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Conflict-Series: A highly rated strategy game series for Android
If you love classic 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 D-Day 1944, Operation Barbarossa, Invasion of Poland 1939, France 1940, Kursk 1943, Market Garden, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Rommel's North African campaign, the Battle of Bulge, and the Battle of Berlin 1945. In addition there are American Civil War, First World War and American Revolutionary War scenarios available.
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Stalin`s Defectors: How Red Army Soldiers became Hitler`s Collaborators, 1941-1945, by Mark Edele
During WWII the 1.6 million Soviet soldiers who defected were condemned, in Moscow`s words, as `Hitlerite dupes`.The debate on why these men went over to the Germans has put forward numerous valid reasons. It has been suggested that they hated Stalin and his regime, came from Russian minorities, resented collectivisation and, above all, despised Bolshevism. These contentions are arguable,but none was as significant as exhaustion, near-famine and fear of being killed.

Hotel where Hitler arrested the leader of his Brownshirt street-fighters during the Night of the Long Knives poised for demolition
The lakeside hotel where Adolf Hitler personally arrested the leader of his Brownshirt street-fighters in 1934 during the infamous `Night of the Long Knives` is poised for demolition. The Lederer at the Lake hotel in Bad Wiessee was called the Hanselbauer in the 1930s and was a favourite retreat of SA leader Ernst Roehm.

Uruguay is set to sell bronze eagle recovered from wreck of the Graf Spee to raise money for its armed forces
Uruguay is set to sell a bronze eagle grasping a Nazi swastika recovered from the pocket battleship Graf Spee which was scuttled off Montevideo in December 1939 to help fund its military. The German ship, which was one of the most advanced in the world, had been attacking merchant shipping in the south Atlantic with relative impunity following the outbreak of hostilities in September 1939. However, the vessel, which was ambushed by the Royal Navy, suffered major damage in the Battle of River Plate and was forced to seek refuge in the neutral port of Montevideo for repairs to make her sea worthy.

The savage fight for Guadalcanal: Jungle, crocodiles and snipers during World War II
The Marines began lining the rail of the troop ship before dawn to peer at the distant shape emerging from the ocean. War correspondent Richard Tregaskis remembered that it was so quiet that morning 75 years ago he could hear the swish of the water as the vessel steamed toward the rugged silhouette outlined against the sky. It was 6:14 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 1942, eight months to the day after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. `I saw the red pencil lines of the shells arching through the sky, saw flashes on the dark shore … where they struck.` It took a second for booming sound of the guns to reach him, and when it did, he jumped. They were the opening salvos of the epic World War II battle for the island of Guadalcanal.

Archive of 400 pictures is unearthed showing the Nazi leader`s Third Reich rise to power
A picture archive that charts the rise of Hitler believed to have been documented by a fan of the Fuhrer has emerged for sale. The collection of propaganda photographs show Hitler on a charm offensive in the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the images try to show a rose-tinted version of the Nazi leader, with him feeding a small deer and accepting a bouquet from a young girl. Others show the hype that surrounded him - rows of people performing the Nazi salute, a young boy beaming as Hitler signs an autograph for him and a group of girls giggling as they chat to the party leader. The 400 pictures are accompanied by a handwritten notebook documenting what each picture shows.

Diana Budisavljevic helped rescue 7,500 mostly Serbian children from wartime Croatia`s death camps
In any Balkan country the names of war criminals are well-known. But the names of people who have moved humanity in a positive direction are often hidden from the public eye. That is the case with Diana Budisavljevic, whose heroics in rescuing thousands of lives during World War II-era Croatia went unrecognized for more than half a century. A few years ago, Croatian film producer Dana Budisavljevic was visiting the former concentration camp at Jasenovac when her last name caught the attention of the memorial center`s director.

Did the atomic bombings end WWII - Japanese war meetings barely mention the bombings
The bombings have long been justified as an ethical choice in decisively ending the Second World War — but it`s not entirely clear that they did as the minutes of high-level Japanese meetings show that the country`s ruling military elite had a shocking indifference toward the atomic bombings.

Story of the man who survived both Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs
As the 72nd anniversary of the World War II bombing in Nagasaki gets observed in Japan, one man is remembered again for a feat that can only be ascribed to fate. Tsutomu Yamaguchi was the only man in history known to have survived the two atomic bombings in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki that took place in a span of three days in August 1945 as the World War II was coming to an end.

These Six Incredible Women Served As Undercover Spies in World War II
(1) Brixton-born shop assistant Violette Szabo, who worked with members of a French resistance network on two separate missions. (2) Noor Inayat Khan, a Sufi princess, who was the first female radio operator infiltrated into occupied France. (3) Parisian Pearl Witherington, who led a force of over 1,500 Maquis resistors in the summer of 1944. (4) Polish Countess Krystyna Skarbek, a.k.a. Christine Granville, who was known as `Churchill`s favorite spy.` She secured the defection of a strategic Nazi garrison on an Alpine pass and single-handedly rescued three officers from imminent execution. (5) One-legged American Virginia Hall, the only person to work for both the SOE and its U.S. equivalent, the OSS, which was the precursor to the CIA. (6) Nancy Wake, codenamed `the White Mouse,` who supported an escape route and organized arms, training, and liaisons with London for 7,000 Maquis resistors.

