April 13th in German History: The Death of Günter Grass

Before it became known for 20th century wars, Germany was regarded as a nation of poets and writers. Indeed, during periods of great catastrophe, like Prussia’s defeat at the hands of Napoleon, Germans often consoled themselves with the thought that even if they failed on the battlefield, they would always have the superior literal andContinue reading “April 13th in German History: The Death of Günter Grass”

February 15th in German History: The Peace of Hubertsburg

Often, war is not what determines the fate of nations, but what confirms it. Before the Third Silesian War Prussia was already a growing power. Active kings had built up the Prussian military and had secured its control over the wealthy province of Silesia. While most of the world still thought of Prussia as aContinue reading “February 15th in German History: The Peace of Hubertsburg”

September 5th in German History: The Birth of Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb

During the Second World War, all branches of the German military committed war crimes to some degree. Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb was a member of the old guard of the Wehrmacht who was fired by Hitler and who claimed to to have been innocent. He was born on September 5th, 1876. Leeb was born inContinue reading “September 5th in German History: The Birth of Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb”

July 25th in German History: Record Temperatures Set During the 2019 Heat Wave

As global climate change has progressed, temperatures have risen across the planet. Most of the damage done has so far been incurred by developing nations, but the first world is not unscathed. In July of 2019, Europe was struck by a heatwave. France was the worst hit, but Germany too saw extremely high temperatures. TheContinue reading “July 25th in German History: Record Temperatures Set During the 2019 Heat Wave”

July 14th in German History: All Non-Nazi Political Parties Are Banned

One of the several steps Hitler took in his takeover of Germany was the Gleichschaltung, or co-ordination. This process saw the Nazi Party take full control over Germany’s government, society, and administration. A significant part of this was the banning of all other political parties on July 14th, 1933. The primary Opposition to the NaziContinue reading “July 14th in German History: All Non-Nazi Political Parties Are Banned”

July 13th in German History: The Death of Joachim Peiper

The Battle of the Bulge is as famous as much for the atrocities committed by German forces during it as much as the action itself. The most famous war criminal to come out of the Battle of the Bulge was Joachim Peiper, an SS officer responsible for the Malmedy massacre. Peiper was murdered in FranceContinue reading “July 13th in German History: The Death of Joachim Peiper”

July 12th in German History: The Formation of the Confederation of the Rhine

As Napoleon advanced across Europe, he formed puppet nations in conquered territories. The purpose of these states, including the Batavian Republic and the Duchy of Warsaw, was to secure France’s borders and create a friendly government that would aid in the fight against Napoleon’s enemies. While not one nation, the Confederation of the Rhine wasContinue reading “July 12th in German History: The Formation of the Confederation of the Rhine”

July 11th in German History: 1920 Plebiscite: East Prussia Votes to Remain in Germany

After World War I, Germany was stripped of its territories of Alsace-Lorraine and Danzig. Whats more, many districts in the south and east of the province of East Prussia, the birthplace of Prussia and the home of the Teutonic Order, were allowed to vote on whether to remain in Germany or join the newly-created PolishContinue reading “July 11th in German History: 1920 Plebiscite: East Prussia Votes to Remain in Germany”

July 10th in German History: The Birth of Adolphus Busch

Many of America’s most famous businesses were founded by immigrants. Among them is Anheuser-Busch, a brewing company co-founded by German immigrant Adolphus Busch. Adolphus Busch was born on July 10th, 1839, in the Mainz, a city in Hesse. Adolphus was born to wealthy parents who ran a winery and brewery supply business and was oneContinue reading “July 10th in German History: The Birth of Adolphus Busch”

July 9th in German History: Prussia Signs the Treaty of Tilsit

Two days ago, I discussed Russia’s treaty with France. That treaty left Russia with its territory and national honor intact. The Prussian treaty, however, was not nearly as lenient. Prussia would suffer perhaps the greatest catastrophe of its history, and was made completely subservient to Napoleon from the signing of the treaty on July 9th,Continue reading “July 9th in German History: Prussia Signs the Treaty of Tilsit”