Screaming Fury: Vajont Dam Disaster

Vajont Dam

October 2013 saw the 50th anniversary of the Vajont Dam Disaster, an event that seems to have been overlooked by the anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination (perhaps it is like history repeating itself – after Kennedy’s death I was unable to find much … Continue reading

Voyage to Nowhere: MS St. Louis

St. Louis in Havan (Credit: Wikipedia)

It would be a voyage to remember; whether it ended happily or whether it didn’t. One thing was for sure — it wasn’t going to be a picnic for Captain Gustav Schroeder. The Nazi regime had a way of working … Continue reading

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

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

Seventy-Six: The Great Escape

Roger Bushell, right (Courtesy Wikipedia).

Stalag Luft III, built to house imprisoned Allied airmen during World War II, was supposed to be inescapable. The camp was located deep in Nazi territory in what is now Żagań, Poland. The Germans had purposefully constructed the camp on … Continue reading