The American Sergeant Who Defected to North Korea: Charles Jenkins

During the 1960s the Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union reached an all-time high. Events that come to mind are the Cuban Missile Crisis and the erecting of the Berlin Wall. On the other side of the world, the division between North- and South Korea had just begun settling inContinue reading “The American Sergeant Who Defected to North Korea: Charles Jenkins”

The 1952 Escape of 7 Former Waffen-SS Soldiers… and they got away with it

 The Dutch city of Breda is located in the southern Brabant province. Aside from its cultural riches, a pretty well-known prison named de Koepel, or ‘the Dome’, is situated there. In the wake of the Second World War, the prison housed all Dutch war-criminals serving life sentences. Some of them had their death sentence commuted.Continue reading “The 1952 Escape of 7 Former Waffen-SS Soldiers… and they got away with it”

The Discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb and Curse of the Pharaoh

In November 1922 the British archaeologist Howard Carter made a discovery that rocked the entire world. Now, the so-called Valley of Kings, where for over 500 years during ancient times Egyptian royalty was buried, had been ‘exhausted’, according to popular opinion. Egyptologists were certain they discovered all graves and secrets the valley had to offer.Continue reading “The Discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb and Curse of the Pharaoh”

The Kapp-Lüttwitz Putsch nearly ending the Weimar Republic (March, 1920)

After the German Empire lost the First World War and the Kaiser abdicated, the newly established Weimar Republic lingered in an incredibly unstable and chaotic situation. Both the far left and far right rejected parliamentary democracy. It’s a very fascinating time period with many different parties, interests and developments rapidly following each other up. AsContinue reading “The Kapp-Lüttwitz Putsch nearly ending the Weimar Republic (March, 1920)”

The Greatest Escape of German PoWs during the Second World War: the Island Farm Breakout

As the end of the Second World War was coming closer, the Allied powers made preparations for the inevitable stream of German prisoners of war that had to be housed. In total, 1026 prisoner of war camps were established in Britain. They accommodated a bit over 400.000 German PoWs that were shipped there. Among theseContinue reading “The Greatest Escape of German PoWs during the Second World War: the Island Farm Breakout”

The SS-Plot to Abduct the Duke of Windsor: Operation Willi (Spain, 1940)

King George VI was king of the United Kingdom from 1936 until his death in 1952. His older brother, Edward, preceded his reign. He was one of the shortest-reigning monarchs in British history, reigning just 326 days. He triggered a constitutional crisis which led him to abdicate after proposing to the American Wallis Simpson, whoContinue reading “The SS-Plot to Abduct the Duke of Windsor: Operation Willi (Spain, 1940)”

Greatest Counter-Espionage Operation in World War 2: The Lost Wehrmacht Unit

By August 1944 the retreating German Heeresgruppe Mitte on the Eastern Front had lost over half a million soldiers in the wake of the Red Army’s enormous Bagration offensive. On August 19 the German Long Range Signal Intelligence Company, FAK 103 received a message from a Soviet spy, “Alexandr”, working for the Germans. Alexandr relayedContinue reading “Greatest Counter-Espionage Operation in World War 2: The Lost Wehrmacht Unit”

The Chinese Soldier Serving in the German Wehrmacht: Chiang Kai-shek’s Son

The military histories of Germany and China in the years preceding the Second World War are inextricably linked. One of the more curious testimonies of their close ties must have been when in March 1938 the German Wehrmacht crossed the border into Austria. The Austrian military didn’t oppose them, and the event subsequently became knownContinue reading “The Chinese Soldier Serving in the German Wehrmacht: Chiang Kai-shek’s Son”

The Brownout Strangler and Battle of Brisbane: Americans in Australia during World War 2

Often, the Allied powers during the Second World War are seen as a united front. And obviously, they were, leaving out many caveats and nuances. One example is Australia, a country that allowed American servicemen to set up base in their cities to prepare for the Pacific theatre campaign. There were some fundamental cultural differencesContinue reading “The Brownout Strangler and Battle of Brisbane: Americans in Australia during World War 2”

Japanese Snipers during World War 2

One of my subscribers recently left a comment talking about Japanese snipers on Guam and other Pacific islands. And I’ve received multiple questions about the history of Japanese snipers and how they were utilised during the Second World War. And those are very fair questions because Japanese snipers have a very surprising history. Both theirContinue reading “Japanese Snipers during World War 2”