He was the Soviet Union’s greatest sniper. In his first ten days work at Stalingrad, he killed 40 Germans. His final tally was 225. His name was Vassili Zaitsev.
Complimenting our fact-files on Spitfire, Churchill, Hitler and Stalin, Military Times has compiled a list of frequently baffling facts about the Second World War. Many of these have been widely reported and circulated, entering the annals of modern folk-lore. Yet like all legends, they have been embellished over time, either by hyperbole or simple miss-reporting. Whilst […]
Winston Churchill’s command of the English language was arguably one of the greatest weapons in his arsenal. It was integral not only in strengthening the resolve of the British public, but in sending out a clear message to enemies and allies alike on the global stage. In a 1906 election speech he is quoted as […]
Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator, is encased by myth and legend. He could be, at turns, both charming and chillingly ruthless. Millions died under his direct orders; even his closest allies and compatriots. It was Stalin, after all, who said “I trust no-one, not even myself.” His purge of Russian generals was so proficient and total that it […]
Winston Churchill, the emblematic British wartime leader is instantly recognisable by his cigar, hat, trenchcoat, and imposing frame.
A few facts you may not know regarding the complex, tyrannical dictator.
Military Classics: Jeremy Isaacs’ The World at War (1973) Military Times reviews the classic award-winning TV documentary series, about to be reissued in high-definition on Blu-Ray and DVD. In May 1964, the BBC made television history by broadcasting the first in their new 26-part series The Great War. Comprising weekly episodes of 40 minutes each […]
Military Times revisits the bizarre WWII invention of Burrhus Frederic Skinner. Behavioural analyst, author, innovator, poet, social philosopher, and Harvard professor of psychology, Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904-1990) was certainly a highly influential jack-of-all-trades. He invented the operant conditioning chamber, the cumulative recorder, the teaching machine, and pioneered his own scientific philosophy, ‘Radical Behaviorism’. What he […]
Obsolete it may have been, but the Fairey Swordfish remained in front-line service throughout the Second World War, distinguishing itself as the last biplane in the world to see active service. Although Taranto was arguably its finest hour, Swordfish scored many other notable successes, notably damaging the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941, helping sink […]
A series of German World War II propaganda leaflets have come light, after being put on sale by private collectors. It is likely that the leaflets, intended for British servicemen, were masterminded by the Nazi head of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. They were dropped into occupied France following D-Day, June 1944. According to Richard Westwood-Brookes, of […]