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
The painting above is depicting a RAF Avro Lancaster going down after being hit by shrapnel during a raid of Germany, 1943. A very profound and haunting digital painting indeed, showing the horror and intensity of night bombing during WW2. As you flew through the quiet night, sky bombers would go down left in right; some going without a trace. Then they dropped their payload of HE bombs, incendaries, 4,000 lb "Blockbusters" or a combination. The bombs would whistle as they plummeted through the sky, and then the glow of fire would launch from the ground and hell engulfed the area below. Smoke and flames rose from the ground, German citizens would be killed in their shelters, homes, and streets. The victims, their skin peeling, would drop dead in the street. It was absolutely horrific. During the war, Lancasters flew over 156,000 raids, dropping around 50 million incendiary bombs and 608,000 tons of explosive devices. During a 1942 raid on Cologne, 1,000 bombers destroyed over 600 acres of industrial land. Their crews suffered as well, friends dying every night, the guilt of being responsible of the death of thousands, flak, and the fatigue of endless missions over Germany in the night. The Air War engulfed all of Europe, sent children thousands of miles from home, and cost the lives of over 1 million human beings... lest we ever forget. #avrolancaster#raf#bailout#1943#parachute#ww2#wwii#worldwar2#history#historical