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The Stars At Night,
Are Big And Bright
Deep In The Heart Of
New Germany!

A few years back, I brought to your attention the attempt made by some brave, yet ill-prepared Scots to establish a Scottish colony in what is now Panama.  Another nation that doesn't get talked about when it comes to colonization is Germany.  At least, not until the end of the 19th Century when Germany gets the rest of Europe's   Read More. . .

Tags : History Colonization Texas Germany

Operation Hannibal:
The Reichsmarine's Finest Hour

Most people don't think of East Prussia when they think of Germany, but at one point in History, Germany owned a good chunk of what is today Poland's Baltic coast; including Gdańsk and Königsburg.  Like other parts of Germany, East Prussia was ravaged and despoiled by the Soviet Red Army juggernaut which swept across the Eastern   Read More. . .

Tags : History WWII Germany Russia

'Snakes Will Smoke'
The Brazilians Fight Against Germany

A couple weeks ago, Germany thoroughly trounced Brazil in their World Cup match.  A reader who follows Two-Fisted History on Facebook sent in this request:     'With the focus surrounding the 7-1 defeat of Brazil by Germany, I heard Brazilians were in WWII and fought against the Nazis, maybe there's a possibility you could   Read More. . .

Tags : History WWII SouthAmerica Brazil Germany Italy WorldCup

The Madagascar Plan

For nearly 2,000 years, since the Roman destruction of Jerusalem, the Jewish people have roamed the Earth.  By the Middle Ages, most wound up settling in Eastern & Southern Europe.  It’s not a secret that anti-Semitic attitudes flourished throughout Europe from the Middle Ages onward. By the 1800s, both Jewish Nationalists and   Read More. . .

Tags : History WWII Africa Madagascar Germany

The Short-Lived Soviet Republic
of Alsace-Lorraine

In the final days of the First World War, several members of the German General Staff, led by General Erich Ludendorff, refused to admit that they had lost the war.  They planned a bold final attack against the Royal Navy.  However the war-weary German sailors mutinied at Kiel, the main German port.   Soon workers and members   Read More. . .

Tags : History Germany France WWI Socialism

German Zion:
The Anabaptist Rebellion at Münster

I first came across this one way back when I was finishing my undergraduate program, and it's probably what first gave me the idea to write on fun, strange, & interesting historical people, things, & events that you likely won’t learn in Social Studies. Europe was a crazy place in the Mid-1500s.  The Protestant Revolution had kicked   Read More. . .

Tags : History Germany Religion Europe Battles

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