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Faces of War

By Philip_H
Parts of the Battle of Britain Monument, Victoria Embankment, London.

The monument was unveiled on 18 September 2005, the 65th anniversary of the Battle, by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The sculptor of the monument is Paul Day and it was cast in bronze by Morris Singer, which is the oldest established fine art foundry in the world.

The monument utilises a panelled granite structure 25 metres long which was originally designed as a smoke outlet for underground trains when they were powered by steam engines. A walkway was cut obliquely through the middle of the structure, and is lined with panels of high relief sculpture in bronze depicting scenes from the Battle of Britain. The centrepiece is an approximately life sized sculpture of airmen scrambling for their aircraft during the battle (V15). The outside of the monument is lined with bronze plaques listing 2,936 airmen and ground crew from 14 countries who took part in the battle on the Allied side.

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Tags: London General Monument Wwii Bronze Battle of britain Victoria embankment Paul day Second world war Relief sculpture Battle of Britain Monument Morris singer

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johnke 6 223 15
4 Jan 2015 4:02PM
Thank you Philip for sharing this special set of images, I have not seen this Monument and will put it in my mind to visit it should I have the opportunity. Something very close to my heart, I am touched by these images of hardship and war. My whole family were involved in these dark days. Thank you.....John

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CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
4 Jan 2015 4:13PM
A beautiful monument, Philip, and these excellent images show wonderful detail.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2015 4:15PM
Excellent set, and something we need to look out for next time down South. A personal preference for V16, particularly moving.
RayHeath 7 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2015 4:48PM
Beautifully captured set, the detail is stunning and appropriate for the subject...superb work.

Rende 12 38 4 Netherlands
4 Jan 2015 4:54PM
Excellent series of a striking monument Philip.
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2015 5:29PM
I must admit I found this overwhelming when coming across it.
You have captured it well
alan a 15 9 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2015 6:08PM
These are fantastic photo's the best attention, congratulations my wife and I saw it 2013, I lost my pics of it, its reminded me to go again
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2015 7:45PM
I bet you took more than 19 pictures of this, I know I would have done. It's so full of drama, and is so well executed for impact. You have shown that well. I like all 19, love the 3D effects too.
PhilT2 Plus
9 513 29 England
4 Jan 2015 8:25PM
Superbly photographed set showing the texture and detail to its best
Nikonuser1 Plus
7 159 16 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2015 8:28PM
A excellent set of images of this famous monument PhilipSmileSmile

Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
4 Jan 2015 8:37PM
An excellent set. Well captured.
JawDborn 7 1.2k 1 England
4 Jan 2015 9:25PM
Wonderful set of sharp images. Thank you for the commentary.

Philip_H 7 12 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2015 10:05PM

Quote:I bet you took more than 19 pictures of this, I know I would have done. It's so full of drama, and is so well executed for impact. You have shown that well. I like all 19, love the 3D effects too.

You bet right, Pamela. I did get rather carried away. Its full of such wonderful detail and scenes I couldn't stop Grin Rather drained my camera battery though Sad

Rev2 9 302 2 England
6 Jan 2015 8:36PM
Fabulous detail and description.
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2015 2:20AM
Amazing powerful images of this Monument...
Very well captured and presented!
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2015 5:36PM
Philip....very impressive
xwang 10 56 8
9 Jan 2015 7:16PM
Wonderful set. Yes, very impressive.
9 Jan 2015 9:50PM
Super set Phillip, excellent detail in all,
MaryFaith 5 59 New Zealand
10 Jan 2015 12:24AM
A very powerful set of photos Phillip - nicely done - thank you for sharing.

RLF Plus
9 18 4 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2015 12:35PM
Wow I'll have to visit here myself.Grin
A truly terrific set of images. Smile
I did a tribute, for yesterdays submission, to the RAF.

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