“A child is born with no state of mind,blind to the ways of mankind” I would never have imagined I would use the words of a 1980’s hip hop song in a blog relating to WWII. The words are from the 1982 Hip Hop hit “the Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. But the words are so true...read more
Real colour footage of the celebrations at the end of World War Two, starting with VJ day in New York and then VE day in Britain and across europe. I thought these images were amazing, as we usually only get to see this period of history in black and white.
Seventy years ago, as it is happening at the present, children went to war. During World War II, child soldiers fought throughout Europe and Asia. Children frequently fought in insurrections in both the Allied and Axis forces. Hitler Youth, SS Youth Division, German People’s Army, Jewish...read more
Today marks the 71st anniversary of VE Day, Victory in Europe day. Of course if there is victory there is generally also someone who loses. It can be debated if Germany and its allies lost the war, because I think the majority of their citizens were also victims of the Fascist regime.
On the 5th of May 1945 the whole of the Netherlands was liberated, with the exception of Texel an island in the North West. The southern provinces had already been liberated in September 1944. But because the failed’Operation Market Garden’ the northern provinces remained occupied until the...read more
On May 1, 1945, hundreds of people committed mass suicide in the town of Demmin, in the Province of Pomerania(now in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), Germany. The suicides occurred during a mass panic that was provoked by atrocities committed by soldiers of the Soviet Red Army, who had...read more
30 April 1945 Hitler finally proves to the world what sort of a coward he really was by shooting himself before the soviet troops could capture him and bring him to justice. Probably spurred on by the events that happened 2 days earlier near lake Como when Il Duce was butchered to death(and...read more