Discovery of lost WW2 Mosquito plans will allow Wooden Wonder to fly again
A newly-discovered hoard of secret WWII aircraft technical drawings will be used by enthusiasts to rebuild and launch a Mosquito plane into the skies above Britain. More than 20,000 wartime Mosquito engineering drawings and diagrams have been found in the corner of a wartime factory just days before bulldozers were due to flatten it. The archive includes what are thought to be the world`s only complete set of engineering drawings for the plane, as well as details of variants that never made it off the drawing board.

How Germany deals with over 40 troublesome Nazi propaganda films today
Over 40 Nazi propaganda films have been listed as restricted in Germany and can only legally be screened under special conditions. Film expert Anne Siegmayer explains why that`s still a good idea.

Fukushima disaster: WW2 bomb found at Japan nuclear site
An unexploded bomb has been found at the site of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. The US is thought to have dropped the 89cm-long (3ft) device during WWII. It was found by workers building a car park at the site where a four-decade-long decommissioning process is under way. Tepco said construction work was suspended after the object was found and a temporary exclusion zone put in place while bomb disposal experts were deployed. It is not uncommon for unexploded WW2 devices to be found in Japan over 70 years on from the end of the war.

Should Germany keep its Nazi relics to teach young people
Over 70 years after Hitler`s death, relics from his rule are still being discovered in churches and public buildings across Germany. Should they be demolished or preserved for posterity as eye witnesses dwindle? When Sigrid Peters, the organist in a 1,000-year-old village church in southwestern Germany, heard that one of the church bells had a swastika and a Nazi inscription on it, she was appalled. "You can`t have a baby being christened and a bell with the writing `Everything for the Fatherland` ringing out to mark the occasion," the retired music teacher said.

New projects seeks Nazi-looted books found in German libraries
A man in California holds a book in his hand. It contains a dedication from his former school teacher. The elderly man was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust. Beyond a family photo and one item of clothing, the book is the only thing that he has from his former home country. He has tears in his eyes. The book was returned to him, its rightful owner. "Such moments are truly filled with happiness, because we see that all of our work is really worth it," says Uwe Hartmann, head of provenance research at the German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg. The Lost Art Foundation has organized a program called "Initial Check" in order to enable the search for stolen books in smaller German libraries.

Axis Ballkan Campaign - New classic strategy game from Conflict-Series
Axis Balkan Campaign (Conflict-Series) takes place on in Yugoslavia and Greece in 1941. Germany, preparing for Operation Barbarossa, needs to bail out struggling Italian forces and secure problematic southern sector in the rear area of the Eastern Front so that the Western Allies cannot threaten crucial Romanian oilfields or launch disruptive counterattack from Greece. In the middle of planning for the Greek operation, a coup in Yugoslavia removes them from the Axis Powers, delivering a huge blow to the prestige of Germany. As a result, Operation 25 (invasion of Yugoslavia) and Operation Marita (invasion of Greece) must be carried out in quadruple hurry: Wehrmacht divisions are still moving to staging area when the offensive is launched, The Yugoslav army is gearing up their huge number of divisions, the Western Allies might send more troops to Greece if there are delays, and German forces need time to prepare for their attack against the Soviet Union. So it is paramount that the victory is quick and decisive. On the plus side, enthusiastic but not always cut-throat Italian and Hungarian forces will later on join the German offensive with fresh forces, while some Italian armies are already in Albania in a stalemate skirmish with Greece forces.
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Bund Deutscher Madel (League of German Girls) sent young girls to fight the Allies
Barbie Densk shivered under a blanket as she lay in a slit trench inside the barricaded German city of Aachen on the night of October 12, 1944. She was a member of Hitler`s Bund Deutscher Madel – or League of German Girls – and had volunteered to defend her home and family from the American infantry encircling the city. The assault finally came at 9am. The reality of warfare came as a shock. `There was a flash and a loud bang,` she recalled. `I fell to the floor and saw the blood-spattered bodies of my friends. She was just 15. The Bund Deutscher Madel (BDM) had never been intended as an arm of the German war machine. Founded in the 1920s and compulsory for eligible – Aryan – girls from 1936, it was envisioned as a version of the Girl Guides, indoctrinating a new generation in the ideology of the Third Reich.

8 Shocking Nazi-Related Locations In North America (pictures)
(1) A small house in Los Angeles was once the American Nazi Party`s western headquarters. (2) The abandoned New Orleans property known as "the camp of the innocents". (3) The forgotten Texas POW camp that was known as the `Fritz Ritz`. (4) The Los Angeles park that was home to a Nazi recreational camp. (5) The Nazi resort facility once welcomed by a small New Jersey town. (6) A Canadian POW camp that held high ranking Nazi officials. (7) A New York town`s homes were once limited to people of German descent. (8) The abandoned Nazi headquarters located in the Santa Monica mountains.

