The World War 2 hero who saved my sight.

Just before Christmas 2011 I lost the sight in my right eye. The retina had become detached but after 2 operations the sight could not be saved, in fact my eye shrunk, dramatically  and I have now a glass shell with  an eye painted on it in front of the remainder of my eye. InContinue reading “The World War 2 hero who saved my sight.”

Compromise of Nobles-April 5,1566.

In 1566 the Netherlands were still under Spanish rule and was part of the greater Habsburg empire. The ruler of the Netherlands was Philip II of Spain. He had appointed his half-sister Margaret of Parma as his Regent. Philip was very much opposed to the Protestant teachings of Martin Luther, John Calvin and the Anabaptists,Continue reading “Compromise of Nobles-April 5,1566.”

Battle of Gibraltar 25 April 1607

For a small nation the Dutch have been involved in a great number of battles and wars, often against nation multiple the size of the Netherlands. Although the Dutch didn’t win all the battles there were quite a few where they were the victors On the 25th of April 1607, the Dutch defeated the SpanishContinue reading “Battle of Gibraltar 25 April 1607”

The bombing of a florist shop that inadvertently caused the death of 583

On this day  42 years ago, at Tenerife-North Airport (formerly Los Rodeos), two Boeing 747’s – one KLM, the other  Pan Am – crashed on a foggy runway. 583 people were killed in what remains the biggest air disaster in history. Neither of the planed were supposed to be there, they had both been divertedContinue reading “The bombing of a florist shop that inadvertently caused the death of 583”

SS Navemar-The ship built for 15, but carried close to 1200

SS Navemar was a cargo steamship that was built in England in 1921, was Norwegian-owned until 1927 and then Spanish-owned for the rest of her career. An Italian submarine sank her in the Strait of Gibraltar in 1942. Navemar is notable for a voyage in 1941 in which she carried about 1,120 European Jewish refugees to the United States in overcrowded and insanitary conditions. In 1941, the American Jewish JointContinue reading “SS Navemar-The ship built for 15, but carried close to 1200”

The Spanish Republicans in Nazi Concentration camps

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was the bloodiest conflict western Europe had experienced since the end of World War I in 1918. It was the breeding ground for mass atrocities. About 200,000 people died as the result of systematic killings, mob violence, torture, or other brutalities. The fighting displaced millions of Spaniards. Some 500,000 refugeesContinue reading “The Spanish Republicans in Nazi Concentration camps”

Otto Skorzeny:Hitler’s scarfaced Henchman-Irish Farmer and Mossad Hitman

Not an easy man to miss, Skorzeny stood 6 foot 4 inches tall and weighed 250lbs. And he was known as “Scarface” for a reason. He had a long, distinctive scar on his left cheek.   Skorzeny achieved ‘fame’ during the war for rescuing deposed Italian leader Benito Mussolini from an Italian hilltop fortress. BornContinue reading “Otto Skorzeny:Hitler’s scarfaced Henchman-Irish Farmer and Mossad Hitman”