Articles

  • Article by Kaj Metz
  • Published on June 3rd, 2017

Anders, Wladyslaw

Introduction Władysław Anders was a Polish General who served in the First World War, the Greater-Polish Uprising (1918-1919), the Soviet-Polish War (1919-1921) and Word War II. During his military service he was injured 8 times. His greatest feat of arms was the victory over the Germans in the famous battle of Monte Cassino in 1944. After the war he lived in exile and eventually died in 1970.

  • Article by Wesley Dankers
  • Published on March 20th, 2016

Gaulle, Charles de

He was one of the few French military who was not discouraged by the capitulation of France. Initially, he and just a few followers decided to continue the struggle from England. Later on he received more and more support; as the leader of the Free French he managed to free the colonial empire from the Vichy regime and he made France one of the larger Allied powers.

  • Article by Gerd Van der Auwera
  • Published on May 1st, 2008

Lubling, Moshe

This article was written by Yoram Lubling, Moshe Lubling's grandson.

  • Article by Tom Notten
  • Published on March 12th, 2017

Mannerheim, Carl

Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim was born June 4th, 1867 in Louhisaari, the third child of Count Carl Robert Mannerheim and his wife Helena von Julin. At the age of 14 he enrolled in a course for officers in Hamina but was expelled from school for disciplinary reasons. After having passed an entrance exam, he was admitted to the military school of the Russian army in St. Petersburg where he took a course in cavalry. After graduation, Mannerheim served in the Alexandrijski-Dragoons, stationed in Poland. After having served a few years there he returned to a guards unit in St. Petersburg. In 1892, he married Anastasia Arapova, daughter of the Russian Major-general Nicolas Arapov. They had two daughters, Anastasia and Sophia.. Their marriage was dissolved however in 1903 but the divorce was not officially confirmed until 1917.

  • Article by Pieter Schlebaum
  • Published on November 29th, 2013

McEwen, Clifford

Clifford ‘Black Mike’ McEwen was an ace from the First World War. Next to that he was the only Canadian who was in charge of a Group of Bomber Command during the Second World war. He succeeded to achieve the rank of Air Vice Marshal. The progress he made with No. 6 Group after his appointment could count on great admiration from Air Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, chief of Bomber Command since 1942. McEwen was at the brink of a further career step within the allied air forces, when the end of the Second World War, in August 1945, prevented that.

  • Article by Gerd Van der Auwera
  • Published on July 20th, 2016

Mussolini, Benito

Benito Mussolini has dominated Italy for years; hence his influence can hardly be underestimated. Following the First World War he and his Fascist party took the reins and ruled the country for more than 20 years. Mussolini transformed Italy into a dictatorship with totalitarian characteristics. In this way he attempted to let Italy play a prominent role in Europe and the world.

  • Article by Wilco Vermeer
  • Published on March 10th, 2015

Sosabowsky, Stanislaw

Stanislaw Franciszek Sosabowski would become one of the most well-known Polish militaries in history. Famous and reviled. Famous because of his flight from Poland and his immaculate career, but reviled because he dared to give his opinion. At the end of WWII he was sacrificed for the "failure" of operation Market Garden. The well-deserved recognition would not come until many years later.