An Imperial Killing, The Legend of the Romanov Murders

An Imperial Killing, The Legend of the Romanov Murders

A Worrisome Discovery On July 25th of 1918 the White Guard, a force made up of  a motely mixture of Russian monarchists, democrats, right-wing socialist, (all of them vehemently anti-communists) along with their allies The  Czech legion entered the Siberian city of Ekaterinburg. The men were exhausted after weeks of hard fighting to dislodge the well entrenched Bolshevik Red army. Yet they …

What's inside, German helmet liners 1920-1940

What’s inside, German helmet liners 1920-1940

  A New Liner for a New Era As the German Reichswehr slogged it’s way through the turbulence of the 1920s, supply issues were a constant concern. With the armistice of the Great War and subsequence treaty of Versailles, Germany had been forced to sell off or destroy much of it’s military equipment such as steel helmets. Immediately after the end of the …

The Butcher's Steel Hat- A short history of the Ordnungspolizei Transitional Helmet

The Butcher’s Steel Hat- A short history of the Ordnungspolizei Transitional Helmet

  A Helmet with a Dark History The SS helmet has earned it’s place in history as one of the symbols of the Holocaust. There can be little argument that there is validity to this. The helmet saw use by camp guards, the dreaded Einsatzgruppen and many other members of the SS who helped perpetrate the events that became known as …

Of Vampires and the Great War

Of Vampires and the Great War

  Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens Nine years before Bela Lugosi donned a black cape and uttered his immortal words, “I- am Dracula” in his characteristic Hungarian accent. There was another man who portrayed the role of the undead blood feasting Vampire on the silver screen. The actor’s name was Max Schreck, an early 20th century German stage actor and …

A Helmet for the Chinese

A Helmet for the Chinese

  Perhaps one of more confusion images to come out of the Second World War are photographs of Chinese soldiers wearing German helmets. Some of the confusion may come from knowing that the Germans were allied to the Japanese. If Japan was fighting the Chinese, then why were the Chinese wearing German helmets. In truth the helmet in these photos are not Chinese copies …

An End of Honor- A Story of Betrayal

An End of Honor- A Story of Betrayal

On June 1st, 1945 in  Lienz, Austria, some 29,000 Cossack men, women and children being held prisoner by the  British military  were to be transferred into Soviet custody. Each of these people knew this transfer would likely result in their deaths. These Cossacks endured over 20 years of brutality, starvation and murder under the Soviet régime. These actions led these people …