September 30, 1946

Former German Reichsmarschall and Commander of the Luftwaffe Hermann Göring – a.k.a. “The Bad Nazi” – during cross examination at his trial for war crimes in Room 600 at the Palace of Justice during the International Military Tribunal (IMT), Nuremberg, Germany, 15 March 1946.

At the Nürnberg War Crimes Trials, von Ribbentrop and Goering are sentenced to death.

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September 30, 1949

After 15 months and more than 250,000 flights, the Berlin Airlift officially comes to an end. The airlift was one of the greatest logistical feats in modern history and was one of the crucial events of the early Cold War. On September 30, 1949, the last plane–an American C-54–landed in Berlin and unloaded over two tons of coal. Even though the Soviet blockade officially ended in May 1949, it took several more months for the West Berlin economy to recover and the necessary stockpiles of food, medicine, and fuel to be replenished. The airlift had totaled over 277,000 flights.

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September 29-30, 1938

Munich Accord giving Germany the Sudetenland (Chamberlain: “Peace in our times.”) In 1938 amid growing concern about Adolf Hitler’s aims, the British prime minister, Nevil Chamberlain traveled to Munich to try to make a deal with Hitler. It was there on the 29th and 30th of September, 1938 that Hitler and Chamberlain signed the Munich Accord. Chamberlain returned to London with the paper announcing that he had secured “Peace in our time” with the compromises made at Munich. Hitler viewed it as a green light to take over Czechoslovakia and prepare for his next conquest.

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September 29/30, 1938

Munich Accord giving Germany the Sudetenland (Chamberlain: “Peace in our times.”) In 1938 amid growing concern about Adolf Hitler’s aims, the British prime minister, Nevil Chamberlain traveled to Munich to try to make a deal with Hitler. It was there on the 29th and 30th of September, 1938 that Hitler and Chamberlain signed the Munich Accord. Chamberlain returned to London with the paper announcing that he had secured “Peace in our time” with the compromises made at Munich. Hitler viewed it as a green light to take over Czechoslovakia and prepare for his next conquest.

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Just One-Sixth of Germans want Own Monarchy Back

“Why on Earth don’t the Germans want people like us around?”

by The Local.de  – April 2016 

Across the English Channel, Britain’s royal family (themselves of German origin) are celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday on Thursday. But polls show Germans are content to enjoy monarchy at second hand.

Walking around the streets of Berlin on a few days in June last summer, you’d have been forgiven for thinking that Germans are all raving monarchists.

Crowds thronged the streets as Queen Elizabeth II made her fifth official visit to the Federal Republic – exactly 50 years after her first in 1965.

A few lucky Germans had even won the chance to learn how to address Her Majesty from the British Ambassador himself.

According to the British Embassy, more than 16,500 articles about the Queen’s visit appeared in print and online media.

At The Local, we certainly weren’t immune to Queen-mania, tracking the monarch’s travels around Germany over the three days of her stay.

‘Waste of money’

But the latest figures from pollsters YouGov show that the outpouring of interest in Her Maj among the public and press doesn’t translate into support for a return of the monarchy here.

When they asked over 1,000 adult Germans if they would like the country to have its own royal family, just 16 percent – one-sixth – said yes.

The figure in Bavaria – usually reputed as the most tradition-loving part of Germany – was even lower at only 14 percent.

More than half of Germans – 55 percent – said that having a monarchy back would be a waste of money, while 53 percent said it would be an anachronism.

That will be disappointing news for Prince Philip Kiril of Prussia, who in 2013 told The Local that Germany “needs the moral guidance of a monarchy” in an exclusive interview.

“Looking up to a king or queen would be much better for Germany’s young people than to pop stars or football players,” he said at the time.

At arm’s length

All that doesn’t mean that there aren’t deep links between Germany and the British royals.

You might be surprised to learn that for more than 25 years the dressmaker behind all of the Queen’s dresses has been a German, Karl-Ludwig Rehse.

Going back further in time, the modern British royal family is well-known to be descended from the house of Hanover, whose head became King George the First in 1714 – mostly because he was the closest non-Catholic relative of the previous Queen, Anne.

George V changed the family name to Windsor from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 1917 when during the First World War his blood links to Kaiser Wilhelm II became politically uncomfortable.

But the family are known to still open their Christmas presents on the evening of December 24th in a German tradition kept alive in the family by Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert.

Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip is himself a member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, and is also part of both the Greek and Danish royal families.

Some Brits may fiercely deny it – but the royal family is one of the many strong links between the two countries.

And we’re sure that Germans will be just as sad as their cousins across the sea when it finally comes time to bid Her Majesty a respectful farewell.

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Update 9-28-2018 : New Pictures Added to the Website

New Pictures have been added to the Website:

  • Memorials & Grave Sites
  • Historical Society of German Military History Collection of Memorabilia – Historic Items
  • Invasion of Poland
  • Eastern Front
  • Operation Barbarossa – Invasion of the Soviet Union
  • Other World War 2 Battles/ Major Events
  • Siegfried Line – Westwall
  • Orders of Battle – Panzer Divisions
  • Afrika Korps
  • Panzer III
  • Panzer IV
  • Kfz. 10
  • Volkswagen Kübelwagen
  • Luftwaffe 1933-1946
  • Luftwaffe Divisions and Groups
  • Focke-Wulf Fw 190
  • Heinkel He 111
  • Luftwaffe Varied Plane Types
  • World War 2 Field Marshalls
  • Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel
  • World War 2 Generals – F thru H
  • World War 2 Generals – P thru U
  • World War 2 Generals – Von L thru Vz
  • Luftwaffe Generals
  • Luftwaffe Pilots & Airmen – A thru G
  • Luftwaffe Pilots & Airmen – H thru M
  • WW2 Allies – Romania
  • German Resistance to Nazism
  • Bundeswehr
  • Luftwaffe – After WW2 / Luftwaffe
  • Bundeswehr Officers from the Wehrmacht
  • Adolf Hitler
  • FuhrerFuhrer’s Headquarters & Other Official Sites
  • Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring
  • SS – Schutzstaffel
  • Order of Battle – Waffen-SS Divisions & Other Units
  • SS Generals – M thru Z

Enjoy!

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