May 19th in German History: Oswald Boelcke, German Flying Ace, is Born

While the Red Baron is undoubtedly the most famous German pilot of the First World War, that does not mean that he was the only, or even the most important, fighter ace of that war. While Oswald may not have had as many victories as Manfred von Richthofen, he did become an ace first. Further,Continue reading “May 19th in German History: Oswald Boelcke, German Flying Ace, is Born”

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”