Hanns Scharff: Nazi Germany’s Master Interrogator

Imagine that you’re in the middle of the Second World War and a prisoner of war is brought to you. You know he has knowledge of an imminent bombing raid, and your superiors task you with the interrogation and making sure that the prisoner spills the beans. How do you ensure the prisoner gives upContinue reading “Hanns Scharff: Nazi Germany’s Master Interrogator”

Rear Admiral’s Porter Ironclad Hoax during the American Civil War

When the American civil war broke out in 1861, the Union was pitted against the Confederate states. Besides all the underlying political reasons for this war breaking out, it is interesting for another reason. Because when Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo in 1815, it took decades for another war to break out between Western powers.Continue reading “Rear Admiral’s Porter Ironclad Hoax during the American Civil War”

The Korean soldier that fought in the Japanese Imperial Army, the Soviet Union’s Red Army and Germany’s Wehrmacht

Following D-Day, the Allied powers captured a lot of Axis soldiers. One of the most interesting soldiers they captured in the immediate aftermath wasn’t necessarily a high-ranking officer or notorious German war criminal. No, it was a Korean soldier that had ended up on the beaches of Normandy fighting in a German Wehrmacht Unit. ButContinue reading “The Korean soldier that fought in the Japanese Imperial Army, the Soviet Union’s Red Army and Germany’s Wehrmacht”

Conrad Schumann and the Jump to Freedom

It is perhaps the most famous photograph from the Cold War. On August 15th, 1961, East German border guard Conrad Schumann was just 19 years old when he made the daring leap to freedom. It just so happened a photographer was present, and he captured the initial jump over the barbed wire, the sprint toContinue reading “Conrad Schumann and the Jump to Freedom”

The Venlo Incident: the Abduction of British Secret Agents on Dutch Territory

The Venlo Incident is, in my opinion, one of the more bizarre events in the build-up to the Second World War. While officially Germany and Britain were at war, no severe fighting had taken place yet. The Netherlands, in true Dutch fashion, was neutral and decided to attempt to stay neutral, just as they hadContinue reading “The Venlo Incident: the Abduction of British Secret Agents on Dutch Territory”

Hunting Bormann: the Most Senior Nazi to Vanish after the Second World War

During those final days of the German front of the Second World War in May 1945, rumours often were rife about the disappearance, vanishing and fleeing of high-ranking officials of the Nazi regime that was about to be overthrown. One of the most curious and well-known cases is about the man that is described byContinue reading “Hunting Bormann: the Most Senior Nazi to Vanish after the Second World War”

The Stolen MiG-25 “Foxbat” and Viktor Belenko’s Defection of 1976

In 1976 the Cold War was still an ongoing reality for the entire world. Defections from the Soviet bloc to the Western world weren’t too uncommon throughout these decades, although oftentimes these defectors were athletes, artists or scholars. It was quite rare for a serving member of the military to defect, let alone if theyContinue reading “The Stolen MiG-25 “Foxbat” and Viktor Belenko’s Defection of 1976″

The Notorious Abduction and Murder of Gerrit Jan Heijn

It was the early morning on the 9th of September 1987. A 45-year-old unemployed engineer drives a stolen Fiat from his home to Bloemendaal, a town 35 minutes away known for its villas. After all, Bloemendaal is the wealthiest place in the Netherlands. He wears a fake moustache, glasses and a beret. His coat isContinue reading “The Notorious Abduction and Murder of Gerrit Jan Heijn”

What’s the Story behind the Atacama ‘Alien’ Humanoid? [Patreon exclusive]

One of the more recent sensational archaeological finds has to be the so-called Atacama skeleton. It led to lots of speculation of its origins… because, well, the skeleton did not really resemble a human… but at the same time it did. Now when the media picked up the discovery of the remains, it proved fruitfulContinue reading “What’s the Story behind the Atacama ‘Alien’ Humanoid? [Patreon exclusive]”

The Tragic Tale of Kamikaze Pilot Fujii and the Sinking of the USS Drexler

We’ve already talked about the first Japanese kamikaze pilots that Japan utilised during the Second World War. These, often young men, of course, had to be trained. One of their instructors was First Lieutenant Hajime Fujii. Now, throughout the war, Fujii requested the army high command for permission several times to join his students inContinue reading “The Tragic Tale of Kamikaze Pilot Fujii and the Sinking of the USS Drexler”