Welcome to HistoryWow

Why ‘Wow’? Because history has a ‘Wow’ factor. History is rich in fascinating and inspirational 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 Since 2012, HistoryWow’s aim, using only the finest historical reference material, has been to bring you some of these fascinating and inspirational incidents and events, in a short, sharp format.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

The Moscow Victory Parade of 1945 marked the victory of Soviet forces in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945). According to the memoirs of Soviet commander Georgy Zhukov (1896-1974), what did not go as planned?

The answer tomorrow.

Yesterday's question and answer:

During the Siege of Paris (1870-1871) by Prussian forces, what novel way did the besieged French communicate with the outside world?

Answer: Balloon mail. Prussian forces had cut telegraph lines and captured messengers, so unguided balloons were used to deliver messages. Around 70 balloons were sent, with most reaching their intended recipients.

Source: Air Power in the Age of Total War by Jeff Buckley

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History Question of the Week

The Battle of Catalaunian Plains (451) was a confrontation between an army led by Roman general Flavius Aetius (391-454) and the Visigothic King Theodoric I (393-351) against who?

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:

Bernard Freyberg (1889-1963) was an Allied Commander during the Second World War (1939-1945). Which country’s forces did he command?

Answer: New Zealand.

Source: The New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War II by Wayne Stack

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 fascinating thing about history is that there are a variety of different opinions and views on historical questions. Here is your chance to tell us what you think about a particular history question.


The most important factor behind the growth of self-government in the British Empire was free trade. This removed mercantilist regulation of commerce and lessened the need for tight control over colonies of white settlement, enabling self-government within the Empire. What do you think?


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History lovers have their own special history stories, incidents and episodes. Stories of heroism, self-sacrifice, victory against the odds, arrogance, the cruel hand of fate, irony and nobility. Tell us here what your favorite anecdote is.

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The HistoryWow App

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 it's free.