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Harburg Castle: Medieval Fortification in Germany

The quaint medieval town of Harburg may be small and unassuming, but there is nothing small or unimpressive about its castle! The Harburg Castle is one of the largest, best-preserved castles in all of Germany. Visiting Harburg and the Harburg Castle is like stepping back into the Middle Ages! Harburg is a picturesque town of about 6,000 inhabitants and sits on the Wörnitz River in Bavaria (Bayern) along the famous [...]

By | 2018-02-21T14:28:29+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Wirbelwind German Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun

The Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind" (Whirlwind in English) was a German self-propelled anti-aircraft gun based on the Panzer IV tank. It was developed in 1944 as a successor to the earlier Möbelwagen self-propelled anti-aircraft gun. In the first years of World War II, the German military forces had less interest in developing self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, but as the Allies began to gain air superiority, the need for more mobile and better-armed [...]

By | 2018-02-08T14:27:00+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , |0 Comments

Mass Suicide in Demmin Town: World War II

On May 1, 1945, hundreds of people killed themselves in the town of Demmin, in the Province of Pomerania (now in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), Germany. The suicides occurred during a mass panic that was provoked by atrocities committed by soldiers of the Soviet Red Army, who had sacked the town the day before. Although death toll estimates vary, it is acknowledged to be the largest mass suicide ever recorded in Germany. The [...]

By | 2018-02-06T00:01:03+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , |0 Comments

SMS Schleswig-Holstein Battleship: World War I

SMS Schleswig-Holstein was the last of the five Deutschland-class battleships built by the German Kaiserliche Marine. The ship, named for the province of Schleswig-Holstein, was laid down in the Germaniawerft dockyard in Kiel in August 1905 and commissioned into the fleet nearly three years later. The ships of her class were already outdated by the time they entered service, being inferior in size, armor, firepower, and [...]

By | 2018-01-24T14:30:25+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Reichsburg Cochem Castle: Medieval Fortification in Germany

The Cochem castle we see today towering above the scenic town of Cochem on the Moselle River is not the castle that originally stood there in the 12th century. That castle had a long and colorful history until French King Louis XIV had his troops obliterate it in 1689. The castle remained a colorful stone ruin for 180 years until wealthy Berlin businessman Louis Ravené decided to buy the ruins [...]

By | 2018-01-15T09:44:35+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Operation Bodenplatte: World War II

For the German Luftwaffe, World War II all but ended on January 1st, 1945 with their last, desperate attempt to strike back against the Ally’s air superiority that was Operation Bodenplatte. After this day, Germany’s skies were quickly lost in the following few months as the Western and Eastern fronts collapsed into Berlin. Operation Bodenplatte was designed to cripple Allied air power in support of the Ardennes Offensive, or [...]

By | 2018-01-02T07:21:48+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kaiserburg Nürnberg Castle: Fortification in Germany

Kaiserburg Nürnberg Castle (German: Nürnberger Burg) is a group of medieval fortified buildings on a sandstone ridge dominating the historical center of Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany. The Kaiserburg Nürnberg castle, together with the city walls, is considered to be one of Europe's most formidable medieval fortifications. It represented the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire and the outstanding role of the Imperial City of Nuremberg. Summary In the [...]

By | 2017-12-24T12:07:10+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Burg Eltz Castle: Medieval Fortification in Germany

Burg Eltz Castle (German: Burg Eltz) is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family (the Eltz family) that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago. Bürresheim Castle (Schloss Bürresheim), Burg Eltz Castle and Lissingen Castle are the only castles on the left bank of the Rhine in Rhineland-Palatinate which [...]

By | 2017-12-22T08:33:00+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Hydroelectric Power Plant Sabotage: Operation Gunnerside

The Norwegian heavy water sabotage was a series of operations undertaken by Norwegian saboteurs during World War II to prevent the German nuclear weapon project from acquiring heavy water from hydroelectric power, which could have been used by the Germans to produce nuclear weapons. In 1934, at Vemork, Norway, Norsk Hydro built the first commercial plant capable of producing heavy water as a byproduct of fertilizer production. It had [...]

By | 2017-12-20T08:37:38+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Pak 40, 7.5 cm German Anti Tank: World War II

The 7.5 cm Pak 40 (7,5 cm Panzerabwehrkanone 40) was a German 75-millimeter anti-tank gun developed in 1939-1941 by Rheinmetall and used during the Second World War. The Pak 40 formed the backbone of German anti-tank guns for the latter part of World War II, mostly in towed form, but also on a number of tank destroyers such as the Marder series. Approximately 20,000 Pak 40s were produced. A [...]

By | 2017-12-06T07:10:37+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , |0 Comments

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