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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)

Statistics show how the Luftwaffe could have won the Battle of Britain
Researchers have built a mathematical model to try to understand how changes would affect the Battle of Britain. Mathematicians from the University of York worked on the model, which uses a statistical method called bootstrapping. If the Luftwaffe began earlier and focused its bombing on Britain's dozens of airfields, the outcomes from any beginning likelihood would be drastically different. The likelihood of a British victory in the actual battle been 50%, these two tactical changes would have reduced it to less than 10%.
(popularmechanics.com)

The B-32 Only Fought One Battle in World War II - After It Was Over
Despite the B-32’s upsides, the Army Air Corps was satisfied by the B-29’s performance and only dispatched three B-32s for testing in the Phillippines. Japanese fighter pilots on the ground perceived the overflying bombers in a different light. One Japanese ace, Saburō Sakai, claimed that they feared the American bombers were returning to bomb Tokyo in violation of the surrender. Another Japanese ace, Sadumo Komachi, stated that they were infuriated by seeing the American bombers flying unopposed over the Japanese capital after the devastation wrought by American bombs.
(nationalinterest.org)

Battle Of Saipan Sealed Japan's WWII Fate - The entire Japanese cabinet resigned
Repercussions from the fighting on Saipan reverberated back to Japan. The defeat of their army caused Premier Hideki Tojo and his entire cabinet to resign. Emperor Hirohito and other members of the military were visibly shaken.
(nationalinterest.org)

Inside America’s Air Campaign Against Hitler’s U-boats
To counter the u-boat threat, the U.S. Navy waged a relentless campaign against Germany’s Unterseeboots – beginning with neutrality patrols and later through offensive operations. And as the war continued, American tactics, detection gear and weaponry evolved to take the fight to Dönitz’s Wolf Packs. Air power would play a critical role in that campaign.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

Volkssturm militia was Nazi Germany's last line of defense
On September 25, 1944, Hitler, through the use of his familiar “Führer Decree,” announced the creation of the Volkssturm. This included the all-important Class of 1928—those who would turn 17 in 1945—the 550,000 boys of Artur Axmann’s Hitler Youth, literally the final remaining military manpower pool of Nazi Germany. The older men—ridiculed as “Grandpas” by the younger generation—were veterans of World War I or those who had already fought in World War II and been wounded.
(nationalinterest.org)

The Sniper Anthology - Snipers of the Second World War
The impressive list of contributors to The Sniper Anthology includes Mark Spicer writing on Harry M. Furness, the last surviving British sniper who went ashore on D-Day; Martin Pegler, who details the famous Soviet sniper Vassili Zaitsev; Adrian Gilbert on the Wehrmacht sharpshooter and lone wolf Sepp Allerberger; and Roger Moorhouse on Simo Hayha, the man with the most confirmed kills in any major war.
(argunners.com)

The Boys antitank gun
The British Mark 1, Mark 1*, and Mark 2 Boys Anti-tank rifles were typical of the breed. Originally to be dubbed the Stanchion Rifle, instead the weapon received its name from the designer, Captain H.C. Boys, the Assistant Superintendent of Design for the British Small Arms Committee. Captain Boys died only a few days before his weapon was adopted into British military service in 1937, and the antitank rifle was renamed in his honor.
(nationalinterest.org)

Gladiator of Auschwitz: New film tells the story of Pole who boxed his way through hell
A new film tells the story of boxer Tadeusz Pietrzykowski, who survived the Holocaust thanks to his fists. Born in Warsaw in 1917, Pietrzykowski was 20-years-old when he started competing as a bantamweight boxer. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, he tried to get to France but was arrested in Hungary and sent to Auschwitz. There he was forced to box to entertain the Nazi guards. His first fight in 1941 was against an opponent almost twice his weight. Pietrzykowski knocked him out, winning himself a loaf of bread. Pietrzykowski fought 37 times in Auschwitz, losing just twice. He also fought at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
(euronews.com)

