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Unique Soviet T-34 tank recovered from river in south Russia
The solely survived Soviet T-34-76 tank produced at the Stalingrad Tractor Factory has been retrieved from the Don River in south Russia.The operation to recover the WWII Soviet tank was carried out near the village of Ukrainskaya Builovka in the Voronezh Region. The tank was retrieved by a BREM-1 repair and evacuation vehicle based on a T-72 tank from the 7-meter depth. The armored vehicle that had stayed at the river bottom for more than half a century endured the operation well.
(rbth.com)

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.
(available on Google Play & Amazon App Store)

Video: Blast From the Past: The Legendary Soviet `Katyusha` Rocket Launcher
The iconic rocket artillery system that helped win World War II celebrates 75th anniversary of its first combat deployment.
(sputniknews.com)

Hitler`s Kamikazes: Nazi Germany`s Suicide Aircraft
The Germans hoped that slamming a massed formation of ram fighters into a U.S. raid would destroy so many bombers that the Americans would suspend their assault.
(nationalinterest.org)

Tour of World War II sites in Europe was life-changing experience
My recent trip to Europe, a tour of WWII cities and sites led by Jefferson High School teacher Bob Pittard, was definitely the trip of a lifetime. Over the course of 12 days, I got to know 25 peers, six teachers and the history of World War II better than I ever thought I could. The very first day, we drove through Paris, went to the Batterie de Merville (a German gun emplacement that was one of the first places to be attacked by Allied forces on D-Day); visited Sword Beach, where some Allied troops came ashore on June 6, 1944; and got to stay at the beautiful Hotel La Marine on Gold Beach, another place where Allied troops began turning the tide of World War II.
(onlineathens.com)

Austria to seize the house where Hitler was born in 1889 to prevent it becoming a site of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis
Austria`s government is to seize the house where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 to prevent it becoming a site of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis. The owner, a retired local woman, has refused repeated offers to buy the house in Braunau am Inn in the past. However, there is disagreement over what to do with the house next. The interior minister wants it demolished but others say a museum or even a supermarket would more effectively "depoliticise" it.
(bbc.com)

Film explores hidden history of World War II: the rape of nuns
A new film focuses attention on a long-ignored war crime — the sanctioned and systematic rape of Polish nuns during World War II. `The Innocents` (`Les Innocentes`) tells the story of a young French doctor who is called to a Polish convent to aid a young novice in a breech labor. She discovers that Soviet soldiers, with the approval of their officers, raped dozens of the nuns during the occupation, leaving five of them pregnant. The story is based on real events. In 1945, 27-year-old Madeleine Pauliac, a doctor, was working with the Red Cross in Poland when she was called to the bedside of a nun in labor. According to her notes, the nun was from a convent where advancing Soviet soldiers raped 25 religious sisters, killed 20 more and left five pregnant.
(gazette.com)

Goebbels`s Secretary Struggles With Her Responsibility
The inner workings of the Nazi power structure have remained an object of fascination. Now, one of the last surviving witnesses has described her experiences in detail, in a documentary film that had its German premiere last week at the Munich Film Festival. The film, `A German Life,` tells the story of Brunhilde Pomsel, who was a secretary for the Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels. In it, Ms. Pomsel, who is 105 years old, offers an unflinching glimpse into the mentality of a `normal German` in the Nazi era, someone who worked within the system for personal advancement and now is wrestling with her own complicity.
(nytimes.com)

Boys from Brazil: The real story of children enslaved by Nazis
A new film reveals that Nazi enthusiasts did their damage in Brazil even before the end of World War II. The documentary Menino 23 (literally Boy Number 23) tells the story of an illegal experiment on enslaved children that took place for ten years, between the 1930s and 1940s in the countryside of São Paulo. The film focuses on how a family `adopted` around 50 boys from orphanages and took them to live as slave workers on their farm. Mostly black, the kids were referred to by numbers. The Boy Number 23 – whose real name is Aloysio Silva –was one of the survivors who were interviewed for the film.
(plus55.com)

Higgins landing craft – The Boat That Won World War II
The Higgins landing craft cannot be overlooked when discussing factors that led to the Allied victory in WW2. Andrew Jackson Higgins created the LCVP that brought the Allies onto the beaches of Normandy in 1944. General Dwight D. Eisenhower once said that Higgins was `the man who won the war for us.` Higgins Industries became known for the kind of boats that were useful in the shallow bayous of Louisiana. One of his earliest designs was known as the Eureka boat, or the Spoonbill. The US Marines would eventually use the craft because of its utility and its durability.
(warhistoryonline.com)

Rosie the Riveters in HD color- photos of the women who built planes during WWII
Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military.
(thevintagenews.com)

Edgar Feuchtwanger, a Jew, lived next door to Hitler for nine years
A Jewish man and one-time neighbor of Hitler has revealed what it was like to live next door to the German dictator for nine years during his rise to power. Edgar Feuchtwanger`s story is made the more improbable by the fact that his uncle, Lion Feuchtwanger, was a novelist and `personal enemy` of Hitler at the time. In an interview with CNN, Feuchtwanger described his time in Nazi Germany as a child, and how despite his father`s detention at a concentration camp post- Kristallnacht, his family were able to flee to the safety of England, where they remained.
(dailymail.co.uk)

