The invasion of Poland in September 1939 was the beginning of WWII. This clip contains footage of artillery and infantry attacks which resulted in the capture of Warsaw. It was shot by German troops and confiscated by the Allied Forces. It’s an unbelievably vivid documentary of the events.
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Does Germany still owe Greece $95 billion dollars in reparations for World War 2? If so, do they have the moral obligation to bail out Greece today rather than push for Greek economic austerity measures?
In October 1961, just two months after the construction of the Berlin Wall, there was a showdown between Soviet and American tanks at Check Point Charlie. The crisis ended after a three day standoff, tank engines running, canons loaded. Here’s a look back at this haunting moment.
Reagan recognized that Gorbachev was not like previous Soviet dictators, and he adapted his strategy accordingly. But Gorbachev would not have engaged in perestroika and glasnost if not for Reagan’s brilliant combination of encouragement and pressure. Sure, that strategy would not have worked with Stalin, but Reagan knew he wasn’t dealing with Stalin.
Before the Berlin Wall’s erection, 3.5 million East Germans circumvented Eastern Bloc emigration restrictions and defected from the GDR, many by crossing over the border from East Berlin into West Berlin, from where they could then travel to West Germany and other Western European countries. Between 1961 and 1989, the wall prevented almost all such emigration.
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