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Strasbourg, French Battleship: World War II

Strasbourg was the second and last battleship of the Dunkerque class built for the French Navy before World War II.She was slightly more heavily armored than her sister ship Dunkerque. In 1922, the Washington Naval Treaty imposed a ten-year moratorium on the construction of new battlecruisers. France was allowed to replace two old battleships after 1927 for a total of 70,000 tons. In 1925, the first Italian Trento-class cruiser [...]

By | 2017-12-07T08:02:54+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Chateau Du Haut Koenigsbourg: Fortification in France

Chateau Du Haut Koenigsbourg is a castle situated on a hilltop near Kintzheim and just west of Sélestat in Alsace (in the commune of Orschwiller). The castle is one of the most visited sites in Alsace, and in France, both for the castle itself and the far-reaching views. History of Chateau Du Haut Koenigsbourg It was as early as the 12th century that a castle first stood here because the [...]

By | 2017-11-21T07:09:46+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Cité de Carcassonne: Medieval Fortification in France

Named a World Heritage Site in 1997, Cité de Carcassonne has a history spanning more than 2,000 years. The largest former fortress in Europe, it has played a decisive role in the history of Languedoc. An Iron Age Oppidum transformed into a Roman town in the 1st Century BCE, the city-state became the possession of the powerful Viscount Trencavel who ruled over Bas-Languedoc. Situated on the right bank of the [...]

By | 2017-11-19T11:18:06+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Château Gaillard: French Medieval Castle

Standing for more than 800 years on a spur, the Château Gaillard looks over Les Andelys and one of the most beautiful meanders of the river Seine in Normandy. Built in a very short time in order to protect the river Seine and the city of Rouen from the ambitions of the King of France, Philip Augustus, the Château Gaillard is regarded as a perfect model of the military [...]

By | 2017-10-31T14:31:08+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Collaboration With the Nazis: World War II

France declared war on Germany on Sept. 3, 1939, becoming one of the first countries, along with Great Britain, to stand up to the Nazi regime. The declaration of war came just two days after the German army invaded and annexed Poland. There weren’t many physical clashes between French and Nazi forces until May 10, 1940, when the Germans invaded France, occupying the northern half of the country, including [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:16:14+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Iron Face Mask: The Unidentified Prisoner

The man in the iron face mask, French l’homme au masque de fer (born c. 1658?—died November 19, 1703, Paris, France), political prisoner, famous in French history and legend, who died in the Bastille in 1703, during the reign of Louis XIV. There is no historical evidence that the mask was made of anything but black velvet (velours), and only afterward did legend convert its material into iron. He [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:31:41+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

Carlos the Jackal: Venezuelan Terrorist

Carlos the Jackal, byname of Ilich Ramírez Sánchez (born October 12, 1949, Caracas, Venezuela), Venezuelan militant who orchestrated some of the highest-profile terrorist attacks of the 1970s and ’80s. Ramírez was born into an upper-class Venezuelan family; his father operated a lucrative law practice. Ramírez’s father was a committed Marxist, and Ramírez received an education that emphasized communist political theory and revolutionary thought. Ramírez also traveled extensively, in the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:52:32+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Louis Pasteur: Biologist, Microbiologist and Chemist

Scientist Louis Pasteur came up with the food preparing process known as pasteurization; he also developed a vaccination for anthrax and rabies. Born on December 27, 1822, in Dole, France, Louis Pasteur discovered that microbes were responsible for souring alcohol and came up with the process of pasteurization, where bacteria is destroyed by heating beverages and then allowing them to cool. His work in germ theory also led him [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:07:52+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, Science And Technology|Tags: , , |0 Comments

AMX 40 French Light Tank: World War II

By the time the first Somua S35 tanks were rolling off the assembly lines, the French high military staff already started thinking about their replacements. By the end of 1936, French Army issued new demands for the future cavalry tank. Even if they wanted to, there was no way the designers could rework the Somua S35 to fit those requirements. Even the Somua S40 had 5 km/h lower speed [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:15:53+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Hotchkiss H35 H39 French Light Tank: World War II

Article originally published on Tanks Encyclopedia: http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ Author: David Bocquelet Renault and Schneider had been long time providers in the French tank industry. Hotchkiss, founded in 1875 near St Denis (Paris) by Benjamin B. Hotchkiss, an American engineer, was a newcomer in this field, although already well known by the army for its world-famous machine-guns, cars and transmissions. At first, the Hotchkiss H35 was a private design answering a 1926 [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:24:44+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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