Under the cryptonym “Wikinger” stands the unsuccessful action of the German navy against British fishermen, during which 2 destroyers were lost and 590 sailors were killed without any contact with the enemy. The following story has really happened, and this is probably the most discrediting defeat of Kriegsmarine during World War II.
When a heavy bomber B-29 was distancing itself from the Japanese city of Hiroshima, on which the crew just dropped the first atomic bomb in history, the second pilot of the “flying fortress” – Robert A. Lewis, seeing the exodus of almost 80,000 people underneath them, screamed: “My God, what have we done?”
The American did not know that in addition to the complete destruction of a large city, his crew had contributed to the end of World War II in the Pacific and the start of the nuclear arms race between the world’s superpowers.
The German offensive code-named “Zitadelle” carried out in the area of Kursk on the Eastern Front in the Soviet Union led to the largest armoured battle fought during World War II. Thousands of tanks, guns, planes and almost 3 million soldiers stood in front of each other. It was also the first test for new German medium tanks – PzKpfw V Panther and a demonstration of the strength of heavy tanks, PzKpfw VI Tiger.
This article is about the Operation Dynamo, so-called the “Miracle of Dunkirk”, or the Battle of Dunkirk. Below you will find the history of the entire large evacuation of the Allies from the coasts of France, a description of the weapons and other interesting facts.
One of the most powerful battleships in history. The warship conducted only one offensive operation during which she destroyed the flagship of the British Royal Navy, bringing upon herself revenge of Great Britain’s fleet. The chase, which picked up the Allies has passed into history and ended with her sinking. Here is the story of the famous battleship Bismarck.