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HMS Barham Battleship: World War I and World War II

HMS Barham was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship built for the Royal Navy during the early 1910s. Often used as a flagship, she participated in the Battle of Jutland during the First World War as part of the Grand Fleet. For the rest of the First World War, except for the inconclusive Action of 19 August 1916, her service during the war generally consisted of routine patrols and training in the [...]

By | 2018-02-21T22:08:09+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Categories: World War I, World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

HMS Resolution Battleship: World War II

HMS Resolution was one of five Revenge-class battleships built for the Royal Navy during World War I. Completed after the Battle of Jutland in 1916, she saw no combat during the war. The future First Sea Lord John H. D. Cunningham served aboard her as Flag Captain to Admiral Sir William Fisher, the commander-in-chief of the Mediterranean Fleet. Design and description The Revenge-class ships were designed as slightly smaller, slower, [...]

By | 2018-02-19T15:48:19+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Skipton Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Skipton Castle is a medieval castle in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England. It was built in 1090 by Robert de Romille, a Norman baron, and has been preserved for over 900 years. The castle was originally a motte and bailey castle built in 1090 by Robert de Romille, lord of the multiple estates of Bolton Abbey. Shortly after 1102 Henry, I extended Romille's lands to include all of upper Wharfedale and [...]

By | 2018-02-14T14:34:53+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kenilworth Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Kenilworth Castle is located in the town of the same name in Warwickshire, England. Constructed from Norman through to Tudor times, the castle has been described by architectural historian Anthony Emery as "the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form, and quality of workmanship". Kenilworth has also played an important historical role. The castle was the subject of the six-month-long [...]

By | 2018-02-13T14:35:01+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Rochester Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Rochester Castle is situated within a loop in the River Medway and until the modern era was at the lowest bridgeable point. The site may have been the location where the Battle of Medway (AD 43) was fought in the earliest phase of the Roman invasion. In this action, mounted Batavian troops forded the river and defeated the British warlord Togodumnus. Shortly after, as the Romans consolidated their hold on southern [...]

By | 2018-02-07T14:24:20+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

HMS Royal Sovereign: World War II

HMS Royal Sovereign was a Revenge-class (also known as Royal Sovereign and R-class) battleship of the Royal Navy displacing 29,970 long tons (30,450 t) and armed with eight 15-inch (381 mm) guns in four twin gun turrets. She was laid down in January 1914 and launched in April 1915; she was completed in May 1916 but was not ready for service in time to participate in the Battle of Jutland [...]

By | 2018-02-04T13:54:49+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Peter Manuel: American-Scottish Serial Killer

Peter Thomas Anthony Manuel (13 March 1927 – 11 July 1958) was an American-Scottish serial killer who was convicted of murdering a total of seven people across Lanarkshire and southern Scotland between 1956 and his arrest in January 1958 and is believed to have murdered two more, nine in all. Prior to his arrest, the media nicknamed the unidentified killer "the Beast of Birkenshaw". Manuel was hanged at Glasgow's Barlinnie [...]

By | 2018-01-30T14:33:00+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Acre Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Castle Acre Castle and town walls are a set of ruined medieval defenses built in the village of Castle Acre, Norfolk. The castle was built soon after the Norman Conquest by William de Warenne, the Earl of Surrey, at the intersection of the River Nar and the Peddars Way. William constructed a motte-and-bailey castle during the 1070s, protected by large earthwork ramparts, with a large country house in the center [...]

By | 2018-01-25T14:00:37+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

HMS Hermes British Aircraft Carrier: World War II

HMS Hermes was the first purpose-designed aircraft carrier built for the Royal Navy and fitted with an off-centre island containing the funnel and operations spaces. Although very narrow, the island was quite long and massive for a ship this size. The island located forward of amidships made the ship trim by the bow, the weight of the off-set island also caused a list to starboard. This imbalance had to [...]

By | 2018-01-14T17:11:45+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

HMS Formidable British Aircraft Carrier: World War II

HMS Formidable was an Illustrious-class aircraft carrier ordered for the Royal Navy before the Second World War. After being completed in late 1940, she was briefly assigned to the Home Fleet before being transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet as a replacement for her crippled sister ship Illustrious. Formidable's aircraft played a key role in the Battle of Cape Matapan in early 1941, and they subsequently provided cover for Allied [...]

By | 2018-01-11T14:45:04+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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