The Battle of Castle Itter and Standoff at Niederhof between the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS

The last days of the Second World War were incredibly chaotic. To nearly every German soldier it became clear the war had been lost, both in the Wehrmacht and even among some ideological diehard Waffen-SS. Europe was filled with large groups of refugees, displaced persons and bands of soldiers that either were looking for anotherContinue reading “The Battle of Castle Itter and Standoff at Niederhof between the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS”

Japanese Hold-outs after WW2 from 1961 to 1972

Japanese hold-outs after the second world war are quite the never-ending source of interesting stories. Japanese soldiers were known for their resilience, dedication to the Emperor and often preference to death over surrender. On this channel, I have already discussed the last missing Japanese soldier that was found 63 years after he was sent offContinue reading “Japanese Hold-outs after WW2 from 1961 to 1972”

The Last Nazi to Stand Trial: Bruno Dey (July, 2020)

Following the Second World War, many Nazis fled to Latin America or were recruited by foreign powers. Throughout the post-war decades, the media would occasionally explode with a captivating and exciting story of Israeli special forces tracking down and killing or abducting Nazis that had managed to evade capture. The recent years these stories haveContinue reading “The Last Nazi to Stand Trial: Bruno Dey (July, 2020)”

Is the Dyatlov Pass mystery finally solved?

In 1959 the Cold War approached its climax, Fidel Castro overthrew Cuban dictator Batista and started his tenure as Cuba’s prime minister and Hawaii and Alaska were admitted to the union. Over in the Soviet Union, that year a group of ten explorers decided to set out on a challenging hiking expedition in a freezingContinue reading “Is the Dyatlov Pass mystery finally solved?”

The Soviet Navy Officer that Prevented Nuclear War: Vasily Arkhipov

Often times, people and events are covered on this channel that have genuinely managed to influence the history of humankind – for better or worse. Some of these people are more well known than others. Now, what if I told you that you owe your life to a relatively unknown Soviet Navy Officer. But notContinue reading “The Soviet Navy Officer that Prevented Nuclear War: Vasily Arkhipov”

The Wehrmacht encircled in Ukraine: the Cherkassy Break-out

At the beginning of 1944 six divisions of the German Army Group South, some 56.000 men, were encircled by the Russian Army. They were stuck in a pocket of around 48 kilometres wide and 20 kilometres deep around the Ukrainian town of Korsun, in the South-West. What followed was a desperate fight of the Germans,Continue reading “The Wehrmacht encircled in Ukraine: the Cherkassy Break-out”

The Flying Tigers: American Pilots in China

The Second Sino-Japanese war, that waged over China from 1937 to 1945, was the gruesome climax of Sino-Japanese hostilities that persisted over decades. In China, serving under Chiang Kai-shek, an American volunteer took it upon himself to establish his own volunteer air force to fight against the Japanese. Throughout the war, the record of theseContinue reading “The Flying Tigers: American Pilots in China”

Japan’s First Kamikaze Pilots during the Second World War

During the Second World War, the Japanese had quite a different war ethos than the Allied powers and even their own allies such as the Germans and Italians. During the later stages of the war, they deployed so-called kamikaze pilots: pilots that mobilised their aircraft as a weapon and crashed into enemy ships. So whereContinue reading “Japan’s First Kamikaze Pilots during the Second World War”

Leonid Rogozov: The Soviet explorer that performed self-surgery all abandoned in Antartica

Welcome to House of History. Have you ever heard of the Chilean settlement Villas Las Estrellas? Well, I’d be surprised if you have. This settlement is located on King George Island in the Antarctic region. During the summer around 150 people live there, and during winter the settlement is inhabited by approximately 80.  The conditionsContinue reading “Leonid Rogozov: The Soviet explorer that performed self-surgery all abandoned in Antartica”

The British-Jewish Pilot that accidentally made a 4300-strong Italian garrison surrender their island

In July 1943 the fascist regime in Italy fell. It ended Benito Mussolini’s 21 year-long fascist regime. The crucial external element in the toppling of Mussolini had been the allied landings in North Africa in November the year before. Besides the landings in North Africa, the allied powers also emerged victorious in their siege ofContinue reading “The British-Jewish Pilot that accidentally made a 4300-strong Italian garrison surrender their island”