American submarines performed myriad of secret missions In The Pacific
On hundreds of special missions throughout World War II, American submarines performed myriad tasks, always at enormous risk to the crews and their boats.
(nationalinterest.org)

Auschwitz Untold in Colour: Auschwitz footage colourised for the first time
Black and white footage of Nazi concentration camps has been colourised for the first time for a documentary akin to Sir Peter Jackson’s acclaimed First World War retrospective They Shall Not Grow Old. Auschwitz Untold in Colour, a two-part series, will feature testimony from 16 survivors of the camps to bring “contemporary resonance” to the horrors of the Holocaust.
(thejc.com)

Restored WWII destroyer could open as floating naval museum in Jacksonville
The USS Orleck, a restored World War II destroyer, could open in April as a floating naval museum in downtown Jacksonville. It has been the dream of the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association for years to open a floating museum along the St. Johns River.
(news4jax.com)

First Blitzkrieg: Plan 1919 would have amassed 5,000 tanks to crush German army on WW1 Western Front
Blitzkrieg is thought of as a German invention in WWII. But had Imperial Germany not been defeated in November 1918, the first victims of mechanized warfare might have been the Germans themselves in World War I. Plan 1919 would have amassed an 5,000 tanks for a sledgehammer assault to crush the German army on the Western Front. Plan 1919 was the brainchild of JFC Fuller, a brilliant British staff officer. Fuller proposed a concept that drew on the growing success of tank warfare in the final year of the First World War. Though the first "landships" had floundered during their debut at the Somme offensive of 1916, by 1918 the British army mastered combined arms warfare that integrated infantry, armor and artillery into a devastating package.
(nationalinterest.org)

Mining Town in Greenland Helped Win World War II (cryolite)
After the Nazis occupied Denmark in 1940 and America got involved in WWII in 1941, Ivittuut became a crucial site in the fight. Though Denmark operated the mine since 1854, the US protected it during the war so that the Allies could mine the cryolite for use in fighter plane manufacturing. It was such a key site during the war, explains Barfoed, that around 500 U.S. soldiers guarded the mine and its 100 to 200 miners from the Nazis. During the 1940s, the majority of the cryolite was shipped to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a company called Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing Company or Pennsalt, where it was refined to be used in the production of aluminum.
(smithsonianmag.com)

A Nazi U-Boat snuck into a British Naval Base and sunk Britain's Most Important Battleship
Nazi Germany was at a disadvantage on the naval front, so it struck first and struck hard. World War II had been in progress for six weeks when on the evening of October 12, 1939, the German submarine U-47 surfaced off the Orkney Islands at the northern tip of Scotland. While the officers standing in the conning tower observed the twinkling lights ashore to the west, only the captain, Kapitänleutnant Günther Prien, knew the purpose of their mission: entering Scapa Flow.
(nationalinterest.org)

Our Nazis: the Gehlen Org
Since American post-WWII intelligence knew little about the Soviet Union, ultra-top secret Gehlen Org was the CIA’s eyes and ears throughout East Europe. Named after its creator, East European specialist German Lieutenant General Reinhard Gehlen, the group zeroed in on Soviet-dominated East Europe and its operations were financed by the CIA and staffed by hundreds of Nazi intelligence staff and SS men. Gehlen and his SS men indoctrinated the newborn CIA and to a great extent determined and led American postwar activities in East Europe and in a special way toward the Soviet Union and Russia today.
(counterpunch.org)

The French Town Of Mortain Was Where Hitler's Grand Offensive Died
A column of German Mark V Panther tanks advanced through a fog north of the French town of Mortain. Suddenly, the lead panzer took a hit from an unseen American antitank round, penetrating the frontal armor and stopping it. A tank retriever approached the smoking tank only to come under fire. Then, crews of three tanks gathered to discuss options. As they spoke, an American bazooka man fired a round into the group, killing some and scattering the rest. The bazooka man then dispatched two of the three tanks. The 1st SS Panzer Division’s attack ground to a halt. What was supposed to be master stroke to cut off the American drive across France met an unexpected powerful resistance from the American 30th Infantry Division - the Old Hickory division.
(nationalinterest.org)

