Countdown to D-Day: Kraiss

In the seventh Countdown to D-Day officer bio, Peter Margaritis explores the life of Dietrich Kraiss and his role in one of the bloodiest battles in Normandy, Omaha Beach. Generalleutnant Dietrich Kraiss, born in Stuttgart[…]

Countdown to D-Day: Krancke

In the eight Countdown to D-Day officer bio, Peter Margaritis chronicles the life of Theodor Krancke, a prominant naval officer who commanded the entirity of the Kriegsmarine in the Western Theatre. Theodor Krancke, born March 30, 1893,[…]

Countdown to D-Day: Blaskowitz

In the sixth Countdown to D-Day officer bio, Peter Margaritis presents the wartime exploits of the Johannes Blaskowitz, the general who spearheaded the invasion of Poland and had a tense relationship with the Führer himself.  Johannes[…]

Countdown to D-Day: Richter

In the fifth Countdown to D-Day officer bio, Peter Margaritis presents the wartime career of Richter, an officer who suffered a tremendous loss during the inital invasions of Normandy. Wilhelm Richter, born in Hirschberg in[…]

Countdown to D-Day: Pemsel

In our fourth Countdown to D-Day officer bio, Peter Margaritis provides a snapshot of Max-Josef Pemsel, an officer who after the war helped shape one of history’s greatest war films. Generalmajor Max-Josef Pemsel, a Bavarian[…]

Countdown to D-Day: Ōshima

In the third part of our Countdown to D-Day officer bios, Peter Margaritis reveals the life and legacy of Ōshima, a Japanese diplomat and staunch Nazi supporter. 58-year old Baron Hiroshi Ōshima came from a wealthy[…]

Countdown to D-Day: Marcks

In this first biography of the German generals of the Atlantic Wall, Peter Margaritis explores the life and career of Marcks, one of the leading officers in France and the mastermind behind Operation Barbarossa. General der[…]