A bridge too far and a soldier too fast

In the World War 2 movie “A Bridge too far” (1977) actor Anthony Hopkins played Lt. Colonel John Frost (1912-1993). The real Frost (pictured above) was present and gave Hopkins advice that he was running too fast battle scenes. Frost commented that he and other officers were actually moving slow to show the Germans -and his own soldiers- that they …

133 days lost at sea

Poon Lim was a man of Chinese decent who served aboard a British merchant ship in 1942. The Second World War was in full swing  and his boat was attacked by German submarines. Poon Lim -not knowing how to swim- somehow got hold of a life jacket and a life raft. The raft had some basic supplies and water, but …

High Hitler

Adolf Hitler was very often under the influence of very powerful drugs. He consumed over 70 different drugs while in power, one of them being meth-amphetamine, better known as Crystal Meth. When meeting Italy’s facist leader Benito Mussolini (in the picture), Hitler is said to have yelled at the usually domineering Italian for 2 hours straight.   We are not …

German Kamikaze

By Helmuth Ellgaard (1913-1980) (Familienarchiv Ellgaard) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

In World War 2, the Germans had a special air force command of 2000 planes called Sonderkommando Elbe (Special command named after the river Elbe), which were supposed to ram Allied planes in midair. Yes, you read that correctly.