For sale: Censored Cartoons showing bumbling Dad's Army preparing to fight the Nazis
Humorous paintings of the Home Guard that were censored during the war have come to light and are going on sale. The light-hearted works were produced by artist Gilbert Spencer, who was too old to enlist during WWII and so joined the Home Guard in the Lake District. Spencer, a WW1 veteran, produced a series of 14 paintings based on his amusing observations of the citizen militia and sent them off to a publisher. But the works were intercepted by a po-faced official at the Royal Mail who ripped them up and returned them to sender. Spencer was left upset at the rebuttal and had the 21ins by 29ins paintings repaired.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Daddy was a man of honor says daughter of Nazi officer Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski
Ilse, 85, still refers to her father as "daddy," and gets annoyed when someone says she should be ashamed of him. He had Germany's interests at heart, emphasized the daughter of the Nazi Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski.
(dw.com)

Project Hula: America's World War II Plan To Help Russia Invade Japan
If the United States wanted Soviet assistance for an invasion of Japan, it not only needed to pitch in the ships to pull it off, but it would have to train Soviet sailors how to operate them.
(nationalinterest.org)

14 Things You Didn't Know About Benito Mussolini
Born in 1883, Benito Mussolini was a problem child. He was in constant trouble for fighting and bullying other children, which eventually escalated to assault with a deadly weapon. He was expelled from not one but two schools for stabbing other children, one a fellow classmate at a church-affiliated boarding school and the other his own girlfriend. Mussolini led gangs of neighborhood boys who raided area farms and local businesses and even disrupted church services by pinching, poking, and inflicting pain on random members of the congregation.
(historydaily.org)

Just one of the women who survived Lidice massacre alive after Miloslava Kalibová passes away
Miloslava Kalibová, a survivor of the Nazi massacre at Lidice, of time in a concentration camp and of a death march, passed away last month in the Czech Republic. She shared her memories of those historical events with the public by participating in discussions and documentaries. Of the 143 women from Lidice who survived the Second World War, there is now just one left alive, Jaroslava Skleničková. Kalibová spent almost three years in the concentration camp at Ravensbrück with her mother and sister before returning to Czechoslovakia on 2 June 1945.
(romea.cz)

German Panzers Never Wanted To Fight The U.S. Army's Tank-Destroyers
After the Second World War, the U.S. Army concluded tank destroyers were a waste of time. Official histories excoriated the failure of the program. But a look at historical records shows that tank destroyers actually did their job well.
(nationalinterest.org)

Jersey’s defiance under Nazi occupation revealed in records
Stories of defiance by residents of Jersey during the Nazi occupation of their island have emerged in records of political prisoners published 75 years after the liberation. More than 500 islanders as young as 14 were taken into custody for offences such as daubing “V” for victory signs around the island, spreading anti-German propaganda, listening to the radio and breaking curfews. Among the longer sentences was a 5-year term given to Philip Ozard, 53, for unauthorised possession of a weapon. Ozard was sent to a forced labour camp in Germany and was freed by American soldiers in April 1945.
(theguardian.com)

Why Allied special forces went after Hitler's Fish Oil factories
On the morning of December 27, 1941 the icy Arctic calm of the Norwegian islands of Vågsøy and Måløy was shattered 8:48 AM as four Royal Navy destroyers and the light cruiser HMS Kenya opened fire on the German garrison stationed there. As RAF Hampden bombers swarm overhead to attack, 570 elite British soldiers and Norweigian resistance fighters descended on the islands in assault landing craft, sub-machineguns and demolition charges ready at hand. The raid at Vågsøy was planned with an unusual target in mind: fish oil factories.
(nationalinterest.org)



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