Tag: World War Two

The Irishman who Saved Hitler’s Life

It is Munich, 1919. In the second city of Germany, the corporal lay on the ground, badly beaten and he is bleeding profusely. The irate German soldiers continued to slam their jackboots into his face and body. A flash of steel indicated that bayonets had been drawn. The corporal prepared to die.

The Real Great Escape

Even the most avid war movie fans roll their eyes when the Christmas TV fare is announced. As predictable as sprouts there will be The Great Escape and The Sound of Music. Both movies, as we might expect, are deeply flawed.

Brits Who Smashed Slavery

ENSLAVEMENT OF PRISONERS OF WAR IS A VIOLATION OF THE GENEVA CONVENTION. – ARTICLE. 75.
The educational mantra would have us believe that slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire in 1833. This is what British students are taught; why would they believe otherwise?

Old Soldiers’ Yarns

World War Two veterans welcome the respect that comes with their once having been a member of the armed forces. This is a normal human trait, but chances are they were hardly volunteers. The then young conscripts were press ganged into the armed forces against their will. If there was genuine enthusiasm for war then conscription would be neither necessary nor desirable.

No More Brother Wars

On the 18 January 1919 the Paris Peace Conference that ended the First World War began at Versailles. It resulted in five controversial treaties that rearranged the map of Europe and imposed onerous financial penalties on Germany and the other losing nations. These reparations gave rise to political resentments that lasted for decades.

A British Sailor whose name was Just Nuisance

Just Nuisance, a Great Dane, is the only dog ever to have been officially enlisted in the Royal Navy. During World War II between 1939 and 1944 the donkey-sized hound served with HMS Afrikander at the Royal Navy naval base in Simon’s Town (Simonstown), a once lovely, ordered and prosperous shoreline town in South Africa. The seaside community is located just 38 miles by road from Cape Town.