The World Trembled: When Russia and Nazi Germany Were Allies

An evil alliance.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

Key point: Moscow and Berlin worked together to destroy Poland.

On August 23, 1939, Soviet Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, V.P. Potemkin, waited at the Moscow Airport for Joachim von Ribbentrop, Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany.… read the full article

The Secret Reason America’s Military Dominates: Nazi Weapons Tech?

Before the guns fell silent in 1945, the Allies had already drawn up plans for gathering as much German technology as they could take. What did they find? 

by Robert FarleyFollow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key Point: Many Americans were disappointed by what they found in Germany.… read the full article

Germany’s far-right party has drawn controversial comparisons to Nazis and they’re forcing the country to reconsider how it deals with the Holocaust

By Eliza Relman | Business Insider

Groups of students visit the Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial outside Berlin.
  • Since the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) swept into federal and state parliament on a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment two years ago, the birthplace of Nazism has had to contend with a political party that tolerates Holocaust denialism, nationalist extremism, and racism. 
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Another Vatican Diplomatic Blunder

By GEORGE WEIGEL | National Review

Christmas Eve mass at a Catholic church in Shanghai, China, December 24, 2017. (Aly Song/Reuters)

(This first appeared in September, 2018)

On the 85th anniversary of the Reichskonkordat, no less

Eighty-five years ago, on July 20, 1933, a concordat defining the legal position of the Catholic Church in the Third Reich was signed by Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) and German vice chancellor Franz von Papen.… read the full article

How America’s 30th Infantry Division Laid Waste to Nazi Panzers at Mortain

A great battle.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

When American relief troops reached the area seven days later they discovered a panzer graveyard. 

A Column of German Mark V Panther tanks advanced through a thick fog north of the French town of Mortain, blindly firing their machine guns.… read the full article

Two Nazi Soldiers Proved How Deadly a Sniper Can Be on the Battlefield

And maybe a war.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

The three Soviet tanks edged forward slowly as the drivers scanned for the concealed Germans that lay ahead. The lead tank suddenly clanked to a stop and swung its long barrel around.… read the full article

America’s World War II Sherman Tank: The Best Worst Tank They Had

It got the job done.

by War Is Boring (The National Interest)

For its part, the M-4 was good in 1942, adequate in 1943 and totally outclassed by 1944. Unfortunately for American tankers, the war lasted until 1945.

American tanks in World War II were generally inferior to their German counterparts.… read the full article