Europe 8 January 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46792556 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel German far-right politician Frank Magnitz has been beaten up and severely injured in an attack seen by police as politically motivated.The … [Read more...] about Far-right MP badly hurt in German attack
A man accused of carrying out a xenophobic car attack in Germany on New Year’s Day is in custody facing attempted murder charges. Eight people were injured in the attack, which was carried out at four different locations in the northwest German town of Bottrop and the neighbouring city of Essen.A 46-year-old woman was left fighting for her life after one of the attacks, and her 48-year-old husband and two daughters, aged 16 and 27, were also injured. The family is from Syria.A four-year-old Afghan boy was also struck and his 29-year-old mother, as well as a 10-year-old Syrian girl.A 34-year-old local man with Turkish heritage was also injured. A 50-year-old Essen man knowingly steered the car he was driving into groups of New Year’s revellers, most of them foreigners, said Herbert Reul, the interior minister of North Rhine Westphalia, the German state where the attack occurred.“There was a clear intention from this man to kill foreigners,” Mr Reul said.Police … [Read more...] about German attacker faces murder charges
Nearly 80 years ago, Nazi aeroplanes launched an attack on the British coast which was described as Hitler’s biggest air raid. Five hundred miles of coastline felt the brunt of the assault in 1940 and it included Hartlepool.In fact, one building suffered a direct hit which left the town with a long-standing reminder of the exact time the bombs dropped. It was the Yorkshire Penny Bank in Church Street and it was hit at 12.50am on August 27.We are indebted to the reference section of the Central Library in York Road for providing us with the details.It’s yet another example of the excellent research carried out by the library’s teams and which is available to anyone who comes along.Let’s take a closer look at the day the bombs dropped. Two shops in the business centre of a North East town were demolished and a bank damaged when raiders for the third time dropped a large number of high-explosive bombs. Most fell on open ground in the outskirts, or in the sea. But … [Read more...] about The day 40 German planes attacked Hartlepool
It was news that shocked the nation. According to Grimsby’s MP, the German Army had sailed two ships, jam-packed with soldiers, up the Humber Estuary. The next day there were reports of an attack on a naval base near Grimsby. Then, three suspected German spies were seen taking pictures of the docks. As the centenary of the First World War comes towards its close this autumn, Britain will remember the courage and sacrifice of the millions of people who fought around the world and on the home front. One story that is long forgotten, however, is the Humber invasion scare. In the run-up to the First World War, Grimsby and Immingham, with their deep-water docks, were seen as key targets should the Kaiser order an assault on England’s east coast. Was the town really about to be invaded? ‘German troops in the Humber’ When Grimsby MP Sir George Doughty rose to speak to the House of Commons, in May, 1909, what he had to say would cause a sensation. Sir George asked if … [Read more...] about When a German invasion fleet sailed for Grimsby
The catastrophic early years of the war left Soviet soldiers no time or opportunity for indulging even simple pleasures. To take a bath and eat a hot meal was often the only source of joy for hungry and exhausted soldiers. During the war’s disastrous initial period, when the Red Army was on the brink of destruction, Soviet soldiers were in constant frontline deployment and had no time for rest or recuperation. There were few opportunities to follow rules of basic hygiene, especially for soldiers on the front lines. Unlike German soldiers, Soviet troops were seldom allowed leave - even for short periods such as the typical 48-hour pass. That’s why if a soldier could take a bath and shave or clean and repair his uniform, it was already a source of great joy. Absence of proper hygiene led to disease and infection. Apart from the Germans, Soviet soldiers had another deadly foe: lice. Much of a soldier’s time and attention was devoted to battling this tiny, but fearsome … [Read more...] about What did Soviet soldiers do beside fighting Germans during the WWII?