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Vlasov, Andrei A.
  • Article by Auke de Vlieger
  • Published on March 6th, 2022

Vlasov, Andrei A.

In July 1942, amidst the marches southeast of Leningrad, a Soviet army was surrounded and forced to surrender. Among the prisoners was the commander of this army, Lieutenant-General Andrei Vlasov, a talented and dedicated officer, considered a favourite of Stalin. During his captivity, he decided to turn against the Soviet state and established – with German support – the ‘Russian Liberation Army’. The story of Vlasov continues to provoke divided reactions – on the one hand, a school that considers him an opportunistic traitor and, on the other, his supporters who consider him a patriotic martyr.

Morgen, Konrad
  • Article by Kevin Prenger
  • Published on January 14th, 2022

Morgen, Konrad

During the war, Konrad Morgen served in the SS as investigative judge. One of the cases he was involved in, was that of Karl Otto Koch, the commander of concentration camp Buchenwald from 1937 to 1941. Morgen was outraged about the facts he discovered during his investigation in the camp; Together with a few cronies, Koch had stolen from inmates, had tortured them and murdered them without having been given official permission.

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.