Operation Mincemeat was an attempt by British intelligence to plant fake documents into the hands of German intelligence.

Body of Glyndwr Michael. Source-https://live.staticflickr.com/2847/13368425534_e29bfe1bca_b.jpg

A body of a British officer came to the shores of Spain. The British embassy in Spain and the German intelligence (Abwehr) officers rushed to examine the body.

Though Spain declared both sides could not see the body, it informally allowed German Intelligence agents to examine the body. It was a ploy by British Intelligence, and the Abwehr got entangled into one of the most elaborate deceptions of World War II- Operation Mincemeat.

The Failed Raid:

Operation Manna and Operation Chowhound were initiated to save millions of citizens from starvation in the Netherlands

Operation Manna. Source- https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6a/Voedseldropping_op_Ypenburg.jpg/800px-Voedseldropping_op_Ypenburg.jpg

At the height of World War II, A truck crossed into the Netherlands and drove through a check post. A British soldier drove the truck, and a German soldier operated the check post.

Why didn’t the German soldier fire at the British truck? Why didn’t the British soldier fight against the German soldier? The British truck was filled with food to save thousands of lives trapped inside Belgium.

The mission was called Operation Manna, the only time the German Army (Wehrmacht) and British, American, and Canadian armies officially worked together.

World War II:

Korean and Tamil languages share a common thread, but who is responsible for it.

Queen Heo. Source- https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4a/Queen_Heo_2019_stamp_of_India.jpg

I was mundanely scrolling through YouTube one day and came across an interesting video. There are two participants from two different countries, separated by 3000 miles. They spoke about some common words used in day-to-day life, and it resembled a lot. A vast distance separates South Korea and Tamilnadu (a southern state of India). Still, these two regions share a lot when it comes to language, and what’s the reason behind it?

Tamilnadu was an international trade hub for centuries and traded with the Arabs, Armenians, and Romans. There were even small Tamil settlements near Rome. Many kingdoms interacted with…

With a few hundred German troops, Erwin Rommel captured several thousand Italian troops without even a single bullet fired.

Battle of Caporetto. Source- https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8f/Battle_of_Caporetto.jpg

The German army officer with his 50 odd men moved towards a 9000 strong Italian camp. With his gun in one hand and white cloth, the German army officer waved at the Italian camp.

The Italian soldiers ran towards the German officer shouting, “long live Germany” rather than firing bullets. The entire Italian division surrendered and lifted the German officer, and took him on a victory parade.

The Italian soldiers even shot an Italian officer who protested the surrender. The German military officer who charmed the enemy camp was Erwin Rommel. In the future will be called a Desert Fox…

CIA’s attempt to infiltrate the USSR embassy ended up as a disaster as their 20 million dollar cat died on the first day of the mission.

Acoustic Cat. Source- https://i.redd.it/korvxpqr42b31.jpg

Central investigation agency is an elite intelligence unit of the United States government. Its job is to perform spying operations on people and countries deemed an enemy to the United States. CIA was famous for its methods for the execution of its mission. But there are also some catastrophic failures in CIA’s R&D. One such failure was a 20 million dollar cat.

Anwaruddin Khan died in the Battle of Ambur, making him the oldest king to be killed in battle as per Ripley’s believe it or not.

Death of Anwaruddin Muhammed Khan. Source-https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/Death_of_the_Nabob_of_the_Carnatic_by_Paul_Philippoteaux.jpg

It was one of the fiercest battles fought in South India. It was also the fight for supremacy among relatives and two European countries. One of the battle casualty was the oldest man ever to die in a battle as per “Ripley’s believe it or not.” This battle will mark the turning point for one of the group.

Henry Every’s loot of Ganj-i-Sawai, the Mughal flagship, outraged the British, who declared him an enemy of humanity.

Henry Every. Source — https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/af/Every.JPG/800px-Every.JPG

The great Mughals were the rulers of the vast empire in India. They had much influence on the land. When it came to the sea, their power is close to nil. Mughal ships were harassed and looted by many pirates. One pirate infuriated the Mughals so much that it started the first international manhunt against him. He was Henry Every or commonly called the Black Beard.

The Zeebrugge Raid in World War I taught the Royal Navy many lessons, which helped it better plan the St Nazaire raid in World War II.

Graphic depiction of the raid. Source-https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7c/Zeebrugge_Raid_graphic.JPG

A rain of artillery bombardment fell upon German defenses. The petrified German gunners fired whatever was in their arsenal.

The German onlookers saw something strange. A bunch of old ships of the British Royal Navy conducted the British attack. Why on earth does the Royal Navy send its worst ships against the best of Germany’s world-class defenses?

World War I:

Tuglaq introduced brass and copper coins into his kingdom’s economy to replace gold coins which ended his economy.

Tuglaq in front of his brass coins. Source-https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/23/Muhammad_Tughlak_orders_his_brass_coins_to_pass_for_silver%2C_A.D._1330.jpg/800px-Muhammad_Tughlak_orders_his_brass_coins_to_pass_for_silver%2C_A.D._1330.jpg

Many countries tried to change their economic system to improve or save their economy. In the USA, the federal reserve issues US dollars as much as it can to keep the economy afloat. In 2019 the Indian government demonetized 500 and 1000 rupees notes overnight. Some kingdoms had handled their economy in a dumb way.

Under the command of Lieutenant Kolobanov, a Russian KV-1 shot down 21 German Tanks in Krasnogvardeysk.

A memorial for the incident. Source- https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/42/2010-05-10_Dedicated_to_65th_Anniversary_of_the_Great_Victory._The_Monument_on_the_place_of_Heroic_Act_of_Zinoviy%27s_Kolobanov%27s_tank_crew._Leningrad._1941.jpg/800px-2010-05-10_Dedicated_to_65th_Anniversary_of_the_Great_Victory._The_Monument_on_the_place_of_Heroic_Act_of_Zinoviy%27s_Kolobanov%27s_tank_crew._Leningrad._1941.jpg

It was deep inside the Russian territory a KV-1 tank dug in and waited for its target. The target was German armored vehicles, which might cross them at any time soon.

The KV-1 was not alone. It had four other tanks as a company, but there were in reserve. It was a perfect scenario for one of the most famous ambushes in World War II. So much, so the road was named Tank alley.

Operation Barbarossa:

Karthick Nambi

A human with interest in history and technology

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