USS West Virginia – Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay — Pacific Paratrooper (Reblog)

Her wounds had been grievous that morning in 1941, when Japanese torpedo bombers  swept low over the shallow waters of Pearl Harbor and unleashed their deadly cargoes at the easy targets moored along Battleship Row.  The surface might of the U.S. Pacific Fleet was virtually helpless against the onslaught, and those ships moored outboard received […]

USS West Virginia – Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay — Pacific Paratrooper

***Reblogged by Francis Barker 2020. World War II history…

Want To Share Your Writing? Join Our Writing Team! The History Table & Other Updates! — THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY (Reblog)

The Chronicles of History is looking to develop a writing team for the blog and I am looking for guest posters if any history writers are interested in having their work published and shared on our site! The blog mainly covers U.S History, Medieval History, Royal History, and both World Wars. We also share book […]

Want To Share Your Writing? Join Our Writing Team! The History Table & Other Updates! — THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY

Haiku: War’s Hollow Victory

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Haiku copyright Francis Barker 2020

Are there ever any real victors in conflict? When so many people die, who wins? The idea of war is even being projected into ‘space’ – a star war. War appears to be an endemic human condition. I dispute this. The lesson of war is to avoid it – period.

What on Earth’s Been Going Down in Antarctica?

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There have been rumours and several ‘conspiracy theories’ since the Second World War claiming that the Germans built a secret base in Antarctica, creating a kind of breakaway civilisation.

Now, with another story in the news about an apparently sophisticated 400 ft ship being found in an iceberg off the coast of Antarctica, these stories have resurfaced once again.

It is known that the Germans made several expeditions to Antarctica prior to the war. When by 1942 they realised they were going to lose, they apparently began to secretly transfer men and materials to a hidden base they had created in Antarctica, in a region called Neuschwabenland. Here, allegedly, they found areas free of ice, as well as areas under the ice they could inhabit safely.

Are Flying Saucers Real?

Of course, it would seem there is no way of verifying these theories and rumours, but it is definitely known that the Germans were also experimenting with some serious hi tech, in the form of flying discs. The blueprints for these craft are available and some of them were actually built and could fly.

However, it is indeed a huge leap of faith to associate these (as some do) with the flying saucer phenomenon, or UFOs, which exploded in to the news controversially in 1947 with the Roswell Incident.

How much actual truth lies behind these rumours I cannot say. As far as we know the biggest populations in Antarctica are still penguins. Nevertheless, it is intriguing to speculate.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Poem: Perennial Busker

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Give me your roll up
your beaten up guitar
and I’ll even feed your dog

I’ll sing you a few songs
of tragedy, of lost love
and revolution never won

I know a few chords
and I can bash out some tunes
I scream with the best of them

Just don’t think to monopolise
this tale of hard time
it comes naturally to me

copyright Leofwine Tanner 2019

Haiku: America 2

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Steely Dan, Eagles
Doobie Bros and Little Feat.
But Joni’s the one

copyright Leofwine Tanner 2019

 

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English Churches: Bardney, Lincolnshire

A celebration in pictures of the glory of English ecclesiastical heritage.

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There are very strong connections to the Royal Air Force in Lincolnshire, Bardney being no exception.

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There are some very old, fascinating features in the church of Saint Lawrence.

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There’s a display of some of the stone from the former abbey at Bardney.

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Haiku: The Bombardier

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Doing your duty
Negated conscience see all –
where the night bombs fell

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Haiku: The Rear Gunner

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Trapped in a tail spin
shot up and bleeding, no hope
What went through your mind?

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World War 2 Memorial, Ayscoughfee Hall

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Recently a new memorial to Spalding’s WWII dead was unveiled.

It is a masterful, yet understated and fitting tribute to those who gave their lives in the most devastating conflict yet known to mankind.

It is also a fine complement to Edwin Lutyens’ earlier, more classically styled WW1 memorial, just a few yards away.

Celebrating West Lindsey Churches: Fiskerton

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Fiskerton church, dedicated to St. Clement of Rome.

Every May in West Lindsey in northern Lincolnshire, there are nearly a hundred churches open to the public over two weekends.

Of course, you may say that churches are always open – and you would be right. What I mean is, this diverse array of architectural and cultural gems, have items such as exhibitions, old books, games and crafts on display and for sale, plus food and drink of course, the proceeds going to the upkeep of the churches. There will always be a warm welcome too.

Fiskerton’s name means enclosure or farm of fishermen, its name stemming from Anglo-Saxon times. The church is dedicated to St. Clement of Rome, a dedication I do not recall coming across too often, especially not in Lincolnshire.

Like many villages in this area of Lincolnshire, there are strong connections to the RAF, particularly in relation to World War 2.

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In fact there were remembrance books and links with RAF squadrons in the Lady Chapel, a testimony to the fact that Lincolnshire during World War 2 became essentially ‘Bomber County’, due to the preponderance of bomber squadrons.

Elsewhere in the church there are some notable features, including remaining Norman architecture.

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The font is especially interesting. Note the markings on the stone and the work on the ornate cover below:

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The font, which looks very old, bearing interesting markings.
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Painting of Madonna and Child, Fiskerton church.
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Stained glass windows at the east end were particularly beautiful.
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Looking east along the nave.

Once again, the most overriding memory of our visit to this lovely church was the friendliness of everyone, volunteers who seemingly can never do too much for you.

Thank you people of Fiskerton.