Little Known History

A series of posts highlighting what history books forgot or never knew.

#MilitaryMonday – Germany, 1945


1945 – Captain J. McMahon, of the U.S. 9th Army, carrying a child over a bombed bridge at the River Elbe, Tangemunde. The bridge was blown up by retreating German troops.

Franceska Mann, the Tiny Dancer

Franceska Mann

Franceska Mann was a Jewish dancer remembered for an act of heroism at Auschwitz- Birkenau in 1943. One of a group of women preparing to enter the gas chamber, Mann distracted the guards and grabbed one of their guns.

She fired several shots, killing one guard and severely injuring another before she was overpowered. She was then murdered along with the entire group of women. Mann was 26 years old at the time of her death.



Carousels may date back to the Middle Ages, when knights first used them as training tools for combat.But it wasn’t until the 19th century the carousel began to appear as an amusement ride at European carnivals and fairs.

The traditional carousel consisted of rows of wooden horses hanging from poles or chains from a canopy top, all held together by a central pole (there was no bottom platform). Some early carousels were human-powered, meaning a person would rotate the entire structure using either a hand crank or pull rope. Others relied on animal power. In each case, the turning of the carousel caused its horses to fly outward like a swing ride as a result of centrifugal force. This earned them the moniker of flying-horses carousels.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Corgi Graveyard


The Queen began using the pet graveyard at Sandringham estate after the death of her first beloved Corgi, Susan and has buried many of Susan’s descendants there since.


Tiny headstones of Royal pets that spent years as ‘loyal companions’ pictured in quiet corner of Sandringham. The Queen is known to be inseparable from her beloved Corgis. Now poignant pictures have emerged of the graves of royal pets from throughout the generations.


The little-known plot is hidden away in a quiet corner of the 20,000-acre Sandringham estate in Norfolk.


It was created by Queen Victoria after the death of her Collie, Noble, in 1887, and revived in 1959 when Elizabeth II wanted somewhere to bury her first Corgi, Susan.

But it is not just for her Corgis. The boundary wall of the graveyard is inset with plaques commemorating the lives of the family’s many other pets as well.