Tagged: WWII

How Russia stopped the Blitzkrieg

In the first phase of World War II in Europe, Germany sought to avoid a long war. Germany’s strategy was to defeat its opponents in a series of short campaigns. Germany quickly overran much...

Nutella: The miracle of WW2

On April 20 1964 the first jar of Nutella came out from the Ferrero factory in Alba. Its origins, however, date back to the 1940s and before. At least from the 1920s the Ferreros...

A night at the Garden

In 1939, New York’s Madison Square Garden was host to an enormous—and shocking—gathering of 22,000 Americans that has largely been forgotten from our history. Directed by Marshall Curry

Nazis on drugs

For his book “Der Totale Rausch” (The Total Rush), published in 2015, the German writer Norman Ohler spent years studying German and U.S. records, including an extensive collection of notes kept by Theodor Morell, the...

Hitler oversimplified

Synopsis Born in Austria in 1889, Adolf Hitler rose to power in German politics as leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party, also known as the Nazi Party. Hitler was chancellor of Germany...

Enigma machine

Like all the best cryptography, the Enigma machine is simple to describe, but infuriating to break. Straddling the border between mechanical and electrical, Enigma looked from the outside like an oversize typewriter. Enter the...

Strudel from Inglourious Basterds

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups bread flour (plus more for dusting, sprinkling, filling) 4 tbsp vegetable oil 2 egg whites 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tbsp lemon juice 1/4 cup warm water (44°C) 4 baking apples,...

Unit 731

Unit 731 (731部隊 Nana-san-ichi butai, Chinese: 731部队) was a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that undertook lethal human experimentation during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945)...

Viva la Vida

I used to rule the world Seas would rise when I gave the word Now in the morning I sleep alone Sweep the streets I used to own I used to roll the dice...

Berlin, July 1945 in color

The final chapter in the destruction of Hitler’s Third Reich began on April 16, 1945 when Stalin unleashed the brutal power of 20 armies, 6,300 tanks and 8,500 aircraft with the objective of crushing...