On This Day…October 21st.
The Dornier Do X (the largest and most powerful flying boat in the world) broke the world record for passengers carried when on 21st October, 1929 she flew with 169 people on board. Because of its massive size passengers were actually asked to crowd together port or starboard when the plane turned (I just love picturing that in my head). The photo was taken on the Swiss side of Lake Constance.
The photo below was taken on 21st October, 1944 – the German Army surrendering the first major city lost in the ‘Fatherland’ in WW2. The battle for Aachen took longer than was expected and the cost was awful; 5,000 casualties on each side, and although the town had no military uses the psychological blow was huge. Aachen was the ancient capital of Charlemagne’s ‘First Reich’ and taking it was a huge step toward the end of the war in Europe.
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