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Too chilled to blog!

Posted on August 31st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The family and I got back from our holiday to Crete in the early hours of Sunday morning and we managed to keep the relaxed holiday pace going for a couple more days. I went back to work today so its back to reality until next summer! Any readers that also follow me on Facebook will have seen a small selection of my pictures from the holiday (I took nearly 2000 in total!!!) and will know that between eating good food, swimming and exploring the countryside we also managed to squeeze in a little bit of history and a couple of museums. Unfortunately I didn’t get to visit the Battle of Crete and National Resistance museum, something that will have to be rectified on another visit!
So time to show a few photo’s. I’ll spare you the many pictures of the amazing scenery or us swimming or enjoying local food and just focus on some of the historical sights we visited. 
For the fantasy/mythological minded this magnificent cavern is supposedly the birthplace of Zeus. To reach here we had to climb 300m up a 1 in 4 pathway in 33°c heat…it nearly killed  me! 

Having crawled the last few meter’s we found access to the cave involved descend 180 steps to the bottom.and of course climbing 180 back out. The view was utterly worth the effort though. 

Visiting Crete means visiting the partially reconstructed Minoan ruins at Knossos. The site was very interesting (we had an excellent guide) but very very busy. 

After Knossos our guide took us to the Archaeological museum in Heraklion. The vast majority of the best finds from all the islands Minoan sites are kept here making this a world class collection. These ceremonial swords date from 1400 to 1300 BCE

While in Heraklion I made a lone detour away from the main group to visit the Battle of Crete Memorial. This magnificent monument is often overlooked by tourists (ironically the majority being Germans!) but is well worth visiting. 

The monument is surrounded by bronze plaques showing details from the Axis invasion of the island in May 1941 and the resistance that followed.

I also found this other monument spanning the period of the Balkan War of 1912-1913, WWI 1914-18 and the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922

Another day and another trip out, this time by boat to the island of Spinalonga. The Venetians controlled the island from 1205 to 1669 until the Ottomans took control. The Venetian garrison on Spinalonga however held out for another 30 years before surrendering. 

To pass the time the Garrison played boardgames.

Spinalonga was a very strong fortress just a few hundred yards from the mainland and their Ottoman besiegers…but in the end they ran out of provisions and had no choice but to surrender. 
While in the small coastal town of Hersonissos I managed to persuade the family to visit a small nautical museum

This model shows a Minoan ship and is based on illustrations found in the excavated temples on Crete

On another trip out we visited a small mountain village and an old Cretan
house that has been turned into a museum. It showed how the people lived
just a generation ago but I was more interested in some of the photo’s on
the walls….these people have been fighting for their independence for
a looong time. This guy was probably fighting the Turks.  

This photo looks like it dates from about the turn of the century so could represent a local militia

This looks like it dates from about WWII but it could be slightly later. 

Every village we visited or passed through had a war memorial of some kind. Even in this small mountain village there was a memorial covering various conflicts from the Balkan Wars through WWI and of course the Battle of Crete (WWII).

Out on a boat trip I saw this WWII observation position cut right out of the rock of the coast near the port of Agios Nickoloas. 

After visiting the very busy Knossos I was eager to visit one of the other major archaeological sites of the Minoan Era. The ‘Palace’ at Malia is similar in layout to that at Knossos but is not nearly as frantic.  

The small museum on site also has some excellent 1/250 scale models of the layout. Is it just me wondering how to use this in a game?  

This site doesn’t have the ‘reconstruction’ seen at Knossos but that means the real layout con be seen and explored easily. 
I took many many more photo’s but I couldn’t possibly show them all here without sending everyone asleep. Now that life is settling back into its usual routine I’ll start playing games and blogging again in earnest next week. 

Too chilled to blog!

Posted on August 31st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The family and I got back from our holiday to Crete in the early hours of Sunday morning and we managed to keep the relaxed holiday pace going for a couple more days. I went back to work today so its back to reality until next summer! Any readers that also follow me on Facebook will have seen a small selection of my pictures from the holiday (I took nearly 2000 in total!!!) and will know that between eating good food, swimming and exploring the countryside we also managed to squeeze in a little bit of history and a couple of museums. Unfortunately I didn’t get to visit the Battle of Crete and National Resistance museum, something that will have to be rectified on another visit!
So time to show a few photo’s. I’ll spare you the many pictures of the amazing scenery or us swimming or enjoying local food and just focus on some of the historical sights we visited. 
For the fantasy/mythological minded this magnificent cavern is supposedly the birthplace of Zeus. To reach here we had to climb 300m up a 1 in 4 pathway in 33°c heat…it nearly killed  me! 

Having crawled the last few meter’s we found access to the cave involved descend 180 steps to the bottom.and of course climbing 180 back out. The view was utterly worth the effort though. 

Visiting Crete means visiting the partially reconstructed Minoan ruins at Knossos. The site was very interesting (we had an excellent guide) but very very busy. 

After Knossos our guide took us to the Archaeological museum in Heraklion. The vast majority of the best finds from all the islands Minoan sites are kept here making this a world class collection. These ceremonial swords date from 1400 to 1300 BCE

While in Heraklion is made a lone detour away from the main group to visit the Battle of Crete Memorial. This magnificent monument is often overlooked by tourists (ironically the majority being Germans!) but is well worth visiting. 

The monument is surrounded by bronze plaques showing details from the Axis invasion of the island in May 1941 and the resistance that followed.

