Inescapable: Prisoners in Colditz

Colditz (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Colditz Castle, Oflag IVC, was supposed to be an inescapable fortress. The Nazi regime had designated it a prison for the exceptional Allied prisoners who proved themselves “high-security risks”. When the first British prisoners of war arrived on 7 November … Continue reading

“Watch Out!”: New Jersey Shark Attacks of 1916

The "man-eater" (Courtesy Library of Congress)

July 1916 had been a dreadfully hot time for thousands of New Englanders. Combine this with the new craze for swimming and you have busy beaches. In an effort to escape the heat New Englanders took to the sea, swarming … Continue reading

Soldier & Emperor: Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon (Courtesy Library of Congress)

On 15 August 1769 Napoleone di Buonaparte was born to Carlo and Leticia (Ramolino) Buonaparte in Ajaccio, Corisca. The fairly influential family of Italian heritage was of some substance. As a result Carlo was able to send Napoleone to study … Continue reading

The Bull and the Cobra: Typhoon Cobra

USS Hull (Courtesy Wikipedia)

18 December 1944. The Philippine Sea. Under Admiral William “Bull” Halsey Task Force 38 steamed for a rendezvous point where they would meet up with Task Force 30.8 (refueling) and Task Force 30.7 (anti-submarine “guard” for TF 30.8). TF 38 would refuel … Continue reading