Day: June 26, 2019

Ted Martens: Dutch resistance fighter
Front Lines

Ted Martens: Dutch resistance fighter

Ted Martens did whatever he could to derail the Nazi war machine while serving with the Dutch resistance during the Second World War—then the Nazi war machine derailed him, but only briefly. Martens was captured early in 1942 and came within a hair’s-breadth of torture and execution at the hands of German troops. But the strapping Dutchman staged a daring escape and later joined British forces in the drive to liberate his homeland from Nazi tyranny. The youngest of eight children born on a dairy farm, Martens was just 18 when he and a handful of friends mounted a resistance cell around their village of Neerbosch, less than 20 kilometres from Nijmegen. Martens had a year of small-college education under his belt. But his plans to follow three uncles into law had been ...
The sinking of the <em> Llandovery Castle </em>
Military Milestones

The sinking of the Llandovery Castle

On the night of June 27, 1918, 14 nursing sisters, all but two Canadian, died, victims of a war crime. The Canadian hospital ship Llandovery Castle was on its way back to England after delivering recovering soldiers to Halifax. It was running with full lights, its Red Cross clearly illuminated, when it crossed the path of a German U-boat about 200 kilometres from the Irish coast. Although attacking a hospital ship was against international law as well as the standing orders of the German navy, U-86’s captain Helmut Brümmer-Patzig believed it was carrying troops and ammunition. He launched a torpedo attack, ignoring his right under the Hague Convention to stop and search the ship. It took only 10 minutes for the ship to sink, but in that time survivors were bustled into lifeboats. ...

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