Irena Sendler, just a hero.


Irena Sendler, born Krzyżanowska, also referred to as Irena Sendlerowa in Poland, nom de guerre “Jolanta”, 15 February 1910  was a Polish nurse and social worker who served in the Polish Underground in German occupied Warsaw during World War II, and was head of the children’s section of Zegta, the Polish Council to Aid Jews, which was active from 1942 to 1945.     Assisted by some two dozen other Żegota… Read more »

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


  A Tomb of the Unknown Soldier refers to a monument in dedication to the services of an unknown soldier and to the common memories of all soldiers killed in any war. Such tombs can be found in many nations and are usually high-profile national monuments. Throughout history, many soldiers have died in war with their remains being… Read more »

The Polish Air Force in WWII.


The Polish Air Force can trace its origins to the months following the end of World War I  in 1918. During the invasion of Poland Nazi Germany in 1939, 70% of planes and aircraft were destroyed, but most pilots, after the Soviet invasion of Poland on September 17 escaped to Hungary and Romania and continued fighting throughout World… Read more »

Supermarine Spitfire


The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air force and many other Allied countries during and after the Second World War. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations, and was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout… Read more »

How Monopoly Games Helped Allied POWs Escape During World War II.


Escape and Evasion Maps, also called silk maps or cloth maps, are maps made for servicemen to be used in case of capture or being caught behind enemy lines.  Developed during World War II, these maps were used by many American and British servicemen to escape from behind enemy lines. These maps could be used without a rustle… Read more »

Ilya Ehrenburg, the leading Soviet propagandist who agitated for genocide against Germans.


Ilya Ehrenburg, the leading Soviet propagandist of the Second World War, was a contradictory figure. A recent article in the weekly Canadian Jewish News sheds new light on the life of this “man of a thousand masks.”  Ehrenburg was born in 1891 in Kiev to a non-religious Jewish family. In 1908 he fled Tsarist Russia because of… Read more »

World War II’s first victim.


As the rays of early evening sun lingered over the giant wooden mast that protruded through the pine forest, two cars passed through the gates of the German radio station and stopped outside the three-storey transmission building.  Forty-three-year-old unmarried Catholic farmer, Franz Honiok  In the following minutes, seven SS officers posing as Polish partisans, would carry out… Read more »

22-06-1941 Operation Barbarossa.


Operation Barbarossa, German: Unternehmen Barbarossa, was the code name for Nazi Germany’s ‘s invasion of the Sovet Union, which began on 22 June 1941. Over the course of the operation, about four million soldiers of the Axis powers invaded Soviet Russia along a 2,900 kilometer front, the largest invasion force in the history of warfare. In addition to troops, the Germans employed… Read more »

Battle of Okinawa “Operation Iceberg”


The Battle of Okinawa codenamed Operation Iceberg, was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and included the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War during World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were approaching Japan, and planned to use Okinawa, a large island only 340 mi (550 km) away from mainland Japan, as a base… Read more »

The Nuremberg War Crime Trials.


The Nuremberg War Crime Trials were held between 1945 to 1949. However, the most famous trials at Nuremberg were those of the major war criminals and these were held from November 20th, 1945 to October 1st, 1946. The trials at Nuremberg held after these dates were for the so-called lesser war criminals. As the war reached its… Read more »

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