July 3rd in German History: German Forces in Minsk Surrender.

In the first few months following the German declaration of war on the Soviet Union, numerous cities fell to the Wehrmacht as it advanced though Soviet Satellite states and into Russia. Minsk, the capitol of the Belarusian SSR, was captured in early July and hundreds of thousands of Soviet troops were killed or captured. ThreeContinue reading “July 3rd in German History: German Forces in Minsk Surrender.”

July Second in German History: The Knox-Porter Resolution, the US Makes Peace with Germany

One interesting part of World War I history is the US refusal to formally end the war with Germany until 1921. Wanting to return to its isolation from world conflicts, the US refused to ratify the Treaty of Versailles, which would have made the US a member of the League of Nations. This meant thatContinue reading “July Second in German History: The Knox-Porter Resolution, the US Makes Peace with Germany”

July 1st in German History: East Germany Accepts the Deutsche Mark.

German Reunification was not one event, rather, a series of steps to reconnect the economies and societies of East and West German were needed to make the creation of a united Germany possible. One of the most important of these steps was the introduction of the Deutsche Mark, West Germany’s currency, into East Germany onContinue reading “July 1st in German History: East Germany Accepts the Deutsche Mark.”

June 30th in German History: The Night of the Long Knives.

The Night of the Long Knives was a purge that took place in Nazi Germany in 1934. It began on June 30th and lasted for four days, ending on July 2nd. The purge was carried out by the SS and parts of the police. The main target of the purge was the SA, a NaziContinue reading “June 30th in German History: The Night of the Long Knives.”

June 29th in German History: General Ludwig Beck is Born.

Something often forgot when studying Nazi Germany is that many of its early supporters turned against the regime as it became more extreme. One such man was Ludwig Beck, a general who was the Chief of the German General Staff. He was born on June 29th, 1880. Ludwig Beck was born in Biebrich in Hesse-Nassau.Continue reading “June 29th in German History: General Ludwig Beck is Born.”

June 28th in German History: The Signing of the Treaty of Versailles

The First World War was the single most important event of the 20th Century. Every conflict or crisis that occurred after was caused either directly or indirectly by the outcomes of that conflict. The First World War led to the rise of the Soviet Union, the end of colonialism, the Great Depression, and the NaziContinue reading “June 28th in German History: The Signing of the Treaty of Versailles”

June 27th in German History: The Birth of Peter Paul Mauser

Germany has produced numerous renowned inventors responsible for the creation of companies and myriad products and devices. One such innovator was Peter Paul Mauser, founder of the famous Mauser weapons company and inventor of Mauser Model 1871 rifle. Paul Mauser was born on June 27th, 1838, in the city of Oberndorf am Neckar, at thatContinue reading “June 27th in German History: The Birth of Peter Paul Mauser”

June 26th in German History: The Christian Democratic Union is Founded

The Christian Democratic Union, or CDU, is a center-right party and the current leading party in Germany. It has been the ruling party in post-war Germany, first West Germany and then unified Germany, for the majority of its history. It was founded in Berlin on June 26th, 1945. The CDU was created in part becauseContinue reading “June 26th in German History: The Christian Democratic Union is Founded”

June 25th in German History: The Battle of Fontenoy

Strictly speaking, every event, if old enough, has affected world history. Even the smallest occurrence has an impact which propagates itself such that eventually every person is in some was impacted by it. However, certain events have had affects on world history far greater than would be suggested by the extent to which they areContinue reading “June 25th in German History: The Battle of Fontenoy”

June 24th in German History: The Dancing Plague

One of the more puzzling phenomenons in European History is the so-called dancing plague. This “plague” caused spontaneous outbreaks of mass dancing, ending only when the afflicted collapsed from exhaustion. The first recorded outbreak occurred in the 7th century, but one of the earliest major outbreaks began on June 24th, 1374, in the city ofContinue reading “June 24th in German History: The Dancing Plague”