July 23rd in German History: Operation Edelweiss

The Eastern Front of the Second World War is often boiled down to one battle, the Battle of Stalingrad, in American history classes. Even that battle receives very little attention, and numerous other, and similarly important, battles are forgotten. One forgotten battle was the Edelweiss offensive. That operation saw German forces fail to capture theContinue reading “July 23rd in German History: Operation Edelweiss”

May 27th in German History: The Sinking of the Bismarck

The German battleship Bismarck was the pride of the German Navy and the terror of the Allies, or at least of the allied media. The Bismarck was the largest battleship in the world when it was built. It was built with the intent of returning the German surface fleet to a place of prominence similarContinue reading “May 27th in German History: The Sinking of the Bismarck”

May 11th in German History: Klaus Barbie Charged with Crimes Against Humanity.

Germany has no shortage of war criminals and villains in its history. Most famous of these is, of course, Adolf Hitler, but readers may also have heard against Joseph Mengele or Adolf Eichmann. One of the less well-known World War II war criminals was Klaus Barbie, or the Butcher of Lyon. Klaus had joined theContinue reading “May 11th in German History: Klaus Barbie Charged with Crimes Against Humanity.”

May 7th in German History: The Signing of the Unconditional Surrender of German Forces

The Second World War began with rapid German invasion of Poland followed by the conquest of several more countries. The German Army seemed invincible as it overran first Poland then the Low Countries then France. World War II would end with a broken German army surrendering in a city in liberated France. On May 7th,Continue reading “May 7th in German History: The Signing of the Unconditional Surrender of German Forces”