Welcome to HistoryWow

Why ‘Wow’? Because history has a ‘Wow’ factor. History is rich in fascinating and inspiratonal incidents and events. Stories of heroism, self-sacrifice, humor, arrogance, foolishness, victory against the odds, the cruel hand of fate, irony and nobility.

History’s got the lot. Since 2012, HistoryWow aims to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format. A little bit of history every day. But not enough to overload your busy lifestyles. We hope you enjoy HistoryWow!

History Question of the Day

What was unusual about the actions of the Nazi U-boat U-530 at the end of the Second World War?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

From 1803 onwards, Napoleon considered invading Britain, and was willing to contemplate audacious strategies to achieve the task. What were some of the stranger ideas developed by Napoleon’s generals and engineers?

Answer: Plans included digging a tunnel under the English Channel, or the development of an armada of hot-air balloons to transport French soldiers to the English coast. Unsurprisingly none of these plans left the drawing board, though they did much to promote fears of invasion in Britain, and Napoleon called off the planned invasion in 1805.

Source: The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald

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History Question of the Week

The Treaty of Versailles, signed on 28 June 1919, was the primary peace treaty which officially ended the First World War. The German military was forbidden from having what: a navy or an air force?

The answer on Thursday.

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The first correct answer to each week's question will receive a US$30 voucher to buy a history book of their choice.

Last week's question and answer:

What was so remarkable about the Soviet Air Forces 588th Bomber Regiment in World War II?

Answer: It was entirely composed of women. The 588th was one of three all female air regiments and tasked with night bombing German military targets from 1942 until the end of the war. They flew 23,000 sorties dropping 3,000 bombs.

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HistoryWow’s Golden List of Great History Books

There are many great history books, on a range of interesting topics. These are some of the ones we at HistoryWow think are especially good.

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The HistoryWow App. Seventy fascinating and inspirational incidents and events from history - in a short, sharp format. Each great story is different and each one is a terrific read. A nice-sized, compact, mini history book of around 15,000 words, complete with pictures. And only US $1.99.