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One French Char B1 tank slaughtered a German Panzer company
While France fell quickly to Germany after the invasion of Belgium in 1940, there were pockets of troops that proved French technology and martial prowess, including the crew of a Char B1 tank that slaughtered an entire German Panzer company while shrugging off 140 enemy rounds.
(wearethemighty.com)

Classic turn-based strategy games: Conflict-Series
If you like classic turn-based PC war games and legendary strategy board games make sure to check out the highly rated Conflict-series for Android. Some of the WWII Campaigns include Axis Balkan Campaign, D-Day 1944, Operation Barbarossa, France 1940, Kursk 1943, Market Garden, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Rommel's North African campaign, and the Battle of Bulge. In addition to WWII some other time periods include Korean War, American Civil War, First World War and American Revolutionary War. The more complex campaigns like Operation Sea Lion, Invasion of Norway, and Invasion of Japan 1945, include Naval element and handling logistics of supply flow.
(available on Google Play & Amazon App Store since 2011)

Operation Tabarin (1943-1945) was a Royal Navy expedition to reassert British sovereignty in Antarctica
The mission, codenamed Operation Tabarin, was a Royal Navy wartime expedition to reassert British sovereignty in Antarctica and to deny access to enemy ships and submarines. Led by the Canadian Andrew Taylor - the only Canadian ever to lead a British wartime operation - some historians argue it was the most important and enduring of all government-sponsored programs of research in the Antarctic. But Operation Tabarin, which lasted from 1943-1945, also set in train a series of events that would lead, ultimately, to the Falklands War of 1982. The diary of the expedition`s botanist Ivan Mackenzie Lamb, which gives details of the mission complete with photos and expedition maps, has now been published more than 70 years on.
(dailymail.co.uk)

British soldier James May escaped from Dunkirk by stealing a car
Imagine the tension of being a British soldier waiting to be evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk as the Nazi Wehrmacht closed in around you and your mates. Now imagine somehow being left behind after all 340,000 of your fellow troops were led back to Britain. That`s what happened to James May, a British Tommy, left behind on the beach. Luckily, he survived the Nazi onslaught and would eventually return to France`s beaches four years later – on D-Day.
(wearethemighty.com)

Color footage from aboard Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses on bombing runs over Germany
In 1943, William Wyler brought color cameras aboard Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses on bombing runs over Germany. The raw footage was recently discovered in the National Archives.
(hyperallergic.com)

The Daily Mail reveals identity of Eichmann`s 4 sons
One of the Nazi war criminal`s sons lives in Argentina, next to where his father was taken by the Mossad; according to the British newspaper, Eichmann`s two other sons set up a Nazi cell; `when (their father) was executed, Klaus and Horst became very angry and started attacking Jews,` says Horst`s former girlfriend.
(ynetnews.com)

Former Nazi guard Johann Rehbogen, 94, goes on trial in German juvenile court
Johann Rehbogen, 94, is being tried in juvenile court because he was under 21 at the time he served as a guard at the Nazis` Stutthof concentration camp.
(nbcnews.com)

Rare signed photo of Hitler embracing Jewish girl Rosa Nienau to be sold at auction
A photo of Hitler smiling while embracing a Jewish girl is expected sell for up to $12,000 after it was put up for auction in America. The friendship between the Nazi dictator and the young girl, Bernile “Rosa” Nienau, who called him “Uncle Hitler”, lasted from 1932 until 1938, and continued even after Hitler discovered her Jewish ancestry. Taken by the dictator’s official photographer, Heinrich Hoffman, the picture was signed by Hitler to “The dear and considerate Rosa Nienau, Adolf Hitler, Munich, the 16th June 1933.”
(thejc.com)

What the Nazis stole from synagogues during the November 1938 pogrom
While Nazi troops stormed and burned synagogues during the Kristallnacht pogrom on November 9, 1938, German museum directors were waiting in the wings, eager to acquire Jewish cultural artifacts for their collections.
(dw.com)

Ruth Winkelmann: The girl who witnessed Kristallnacht
Eighty years ago the Nazis` persecution of the Jews suddenly turned violent in a night of mayhem. This and the next day are known as Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass - and there are still some who remember it vividly.
(bbc.com)

Canada apologizes for turning away Nazi era ship of Jews
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized on behalf of his nation for turning away a ship full of Jewish refugees trying to flee Nazi Germany in 1939. The German liner MS St. Louis was carrying 907 German Jews fleeing Nazi persecution and it also had been rejected by Cuba and the United States. The passengers were forced to return to Europe and more than 250 later died in the Holocaust. Trudeau called the apology long overdue.
(washingtonpost.com)

WWII resistance fighter who thwarted Nazi nuclear plan dies
A Norwegian man who led a daring raid to sabotage Nazi Germany`s nuclear weapon ambitions has died at the age of 99. The story of the World War II operation has been retold in books, TV series and a Hollywood film.
(dw.com)

