Showing posts with label War and Remembrance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label War and Remembrance. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Blyth Battery Northumberland


Blyth Battery, Northumberland.

Blyth Battery is a collection of 1st and 2nd World War buildings which were built to protect the Port of Blyth.
A brief history of more structures relating to the Second World War along the North East coast can be seen here.
Please left click on each image for the full size photo. 



    

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Remembrance Day Newcastle 2016


Remembrance Day Newcastle 2016.

The Armistice which ended the First World War took place on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. 
750,000 members of the British Armed Forces died in that conflict.
These pictures are from the traditional Remembrance Day Parade and Service in Newcastle which took place on 13/11/2016. The service honours those who served the UK in the two world wars and subsequent wars.
Please click on each image for the full size photo. 

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Challenger Tank Newcastle



Challenger Tank, Newcastle.

The Challenger Tank is the main battle tank of the British Army.
These tanks were built in Newcastle and saw service in the Gulf War of 1990/91 and again in the Iraq War of 2003.The armour of the tank is the best in the world and saved many lives during times of conflict, Challenger tanks will be modified to remain in front line use for years to come. The prototype challenger tank is situated outside the Discovery museum. 
The tanks represents a link to an important period part of Tyneside industrial history, the Armstrong works in the Scotswood part of the city employed thousands of people for many years & has been a centre of engineering for over 160 years.
The factory produced cars, locomotives,aircraft parts as well as the hydraulics for both the Swing bridge over the Tyne and Londons' Tower Bridge.
The factory manufactured the first self breaching guns for use during the Crimea War and was central to making tanks and huge number of other armoured vehicles for use by the British and allied forces in World War One and World War Two.
In addition the factory produced parts for Spitfires and the bouncing bombs of Dambusters fame.  The Armstrong works was an important component in ultimate victory in both of those conflicts.
The factory is now owned by Reece Group and is their centre for engineering and innovation, work on behalf of the British Army is still done there.
William Armstrong made a huge impression on the North East.
Armstrong created Jesmond Dene park in the city pictures of that can be seen here.
Armstrong's Cragside Mansion was the first in world to be powered by hydro-electric power see photos here.
Armstrong also built the Swing Bridge over the Tyne, photos here.
Photos of the city centre monument dedicated to Armstrong can be seen here.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Second World War in Newcastle


Second World War in Newcastle.

War memorial, Eldon Square.
There are several reminders of Newcastle's role and preparation for invasion in World War Two.
Some are highly visible and some go virtually unnoticed.
War memorial Eldon Square built in 1923 has become a centre of remembrance for the fallen of both world wars. On top of the monument is a sculpture of St George slaying the dragon, symbolic of the triumph of good over evil.
One of the biggest tragedies in WW2 happened in nearby North Shields when a single German bomb killed 107 people in an air raid on an raid shelter under a lemonade bottling factory on May 3rd 1941.
Further photos of Second World War buildings along the North East coast can be seen here.

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War memorial Eldon SquareSecond World War in Newcastle

Second World War in NewcastleWar memorial Eldon Square

War memorial Eldon SquareSecond World War in Newcastle

Second World War in NewcastleWar memorial Eldon Square


Military "loophole" at the Newcastle end of the High Level Bridge.
A loophole was a slit constructed into a building which was intended to provide cover for a machine gun which would pour fire onto attacking enemy troops, in this case across the High Level bridge from the south. 

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Bruce building pill box.
The Newcastle University Bruce building on Percy Street in Newcastle contains a pill box from WW2 at the rear of the building, during German bombing raids on the city, an air raid warden would stand in the pillbox and direct the efforts to combat the effects of the raids, in particular guiding fire crews to tackle incendiary bombs.       

Second World War in NewcastleBruce building pill box.


Concrete air raid shelters, the Side Newcastle.
The shelters were built here to protect the people from bombing raids on Newcastle.
The shelters are situated under the Black Gate, part of the historic Newcastle Castle.

Second World War in Newcastle

Concrete air raid shelters, the Side Newcastle.Concrete air raid shelters, the Side Newcastle.

Photographs of the 2016 Newcastle Remembrance Day Parade

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Second World War at the North East Coast.


Second World War at the North East Coast.

Pictures of buildings which have relevance to the Second World War ( and in some cases they have histories which goes back much further than that).
Some of the buildings shown are hidden in plain sight and go unnoticed by most of us.
One of the biggest tragedies in WW2 happened in North Shields when a single German bomb killed 107 people in a bombing raid on a concrete air raid shelter under a lemonade bottling factory on May 3rd 1941.

WW2 Gun at Tynemouth Castle.
There were several guns based at the castle, the 6 inch gun which can be seen in the photo is a genuine 1944 weapon & can be seen in  position in one of the castle’s gun emplacements. 
The castle was used throughout World War Two and previously World War One.  In 1943 the Home Guard, with many regular army gunners fighting overseas,  took over the operation of the guns. In 1956 most of the guns at the Castle were scrapped however many standing remains from the two world wars military involvement at the castle can still be seen and are in good condition.
Please click on each image for the full size photo.

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North Shields Cliffords Fort.
The Fort was used for a short period in World War Two as an  emergency coastal battery, with two 12 pounder guns and searchlights based there. Also near to Clifford’s Fort there were soldiers barracks, air raid shelters and the area was surrounded with barbed wire, the two covered 12 pounder guns, faced out towards the mouth of the river, and were in place by late 1940 as protection against German naval attack, and a mortar position and and barrage  balloon were also installed.  On 10th April 1941 a German bomber dropped four high explosive bombs near to the fort the only time that Clifford’s Fort was attacked by the enemy.  By 1942 the garrison held 56 officers and men, but the battery was dismantled in May 1944.
Cliffords Fort has been restored with some of the original pre-World War Two features.

Second World War at the North East Coast.Second World War at the North East Coast.


Cullercoats, Brown’s Point.
The station was used as a communications post in World War Two, after having been used for the same role in World War One. The two buildings were  damaged when a German parachute mine exploded after landing on rocks nearby. After the war, the station was used as part of the Coast Radio Station service until 1999. The site remains in good condition, and the basic structure of both  buildings has only slightly changed,  The site is now  being used for residential purposes.

Second World War at the North East Coast.

Second World War at the North East Coast.

North Shields ferry landing 
This armoured firing position would have had a good range of fire across the Tyne and is located next to the modern ferry landing, it would also been camouflaged to disguise it against the industrial background of the time. 

Second World War at the North East Coast.

Second World War at the North East Coast.


Tynemouth, 47A Percy Gardens, Command Post.
47A Percy Gardens Command Post is one of the more unusual structures connected to both world wars on the North East coast. In 1916 a six story tower was constructed, attached to the back of an existing house which was owned by the War Office (now the Ministry of Defence), and designed to act as a control centre for Tyne gun batteries.
The tower and house were retained until World War Two. In September 1938  it was clear that war with Germany was almost certain and the house and tower were occupied by military personnel in preparation of a German invasion across the North Sea.
It is now a  private residence. 

Second World War at the North East Coast.

Second World War at the North East Coast.


We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender.

Winston Churchill, June 1940.

Further photos of Second World War buildings and structures in Newcastle can be seen here
A little way along the coast is the Blyth Battery.   
Photographs of the Newcastle Remembrance Day Parade