Svetlana Alexievich`s The Unwomanly Face of War: Uncensored oral history of Soviet women in World War II
Svetlana Alexievich`s The Unwomanly Face of War is a different kind of WWII book. About a million women fought in the Soviet army during a war that spanned 1939-1945. Unlike American and British women many female Russian soldiers were deployed into combat roles, including driving tanks and operating anti-aircraft weapons. Many joined unspeakably young, with romantic ideas about being girl warriors: One tells Alexievich: I imagined myself in the role of Joan of Arc. Originally published in Russian in 1985, an earlier English edition came out in 1988, but both were heavily censored. This book restores an unflinching look at what women went through while fighting the Nazis. Many describe disillusionment with the Motherland, especially in a postwar world that treated many female soldiers poorly.

Last Surviving Veterans Tell What the Battle of Dunkirk Was Really Like
Trapped on a French beach as German warplanes attacked, hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops thought they were doomed. Many were. But in the spring of 1940, the Battle of Dunkirk turned out to be one of the most successful military evacuations in history, as the British Navy and civilian ship rescued 330,000 soldiers. Now, 77 years later, director Christopher Nolan`s new movie Dunkirk is telling their harrowing story of survival — and real-life veterans of the battle are happy to help bring attention to the history-making events. `It is very important that people know about it,` Dunkirk veteran Garth Wright, 97, tells PEOPLE. `There are very few of us left and we have been through hell.`

British government documents on Rudolf Hess finally unclassified
The long awaited release of British government documents on the fate of Nazi No. 2 Rudolf Hess has failed to dispel numerous conspiracy theories about his death in 1987 at Spandau Prison in Berlin. Buried in the 71 files released to the National Archives in London are some intriguing revelations.

One of the world`s largest Nazi bunkers has been transformed into a museum - take a look inside
During WWII, 200 concrete bunkers for Nazi soldiers were built along the Danish coast. Denmark`s largest was the Tirpitz Bunker, which measured 7,500 square feet and was located in Blåvand. Named after a German battleship, the bunker never saw military action. Nazi soldiers abandoned its construction in 1945. For decades, it sat empty — a dark reminder of Nazi-occupied Denmark. But the bunker has taken on a new life. Architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) transformed the partially subterranean building into the Blåvand Bunker Museum, where visitors can learn about the history of WWII and the Danish West Coast.

German Jews who helped the US Army defeat Hitler were shunned after the war because of their enemy accents
The last great, untold story of WWII is the heroism of the young German Jews who fled Nazi Germany in the early 1930s when Hitler came to power and returned to Europe as members of the U.S. Army`s elite group, the Ritchie Boys. They were highly intelligent, trained interrogators of German POWs and the U.S. Army`s greatest secret weapon in the war to defeat Hitler. `In the course of the war, tens of thousands of newly captured Third Reich soldiers were interrogated by teams of these German Jewish soldiers. A classified postwar report by the army found that nearly 60& of the credible intelligence gathered in Europe came from the Ritchie Boys`, author Bruce Henderson writes in his highly compelling Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the US Army to Fight Hitler, published by William Morrow.

Hitler exhibition in Berlin bunker asks: How could it happen?
More than 70 years after Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker in the final days of WWII, an exhibition in the capital examines how he became a Nazi and what turned ordinary Germans into murderers during the Third Reich. For decades it was taboo in Germany to focus on Hitler, although that has begun to change with films such as the 2004 "Downfall", chronicling the dictator`s last days, and an exhibition about him in 2010. The exhibition "Hitler - how could it happen" is set in a bunker in Berlin that was used by civilians during World War Two bombing raids - close to the bunker where Hitler lived while Berlin was being bombed and which is not accessible to the public. It examines Hitler`s life from his childhood in Austria and time as a painter to his experience as a WW1 soldier and his subsequent rise to power. It ends with a controversial reconstruction of the bunker room where Hitler killed himself on April 30, 1945.

Nazis planned to drop a large amount of counterfeit money over Britain to disrupt its economy
At the beginning of WWII, the Nazis sought to find ways to disrupt the British economy. In September of 1939, the head of the central criminal investigation department of Nazi Germany, Arthur Nebe, proposed a covert operation which would employ skilled counterfeiters to forge British pounds. A gargantuan amount of forged banknotes would be dropped over Britain, and, in Nebe`s opinion, this would cause an economic collapse, the result of which would see the British pound lose its status as the world`s reserve currency. Joseph Goebbel and Reinhard Heydrich, thought that the plan might work, so they presented it to Hitler himself. Hitler approved the plan and Heydrich appointed SS Major Alfred Naujocks as the head of the counterfeiting operation, codenamed `Andreas.`

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