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 but …

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 …

A visit to Rundāle Palace

A visit to Rundāle Palace

After concluding our visit to Estonia we headed south to the capital of Latvia, Riga. Riga was established in 1201.  The city has a long history over the years, it has played host to a number of different groups from Vikings to German merchants. Riga’s one unique claim to fame, is that the Christmas tree tradition was started there by the city’s …