Posted inModern Era, Second World War

The Story of the Two Japanese Officers who Competed to See who Could Kill 100 Prisoners with their Swords First

On January 28, 1948, two prisoners were executed in Yuhuatai, an urban district of the Chinese city of Nanjing. Their names were Tsuyoshi Noda and Toshiaki Mukai, both Japanese, the same age -thirty-six- and convicted for the same reason: war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the infamous Nanjing Massacre, in which the Imperial […]

Posted inAncient Egypt

Lord Carnarvon, Howard Carter’s Patron whose Death Gave Rise to the Legend of the Curse of Tutankhamun

How many times have you heard about the curse of Tutankhamun, about the inscription that Howard Carter supposedly found on the door of his tomb, warning that Death will come on swift wings to those who disturb the pharaoh’s peace, or Death will strike with its fear anyone who disturbs the pharaoh’s rest? In reality, […]

Posted inAncient Egypt

Megiddo, the First Battle in History for which we have a Detailed Account, in the Annals of the Temple of Karnak

We all know what is said to be the oldest profession in the world, but there is probably one preceding it—the military profession, as the use of violence to resolve conflicts has existed since prehistoric times and is even observed in the animal kingdom. This leads us to wonder which battle could be considered the […]

Posted inSecond World War

Operation Osoaviakhim, the Forced Relocation of Thousands of German Scientists and Technicians to the USSR in 1946

Certainly, World War II history enthusiasts may know that the transfer to the United States of German scientists specialized in cutting-edge weapons at the end of the conflict was called Operation Paperclip. What is not as well-known is that the Soviets carried out a similar action, adding more than two and a half thousand specialists […]

Posted inModern Era

Linant Pasha, the Engineer who Saved the Giza Pyramids from Dismantling

“Soldiers! From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us“, Napoleon’s famous rallying cry to his troops before the battle in which he defeated the Mamelukes was almost reduced to a mere testament of a fading memory just four decades later when the Ottoman governor of Egypt suggested using the stones from these monuments as […]