The Forgotten Ni’ihau Incident Overshadowed by Pearl Harbor

None of the Hawaiian shorelines are as untouched as those of Ni’ihau, a small island on the most western side of the Hawaiian Islands. The island is privately owned and often called the ‘forbidden island’. The time has stood still here, and the inhabitants live in seclusion, keeping the traditions of their ancestors alive. WhenContinue reading “The Forgotten Ni’ihau Incident Overshadowed by Pearl Harbor”

The Red Baron: Manfred von Richthofen’s Legendary Life

On April 23rd 1918, the French newspaper Le Matin published an article. Its headline read “Manfred von Richthofen has been shot down in the vicinity of Amiens. There is no certainty yet as to what exactly happened, though it is certain this will be a huge blow for the German morale. We see this asContinue reading “The Red Baron: Manfred von Richthofen’s Legendary Life”

The Dam Busters flooding Germany’s Ruhr Area: Operation Chastise (1943)

In 1943 the RAF Bomber Command, led by Air Marshal Arthur Harris, brought together pilots and aircrew to form 617 Squadron. This squadron was tasked with a single, crucial and daring attack, which had the potential to become a very spectacular success. Their task was to attack the heart of the German war industry, usingContinue reading “The Dam Busters flooding Germany’s Ruhr Area: Operation Chastise (1943)”

The Sad Life and Crazy Anatomy of Charles II, King of Spain

Nowadays people, at least in the Western world, tend to marry when they are in love and do so on an unpressured basis. Throughout history it hasn’t always been like that and although marriage was seen as a tool to increase, or preserve wealth and power, it was often brought to extremes by powerful dynasties.Continue reading “The Sad Life and Crazy Anatomy of Charles II, King of Spain”

The Spectacular Capture of Fort Eben-Emael (Belgium, 1940)

On May 10th, 1940, Adolf Hitler launched Fall Gelb, the invasion of the Low Countries and France. This Blitzkrieg was meant to overpower the Netherlands, Belgium and France in a surprise attack, preventing their military from properly responding. The Belgian village Eben-Emael lies in the province of Luik, not far away from the Dutch border.Continue reading “The Spectacular Capture of Fort Eben-Emael (Belgium, 1940)”

German Submarines in the Pacific Ocean? The Forgotten Monsun Gruppe Wolfpack

On October 14th, 1939, during a raid on Scapa Flow by the U-47, a German submarine, the HMS Royal Oak was torpedoed and sunk. The captain of the German submarine, Günther Prien, was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. Due to the success of this secret raid, the German Kriegsmarine realised the potentialContinue reading “German Submarines in the Pacific Ocean? The Forgotten Monsun Gruppe Wolfpack”

The Unbelievable Life and Discoveries of Giovanni Belzoni

Giovanni Belzoni operated before the era of scientific archaeology, and there has been much criticism regarding his methods. He was more interested in finding monuments than describing or investigating them, and often-times he caused irreversible damage. Others often accused him of being nothing more than an ordinary graverobber. He hunted for treasures only to sellContinue reading “The Unbelievable Life and Discoveries of Giovanni Belzoni”

What Happened to the Ghost Ship SS Ourang Medan?

In early February 1948, a strange and urgent Morse-code SOS, three dots, three dashes and three dots again, came from a Dutch cargo ship, the S.S. Ourang Medan that sailed through the Strait of Malacca. This strait was a much-used passage between the island of Dutch-governed Sumatra, Indonesia and British Malaya. Allegedly, in its vicinityContinue reading “What Happened to the Ghost Ship SS Ourang Medan?”

The Origins of Santa Claus: A Christmas Special

When you think of Christmas, most think of Santa Claus. Although the legendary character Santa is part of Christmas, it hasn’t always been like that. In fact, Santa Claus is the product of the merging of European folklore, Christian, and pagan traditions. And even nowadays there is discussion whether he lives in Finland, Greenland, orContinue reading “The Origins of Santa Claus: A Christmas Special”

The Last Kaiser: Abdication and Exile of Wilhelm II

On November 10th 1918, the German Emperor Wilhelm II  arrived in the Netherlands, his place of exile, by train.  Following the First World War three of the largest European Empires collapsed, with the German Empire being the last, after the November revolution broke out in several harbours and cities, and spread to its capital Berlin.Continue reading “The Last Kaiser: Abdication and Exile of Wilhelm II”