Aln Valley Railway – July 2019 – part 3

Part 1 HERE   Part 2 HERE There was plenty of interesting train and WW2 paraphenalia to look at and photograph   I thought this would make a nice biscuit tin! There was also a concert and these ladies were called the Seatones and did a cracking job of singing 40’s songs This chap was a bit of a character and I had to get a shot of the rear parcel shelf of his car So that’s the end of our day out at the Aln Valley Railway. All pictures by me and embiggenable with a click. Full album can be…

Frontline -Part 5-WW2-June 2018

The main event as far as Phil was concerned was the German armour and uniforms, and he was very impressed with the authenticity of both. The re-enactors covered the German, British,American WW2 and included some French resistance people too.  Lots of renovated vehicles were also on show, and at the end of the day they had a full on battle which was fun to watch.   Previously mostly used for rail, industrial or agricultural hopper cars, the Kubelwagon was a light military vehicle designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Volkswagen during World War II for use by the German…

Road Trip ~ October 2017~ Day 5~Overloon

War belongs in the museum. That is the motto of the War Museum Overloon. The War Museum Overloon presents the history of the Second World War. Here you see how it can be that in five years’ time more than fifty million people lost their lives, but also how the oppressed people resourcefully coped with restrictions and shortages. There is attention to the opposition, but also to the persecution. Finally, there is, of course, also attention paid to the liberation, with special attention to the Battle of Overloon. In September 1944, the British general Montgomery conceived of the attack plan…

Road Trip ~ October 2017~ Day 4~Bastogne

The battle of the Bulge was a German offensive intended to stop Allied use of the Belgian port of Antwerp and to split the Allied lines, allowing the Germans to encircle and destroy four Allied armies and force the Western Allies to negotiate a peace treaty in the Axis powers’ favor. It was planned by the German forces with utmost secrecy, with minimal radio traffic and movements of troops and equipment under cover of darkness. Intercepted German communications indicating a substantial German offensive preparation were not acted upon by the Allies. The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off…

Road Trip ~ October 2017~ Day 2~ Arnhem

Operation Market Garden (17–25 September 1944) was an uncompleted Allied military operation, fought in the Netherlands and Germany in the Second World War. Airborne and land forces succeeded in the liberation of the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Nijmegen, but failed in keeping their further positions in and around the city of Arnhem with its strategically important bridge over the river Rhine. The operation made massed use of airborne forces, whose tactical objectives were to secure the bridges and allow a rapid advance by armoured ground units to consolidate north of Arnhem. The operation required the seizure of the bridges…

Road Trip ~ October 2017~ Day 1~The Atlantic Wall

Our road trip started on 16th October, and we headed from Calais straight to Belgium and to the Atlantic Wall open air museum. The Atlantic wall is a really long set of defences and fortifications along the coast that were built between 1942 and 1944 by Nazi Germany, when they were anticipating and preparing for an invasion by the allies.  As 1944 approached Field Marshall Rommel was charged to improve the wall’s defences. Believing the existing coastal fortifications to be entirely inadequate, he immediately began strengthening them. Under his direction, hundreds of reinforced concrete pillboxes were built on the beaches,…

Poland April 2017~part 3 ~ Museum Ulma

Part 1 HERE.   Part 2 HERE On the Saturday of our weekend with Eddy & Gosia, we all went out for the day.  Firstly we visited the Museum Ulma at Markowa. The museum is quite small but beautifully presented.  On the wall outside are the names of all the Poles who saved Jews Josef & Wiktoria There are many displays inside, lots of old photographs, household items and is based on a recreation of the Ulma’s family house.  I didn’t take a lot of pictures as there was a lot of reflective glass to contend with, also a herd of visitors in…