarasp Castle was probably built in the 11th century or possibly as early as the 10th century. The name comes from terra aspera or wild earth, which may refer to the newly lands in the Inn river valley. They had [...]

By | 2017-12-31T13:27:33+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stridsvagn L-60 Swedish Tank: World War II

The story of the Stridsvagn L-60 begins in 1934, when Landsverk was contacted by the Irish Ministry of Defence, that took notice of their advanced tank designs. Soon, it was decided, that Landsverk would produce two prototypes of their most advanced tank yet. This new tank design was called Stridsvagn L-60. It was further development of their previous L-10 design, but was smaller and it incorporated what experience Landsverk [...]

By | 2017-12-29T12:08:57+00:00 December 29th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , |0 Comments

Gravensteen Castle: Medieval Fortification in Belgium

One of the only remaining medieval castles in Flanders, this historic fortress provides a fascinating insight into the weaponry, culture, and drama of Ghent’s past. Gravensteen, also known as the “Castle of the Count,” is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. The castle is a characteristic medieval fortress complete with twisting staircases, a dungeon surrounded by high walls and a protective moat. In addition to being an [...]

By | 2017-12-28T11:45:08+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Castel Roncolo: Medieval Fortification in Italy

Castel Roncolo is a medieval fortification on a rocky spur in the territory of Ritten, near the city of Bolzano in South Tyrol, Italy. In 1237 Alderich Prince-Bishop of Trent gave the brothers Friedrich and Beral Lords of Wangen permission to construct a castle on the rock then called Runchenstayn. History In 1274 it was damaged during a siege by Meinhard II of Tirol, who after winning the war against [...]

By | 2018-01-11T14:45:53+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Béarn, French Aircraft Carrier: World War II

Béarn was a French aircraft carrier. It served with the Marine nationale (French Navy) in World War II and later. Béarn was commissioned in 1927, and was the only aircraft carrier France produced until after World War II, and the only ship of its class built. She was to be an experimental ship, and was slated for replacement in the 1930s by two new ships of the Joffre class. [...]

By | 2017-12-26T15:56:46+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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