The MegaMilitary Project | Online Edition #315

Military Myths, Mysteries, Legends & Curiosities

Many articles have been written about all the wars that we know of today, but largely absent in literally all of them is a focus on the mysterious, baffling, and oddly coincidental inexplicable events, little-known facts, curiosities, odd characters or just fascinating theories that never made the headlines. Every time we encounter one of these "gems" you will find them in this section.

"These are the kind of cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts..."

(Winston Churchill - 1943)

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Who Killed the Archduke? (28th June 1914)

Military Myths, Mysteries, Legends & Curiosities
One of the greatest mysteries of the First World War concerns its outbreak. The great states of Europe - Britain, France and Russia on one side against Germany and Austria-Hungary on the other - declared war against each other between 28 July and 4 August 1914.

A German in Paris (17th August 1914)

Military Myths, Mysteries, Legends & Curiosities
On the 17th of August 1914, the Parisians woke up to find thousands of paper leaflets blowing around the boulevards and streets. The puzzled Parisians picked them up to look at them, and were at once both outraged and worried.

Saving Private Hitler (28th October 1914)

Military Myths, Mysteries, Legends & Curiosities
This story is about one mystery of World War I that did not surface until 1938, though the incident is said to have happened on 28 October 1914. In 1937, Adolf Hitler, Nazi dictator of Germany, went to visit the home of a member of his staff, Dr. Otto Schwend.

The Secret Cargo of the RMS Lusitania (7th May 1915)

Military Myths, Mysteries, Legends & Curiosities
The story of the short life and premature death of the majestic Lusitania is one of the most dramatic, tragic, and enduringly controversial tales in maritime history. At sea, the war had started with a burst of activity. German warships in distant lands had preyed on Allied merchant ships for months but had eventually either been hunted down or ...

Amazing Encounter at Pier 86 (September 1935)

Military Myths, Mysteries, Legends & Curiosities
In August 1935, Wilhelm Lonkowski and his wife drove to Buffalo, New York, to hold a Treff with Werner Gudenberg, one of his early recruits at Ireland Aircraft. Lonkowski later had used his connections to plant Gudenberg in the Curtiss Airplane and Motor Company in Buffalo, but he had become annoyed with his subagent in recent months.

Beating Hitler with Humor (1940)

Military Myths, Mysteries, Legends & Curiosities
It’s a late night in London in 1940, and Austrian exile Robert Lucas is writing at his desk. Bombs are raining down on the city every night, Hitler’s army is winning throughout Europe and the invasion of England has become a genuine prospect.
For 75 years the French Senate (the upper house of parliament based in the historic Luxembourg Palace) has been keeping an embarrassing secret. Hidden in the basement, its whereabouts privy to just a handful of initiates, lies a bust of Adolf Hitler.
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Dark Secret of the Lusitania - National Geographic Documentary

Dark Secret of the Lusitania - National Geographic Documentary

A German torpedo hit the RMS Lusitania on May 7, 1915. Shortly after, a substantial second explosion shook the ship. Within 20 minutes, the vessel known as the "Greyhound of the Seas" had sunk to the ocean floor, resulting in the deaths of almost 1200 individuals. A new two-step investigation...
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