August 12th in German History: The Wola Massacre Ends

During the Second World War, Germany was responsible for an uncountable massacres, atrocities and genocides. The reasons for these acts were many, but they often boiled down to a combination of racist hatred and a brutally practical desire to eliminate resistance. These motivations were behind the Wola Massacre, the killing of tens of thousands ofContinue reading “August 12th in German History: The Wola Massacre Ends”

July 28th in German History: A Firestorm Engulfs the City of Hamburg

Germany began the Second World War confident in its prospects of victory and assured that it would itself see the devastation of conflict. Germany’s leaders promised that German cities would be free of violence, and that the battles would be fought far from the nation’s borders. These promises were broken. Even before Germany itself wasContinue reading “July 28th in German History: A Firestorm Engulfs the City of Hamburg”

June 17th in German History: The Birth of Heinz Guderian.

Germany has no shortage of famous generals in its history. During the Second World War, numerous Germans became famous for their victories against the Allied powers. While perhaps not as famous as Erwin Rommel, Heinz Guderian was probably the most skilled of the German tank commanders. His innovative tactics and strategic insight were fundamental toContinue reading “June 17th in German History: The Birth of Heinz Guderian.”

April 8th in German History: The Liberation of Crimea

April 8th, 1944, while perhaps a bad day for Germany, was a good day for the world as a whole. On that day, the Soviet Union began its offensive to retake Crimea from the Germans who had occupied it in 1942. The Soviet forces, led by Fyodor Tolbukhin, attacked combined German and Romanian forces underContinue reading “April 8th in German History: The Liberation of Crimea”