Dunkirk evacuation May 1940.


Dunkirk evacuation, in 1940, the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF)  and other Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk (Dunkerque) to England. Naval vessels and hundreds of civilian boats were used in the evacuation, which began on May 26. When it ended on June 4, about 198,000 British and 140,000 French and Belgian and Dutch troops… Read more »

The Blitzkrieg


The Second World War began with the German invasion of Poland in 1939. The tactic used by Hitler is called the Blitzkrieg; The lightning war. In this very short time he managed to conquer large parts of Europe.  Von Schlieffenplan. The lightning war was based on the plan made by General Alfred von Schlieffen (1833-1913)… Read more »

The Atlantic Wall


Early in 1944, with an Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe becoming ever more likely, Field Marschal Erwin Rommel was assigned to improve the wall’s defences.   Believing the existing coastal fortifications to be entirely inadequate, he immediately began strengthening them. Rommel’s main concern was Allied air power. He had seen it first-hand when fighting the British and Americans… Read more »



Hitler‘s own Generals tried to assassinate him on July 20, 1944, to end Nazi Germany’s all-out commitment to a war that was now clearly lost. But the assassination attempt failed. Hitler took revenge by purging the General Staff of anyone deemed suspicious or exhibiting defeatist behavior. Nearly 200 officers and others were killed, in some… Read more »

András Kun a Roman Catholic priest of the Franciscan Order. He was also the commander of a racist death squad for Hungary’s Fascist and Pro-Nazi Arrow Cross Party.


Father Kun was born 8 November 1911 in Nyirbator, Hungary. He attended seminary in Rome. He then served as a priest in a Franciscan monastery. In 1943, he left the monastery and moved to Budapest. In March 1944, Kun enrolled in the Arrow Cross Party . During the lead-up to the German invasion of Hungary,… Read more »

Siegfried Seidl, Commandant of the Theresienstadt concentration camp.


Siegfried Seidl, was an Austrian career officer and Commandant of the Theresianstadt concentration camp located in the present-day czech Republic. He  also was commandant of the Bergen Belsen, and later served as staff officer to Adolf Eichmann. After the war, in 1947, he was tried in Austria and convicted as a war criminal; sentenced to death, he… Read more »

Son buries father 70 years after his death


The story begins in the 1970s when Kurt Götz looks through old documents after his mother’s death. There he also finds the letter with the news of the death of his father from October 1944. “Dear Mrs. Götz, I squeeze your hand at your most serious loss and can only give you the consolation that… Read more »

Konstantin Hierl, the head of the Reich Labour Service


Konstantin Hierl (born 24 February 1875 in Parsberg, Germany) was a national socialist politician and official. He was a cousin of Johann Baptist Hierl , auxiliary bishop in Regensburg (1911-1936). After the visit of the Humanist Gymnasium in Burghausen and Regensburg, Hierl joined the Bavarian Army’s 11th Infantry Regiment “von der Tann”  in 1893 as a… Read more »

Survival in surrounded Leningrad.


The city of Leningrad endured more suffering and hardships than any other city in the Soviet Union during World War II. Hunger, malnutrition, disease, starvation, and even cannibalism became common during the siege, which lasted from September 1941 until January 1944. Many people lost weight, and grew weaker and more vulnerable to disease. If malnutrition… Read more »

Everyday life in Germany during the war.


Some aspects of life in Germany changed immediately upon the outbreak of war on 1 September 1939; others changed more slowly. Germany did not fully mobilise at first. In fact, it was not until 1943 that Germany focussed its economy on war production. Nazi policy was not to burden the people on the home front because… Read more »

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