Newark Air Museum Visit

Following in the footsteps of the RAF I decided it was time to visit the Newark Air Museum which is situated just of the A17.  screenshot not currently working guys so I hope the google map link below works.,-0.7722986,14.19z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x48784b3b9c3c09a7:0x90ea3b2bd3859cc5!8m2!3d53.095338!4d-0.758143?hl=en-GB&authuser=0


Above is the current cost of entry per adult.

Once you enter the museum you can’t but be in ore of the magnificent Vulcan Bomber which you can walk around and under, a truly awesome aircraft.


then to the right there is a small rounded roof building which contains a selection of jet engines



coming back out and turning left I spotted these two characters nestling between a couple of buildings

Then we entered the building to right that you see in the picture above, this is a great building for anyone who in interested in communication, its packed with all manner of devices and for a small donation of £2 you can sit in a cockpit and have a guy talk you through some of the basics..

We only spent about three hours at this museum due to time constrains but it really needs a good day to maybe do it full justice, they also have some great events throughout the year which I think I will return for, anyway check their website for more details on this:

You will find aircraft both inside and out here, the hangers are jam packed with some unusual aircraft as well as some old favourites here is a selection of pictures:


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There is actually over seventy (70) aircraft for you to ponder over as well as some other great exhibits to look at, again here is a selection below:


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All in all I have to say this museum is a great place to visit, allow yourself plenty of time to get round, as you walk about you may bump into the odd person that works at the museum that will be happy to chat to you, I will of course upload all my pictures to the photo gallery page in the not so distant future so keep an eye out for that.

Happy travelling guys……

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Macedonia Visit

The area once known as Yugoslavia entered WWII on 6th April 1941.

Background information

on the 24th March 1941, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia fearing an invasion from the axis powers signed the Tripartite Pact, pledging cooperation with the axis forces.  However, on 27th March 1941 he was overthrown by a military coup d’etat with support from the British.

Peter II, then only 17 years old was deemed old enough to rule and was placed in power.  As a direct result of this Yugoslavia withdrew it’s support of the axis powers and as a consequence on 6th April 1941 Germany and the axis forces invaded Yugoslavia.

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Italian soldiers entering Ohrid April 1941
Italian soldiers entering Ohrid April 1941

The area was broken up with Bulgarian forces controlling central and eastern areas, western areas were occupied and controlled by Italian forces.

Italian and Bulgarian soldiers on the Albanian border
Italian and Bulgarian troops on the Albanian border

On 11th October 1941 the People’s Liberation Army along with the Yugoslavian Partisan movement started a  political and military campaign, their main objective was to resist the occupation of Macedonia by Bulgarian, German, Italian and Albanian forces.

Yugoslav POWs supervised by Bulgarian soldiers with a German armored car
Yugoslav POW’s supervised by Bulgarian soldiers with a German armoured car
Ohrid, Bulgarian occupation zone refugees from Albania
Ohrid, Bulgarian occupation zone refugees from Albania

 Ohrid today

Following in the footsteps of all those involved in this campaign this is my visit to Ohrid, the town today is a beautiful place to visit, full of great architecture with inviting people and cafe’s to sit and watch the world go by.



for all the pictures from Ohrid see the picture gallery. here . Like all the other towns, cities I have visited it’s hard to imagine how it was back during WWII.

As part of my visit to this wonderful country I had to go to Bitola, it is the oldest city in the country.  In the ancient world it was known as (Heraclea Lyncestis) founded by Phillip II ( father of Alexander the great).

With this in mind it is a must for all those travelling to Macedonia…

Heraclea with old ruins below


See all the pictures from Bitola in the picture gallery. here

Skopje City

Skopje was seized by the German army on the 8th April 1941 and they left he Bulgarian army in control of the region.  The city was liberated by partisans on 13th November 1944 by Yugoslav, National Liberation Army and the newly allied Bulgarian people’s army.. The Bulgarian army having switched sides in September 1944…

Partisans marching through liberated Skopje Nove 1944
Partisans march through Skopje after liberation

Macedonia and the surrounding regions were not left out of the German’s final solution, many jew’s and other’s were transported out to concentration camps.

Skopje today

Today the city is thriving, there is so many things to see and do there.  However my visit was really about going to see the holocaust museum.

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Skopje Holocaust Museum

This museum is a must, open Tuesday to Friday 09.00  –  19.00 and Saturday and Sunday 09.00  –  15.00.  entrance is free but there is a charge for guided tours.

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for all pictures see the gallery, here

There was almost 24,000 deaths or casualties during the occupation of this area, this is broken down as follows:

7,000 Jews, 6,726 ethnic Macedonians, 6,000 Serbs and 4,000 Albanians.





The Spear of Destiny (Hitler & Historical Artefacts)

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(Not a picture of the actual spear) but a model

This article although nothing to do with any war time sites does have historical WWII connections.

The Spear Of Destiny or (Holy Lance) (Vienna Lance) is the name given to the spear that pierced the side of Christ (whilst he was on the crucifix) by a Roman soldier.

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It is said that anyone who holds the spear has the power to rule/control the world at their will, positively or negatively.  Adolf Hitler had an obsession with historical relics with religious so called powers.

History shows that Hitlers first encounter with the spear was as a teenager struggling to become an architect, he viewed the spear at Weltliches Schatzkammer Museum in Vienna, also known as The Imperial Treasury.

Hitlers obsession was fulfilled when the Nazi’s annexed Austria in 1938 and he acquired the very same spear, it was kept at St.Katherine’s church in Nuremberg but was soon moved to an underground bunker for saver keeping.

On April 30th 1945 the allies retrieved what Hitler believed to be the Spear of Destiny and Hitler was found dead in his bunker soon after.

It is written that anyone who possess the spear and then looses it it will die, a myth?, old wife’s tail?, a curse?, I will leave the validity of this fatal myth to your own conclusions, however, if you check the history of those who have possessed the spear you will find that they all died soon after it left them.

In 2003 the BBC produced a special documentary entitled”The Spear of Jesus”, it was examined by Dr.Robert Feather, Archaeologist/Metallurgist, who’s background can be found at:

The spear was dated as part of the program  and found to be from the 7th century, Roman times.

There are other spears or parts there of but none of these date back to the correct century either.

As for the mythical powers of the Spear Of Destiny, again this can only be left to individual conclusions, but one thing is certain and that was the obsession Hitler had with religious artefacts and his lust for power.

The current location of the Spear Of destiny (Vienna Lance) is Imperial Palace Museum, Vienna,

Open: Daily except Tuesday  09.00  –  17.30          Admission: 12.00 euro

I viewed the Vienna lance at in a museum in Aachen, Germany back in the early 80’s whilst on a trip to Europe, unfortunately all photos are lost, sorry.  it was certainly a great pleasure to see it as several weeks prior to the trip I had read the book “The Spear of Destiny” by Trevor Ravenscroft.  The book can be found here by clicking on the book below:

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Following in the footsteps of the Spear Of Destiny (Holy Lance), actually seeing this artefact that Hitler had searched for and found was indeed a delight, a true WW II artefact.