Month: April 2015

Guangxu Emperor

The Guangxu Emperor (Kuang-hsu Emperor; 14 August 1871 – 14 November 1908), born Aisin-Gioro Zaitian (Aisin-Gioro Tsai-tien; Manchu: Aisin-Gioro [...]

Emperor Yang of Sui

Emperor Yang of Sui (隋煬帝, 569 – April 11, 618), personal name Yang Guang (楊廣), alternative nameYing (英), nickname Amo (阿摩), known as [...]

The end of WW2 is celebrated in Moscow’s Red Square

At 1:10 a.m. on May 9, 1945, night owls in the USSR heard a radio report that Nazi Germany had officially surrendered to the Soviet Union. Up to 30 million [...]

Liberation of Paris, August 1944

On this day in 1944, French General Jacques Leclerc enters the free French capital triumphantly. Pockets of German intransigence remained, but Paris was [...]

The night they ended Prohibition

Originally intended to prevent crime and drunkenness, it soon became clear that Prohibition did just the opposite, as illegal speakeasies became prevalent [...]

A dog being posed by a German soldier

At the beginning the war was still fun and the soldiers were not full engaged in action. So they had some fund with this German Shepherd dog, who has no [...]

The last picture of Adolf Hitler

This last known picture of Hitler was taken approximately two days prior to his death as he stands outside his Berlin bunker entrance surveying the [...]

The last Jew in Vinnitsa

A picture from an Einsatzgruppen soldier’s personal album, labelled on the back as “Last Jew of Vinnitsa”. It shows a member of Einsatzgruppe D just [...]

The Gadget, the first atomic bomb

  The nuclear test was code named Trinity, but the atomic device was nicknamed The Gadget. The date of the Trinity test is usually considered to be [...]

Nazi rally in the Cathedral of Light

The cathedral of light consisted of 130 anti-aircraft searchlights, at intervals of 12 metres, aimed skyward to create a series of vertical bars [...]