The Flight of Rudolf Hess
Rudolf Hess was once the third most powerful man in Nazi Germany. He was one of the first people to join the Nazi party in 1920 and was arrested along side Hitler during the Beer Hall Putsch. Hess even transcribed Hitler’s Mein Kampf during their time in prison. After Hitler was put into power, Hess became Deputy to the Fuhrer and was third in line of succession. On May 10, 1941, Hess left Germany...
“History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.” Winston Churchill
The Kornilov Affair
Lavr Kornilov was a Russian general who was made the supreme commander in chief of the Russian provisional government’s (this is the government ruled Russia between the Tsar’s abdication and the October Revolution in 1917) armed forces in 1917. He was outspoken against the former Russian tsar and also hated Lenin and his Bolsheviks. In August 1917, Kornilov believed that he was given...
“What experience and history teach is this — that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.” Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel - 1832
Germany's "Blank Check"
After the two Balkan wars, Austria-Hungary needed to reduce Serbia’s influence in the region but a direct war would certainly involve Serbia’s ally, Russia. And that was not a war Austria-Hungary could win alone. On July 5, 1914, an Austro-Hungarian diplomat was sent to Germany to ask the Kaiser for Germany’s support in the Austrian plan to take down Serbia. Germany wanted a...
“History is the essence of innumerable biographies.” Thomas Carlyle - On History
The Kapp Putsch
The Kapp Putsch was an attempted coup in March 1920 aimed at overthrowing the German Weimar Republic. The Erhardt Brigade of the Freikorps marched into Berlin as a response to the forced reduction of German troops as dictated by the Treaty of Versailles. The regular army was not sent in to put the brigade down and the capital was left to the rebelling freikorps. The leader of the brigade, Wolfgang...
“As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience, and of the press, it will be worth defending.” Andrew Jackson - 1829
Woodrow Wilson's War Message to Congress
On April 2, 1917, Woodrow Wilson gave a speech to Congress urging them to allow for America’s entry into World War 1. Wilson, who had previously campaigned on the slogan, “he kept us out of the war”, found it hard to stay out of the war with Germany disregarding America’s neutrality on the water. His speech was a success and Congress voted to enter the war two days...