We have all heard the story of David versus Goliath, where David, who was a timid young boy, defeated Goliath, the giant. It is the usual story of an underdog performing to everyone’s surprise. Such an event happened in India where a small chieftain fought against an alliance of three mighty empires and won against them through his sheer planning and bravery. The chieftain was Velpaari.
German U-boats caused a massive menace in World War II. Especially on the Atlantic convoys, where they disrupted the USA’s merchant ships to the UK. Even though the U-boats were built with state of the art technology, they too had some crappy problems.
It is the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Most of the guests wore magnificent dresses and jewels or dress uniforms.
Among them was an odd woman. She was a nun dressed in a simple costume. What does a nun do with the Royal Family?
The woman is none other than the mother of Prince Philip and the mother in law of Queen Elizabeth II. Her name was Princess Alice of Battenberg. Her life is a roller coaster of emotions where she even saved some Jewish families from the Nazis.
What if I say that you can print money out of thin air. What if all you need is a single sheet of a document with which you can produce n number of times and get money from the bank. You might ask what happens if caught. Well, don’t worry, you can save your self in one of those finance havens. I’m not mentioning far off island in the pacific. The sanctuary is London, and the guy is Nirav Modi.
It was the official start of World War II in Europe. Germany started its annexation of Poland.
Adolph Hitler thought it would be a simple task of eradicating the Poles. The first target in the invasion, the free city of Danzig (modern Gdańsk), showed a lot of resistance, so much so that a post office in the city stood through several waves of attacks.
The post office of Danzig became a symbol of resistance for the Polish people. It gave the signal to the Germans that they have a difficult task ahead.
It was the peak of the Kargil War fought between India and Pakistan. It was not like the other wars fought between the neighboring countries. The Kargil War was a proxy war from Pakistan’s side.
Pakistani leaders denied any role of the Pakistani army in the war. It insisted that it was militants who waged war.
But the Indian Army emphasized that Pakistan’s army personnel are actively involved in the war. To prove the point, the Indian intelligence agency revealed Pakistan’s active participation in the war. It came from the head of the Pakistani Army.
It was the peak of World War II as the Battle of Britain raged across the skies of Europe.
The Luftwaffe, the German Air Force, ruled the skies over the British channel. The Royal Air Force (RAF) lagged initially but caught up with Luftwaffe in the latter part of the war. During this intermediate period, the Royal Air Force needed a temporary solution to keep the Luftwaffe in check and attack Germany, Italy, and German-occupied areas. The aircraft needs to be light and cheap, thus was born Mosquito.
Let’s say you happened to visit the British royal treasury in London in 1942. In that case, you might have looked into the last reminiscence of colonial Britain.
You might have seen the famous Kohinoor diamond, Precious stones from various parts of the world. After roaming around the colossal treasury, you might notice 500 kg of water in a corner.
Please don’t drink it. It might even kill you. What are 500 kilograms of water doing among diamonds and precious stones inside the British Royal Treasury?
Let’s say that financial regulators caught you in a financial scandal, and what the best way to escape from you.
Your options are either you convince the investigating agency or confuse them. Netflix recently retold an intriguing story from India where a multi-billionaire did an absurd thing to confuse the investigating authorities and how it backfired.
In usual circumstances, fake money is printed by people who want to profit from it or disrupt a country’s economy.
During the Cold War peak, one government printed counterfeit money to save its economy from ruins. Where else would it be more appropriate than at the heart of the Cold War in Europe — West Germany.