On this day: British troops prepare for battle

This photograph, dated the 17th of July, 1916 show British troops digging themselves in on the last day of the Battle of Bazentin Ridge.

Part of the larger Battle of the Somme, Bazentin Ridge – in France – began on the 14th and resulted in a British victory over the German Empire.

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Q3980 Battle of Bazentin Ridge. British troops digging themselves in by using entrenching tools, Mametz Wood, 17th July 1916.

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Belarus after Liberation

194407_abandoned_german_vehicles_belarus_(revised) Nazi tanks stand abandoned near the city of Babruysk, Belarus in July of 1944. The Soviet Red Army defeated the Germans in the region o

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Nazi tanks stand abandoned near the city of Babruysk, Belarus in July of 1944. The Soviet Red Army defeated the Germans in the region on the 29th of June.

Belarus remained under Soviet control until the collapse of the USSR.

On this day: a Town is Liberated

Group_of_prisoners_who_surrendered_to_Canadians_in_Courseulles Two German officers in a group of prisoners who surrendered to Canadian troops in Courseulles-sur-Mer - June 6, 1944. Secon

This photograph, taken on the 6th of June, 1944, shows German soldiers – including two officers – surrendering to Canadian troops in the French town of Courseulles-sur-Mer.

Below are the Canadians arriving on the beach in their preparations to take over the area.

Taken on D-Day, the first day of the Normandy landings in the Second World War, the town is widely believed to be the first liberated in the massive Allied campaign.

Images of locals and soldiers celebrating Bastille Day together just over a month later can be seen HERE.

On this day: Cologne in Ruins

Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) seemingly undamaged (although having been directly hit several times and damaged severely) area surrounding it is completely devastated. The Hauptbahnhof

The German city of Cologne is seen in ruins on the 24th of April, 1945, as the Second World War drew to an end. Though is was hit by Allied bombs a number of times, Cologne Cathedral still stands.

The city suffered heavy damage over the course of the war, and had come under Allied control in early March.

 

On this day: the German invasion of Denmark

Danish_soldiers_on_9_April_1940 A squad of Danish troops on the morning of the German invasion, 9 April 1940, photographed near Bredevad i Southern Jutland. Two of these men were killed

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This photograph of Danish soldiers was taken on the 9th of April, 1940, the date of the German invasion of Denmark.

Two of these seven soldiers were killed later that day.

King Christian X on his horse. 1940. Defiance to teh Nazi occupation of Denmark.

During the occupation King Christian X became a prominent figure of defiance, seen riding unaccompanied through the streets of Copenhagen.

The Nazis occupied the country until the Allied victory on the 5th of May, 1945.

On this day: the bombing of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg_ob_der_Tauber_Bomben_Zerstörung_Weltkrieg_1945 As the Second World War came closer to its end, German soldiers gathered at the Bavarian town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber on th

In ruins after the attack.

As the Second World War came closer to its end, German soldiers gathered to defend the Bavarian town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the 31st of March, 1945.

The town, considered a model of idyllic Nazi life and used as an example for people across Germany, was bombed by sixteen Allied planes that day. Thirty-seven people were killed, and there was significant damage to structures, including the loss of hundreds of homes, half a dozen public buildings, and hundreds of metres of the historic wall.

Even considering the extensive damage, the Allies were aware of Rothenburg’s historical significance and limited the attack in a way they did not with other targets.

Today the town has been carefully reconstructed, and is a popular tourist destination that makes up part of the famed Romantic Road.