April 11th, 1908 – Germans Launch Armored Cruiser!

SMS Blücher was the last armored cruiser built by the German Empire. She was designed to match what German intelligence incorrectly believed to be the specifications of the British Invincible-class battlecruisers. Blücher was larger than preceding armored cruisers and carried more heavy guns, but was unable to match the size and armament of the battlecruisers which […]

December 27th, 1918 – The Greater Poland Uprising

In late 1918 Poles with hopes for a sovereign Poland began serious preparations for an uprising after Kaiser Wilhelm‘s abdication on November 9th, 1918, which marked the end of the German monarchy, which would be replaced by the Weimar Republic. The uprising broke out on December 27th, 1918 in Poznań, after a patriotic speech by […]

December 24th, 1914 – The Christmas Truce

The Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) was a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front around Christmas 1914 that began on December 24th, 1914. In the week leading up to the holiday, German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In areas, men from both […]

November 18th, 1863 – The German–Danish Seeds of War

On November 18th, 1863, King Christian IX of Denmark signed the November constitution that declared Schleswig to be part of Denmark. This was seen by the German Confederation as a violation of the London Protocol and lead to the German–Danish war of 1864.

October 25th, 1944 – Edelweiss Pirates Vs. Nazis

On October 25th, 1944, Heinrich Himmler ordered a crackdown on the Edelweiss Pirates, a loosely organized youth culture in Nazi Germany that had assisted army deserters and others to hide from the Third Reich.

October 3rd, 1942 – Humankind Enters Space

On October 3rd, 1942 the first man-made object to reached space, it was a V-2 /A4-rocket launched from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany. 

August 15th, 1915 – Edison Sells Explosives to Germany!

On August 15th, 1915, the New York World newspaper printed an exposé that the Imperial German government had purchased excess phenol from Thomas Edison that could be used to make explosives for the war effort.

August 13th, 1913 – The Phoney Five Day King

In 1913, when Albania broke away from the Ottoman Empire, some Albanian Muslims invited Halim Eddine, a nephew of the Sultan, to come and be crowned king. Noticing his own resemblance to Halim Eddine, Otto Witte, a German circus acrobat, traveled to Durrës with a friend, the sword-swallower Max Schlepsig. He claimed that he had succeeded in […]

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