When Hitler gave the ok to slaughter an estimated 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, it was one of, if not the worst atrocity any man has ever committed against humankind. Which is why a new report coming out of the Jewish Voice newspaper in Germany is utterly shocking.
A recently found note signed by the infamous SS leader Heinrich Himmler stated that one Ernst Hess should be saved and protected, “as per the Fuhrer’s wishes.” If you’re as shocked as me, I understand. Even with this amnesty supplied by Hitler, the fervor that had taken over Germany at the time won out, and eventually Hess was forced into years of hard labor at a concentration camp. Even a years worth or protection for a German Jew is surprising, especially granted by Hitler himself. So why did Hitler do it?
Hitler and Hess were in the same infantry unit while serving in World War I, and Hess was even Hitler’s superior at one point. Just because they served together doesn’t mean they were friends. Many of the men who served with Hitler described him as “quiet, with no friends.” But Hess had stayed close to others he served with and Fritz Wiedemann, who eventually became on of Hitler’s most trusted aides helped Hess get in touch with Heinrich Lammers, the Head of the Reich Chancellery.
If there is a consensus among historians about any seminal event in human affairs, it’s that the First World War had to happen. Not necessarily in 1914 because an Austrian archduke was assassinated, but around then and for some excuse. Too many people with the power to make war happen thought it was the answer to their nation’s problems, and far too few had any idea what it would unleash: the deaths of nine million soldiers and the utter ruin of the old order. That presents journalist Beatty’s counter-argument with an uphill battle from the start; that he succeeds in making an intriguing (if ultimately unsuccessful) case is an achievement in itself.
Read the rest of the review at REVIEW: The Lost History of 1914: Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began – Books – Macleans.ca.
Review by Brian Bethune
Saul David , professor at the University of Buckingham explains how Britain’s production of acetone in World War I helped increase the supply of munitions and lead to the end of the war in this article found on the BBC News website.
History tells us that a general can move and feed an army as efficiently as he likes but the real litmus test is the battlefield.
All the energy he expends getting his men to the front line fit and healthy counts for nothing if they don’t have the right equipment.
What they need, above all, is sufficient ammunition – yet there were moments during the war when a shortage of artillery shells meant the guns almost fell silent.
Given the unprecedented scale of the conflict, it was bound to take time for each side’s peacetime armaments industry to adjust.
Each of the major combatants, moreover, had its own limits to production.
Read the rest of the article at BBC News – How Germany lost the WWI arms race.
Father and son both called Athol Lamont both died in wartime tragedies at sea, reveals discovery of sub J6 near Blyth
A pregnant Jean Lamont found out her husband Athol Lamont died in October 1918, but was never told how he died. 21 years later, Jean’s son Athol Lamont died when the HMS Daring was sunk by a German U-boat during World War II. Matthew McKenzie of the Sunday Sun reports on the family’s closure after 93 years.
WHEN British submarine J6 disappeared beneath the waves for the final time in 1918, it began decades of painful questions for the families left behind.
Now, for one of those families, questions have finally been answered more than 90 years later.
The Sunday Sun told last week how a North East-based diving team had discovered the wreck of a British submarine 40 miles off the coast of Seahouses in Northumberland.
Darkstar diving team were the first people to have seen it in 93 years after it was lost during the First World War.
They identified it as British submarine J6, lost in October 1918. But, after looking into its history, elation at the find turned to sadness when they discovered 15 sailors died on board in a friendly fire incident. For many years, the details of the tragedy were classified to hush it up, and no one had discovered the wreck.
Read the rest of the article at Father and son both called Athol Lamont both died in wartime tragedies at sea, reveals discovery of sub J6 near Blyth – Sunday Sun.
An Incredible Look At The Terrifying Armored Trains That Kept Europe In Order During Both World Wars
Armored trains are pretty cool. Imagine having this massive heavily armored and heavily gunned train coming at you. After World War II, most countries stopped using armored tanks as road vehicles became more widely used. However, Russia was still using armored trains in the Second Chechen War in the late 1990s. Travis Okulski of the Business Insider writes about how these armored trains were used.
James Bond films have featured some truly incredible modes of transportation throughout the years. The 1995 film Goldeneye featured villain Alec Trevelyan on board an unbelievable Soviet armored train.
Even though Bond movies are known to dive into fiction, these trains are real and just as incredible in real life as they are on film.
The armored train was first seen in the American Civil War, according to The Jamestown Foundation. It came to prominence in World War I, when Russia used it as a means of defense during cross-country travel.
The trains were used by a number of nations in World War II: Poland took advantage of them extensively, Nazi Germany reacted and began using them, the Russians kept their fleet up, and even Canada patrolled their west coast with one for a time in case of an invasion, according to Canada’s Virtual Museum.