Nazi Commando Otto Skorzeny Continued His Life of Intrigue After the War
Otto Skorzeny was Nazi Germany’s most notorious commando. His missions included rescuing Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from imprisonment and sending German troops in American uniforms to conduct sabotage during the Battle of the Bulge. Hitler favored Skorzeny, though many of his colleagues disliked him. Admittedly a brave man, he... Read more
The Gun That Killed Adolf Hitler
On April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler, leader of the Third Reich, killed himself with a 7.65-millimeter Walther PPK pistol. Terrified of falling into the hands of the Soviets, who were fighting their way through Berlin, Hitler first swallowed a hydrogen-cyanide capsule and then, at 3:30 P.M., shot himself, possibly firing a round... Read more
The Nazis Exploited Sherman’s March to the Sea
This story originally appeared on June 30, 2016. In the months before the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe, the Wehrmacht’s propagandists warned those living under German occupation that America’s armies would not be as forgiving. In the pages of Signal, a bi-weekly magazine funded by the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht... Read more
The Nazis Obsessed Over Beauty
This story originally appeared on Dec. 24, 2014. Frankly, the parade is exquisite. The marchers wear clean, crisp uniforms. They hold their banners high. Enormous sculptures of horses and men loom over the procession. It’s footage from German Arts Day—in 1939. A march in celebration of the Nazi aesthetic.... Read more
How the Holocaust Could Happen Again
The modern world lives in the shadow of World War II and the Holocaust. More than any other recent historical event, Adolf Hitler’s actions and the world’s reaction to them have shaped the world we live in. To many today, the Holocaust is an unthinkable atrocity — a historical... Read more
The High-Tech Toilet That Destroyed a Submarine
By World War II standards, the German Type VIIC submarine was an advanced hunter of the seas. But one unlucky vessel of its class, the U-1206, sank during its maiden combat voyage after its captain used its high-tech toilet improperly.  Yes, this really happened, and was an unexpected and tragic... Read more
The Vile Story of the Nazis’ ‘Dirlewanger Brigade’
Armies have long used prisoners as soldiers. Imperial France deployed the Bat’ d’Af’ in the harshest of its colonies. During the American Civil War, captured Confederate soldiers sometimes recanted the rebellion, swore allegiance to the Union and became Galvanized Yankees. The former rebel prisoners fought and bled for the... Read more

Matthew Gault

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