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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.

Kaiserburg Nürnberg Castle: Fortification in Germany

Kaiserburg Nürnberg Castle (German: Nürnberger Burg) is a group of medieval fortified buildings on a sandstone ridge dominating the historical center of Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany. The Kaiserburg Nürnberg castle, together with the city walls, is considered to be one of Europe's most formidable medieval fortifications. It represented the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire and the outstanding role of the Imperial City of Nuremberg. Summary In the [...]

By | 2017-12-24T12:07:10+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

USS California Battleship: World War II

USS California (BB-44), one of two Tennessee-class battleships completed shortly after World War I, was the fifth ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the 31st state. She was the last American battleship built on the West Coast, and the only one of the dreadnought type. She served in the Pacific her entire career, and for twenty years was the flagship of the Pacific Fleet. She [...]

By | 2017-12-23T18:16:51+00:00 December 23rd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Burg Eltz Castle: Medieval Fortification in Germany

Burg Eltz Castle (German: Burg Eltz) is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family (the Eltz family) that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago. Bürresheim Castle (Schloss Bürresheim), Burg Eltz Castle and Lissingen Castle are the only castles on the left bank of the Rhine in Rhineland-Palatinate which [...]

By | 2017-12-22T08:33:00+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Supermarine Sea Otter: World War II

The Supermarine Sea Otter was a British designed biplane amphibian intended to replace the once venerable Supermarine Walrus in the Royal Air Force reconnaissance and search and rescue missions. It had the distinctions of being the last biplane flying boat to achieve front-line service in Great Britain armed forces. The Sea Otter was a result of an Air Ministry’s specification request codenamed S.7-38 (Stingray). There was a considerable effort placed [...]

By | 2017-12-21T08:22:20+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Hydroelectric Power Plant Sabotage: Operation Gunnerside

The Norwegian heavy water sabotage was a series of operations undertaken by Norwegian saboteurs during World War II to prevent the German nuclear weapon project from acquiring heavy water from hydroelectric power, which could have been used by the Germans to produce nuclear weapons. In 1934, at Vemork, Norway, Norsk Hydro built the first commercial plant capable of producing heavy water as a byproduct of fertilizer production. It had [...]

By | 2017-12-20T08:37:38+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Japanese Battleship Musashi: World War II

Musashi (武蔵), named after the former Japanese province, was one of two Yamato-class battleships built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), beginning in the late 1930s. The Yamato-class ships were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed, displacing almost 72,000 long tons (73,000 t) fully loaded and armed with nine 46-centimeter (18.1 in) main guns. Their secondary armament consisted of four 15.5-centimetre (6.1 in) triple-gun turrets formerly [...]

By | 2017-12-18T11:46:37+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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

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