Wartburg with snow, Eisenach, Thüringen, Eastern Germany. Die Wartburg is a castle originally built in the Middle Ages, situated on a 410 m precipice, overlooking Eisenach. In 1999, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was home to St. Elisabeth of Hungary and the place where Martin Luther translated the New Testament of the Bible into German. It also was an important inspiration for Ludwig II when he decided to build Neuschwanstein, and is now a popular tourist attraction. Although the castle today still contains substantial original structures from the 12th-15th centuries, much of the interior dates back only to the 19th-century period of Romanticism. Read more.

Overture (Suite) G-dur, I. Ouverture
Johann Ludwig Bach
Overture (Suite) G-dur, I. Ouverture

Johann Ludwig Bach, 1677 - 1731.

composer and violinist, he was born in Thal near Eisenach.
At the age of 22 he moved to Meiningen eventually being appointed cantor there, and later Kapellmeister. He wrote a large amount of music and regularly oversaw performances, both at Meiningen and neighbouring courts.

He was a second cousin of Johann Sebastian Bach, who made copies of several of his cantatas and performed them at Leipzig. The cantata Denn du wirst meine Seele nicht in der Hölle lassen, BWV 15, once thought to be by Johann Sebastian, and listed as BWV 15 in Wolfgang Schmieder’s catalogue of his works, is now thought to be by Johann Ludwig.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-14/AS W.Nr. 78 “Gelbe 6”, 3./Jagdgeschwader 4, at Eisenach-Kindel airfield, Hörselberg-Hainich in Germany after 2 April 1945.

With the advance of the American infantry on April 1 and 2, 1945, north of Eisenach, the airfield on April 1, 1945 was attacked by American warplanes, and all remaining buildings and airplanes were set on fire with the help of fire bombs. The airfield was taken and occupied the following day.

(Photo source - US Signal Corps)

(Colourised by Richard James Molloy from the UK)