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A Brief History On March 25, 1941, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia joined the Axis Powers when they signed the Tripartite Pact, siding with the Germans, Italians and Japanese against most of the rest of the world in World War II.  Seldom do we hear mentioned in movies and television shows, or even in most popular books the part that other countries allied with the “Bad Guys” played in the biggest, deadliest war in human history.  Today we discuss some of these usually forgotten enemies of the Western Allies of World War II.  Some of these countries were actual treaty allies…

A Brief History World War I has seen its share of bloodshed and tragedy. Still, around Christmas time in 1914, something miraculous happened. After violence has claimed a considerable number of lives, the German and British soldiers have decided to stop killing each other for the holy Christmas day. This way, the unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914 began. But what made it possible for them to start singing carols, and what is the actual story of the famous Christmas Truce? Let’s find out more! Digging Deeper How It All Begun Before the legendary event of World War I, the soldiers…

A Brief History On March 17, 1891, a civilian ocean liner, the steamship SS Utopia of the Anchor Line ran into the moored battleship, HMS Anson in Gibraltar Bay, causing the ill-fated steamer to sink taking 562 of the 880 passengers to Davy Jones Locker!  We have frequently written about naval and maritime disasters, and today we include another one of those times a ship’s captain would love to have a “do over.” Digging Deeper As stated above, the British battleship HMS Anson (the 6th Royal Navy ship to bear the name, but not the last!) was anchored in Gibraltar…

A Brief History On March 15, 1493, Christopher Columbus made his triumphant return from his first voyage to the New World, a momentous occasion in human history and especially noteworthy for the Spanish Crown that he sailed for.  Today we look at 10 such Triumphant Returns, times when a person or a group of people made it back with an air of accomplishment, vindication, or victory, often with a page written in history about that very return.  No significance to the order listed, but feel free to add your own nominations to the list. Questions for Students (and others): What…

A Brief History On March 9, 1925, the British Royal Air Force began operations in South Waziristan against Mahfud tribesmen called Pink’s War, the first independent such operation by the RAF and to date the only operation named after an RAF commander. (Not after the 21st Century rock star!)  Conducted in what is now the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the aerial attack against the Mahfud, a Pashtun people, went on for 53 days, ending on May 1, 1925.  Joining other goofy named wars such as The War of Jenkin’s Ear, The Soccer War, The Whiskey Rebellion, War of…

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