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Before the application of radar became a reality a number of experimental early warning systems were developed by the British military. One which showed the most promise – as it actually worked – were the acoustic mirrors built at Denge on the south coast of England. Quickly superseded by radar they were abandoned but still remain at their post, obsolete concrete leviathans on an island in the middle of a nature reserve, reminders of a dangerous time in European history.
Found after 70 years: Divers discover wreckage of Second World War 'Giant' German transport plane which was shot down by British fighter while flying from base in SardiniaWartime transport plane found 200ft underwater off Sardinian coast 69 years after it was shot from the skies Divers and experts herald discovery of 'great historical importance' Messerschmitt 323 was used by Germans to transport tanks and artillery to battlefields during Second World War Small team of Italian divers found wreckage while searching for different plane in Sardinia By Chris Parsons PUBLISHED: 12:08 GMT, 14 September 2012 | UPDATED: 17:29 GMT, 3 October 2012
Star-shaped forts are a particularly interesting type of fortification.
Unknown Fields (UF) is a design studio, originating in London’s Architectural Association, that "ventures out on annual expeditions to the ends of the earth exploring unreal and forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and obsolete ecologies." Mark Pilkington , author of Mirage Men and publisher of Strange Attractor , has just led this busload of architects, writers, filmmakers and artists in an exploration of the mythic landscape of the American Southwest, and the stories that it has inspired. Their trajectory took them from Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque New Mexico to Black Rock City, Nevada, via sites of military, architectural and folkloric significance.
“Is that a tank…?” “…ah, yeah, it’s a tank…”
The heroic sewer rats of the Somme: Truly humbling stories of the horrors of tunnel warfare 80ft underground as seen in BBC1's BirdsongBy Tony Rennell UPDATED: 11:52 GMT, 26 January 2012 The new BBC TV adaptation of Birdsong - starring Clemence Poesy as Isabelle Azaire and Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Wraysford - depicts the horrors of tunnel warfare in World War I The weary soldier in the World War I trenches of northern France left his own poignant memento for posterity. ‘If in this place you are detained,’ he scratched on a wall, a labour of love that must have taken him days if not weeks, ‘don’t look around you all in vain/ But cast your net and ye shall find/ That every cloud is silver-lined.’
These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Niš). They were designed by different sculptors (Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, to name a few) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković...), conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, especially young pioneers for their "patriotic education."
Wednesday | Updated Readers of Lens and EinesTages quickly figured out that the photographer was Franz Krieger. (“ World War II Mystery Solved in a Few Hours .”) And that his wife and children did not survive the war. Lens has shared this story with Der Spiegel, the leading German newsweekly, and Spiegel Online , its Web edition. We hope readers of Spiegel’s EinesTages site (Once Upon a Time) can help solve a 70-year-old mystery: Who created this photo album of the Eastern Front?
The years leading up to the declaration of war between the Axis and Allied powers in 1939 were tumultuous times for people across the globe. The Great Depression had started a decade before, leaving much of the world unemployed and desperate. Nationalism was sweeping through Germany, and it chafed against the punitive measures of the Versailles Treaty that had ended World War I. China and the Empire of Japan had been at war since Japanese troops invaded Manchuria in 1931.
Steve Hunnisett (a group admin) says: 08 Feb 11 - Could we just remind potential posters to this group that we DO NOT wish to see posts of political demos, anti war protests, or anything or that nature. As has been stated before, this isn't political censorship, it just isn't what this group is about. We are interested in any aspect of London's wartime past upto and including Cold War area bunkers etc.
Some pics and short info about Czechoslovak 'Maginot line' In 1933 Adolf Hitler won the elections in Germany. The young Czechoslovakia had to secure its borders against a surprise German attack. There were two concepts how to do it. The first one -build large mobile army, and the second oone -build border fortersses.
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