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The Falaise Pocket: World War II

The Battle of the Falaise Pocket was fought August 12-21, 1944, during World War II (1939-1944).Landing in Normandy on June 6, 1944, Allied troops fought their way ashore and spent the next several weeks working to consolidate their position and expand the beachhead. This saw the forces of Lieutenant General Omar Bradley's First US Army push west and secure the Cotentin Peninsula and Cherbourg while the British Second and [...]

By | 2017-09-20T18:53:06+00:00 September 20th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

Heinrich Rudolf Hertz: German Physicist

Heinrich Rudolf Hertz (February 22, 1857 - January 1, 1894) was a German physicist who was the first to satisfactorily demonstrate the existence of electromagnetic radiation waves by building an apparatus to produce and detect them. His discovery was a key step on the path to the use of radio waves in communications and broadcasting and the use of all the many invisible octaves of the electromagnetic spectrum to [...]

By | 2017-09-10T16:36:33+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Public Figures|0 Comments

The Battle of Moscow: World War II

As early as Jul 1941, the Russians knew the Germans were going to breach their defenses and threaten Moscow. On 3 Jul, Lenin's body was moved from Moscow to Tumen to prevent German capture or destruction. Little over two weeks later, on 22 Jul, 127 German bombers raided Moscow, even lightly damaging the Kremlin. As a response, Moscow residents were ordered to build mock houses on Kremlin's grounds and [...]

By | 2017-09-02T18:01:04+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

Operation Long Jump: World War II

The opening of Operation Long Jump takes readers inside a meeting between Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill, held at the British Embassy in Tehran in 1943. The purpose of the summit: how to rid the world of Adolf Hitler. But before the trio of leaders and their senior military advisors can come up with an agreeable plan to win the war, Nazi assassins enter the room, draw [...]

By | 2017-08-31T09:30:37+00:00 August 19th, 2017|World War II|1 Comment

Jesse Owens: American Track and Field Athlete

At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, African American track star Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal of the Games in the 4×100-meter relay. His relay team set a new world record of 39.8 seconds, which held for 20 years. In their strong showing in track-and-field events at the XIth Olympiad, Jesse Owens and other African American athletes struck a propaganda blow against Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, who planned to [...]

By | 2017-08-31T09:55:43+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Historical Events, Public Figures|0 Comments

Operation Frankton: The Cockleshell Heroes

By one of the entrances to what is now the Hangar 14 conference center on the Garonne riverfront, a 2002 plaque commemorates one of the most heroic chapters in Bordeaux’s Second World War history: the British Royal Marines' "Operation Frankton". This December 1942 commando raid aimed to find an innovative means of thwarting German war efforts. It focused on the so-called “blockade runner” supply ships which would dock in [...]

By | 2017-09-01T08:45:40+00:00 July 27th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

Battle of Brody June 1941: World War II

A thousand coffee table books and countless hours of popular history programs have described the Battle of Prokhorovka, part of the Third Reich’s 1943 Operation Citadel, as the largest tank battle in history. Near the city of Kursk on the Eastern Front, hundreds of Soviet tanks slammed into the 2nd SS Panzer Corps in an enormous conflagration of flesh and metal. Prokhorovka was certainly an important clash and one [...]

By | 2017-09-01T08:57:28+00:00 July 25th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

The Steamship SS Oria: World War II

Oria, the 4000 Italian shipwrecked who said NO to Nazism. The memorial day: every 27th of January we remember the massacres committed by the Nazis, as a warning that something similar does not happen again. The mistake we maybe make is to limit – in this memory – only to people who died in the death camps, forgetting all them who lost their lifes because of collateral damages of [...]

By | 2017-09-01T09:05:46+00:00 July 24th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

The Siege Of Nuremberg 1632: The Thirty Years’ War.

The Siege of Nürnberg was a battle campaign that took place in 1632 about the Imperial City of Nuremberg during the Thirty Years' War. Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, rather than engage the larger forces of Albrecht von Wallenstein, retreated into the city. Wallenstein immediately laid siege, an action that soon proved difficult for both sides. Despite Gustavus's efforts to challenge Wallenstein on the open field, Wallenstein did not give battle. [...]

By | 2017-09-01T09:32:57+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Historical Events, Renaissance|1 Comment

Rat Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte: World War II

If it was completed during the fighting of World War 2, the Landkreuzer P.1000 Ratte would have been the largest tank ever produced. The Landkreuzer P.1000 "Ratte" (translating to "Rat") was a proposed super-heavy tank design of the German Krupp concern with origins in 1942. Hitler gave this mammoth undertaking his direct blessing as the program set about to create the most powerful tank ever devised for the modern [...]

By | 2017-09-01T10:59:00+00:00 July 19th, 2017|World War II|0 Comments

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