Category Archives: World War II

This week in the War, 2–8 April 1945: Hitler settles scores with the Abwehr

This week in the war, on 8 April (some say 9 April) 1945, Hans von Dohnanyi was hanged at Sachsenhausen concentration camp. On the following day, 9 April 1945, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, Major General Hans Oster, and Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 26 March–1 April 1945: Hitler goes into his bunker

On 1 April 1945, Adolf Hitler vacated his apartments and his headquarters in the Reich Chancellery and descended into his bunker beneath the Reich Chancellery gardens: the Fuehrerbunker. From then on, he lived below ground and only occasionally ventured to … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 19–25 March 1945: Copenhagen—triumph and tragedy

This week in the war, on 21 March 1945, RAF and USAAF bombers carried out a precision raid against the Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Gestapo had chosen to set up its headquarters in the former headquarters of the … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 12–18 March 1945: RAF attacks the Schildesche viaduct

This week in the war, on 14 March 1945, the RAF’s 617 Squadron launched a daytime raid against the Schildesche viaduct near Bielefeld, on the railway line linking Hanover to Hamm. The viaduct dated from 1847. A large section of the … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 5–11 March 1945: The bridge at Remagen

On 7 March 1945, units of the 9th Armoured Division of General Courtney Hodges’ US First Army arrived at the German town of Remagen on the west bank of the Rhine. To their surprise, the Ludendorff railway bridge, which connected Remagen … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 26 Feb–4 March 1945: Without goodness or grace

This week in the war saw the execution in Plötzensee Prison of the German Social Democrat politician Ernst von Harnack. In 1933, von Harnack had voiced his opposition to the new Hitler-led government, describing it as ‘without goodness or grace.’ [Quoted … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 19–25 February 1945: Iwo Jima

This week in the war, on 19 February 1945, US Marines landed in force on the volcanic island of Iwo Jima, only seven hundred or so miles from Tokyo. The landing was supported by the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, commanded … Continue reading

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