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If you like classic turn-based PC war games and legendary strategy board games make sure to check out the highly rated Conflict-series.

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Last Nazi soldiers were forgotten on Arctic island in Norway
Trapped on a remote Arctic island and knowing that Nazi Germany had capitulated, the Swashbuckler squad wanted to surrender too — but there was no one to give themselves up to.
(thetimes.co.uk)

Tank Attack at Monte Cassino
War is a jigsaw and in recent times many of the pieces are being examined in detail, so much so that just a small element of a battle like Monte Cassino can justify an entire volume covering just one piece of the jigsaw. In Tank Attack at Monte Cassino.
(odt.co.nz)

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)

Hitler's Last Stand: The SS and the Battle of Berlin
Through the incorporation of foreign troops, the Waffen-SS managed to double in size every 12 months beginning in late 1942.
(nationalinterest.org)

Dwight Eisenhower Built up American Intelligence at a Crucial Moment
More than any other president--with the possible exception of George Washington--Dwight D. Eisenhower did not need on-the-job training to understand the value of good intelligence. As Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II, Eisenhower relied heavily on Ultra, the British code-breaking operation that allowed the Allies to read encrypted German communications. At the war’s conclusion, Eisenhower said the intelligence had been “of priceless value to me.”
(hnn.us)

Gibraltar : A tour of the World War II tunnels
This year the Gibraltar National Museum have been unable to hold their Walks Through History for local children this summer due to Covid-19. Instead the Museum has teamed up with the Chronicle to provide the tours, giving people an insight into local historical sites via this newspaper. Included in every article of this series, which will run daily until Monday, September 21, is a picture quiz where a lucky winner will win three prizes.
(chronicle.gi)

Nazi submarines brought the fight to Florida during WWII
They sunk nearly 70 vessels along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, including ships coming to and from Tampa, killing around 700 crewmen.
(tampabay.com)

Conceived under the Nazis, completed after WWII: Überläufer films
What happened to the films in production in 1945 in Nazi Germany that were not finished before the end of World War II? A look at the legacy of the so-called Überläufer films.
(dw.com)

Lost American World War II Submarine Is Found in Southeast Asia
The U.S.S. Grenadier was scuttled in April 1943 after being attacked by Japanese bombers. Surviving crew members were tortured at a prison camp for more than two years, according to accounts.

MBE awarded to Brit nurse who poured sugar in Nazi tanks & smuggled food during occupation to be auctioned
The fearless nurse became legendary as she risked her life to sabotage the Nazis while continuing to deliver babies in the hospital.
(thelondoneconomic.com)

1,154,486 black Americans served in WWII uniform, the benefits of the GI Bill were denied to many of them
During World War II 1,154,486 black Americans served in uniform. Not only did they face continued brutal racism and discrimination when they returned home from the war, but the benefits of the GI Bill, which Congress passed as a gesture of gratitude for veterans, were denied to a great many of them. The U.S. Congress should adjust the current GI Bill to benefit their descendants. This would compensate veterans and their families for the withheld benefits to which their relatives were legally entitled and were unjustly denied. It could also help to reduce the historic race-based inequality that the United States still struggles with.
(warontherocks.com)

Four Spanish priests saved more than 150 French Jews from the Nazis during WW2 — but their stories are only now being heard
Santiago López Rodríguez, a Spanish history student, was researching his doctorate on the role of Spanish diplomats in France during the Second World War when he stumbled upon the tale
(inews.co.uk)

British, Australian nationals die while clearing WWII bomb in the Solomon Islands
A British man and an Australian man died in a bomb blast in the Solomon islands. The men died while trying to clear an ordnance dating from World War II, which exploded. The men were bomb disposal experts working with Norwegian People's Aid (NPA), an Oslo-based charity.
(dw.com)

Gallery: Wreckage of German WW2 cruiser Karlsruhe Discovered Off Norway
The wreckage of a major German warship has been discovered off the coast of Norway some 80 years after it was sunk in a World War Two battle. Identified this year from images and sonar scans of its hull and of details such as the position of gun turrets, the cruiser Karlsruhe was first detected in 2017 just 15 meters (50 feet) from a subsea power cable. The 174-meter vessel, part of the German force that invaded Norway in April 1940, was struck by a British submarine torpedo shortly after starting its return voyage from the southern Norwegian port of Kristiansand.
(marinelink.com)

