Hitler’s doctor Karl Brandt.


Karl Brandt was Adolf Hitler’s personal physician. As such, Brandt  was very much part of Hitler’s inner circle . Brandt was involved in the euthanasia programme in Nazi Germany and in Occupied Europe. After World War II ended Brandt was arrested and put on trial for crimes against humanity.   Karl Brandt was born on January 8th 1904 in… Read more »

Hitler celebrates his 56th and last birthday, 20-04-1945.


On this date in 1945, Adolf Hitler’s 56th birthday, a stooped, jowly-faced Führer in a field-gray overcoat tottered out from the bowels of his command bunker under Berlin’s Old Reich Chancellery into the wasteland of his chancellery garden. A news camera recorded him, a shaking left arm behind his back, awarding Iron Crosses to a… Read more »

12th SS Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend”, The Hitler Youth Were Fierce Fighters


There are few German formations surrounded by as much legend and notoriety as the Hitler Youth Division. There is very good reason for that. The 12th SS Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend” was one of the premier formations of the entire Nazi military apparatus despite being composed largely of boys below the age of 18. Let’s take… Read more »

Suicide Josef Antonius Heinrich Terboven, the Reichskommissar for Norway.


Josef Terboven, born on 23-05-18989 in Essen, was a Nazi leader most known for his brutal leadership during the Nazi occupation of Norway. Terboven   was born the son of minor landed gentry. He served for the German field artillery and nascent air force in World War I and was awarded the Iron Cross . He was… Read more »

Herschel Grynszpan: The fate of a forgotten assassin.


Herschel Grynszpan   was born in Hanover, Germany in 1919. As German Jews the family suffered persecution after Adolf Hitler gained power in 1933. In 1936 Grynszpan moved to France to live with with his uncle and aunt living in Paris. On 7th November, 1938, Grynszpan decided to assassinate the German Ambassador in France. It appears that this was… Read more »

The North African Campaign.


The North African Campaign of the Second World War took place in North Africa from 10 June 1940 to 13 May 1943. It included campaigns fought in the Libyan and Egyptain deserts (Western Desert Campaign, also known as the Desert War) and in Morroco and Algeria (Operation Torch) and Tunisia (Tunisia Campaign). The campaign was fought between the Allies and Axis Powers, many of whom had colonial interests in Africa dating… Read more »

Hitler’s Holdouts – Meet the Last German Troops to Surrender in WW II.


It was just after 2:30 a.m. on May 7, 1945 when Generaloberst Alfred Jodl, commander of what was left of the once mighty Wehrmacht, together with Admiral Hans Georg von Friedeburg of the Navy and Major Wilhelm Oxenius  of the German General Staff, marched into Supreme Allied Headquarters in Reims, France and signed the “German Instrument of Surrender” officially ending the war… Read more »

Evacuations of children in Germany during World War II.


At the outbreak of World War II, there were no large scale evacuation of civilians in Germany as there was in Britain. From early 1940, KLV was extended to children under the age of 10 but participation was voluntary. Adolf Hitler personally intervened following the Royal Air Force bombing of Berlin on 24-09-1940, instructing the evacuation of children from areas at… Read more »

SS Hauptsturmführer Wilhelm Friedrich Boger, known as “The Tiger of Auschwitz”


Willem Boger, born 19-12-1906 in Zuffenhausen near Stuttgart, Germany, as the son of a merchant Boger joined the Hitler Youth  in his teens. After finishing high school in 1922 he learned the trade of his father over the next 3 years and in 1925 took an office job in Stuttgart at the “Deutsch-Nationalen Handlungsgehilfenverband”. He  entered… Read more »

Ernst Hermann Himmler, the third brother.


Ernst Hermann Himmler was born on 23 December 1905 in Munich, the third and youngest son of a headmaster (Oberstudiendirektor), Joseph Gebhard Himmler (born 17 May 1865     in Lindau; died 29 October 1936 in Munich), and Anna Maria Heyder (born 16 January 1866 in Bregenz; died 10 September 1941 in Munich). His siblings were SS Reihsführer Heinrich… Read more »

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