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 The white cliffs of Dover

 Dover Cruise Terminal

Dover Castle is a medieval castle founded in the 12th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history.

It was during the reign of Henry II that the castle began to take recognisable shape. The inner and outer baileys and the great Keep belong to this time. Maurice the Engineer was responsible for building the keep. The keep was one of the last rectangular keeps ever built.   

The officer's quarters    

The outbreak of the WW II in 1939 saw the tunnels converted first into an air-raid shelter and then later into a military command centre and underground hospital. In May 1940, Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsey directed the evacuation of French and British soldiers from Dunkirk, code-named Operation Dynamo, from his headquarters in the cliff tunnels. The tour of the tunnels were an highlight. Fascinating stuff.   

 

D-Day landing map indicates how they projected daily progress after the landing (red lines). As it turned out the military planners were pretty much on target. 

Our cruise ship in the foreground. It almost looks like this gun is taking aim...  

Canterbury Cathedral  is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England.

A pivotal moment in the history of Canterbury Cathedral was the murder of Thomas Becket in the north-east transept on Tuesday 29 December 1170 by knights of King Henry II. The king had frequent conflicts with the strong-willed Becket and is said to have exclaimed in frustration, "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?" The knights took it literally and murdered Becket in his own cathedral. Becket was the second of four Archbishops of Canterbury who were murdered.   

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