Warwick Castle

This blog has been neglected in recent weeks while we dealt with a death in the family and all the work that goes with it.

So, as it’s the end of autumn here in Australia, I thought as filler I’d post this vintage view of the start of winter at Warwick Castle in England. Obviously, it’s the view of the countryside FROM the castle! I own this picture. X

Warwick Castle View Winter begins at Warwick Castle in England.


On this day: The Battle of Tsushima

The Battle of Tsushima was a major sea battle in the Russo-Japanese War, fought from the 27th to the 28th of May, 1905.

The Battle of Tsushima was a major sea battle in the Russo-Japanese War, fought from the 27th to the 28th of May, 1905. This was the first naval battle in which radio played an important part.

It was won by Japan.

The Russo-Japanese War was a struggle between Russia and Japan for land and power in the East, begun in February 1904 and won by Japan in September of 1905.

On this day: London’s new Vauxhall Bridge opened

 Vauxhall Bridge in 1829

The old Vauxhall Bridge in 1829.

On the 26th of May, 1906, the new Vauxhall Bridge opened in London. By the time it opened it was five years behind schedule, following a construction period that had brought all sorts of problems.

Vauxhall Bridge London 2009

The new bridge, photographed in 2009. X

The Prince of Wales, who would go on to be King George V, oversaw the opening ceremony.

The bridge was originally built to carry trams, but the tram tracks were abandoned in 1951.

On this day: the Nazi invasion of Crete

Germany’s invasion of Crete began on the 20th of May, 1941. This is a photograph of Nazi paratroopers landing on the Greek island.


Kreta, Landung von Fallschirmjägern

When we stayed on Crete our house had a Nazi pillbox directly behind it, which had a stairway down into a cave system behind it.

On this day: the Battle of Albuera

The Battle of Albuera (16 May 1811) was a battle during the Peninsular War.

The Battle of Albuera, part of the Peninsula War, took place on the 16th of May, 1811. Fought between a combined force of Britain, Spain and Portugal against France, the battle began in the morning, near the small Spanish village of Albuera.

There were horrific losses on both sides, with some seven thousand killed or wounded on each side, but the result of the battle was deemed inconclusive.

In the end, the battle would have little impact on the direction of the war, which would continue for three more years.