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, bowler hat, trenchcoat, and imposing frame.
A few facts you may not know regarding the complex, tyrannical dictator.
There can have been few sights as frightful as the dull gaze of the 32 pounders of a ship’s broadside as it turned to face you. Weighing in at 3.5 tonnes and capable of firing at a muzzle velocity of 487 metres per second, these vast cannon were the most important and imposing naval armaments […]
A quick and easy guide to the Battle of Britain.
Test your Battle of Britain knowledge – did you believe any of these enduring myths?
A few things you may not know about Britain’s most iconic military aircraft