The D-Day rehearsal that cost about a 1000 lives.


The D-Day rehearsal, codenamed Exercise Tiger, was a disaster on a grand scale with the loss of life greater than the actual invasion of Normandy just months later. But the true story was to remain a secret for decades to come. The first practice assault took place on the morning of 27 April and was marred… Read more »

The Nazi terror begins.


After Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany in January 1933,   he moved quickly to turn Germany into a one-party dictatorship and to organize the police power necessary to enforce Nazi policies. He persuaded his Cabinet to declare a state of emergency and end individual freedoms, including freedom of press, speech, and assembly. Individuals lost the… Read more »

US Navy veteran in iconic WW2 kissing photo dies.


A Texas man thought to be the US Navy sailor kissing a nurse in an iconic end of World War Two photo has died. Glenn McDuffie    died 09-03-2014 aged 86 at a nursing home in Dallas on Sunday, his daughter said. McDuffie’s claim to be the man in the famed VJ day photo was… Read more »

SS-Obersturmbannführer Gustav Adolf Nosske, he commanded Einsatzkommando 12.


Gustav Adolf Nosske, born 29 December 1902 in Nosske, was a German lawyer and SS Obersturmbannführer In 1941 he commanded Einsatzkommando 12 within Einsatzgruppe D under the command of SS Gruppenführer Otto Ohlendorf .Otto Ohlendorf was convicted of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during World War II. He was sentenced to death and hanged at the Landsberg… Read more »



During the Holocaust, “Muselmann,” sometimes called “Moslem,” was a slang term that referred to a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp that was in very poor physical condition and had given up the will to live. A Muselmann was seen as the “walking dead” or a “wandering corpse” whose remaining time on Earth was very short…. Read more »

‘Razzia’ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Jews are being arrested.


In late June 1942, the Jewish Council  was informed that the Jews would have to work in labour camps in Germany. In Amsterdam, 4,000 summons were sent,  but many of the summoned Jews did not report for work. As a result, the Germans rounded up 700 Jews on 14 July 1942. This group was to… Read more »

Werner Goldberg a German who was of half Jewish ancestry, and whose image appeared in the Berliner Tageblatt as “The Ideal German Soldier”,


Werner Goldberg was a German who was of half Jewish ancestry, or hald breed in Nazi terminology, who served briefly as a soldier during World War II and whose image appeared in the Berliner Tageblatt as “The Ideal German Soldier”, and his image was later used in recruitment posters for the Wehrmacht 1935 Nuremberg classed persons with three Jewish grandparents as Jewish; those with two Jewish… Read more »

Franz Xaver Ziereis the commandant of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp


Franz Ziereis, born 13 August 1905 in Munich, was the commandant of the Mauthausen concentration camp  After attending commercial school in Munich, he signed up as a career military officer in Germany’s Reichswehr (army)  on April 1, 1924, for 12 years. On September 30, 1936, he left the army with the rank of sergeant and joined the… Read more »

SS Obersturmführer Heinz Hermann Schubert Einsatzgruppe D.


Heinz Hermann Schubert was born 27 August 1914, in Berlin, shortly after the outbreak of the World War I. He went to school in Eisenberg, Thüringen and then again in Berlin Lichterfelde, where he  attended also a commercial college. From April 1931 to August 1933 Schubert worked for a lawyer. From August 1933 Schubert worked as a… Read more »

Belgium in World War II.


Despite being neutral at the start of World War I, Belgium its colonial possessions found themselves at war after the country was invaded by German forces, Operation Yellow, on 10 May 1940. After 18 days of fighting in which Belgian forces were pushed back into a small pocket in the north-east of the country, the… Read more »

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