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

Wilhelm Gustloff Shipwreck: Deadliest Maritime Disaster

70 years on, little known about the Wilhelm Gustloff sinking over 9,000 people died in the Baltic Sea on January 30, 1945, in an attempt to evade the Red Army. The Wilhelm Gustloff was the largest shipwreck in history, but little is known about the catastrophe seven decades on. At around 9 p.m. on January 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler was speaking to the German people. In the packed dining [...]

By | 2017-11-30T07:38:10+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Faust: German Necromancer and Astrologer

Faust, also called Faustus, or Doctor Faustus, the hero of one of the most durable legends in Western folklore and literature, the story of a German necromancer or astrologer who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. There was a historical Faust, indeed perhaps two, one of whom more than once alluded to the devil as his Schwager or crony. One or both died [...]

By | 2017-11-29T17:52:11+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Categories: Medieval, Public Figures|Tags: |0 Comments

Friedrich Nietzsche: German Philosopher and Composer

Influential German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is known for his writings on good and evil, the end of religion in modern society and the concept of a "super-man." “There are no facts, only interpretations.” —Friedrich Nietzsche Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844, in Röcken bei Lützen, Germany. In his brilliant but relatively brief career, he published numerous major works of philosophy, including Twilight of the Idols [...]

By | 2017-11-28T16:39:21+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ferdinand Porsche: Founder of Porsche Car Company.

Ferdinand Porsche founded the Porsche car company in 1931. In the early 1920s, he oversaw the development of the Mercedes compressor car and later developed the first designs of the Volkswagen car with his son, Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche. “I would have built it exactly the same, right down to the last screw.” —Ferdinand Porsche German automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche was born on September 3, 1875, in Maffersdorf, Austria. [...]

By | 2017-11-11T09:33:23+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , |0 Comments

Secret Project: V-3 Super Weapon

The V3 Secret Project was not a missile project but a massive cannon, also known as the "London gun" and "V-3 cannon". It was designed to lob shells from it site on the coast of France across the English Channel and hit London. The Secret Project V-3 Hochdruckpumpe (aka HDP, 'Fleissiges Lieschen'; 'Tausend Fussler') was a supergun designed by Saar Roechling during World War II. The 140 m long cannon [...]

By | 2017-11-08T07:19:09+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , |0 Comments

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was a network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps built and operated by Nazi Germany in annexed Polish areas during World War II. It consisted of Auschwitz I (the original camp), Auschwitz II–Birkenau (a combination concentration/extermination camp), Auschwitz III–Monowitz (a labor camp to staff an IG Farben factory), and 45 satellite camps. Auschwitz I was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners, who began [...]

By | 2017-12-05T21:24:39+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Irma Grese: Blond Female SS Beast

The female guards at Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and Ravensbrück are less well known than their male counterparts, but they were no less brutal. You don’t have to look too hard to find horrifying stories about Nazis. However, one of the craziest stories revolves around a woman that not many people are aware of: Irma Grese, an S.S. officer who was so evil and heinous that even other Nazis thought she [...]

By | 2017-11-01T07:09:51+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Marder III Tank Destroyer: World War II

Marder III systems was yet another hastily modified conversion model of existing Panzer II tank chassis overstock. With the Panzer II system as a whole virtually obsolete on the changing battlefields of World War 2 and the production lines of the Panzer II chassis still warm and ready to churn out new models, it was seen fit to add a static superstructure to the Panzer 38(t) (Panzer II) chassis [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:06:22+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Crystal Meth in the use of Nazi Germany

Crystal meth is notorious for being highly addictive and ravaging countless communities. But few know that the drug can be traced back to Nazi Germany, where it first became popular as a way to keep pilots and soldiers alert in battle during World War II. "Alertness aid" read the packaging, to be taken "to maintain wakefulness." But "only from time to time," it warned, followed by a large exclamation [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:09:17+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , |0 Comments

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