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Marinesko, Alexander I.
  • Article by Peter Kimenai
  • Published on September 4th, 2021

Marinesko, Alexander I.

On January 30, 1945, at 21:45 hrs. The Nazi vessel Wilhelm Gustloff was hit by a torpedo. Moments later, a second and third torpedo hit the German ship with over 10,000 people aboard of whom almost 9,000 were civilian refugees. Seventy minutes later the former Nazi cruise ship was sunk and over 9,000 persons aboard were dead. The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff is recorded in history as the greatest maritime disaster of all times. The three torpedoes were fired by the Soviet submarine S-13, under the command of Kapitan III ranga Alexander I. Marinesko. During the same mission, the S-13 sank another large German evacuation ship. On February 10, 1945, the Steuben was sunk by two torpedo hits. Nearly 4,000 persons aboard were killed in this disaster, again, most of them German refugees.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich
  • Article by Annabel Junge
  • Published on August 8th, 2021

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich

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Major, Léo
  • Article by Jacob Benoit
  • Published on April 20th, 2021

Major, Léo

Leo Major was born on January 23, 1921 in the town of New Bedford in Massachusetts, United States of America. He joined the Chaudière Regiment, a French-Canadian unit. He saw action on D-Day on Juno Beach.
He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in World War Two and in the Korean war as well.

O'Hare, Butch
  • Article by Sam Jacobs
  • Published on March 30th, 2021

O'Hare, Butch

Edward "Butch" O'Hare was the Navy's first flying ace, a World War II hero whose name would have been commonly known at the time, but has sadly faded out of view for most Americans.

Miller, Doris
  • Article by Samuel de Korte
  • Published on November 29th, 2020

Miller, Doris

On December 7, 1941, America was drawn into World War II when Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan. That morning there were heavy losses due to the Japanese aggression. Heroes would also arise though, including Doris Miller, the first African American to receive the Navy Cross.

Leclerc, Jacques-Philippe
  • Article by Wesley Dankers
  • Published on September 8th, 2020

Leclerc, Jacques-Philippe

In May of 1940, Jacques-Philippe Leclerc managed to escape German captivity. He joined the Free French [France Libre] forces of Charles de Gaulle and liberated Paris in August 1944. That made him one of the best known generals in the Second World War.

Bontjes van Beek, Cato
  • Article by Annabel Junge
  • Published on July 9th, 2020

Bontjes van Beek, Cato

Cato Bontjes van Beek, known by friends and family as Dodo, was a happy-go-lucky child who lived life to the full. She made friends easily and was often found encouraging her brothers, sisters, and the neighbourhood children to go walking or swimming, or to take part in sports matches and theatre shows. Along with her gregarious nature, Cato was outspoken on matters of fairness and justice.

Kirponos, Mikhail P
  • Article by Tom Notten
  • Published on June 17th, 2020

Kirponos, Mikhail P

Mikhail Petrovich Kirponos was born January 9, 1882, in Vertiyevka Chernigovskoi, a small village in the countryside in the Shumeikskogo area near Lokhvitsi (Poltava). He came from a family of farmers and during his youth years, he worked on the land of his father. During World War 1 he fought on the front against the Germans in the army of the Czar. At the end of the war, he joined the Bolsheviks and became a member of the Red Army. During the bloody, three-year civil war, Kirponos soon rose in the ranks of the Red Army. At the time, there were no ranks in the army but he rose from battalion commander to regimental commander. After the Red Army had won the war, Kirponos became Kommissar in various divisions, occupying himself mainly with staff work. From 1934 to 1939 he stood at the head of the military academy of Kazan.

Devers, Jacob
  • Article by Pieter Schlebaum
  • Published on June 14th, 2020

Devers, Jacob

According to some historians, the American General Jacob Loucks Devers has remained undervalued for his achievements during the Second World War. For example, his campaign in the South of France is still relatively unknown. He was already on the banks of the Rhine in November.