Isoroku Yamamoto: Japan’s Admiral and Mastermind behind the Pearl Harbor Attack

Isoroku Yamamoto was the commander-in-chief of the Japanese Imperial Navy during the Second World War. He was a veteran of the Russo-Japanese war of 1905 and commanded the attacking fleet during the, for the Japanese disastrous, Battle of Midway and the Guadalcanal Campaign. But that’s not necessarily what he’s remembered for. Yamamoto was the mastermindContinue reading “Isoroku Yamamoto: Japan’s Admiral and Mastermind behind the Pearl Harbor Attack”

Asia’s Stalingrad and Britain’s Greatest Battle: the Siege of Kohima

One of Japan’s last offensives during the Second World War was Operation U-Go. In March 1944, over 80.000 Japanese soldiers under the extremely aggressive general Renya Mutaguchi crossed the border with India. It really says something when you’re considered to be extremely aggressive as a Japanese general during the Second World War, to be fair.Continue reading “Asia’s Stalingrad and Britain’s Greatest Battle: the Siege of Kohima”

The Battle for Remagen Bridge (March, 1945)

By the beginning of March 1945 the Western Allies, advancing on a broad front, were closing up on the River Rhine, the last great natural barrier between them and Germany’s heartland. Up until that point, the Germans had destroyed all the River’s bridges the Americans came across. Yet on March 7, at the small GermanContinue reading “The Battle for Remagen Bridge (March, 1945)”

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 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”