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

Neuschwanstein Castle: Bavaria, Germany

The Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles in Germany and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The castle is located in Bavaria, near the town of Fussen. It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as the “Fairytale King”. See our Neuschwanstein Castle Tour page. King Ludwig was a great admirer and supporter of Richard Wagner, the world-renowned composer. Neuschwanstein [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:17:11+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Battle of Messines: World War I

It has been argued that the Battle of Messines was the most successful local operation of the war, certainly of the Western Front. Carried out by General Herbert Plumer's Second Army, Battle of Messines was launched on 7 June 1917 with the detonation of 19 underground mines underneath the German mines. The target of the offensive was the Messines Ridge, a natural stronghold southeast of Ypres, and a small [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:17:45+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Belleau Wood: World War I

The battle fought in Belleau Wood (June 1918) was the first real taste of battle for the US Marines in World War One with General Pershing calling Belleau Wood the most important battle fought by US forces since the US Civil War. The Battle of Belleau Wood was part of the Allied drive east away from an axis from Amiens to Paris in what was a response to the Spring [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:18:43+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 | 2017-10-30T01:19:38+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |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 | 2017-10-30T01:26:16+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , |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 | 2017-10-30T01:30:42+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |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 | 2017-10-30T01:39:15+00:00 August 19th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |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 | 2017-10-30T01:41:57+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Public Figures|Tags: , |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 | 2017-10-30T01:52:14+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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