The V-1 flying bomb (German: Vergeltungswaffe 1,), also known to the Allies as the buzz bomb, or doodlebug, and in Germany as Kirschkern (cherrystone) or Maikäfer (maybug)—was an early pulsejet-powered predecessor of the cruise missile or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The V-1 was developed by the Werher von Braun (see von Braun) and Walter Dornberger (see Dornberger) group at Peenemünde Army Research Center by the Nazi German Luftwaffe during the Second World War. During initial development… Read more »
The Battle of Hannut was a World War II battle fought during the Battle for Belgium as Belgium like Holland had not surrendered, and which took place between 12 and 14 May 1940 at Hannut, Belgium. It was the largest ever tank battle at the time. The primary purpose of the Germans was to tie down the strongest elements of the 1st… Read more »
As we described the events of 10 May, we also mentioned the German plan to capture the Royal Family and as such force the Dutch [like the Danish] into a Governmental capitulation. These German efforts failed, as we have seen too. Queen Wilhelmina was a very traditional monarch. She was a very dedicated Queen, who… Read more »
During the occupation by the German army between 1940-45, about 10.000 Dutch women gave birth to a child of a German soldier. The most very young mothers were mostly abused, even by there own family and the children were pested for many years in the after war period. However, recent figures based on records at the… Read more »
Remembrance Day Netherlands, annually on 4th May in the Netherlands all civilians and members of the armed forces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who have died in wars of peacekeeping missions since the world war II are commemorated. Each year the ceremonies are held in Amsterdam on the Dam Square. This ceremony is always… Read more »
On September 1, 1939, just before Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland that marked the beginning of World War II, Zygmunt Klukowski, a young Polish doctor, confided in his diary that everyone was talking about war. “Everybody,” he continued, “is sure that we will win.” The reality was startlingly different. Nazi Germany’s war with Poland, begun… Read more »
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The most decorated U.S. soldier of World War II, Audie Murphy returned home a hero and became an actor, starring in his own story, To Hell and Back. Synopsis Born in Texas on June 20, 1925, Audie Murphy eventually became the most decorated U.S. soldier in World War II. Though he was only 21 years… Read more »