April 26th in German History: The Bombing of Guernica

The Spanish Civil War is a conflict not often mentioned in most American history classes. Such classes perhaps merit a brief mention by teachers or perhaps a few pages of a reading assignment, but little time is spent examining the causes, effects, and details of the war. If anything, the Spanish Civil War is featuredContinue reading “April 26th in German History: The Bombing of Guernica”

April 25th in German History: Elbe Day, American and Soviet Forces meet

The Second World War was the single deadliest conflict in human history. Germany, or at least its leader, began the war believing that it could carve out a new Empire in Europe and secure Germany’s position as the greatest nation on the planet. That belief was kept alive even as German armies stalled in RussiaContinue reading “April 25th in German History: Elbe Day, American and Soviet Forces meet”

April 23rd in German History: The Birth of Max Planck

When one thinks of physicists one generally thinks of Einstein, the most famous, or maybe more recent examples like Stephen Hawking. One who I think deserves far more recognition and popular attention than he receives is Max Planck. Planck was born on April 23rd of 1858 in the city of Kiel in Holstein. Planck wasContinue reading “April 23rd in German History: The Birth of Max Planck”

April 22nd in German History: Chemical Weapons on the Western Front

On April 22nd, 1915, the Second Battle of Ypres began with a German offensive against Allied lines in Flanders. The battle is notorious because it saw the first use of chemical warfare on the Western Front as the Germans unleashed chlorine gas on Allied defenders. The Germans has used chemical weapons on the Russian frontContinue reading “April 22nd in German History: Chemical Weapons on the Western Front”

April 21st in German History: The Last Flight of the Red Baron

On April 21st, 1917, Manfred von Richthofen died. More popularly known as the Red Baron, his exploits during the First World War are famous not just in Germany, but in Europe and the world at large. Gaining the name because of his noble heritage and his plane’s distinctive color, Manfred was the most successful fighterContinue reading “April 21st in German History: The Last Flight of the Red Baron”