How Did Hitler Establish His Dictatorship?

  Many historians and commentators have speculated on how Adolf Hitler managed to build his evil, genocidal regime. In just a few years, from January 1933, when he came to power, until ‘Heydrich’s ‘final solution’ first announced in January 1942, Hitler succeeded in suppressing the free press, bending the judiciary to his will, taking over […]

Col Claus von Stauffenberg

The Seven Lives of Adolf Hitler

Historical Fiction author David Lawlor investigates the luck of the devil. Take it away, David.       Napoleon once said that he liked his generals to be lucky, well, if Adolf Hitler  had served under the Emperor he would undoubtedly have become a firm favourite in the French Army because when it came to […]

Julius Schreck

Hitler’s Drivers

Adolf Hitler’s chauffeurs were all close associates and long term loyal members of his personal entourage. Emile Maurice (1925-1931), Julius Schreck (1931-1934) and Erich Kempka (1934-1945). The Nazi Party, the NSDAP, was formally established in 1920, and soon afterwards, they set up a paramilitary force, led by a close associate of Hitler’s called Emile Maurice. […]

Klaus Barbie

A WW2 Monster – Klaus Barbie

‘The Butcher of Lyon’ was leader of the Gestapo in the Lyon area 1942–1944 holding the rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer (captain). He captured and personally tortured hundreds of French Resistance workers, including Jean Moulin a highly ranked resistance leader. Witnesses to his torture methods show a sadistic monster who used the most unspeakable methods. He hung […]

Dresden 1945

WW2 Bombing of Cities

The German blitz of London began on September 7, 1940 and continued for 57 consecutive nights. The blitz ended in May 1941, although 1944 saw the introduction of the V1 “doodlebug” and the V2 rocket directed at London from Peenemunde. More than 1 million London homes were destroyed or damaged, and over 20,000 London civilians […]