I also found this other monument spanning the period of the Balkan War of 1912-1913, WWI 1914-18 and the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922

Another day and another trip out, this time by boat to the island of Spinalonga. The Venetians controlled the island from 1205 to 1669 until the Ottomans took control. The Venetian garrison on Spinalonga however held out for another 30 years before surrendering. 

To pass the time the Garrison played boardgames.

Spinalonga was a very strong fortress just a few hundred yards from the mainland and their Ottoman besiegers…but in the end they ran out of provisions and had no choice but to surrender. 
While in the small coastal town of Hersonissos I managed to persuade the family to visit a small nautical museum


This model shows a Minoan ship and is based on illustrations found in the excavated temples on Crete

On another trip out we visited a small mountain village and an old Cretan
house that has been turned into a museum. It showed how the people lived
just a generation ago but I was more interested in some of the photo’s on
the walls….these people have been fighting for their independence for
a looong time. This guy was probably fighting the Turks.  

This photo looks like it dates from about the turn of the century so could represent a local militia

This looks like it dates from about WWII but it could be slightly later. 

Every village we visited or passed through had a war memorial of some kind. Even in this small mountain village there was a memorial covering various conflicts from the Balkan Wars through WWI and of course the Battle of Crete (WWII).

Out on a boat trip I saw this WWII observation position cut right out of the rock of the coast near the port of Agios Nickoloas. 

After visiting the very busy Knossos I was eager to visit one of the other major archaeological sites of the Minoan Era. The ‘Palace’ at Malia is similar in layout to that at Knossos but is not nearly as frantic.  

The small museum on site also has some excellent 1/250 scale models of the layout. Is it just me wondering how to use this in a game?  

This site doesn’t have the ‘reconstruction’ seen at Knossos but that means the real layout con be seen and explored easily. 
I took many many more photo’s but I couldn’t possibly show them all here without sending everyone asleep. Now that life is settling back into its usual routine I’ll start playing games and blogging again in earnest next week. 

War and Peace 2017

Posted on July 27th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been to the War and Peace living history event, the largest gathering of military vehicles (outside of an army base) in the world. I had originally planned to go on Tuesday which was bathed in glorious sunshine but my work schedule changed and I ended up going today instead. Aside from one small rain shower its been a great day with an amazing array of military vehicles on display. As usual there were lots of excellently restored jeeps and trucks but also this sort of event also attracts several unique and very rare machines.

War and Peace also has one of the biggest Militaria markets and if you own a historic vehicle you can find pretty much anything here. Its a fascinating place to explore and its like walking though a museum where you can handle the exhibits and, if you have deep pockets, own a bit of history.

War and Peace is back at Paddock Wood in Kent

A Sherman that has been used as a range target

Evidence of multiple hits from modern penetrative ‘darts’ from discarding sabot rounds 

Inside the Model Marquee

A Bira Gun

A few items for sale…

Rear view of a CVRT recovery tank

Valentine DD Tank

Leopard MBT

Leopard Main Battle Tank

German Nebelwerfer 

SdKfz 2, better known as the Kettenkrad

A German filed repair of a halftrack

American armour

The M3 Stuart

Sherman with a cast hull

Another Sherman this time with a welded hull

Vietnam era American Artillery piece

Ford Carrier…I love these. I’ll put this on my Christmas list…

A German Sturmgeschütz III

A very rare original Marder SPG built from a Czechoslovak 38t Hull.  

Two VW Kübelwagen taking part in a big battle reenactment

German AT Gun takes out an American Greyhound AC

American Half Track

Opel Blitz in German service.

The Leopard MBT

Bruce Crompton riding in a Russian T34

FV432 armoured personnel carrier

CVRT Recovery Tank

War and Peace 2017

Posted on July 27th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been to the War and Peace living history event, the largest gathering of military vehicles (outside of an army base) in the world. I had originally planned to go on Tuesday which was bathed in glorious sunshine but my work schedule changed and I ended up going today instead. Aside from one small rain shower its been a great day with an amazing array of military vehicles on display. As usual there were lots of excellently restored jeeps and trucks but also this sort of event also attracts several unique and very rare machines.

War and Peace also has one of the biggest Militaria markets and if you own a historic vehicle you can find pretty much anything here. Its a fascinating place to explore and its like walking though a museum where you can handle the exhibits and, if you have deep pockets, own a bit of history.

War and Peace is back at Paddock Wood in Kent

A Sherman that has been used as a range target

Evidence of multiple hits from modern penetrative ‘darts’ from discarding sabot rounds 

Inside the Model Marquee

A Bira Gun

A few items for sale…

Rear view of a CVRT recovery tank

Valentine DD Tank

Leopard MBT

Leopard Main Battle Tank

German Nebelwerfer 

SdKfz 2, better known as the Kettenkrad

A German filed repair of a halftrack

American armour

The M3 Stuart

Sherman with a cast hull

Another Sherman this time with a welded hull

Vietnam era American Artillery piece

Ford Carrier…I love these. I’ll put this on my Christmas list…

A German Sturmgeschütz III

A very rare original Marder SPG built from a Czechoslovak 38t Hull.  

Two VW Kübelwagen taking part in a big battle reenactment

German AT Gun takes out an American Greyhound AC

American Half Track

Opel Blitz in German service.

The Leopard MBT

Bruce Crompton riding in a Russian T34

FV432 armoured personnel carrier

CVRT Recovery Tank