With the rise of the Nazi Party and the violation of the Versailles Treaty, the Luftwaffe was officially established on 26 February 1935. However, it is known that during the interwar period, German pilots were trained secretly in violation of the treaty at Lipetsk Air Base.
An English house in Jersey Island with a swastika painted on it. Patriots on the Bailiwick of Jersey tarred the houses of collaborators with a swastika. This was counteracted by the Germans who painted hundreds of houses with the swastika, including the home of these two residents in 1944. Although during the Second World War, the German High Staff failed in conquering Great Britain, it did succeed in occupying the English Channel Islands. The British islands were in German hands from 30 June 1940 until their liberation on 9 May 1945, after the rendition of Germany. The British sent many missions and raids to take prisoners and information, but the islands weren’t freed until the end of the war. The natives were forced to change their clocks to German time and to drive on right hand side of roads instead of left.
Holme Bridge, near Wareham, Dorset.
A six span bridge over the River Frome, the earliest part of which dates from the early 17th Century. The original structure was only three arches & it was extended in the late 17th, 18th & 19th Centuries. During the Civil War there was a fierce encounter on the bridge. In February 1644, nearby Wareham was in Royalist hands & a large Parliamentary force under Sir Anthony Ashley-Cooper attacked the town from all sides. Forty five Royalists held the bridge against three hundred Roundhead cavalry & foot for five hours. During the fight, the Royalist Captain Purton was mortally wounded & it was reported that he "bled to death while encouraging his men with great cheerfulness" After a day of relentless attacks, Wareham was taken, after the Royalist garrison surrendered. During World War Two, the bridge was damaged by military transport & repairs weren't completed until 1956. Whilst repairs were taking place, a temporary Bailey Bridge to the east was built in 1951 & this was replaced in 1963 by a new permanent bridge, which is still in use today. #holmebridge#westholme#wareham#dorset#bridge#architecture#riverfrome#civilwar#britishcivilwars#warofthethreekingdoms#royalists#parliamentarians#roundheads#cavaliers#17thcentury#seventeenthcentury#worldwartwo#ww2#wwii#baileybridge#history