Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya (16 August 1905 – 15 March 1944) was a Soviet tank driver during World War II. Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya was married to a Soviet army officer. While married to her husband, she began to...read more
PT-109 was a PT boat (Patrol Torpedo boat) last commanded by Lieutenant, junior grade (LTJG) John F. Kennedy (later President of the United States) in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Kennedy’s actions to save his surviving crew after the sinking of PT-109...read more
Although a lot of Catholic clergy men, and other Christian ministers, turned a blind eye to the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime, there were still a great number of them who couldn’t remain silent and paid the ultimate price for this.
Titus Brandsma was one of those brave men who...read more
He was Ganju Lama, 19, a rifleman in the 1st Battalion, 7th Gurkha Rifles, in the Indian Army during World War II. He won the Victoria Cross (VC) in Burma on 12 June 1944. A month before this engagement, Ganju Lama had been awarded the...read more
Wartime is the perfect opportunity for killers to apply their ‘trade’, when a body is found the authorities will automatically assume that it is just another victim of war, at least that is what John Cummins must have thought when he copied Jack the ripper in February 1942. But unlike Jack the...read more
As so often before Varian Fry is the prove that one man can make a difference. Varian Mackey Fry (October 15, 1907 – September 13, 1967) was an American journalist. Fry ran a rescue network in Vichy France that helped approximately 2,000 to 4,000 anti-Nazi and Jewish refugees...read more
Captain Charles Hazlitt Upham, a New Zealand soldier, is often described as the most highly decorated Commonwealth soldier of that war. Why? He was the only one to receive two VCs during the Second World War and the only combat soldier to receive the award twice in the...read more