The secret WWII mission that had US bombers flying at treetop height deep inside Nazi-occupied Europe
On a mission codenamed Operation Carpetbagger, the 801st/492nd Bomb Group predominantly flew solo, moonlit sorties to support Resistance fighters before and throughout Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. The Carpetbaggers were the de facto air arm of the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, the forerunner of the CIA. Their missions were so secret that the airmen themselves rarely knew where they were flying, what they were carrying, or to whom they were delivering agents and supplies.
(businessinsider.com.au)

How Nazi Germany's unstoppable V2 rocket changed the face of modern warfare
On September 8, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the outskirts of recently liberated Paris. The blast killed six people and wounded 36 more. 8 hours later, two more explosions occurred in London, killing 3 people and wounding 17. One of the explosions in London left a crater 30 feet wide and 8 feet deep. The site was closed to the public, and censors barred journalists from reporting on it. The blast was blamed on a faulty gas main and quickly hushed up. Hundreds of explosions in the following weeks forced the British to admit the truth. The Germans had launched a horrifying new type of weapon at France and England: the V-2, the first guided ballistic missile in history.
(taskandpurpose.com)

Why Luftwaffe lost 20% Of Ju 87 Stuka Dive Bombers During The Battle Of Britain Even Though They Were Escorted By Fighters
The Ju-87 Stukas were the nearest thing to precision bombers the Germans had, and they were used as such right up until the Battle of Britain,’ points out Francis Dickinson, Analyst at National Health Service (NHS), on Quora. ‘However, the Battle of Britain made their shortcomings very clear even if the Germans were able to badly damage three Chain Home stations with them as well as some other things.
(theaviationgeekclub.com/)

Nazi-Occupied Norway Offers a Glimpse of What Hitler Wanted for the Entire World
The German occupation of Norway from 1940 to 1945 witnessed a remarkable building campaign to align this northern land with Hitler’s New Order. From gleaming highways and ideal cities to maternity centers for a purified Nordic race, plans to remake Norway into a model “Aryan” society fired the imagination of Nazi leaders.
(time.com)

Spying in WW2: how wartime espionage was just as dramatic as fiction
The stuff of numerous books and films, the extraordinary reality of wartime spying, explains Michael Goodman, was just as dramatic as the fictional accounts
(historyextra.com)

New documentary shows former Nazis unrepentant, even proud of serving in the SS
British director Luke Holland spent years befriending elderly WWII veterans, then interviewed them for his film; producers cast doubt on claim many Germans didn’t know of Holocaust
(timesofisrael.com)

The Forgotten Colonial Forces of World War II
They fought in every theater of World War II, from North Africa to Europe and as far east as Hong Kong. They died and went missing in the tens of thousands. And they formed the largest volunteer force in history. But their contributions are often an afterthought in history books. The colonial forces that dotted the battle maps of World War II were crucial for the Allies to fill out their ranks and keep up their momentum.
(upnewsinfo.com)

WWII photographer Robert Capa: Debunking the myth
Capa's images of US forces invading Normandy on D-Day went around the world. But the photojournalist's story has been challenged.
(dw.com)

8-part Documentary series examines Japan's war crimes in WWII
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the victory in China’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1931-45) and World War II, the Shanghai Media Group has released an eight-episode documentary “Asia-Pacific War Trials.” After WWII, eight allied nations established more than 50 military tribunals in the Asia-Pacific to try Japan for war crimes committed on the battlefield. The series is the first major panoramic documentary focusing on the post-World War II trials of Japan’s Class-B and Class-C war criminals.
(shine.cn)

Austria extends citizenship to descendants of Jewish refugees who fled Nazi terror
A new law will allow descendants of Jewish refugees who fled persecution in Austria to apply for Austrian citizenship.
(sherwoodparknews.com)

The Great Patriotic War 1941 - The latest campaign by Joni Nuutinen
If you enjoy classic turn-based strategy boardgames take a look at the Great Patriotic War 1941. Lead the Soviet Red Army as they take on the biggest concentration of troops in the military history: The German Operation Barbarossa. Balance between prioritizing troop movement and relocating crucial factories to the safer rear area - while battling the inflexible early Soviet military doctrine which made withdrawing units very difficult.
(Play Store)



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