Archives reveal Argentina’s support of the Nazis during WWII
An Argentinian-Jewish organization revealed extracts from thousands of Second World War archival documents that exposed Nazi influence on the country as well as more information about the Nazis who escaped there, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported. The Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations (DAIA) released a documentary uncovering images from the records constituting around 139, 544 documents mainly letters, telegrams, newspaper articles, notes and reports.
(i24news)

Photos show the WWII Battle of Leyte Gulf - the biggest naval battle of all-time
Photos show the WWII Battle of Leyte Gulf - the biggest naval battle of all-time.
(businessinsider.com)

Audrey Hepburn worked under Dutch Resistance leaders to help defeat the Nazis
Audrey Hepburn worked directly under Dutch Resistance leaders to help defeat the Nazis, a new book reveals. In Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II, author Robert Matzen writes of his proof that the star was involved in fighting the Nazis during WWII. Born in 1929 in Belgium and relocating to Holland at the start of the war in 1939, Hepburn was traumatized by the murder of her uncle Count Otto van Limburg Stirum. In Matzen`s book, due to release in April, he reveals the discovery of a 188-page diary Hepburn`s uncle Otto wrote during the four months he was imprisoned by the Nazis before his death in 1942.
(dailymail.co.uk)

What Motivated Japanese Aggression in World War II?
In the 1930s and 1940s, Japan seemed intent on colonizing all of Asia. It seized vast swathes of land and numerous islands. What motivated a formerly reclusive island nation to go on such a rampage? In fact, three major, interrelated factors contributed to Japan`s aggression in the lead-up to World War II and during the conflict. The three factors were fear of outside aggression, growing Japanese nationalism, and the need for natural resources.
(thoughtco.com)

The sole Jewish survivor remembers the Odessa massacre of 1941
Mihail Zaslavsky is the only known survivor among tens of thousands of Ukrainian Jews who were executed or burned alive following a bomb attack on October 22, 1941. The 93-year-old tells how he escaped the Nazis.
(dw.com)

Black Thursday: The bleakest day for U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II
75 years ago, 291 B-17F Flying Fortress high-altitude heavy bombers, each with a crew of 10, attacked the ball bearing plants around Schweinfurt, Bavaria. German ground-based antiaircraft artillery and 300 fighters shot down 60 of the aircraft, with 600 crewmen killed or taken prisoner, the largest Army Air Force loss of the war to date. Of the surviving aircraft, 17 were so badly damaged that they were scrapped. Almost all of the other bombers suffered some level of damage. Because of the disastrous losses that day, Oct. 14, 1943, became known as “Black Thursday.”
(maxwell.af.mil)

Photos: The amphibious tanks sunk during Operation Smash
The amphibious tanks sunk during Operation Smash – a huge training exercise held on a Dorset beach in April 1944, just weeks ahead of the Normandy landings. Six lives were lost when the armoured vehicles sank but a lesson was learnt and, on D-Day, British and Canadian tanks were launched in shallow water, surviving to assist the assault. Nick Reed from The Isle of Purbeck Sub Aqua Club, which has launched a project to map the history of the seven sunken tanks, said the six soldiers lost did not die in vain.
(express.co.uk)

Merrill’s Marauders Fought Through 1000 Miles of Burmese Jungle – Now Only 13 Remain
Merrill’s Marauders were three thousand men who volunteered to go on a secret mission in World War II. The mission was so secret, the men weren’t even allowed to know where they were going. They ended up pushing through almost 1,000 miles of jungle in Myanmar, known as Burma at the time, and fighting in five major battles and 30 minor clashes against the Japanese. There are only thirteen of the original Marauders still alive.
(warhistoryonline.com)

Fuhrer`s great nephew breaks decades-long silence from his New York home
One of the oldest descendants of Adolf Hitler has broken a decades-long silence. Alexander Stuart-Houston, the oldest male descendant of the Nazi dictator, was tracked down to a town in Patchogue, Long Island, New York state, by German newspaper Bild. The wooden home of one of the last Hitlers is remarkably ordinary: visitors are greeted by an empty driveway before reaching an overgrown lawn adorned with neatly arranged pot plants.
(dailymail.co.uk)

9 photos of WWII escort aircraft carriers, the US Navy`s small but effective hunter-killers that defeated Germany`s U-boats
9 photos of WWII escort aircraft carriers, the US Navy`s small but effective hunter-killers that defeated Germany`s U-boats
(businessinsider.com)

Nazi collaboration: A taboo topic in Greece
A narrative of Greek resistance has dominated national historical depictions of WWII, but many Greeks also collaborated with occupying German forces. Now, the long taboo and still controversial topic is open to debate.
(dw.com)

Andras Toma was the last POW of WWII, released in 2000
A POW was released from captivity in Russia in 2000. He had been held in captivity in a Soviet/Russian psychiatric hospital since World War II. His name was Andras Toma, and he was the last POW of WWII.
(thevintagenews.com)

Norway apologizes to wartime German girls who were ostracized after World War II
Norway has apologized to women and their descendants ostracized after World War II for coupling or having children with occupying German soldiers. Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Norwegian reprisals were "shameful."
(dw.com)



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