A journey without a thought


HISTORY MEME : 1 War - World War II

World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. It involved the vast majority of the world’s nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis.The Axis powers were a group of countries led by Nazi Germany, the Kingdom of Italy (until its defeat) and the Empire of Japan. They were considered the aggressors of the conflict. The Allies, led by the United Kingdom, its Commonwealth , and France (until its defeat), were joined in the European theater by the Soviet Union in June 1941 and by the United States in December 1941. In the Asia-Pacific theater, the Allies were led by the Republic of China, following the 1937 invasion of China by Japan, and the United States and the British Commonwealth, following the 1941–42 Japanese attacks. (+more)


HISTORY MEME : (3/ 8) objects - The ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster

'Keep Calm and CarryOn' was a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the aftermath of widely predicted mass air attacks on major cities. It had only limited distribution with no public display, and thus was little known. With a bold coloured background, the posters depicted the symbolic crown of King George VI along with a simple yet effective font.The poster was rediscovered in 2000, has been re-issued by a number of private companies, and has been used as the decorative theme for a range of products. (+)


HISTORY MEME : (5/8) objects - German WWII S.S. Uniforms by Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss founded the company in 1923. The head office is still in Stuttgart, Germany. He went bust in 1930 but in an agreement with his creditors he was able to keep 6 sewing machines and start again in 1931. From making men’s bespoke suits he moved on to production of working clothes and uniforms. 1931 was also the year that Boss joined the Nazi Party and began producing uniforms for the SS and the Hitler Youth among others. The reason he gave was that he hoped the party would end the devastating unemployment ravaging Germany at the time, adding that he had become withdrawn from the Lutheran church. As well as a member of the Nazi party, he also became a sponsoring member of the SS.“There is no denying that some of these Nazi uniforms had sex appeal,” said New York Times fashion critic Brenda Holmes. She believes Boss has successfully melded “old military flair” with “modern amenities.” In 2011 the German fashion firm apologised for its maltreatment of forced workers during World War II when it supplied the uniforms. (+)


Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story - Trailer

Throughout the 1930’s, an unimaginable evil tore through Europe, as Hitler’s Third Reich terrorized its way to domination. During these tumultuous times, a young Muslim woman living in Paris became an unlikely hero. Noor Inayat Khan grew up in a home that fostered faith and hope. Leading with her heart, she overcame her quiet nature and joined Winston Churchill’s covert operation to give the Allies a new chance at victory. This is her story.

A docudrama film presented by Unity Productions Foundation.


This is airing on PBS 9/9/14. Check your local listings.


HISTORY MEME : (5/6) Women - Noor Inayat Khan

Noor Inayat Khan was an Allied SOE agent of Indian-Muslim origin during the Second World War. She became the first female radio operator to be sent from Britain into occupied France to aid the French Resistance. Noor was the great-great-great-granddaughter of Tipu Sultan, the eighteenth-century Muslim ruler who died in the struggle against the British. Given the codename “Madeleine” she travelled to Paris where she joined the Prosper Network led by Francis Suttill. Soon after arriving a large number of members of the resistance group associated with Prosper were arrested by the Gestapo. Fearing that the group had been infiltrated by a German spy, she was instructed to return home. However, she declined, arguing that she was the only wireless operator left in the group.After three and a half months in France Noor was arrested in October and taken to Gestapo Headquarters. She was classified as “highly dangerous” and shackled in chains most of the time. As the prison director testified after the war, Inayat Khan remained uncooperative and continued to refuse to give any information on her work or her fellow operatives . In the summer of 1944, she was moved to Dachau Concentration Camp and shot on 12th September, 1944. In 1949 Noor Inayat Khan was posthumously awarded the George Cross. (+)


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