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:

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.

The Nizams:

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.

Piracy In the High Sea:

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.

Change of Capital:

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:

SMS Emden attack on an Indian city in World War I made it a part of the local language

SMS Emden. Source-Wikipedia

What’s behind the name Emden and why does it instigate terror in the minds of people in South India. How it connects India and Germany

SMS Emden was a German naval ship that was part of the German Chinese fleet. Emden was responsible for escorting merchant ships from China to Japan. When the First World War broke out, Emden got a new task to harass Allied merchant ships in the Bay of Bengal. Emden’s captain was a kind-hearted person who would rob a merchant ship but still leave the crew and its food supplies intact. Emden wanted to attack a…

Maria Pita, a Spanish ship, took the smallpox vaccine to all parts of the world.

Maria Pita. Source-https://daily.jstor.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/how_children_took_the_smallpox_vaccine_around_the_world_1050x700.jpg

It was a ship full of young boys, and two of them were sick. The sick boys are about to save the world from a fatal disease and would land in a foreign land. The ship will be the first ship to transport a vaccine on a round trip around the world. The vessel was Maria Pita.

Small Pox:

Spanish colonialists started the first concentration camp in Cuba.

Cuban citizens killed. Source-http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/1898/cuban-cemetery.jpg

It was a government-run facility where people were rounded up and put in deteriorating conditions.

The people in the facility faced forced labor, malnutrition, and starvation. These are people deemed by the government as people of low status and a burden to the country.

It’s not the Nazi concentration camp during World War II. It is the Cuban concentration camp that started centuries before the Nazi holocaust camps.

Spainish Colonization:

Kaiser Wilhelm II, who led Germany into World War I, lived in exile in the Netherlands and saw Germany start World War II.

Kaiser Wilhelm-II.Source-https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6e/Kaiser_Wilhelm_II_of_Germany_-_1902.jpg/800px-Kaiser_Wilhelm_II_of_Germany_-_1902.jpg

A train from Germany entered the border town of the Netherlands. Dutch customs officers stopped the train for a routine inspection.

The customs officers were shocked when they saw a passenger on the train. It was Kaiser Wilhelm II, the King of Prussia and Emperor of Germany.

Wilhelm, who led Germany into World War I, eventually lived in exile where watched Germany slip into Nazism and its fateful decision to start World War II.

World War I:

Karthick Nambi

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