The Inside Story of How a Nazi Plot to Sabotage the U.S. War Effort Was Foiled
The New York Times headline on July 4, 1942, was almost jubilant, an Independence Day gift to a country in the throes of war: `Nazi Saboteurs Face Stern Army Justice.` The article described a plot thwarted and an FBI that was vigilant against threats to public safety. The reality was even scarier and strikingly different from the story presented by the FBI: a defense system caught unawares, plotters who were merely human, and a confession nearly bungled by the agency. While Hoover and his FBI painted the arrests as a great coup, in fact it was mere chance that brought the Nazi plot to light.
(smithsonianmag.com)

Documentary film: Messages Home: Lost Films of the British Army
Documentary film Messages Home: Lost Films of the British Army is about the men and women who went to Burma, the men and women and children they left behind and, in some cases, never saw again. During the renovation of Manchester Town Hall in 1984, builders came across 35 canisters in the basement. The canisters contained 23 films that were part of a morale-raising propaganda series entitled `Calling Blighty`, where soldiers, some of whom had been away from home for as many as three years, were invited to talk to their loved ones via the medium of film.
(radiotimes.com)

Tunnel Used by LIthuania Jews To Escape Nazi Ponary Massacre Is Uncovered
A tunnel in Lithuania used by Jews to escape the Nazis during World War II has been uncovered by an international research team. The tunnel used by the prisoners of Ponar to escape from the Nazis was located using the new technology Electric Resistivity Tomography. The 100-foot-long tunnel at the Ponar forest massacre site near Vilnius has been located through the joint efforts of the Israel Antiquities Authority, University of Hartford, Advisian, Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum and the PBS Series NOVA.
(forward.com)

Betty Pack, the green-eyed secret agent who seduced the French to steal Nazi codes
Betty Pack was the rare operative who worked for both US and UK intelligence services - and in March, 1942, for the first time in her long operational career, she was troubled about what she`d been asked to do: to steal the Vichy ciphers. The British and American spymasters had ordered `Cynthia` to penetrate the Vichy embassy – a fortress of armed guards, steel doors, and locked safes – and make off with its most closely guarded secrets. It was an impossible mission, but with so much at stake, Betty, as she wrote in her memoirs now in the archives of Churchill College, Cambridge, had announced to her handlers, `I can. And I will.`
(thedailybeast.com)

The Man Who`s Really in That Iconic Iwo Jima Photo
The Marine Corps announced that the late Private First Class Harold Schultz appears in the iconic WWII image of U.S. soldiers raising the American flag on Iwo Jima — and not John Bradley, the Navy hospital corpsman who became the subject of the bestseller Flags of our Fathers. The announcement supports claims by amateur historians Eric Krelle and Stephen Foley that the Marines had made mistakes in identifying the six men in the photo taken atop Mt. Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945, by photographer Joe Rosenthal. Schultz kept his involvement in the photo mostly secret from his family.
(time.com)

Soviet troop monuments in Poland to be relocated to new museum in s small town
More than 200 monuments marking the Soviet army`s liberation of Poland at the end of WW2 are to be moved to an open-air museum. They were erected to glorify the Red Army`s role in ousting the Nazis. But many Poles say it also ushered in four decades of Soviet-inspired communism, and want the monuments to be displayed in historical context. The plan could anger Russia, which has not been consulted. The Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) proposes to house the monuments in a park in the former Soviet base at Borne Sulinowo, a small town north-west of Warsaw, where they will be used for the purpose of teaching history.
(bbc.com)

Bavarian Government Sold Looted Art - returned by Monuments Men - to Nazi Families
Journalists Catrin Lorch Jörg Häntzschel published an explosive revelation in Sueddeutsche Zeitung entitled `the Munich Looted Art Bazaar,` supported by the work of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe (CLAE): the government of Bavaria sold artworks returned to it after WWII by the Monuments Men that were supposed to be restituted to the victims of Nazi looting. Not only was the art given back to the German state on the explicit condition that it be restituted to the victims of Nazi art plunder, in some cases it was returned to the families of Nazi officials, such as Emmy Goering (Hermann`s daughter) and Henriette von Schirach rather than to the victims themselves.
(lexology.com)

Holocaust survivor and Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel dies aged 87
The Holocaust survivor and Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel has died aged 87. He became famous after writing about his experiences as a teenager in Nazi concentration camps, where he lost his mother, father and younger sister. He dedicated his life to ensuring the Nazi atrocities were never forgotten, and the president of the World Jewish Congress has called him "a beacon of light". Elie Wiesel was born in Romania in 1928. In 1940 his town, Sighet, was part of a region that was annexed by Hungary. Four years later the town`s entire Jewish population, including 15-year-old Elie and his family, was deported to Auschwitz.
(bbc.com)

Pennsylvania Man Who Claimed He Escaped Auschwitz Admits Story A Lie
A 91-year-old Pennsylvania man who has for years lectured to school groups about what he said were his experiences at Auschwitz now says he was never a prisoner at the German death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Joseph Hirt made the admission in a letter. He said he used poor judgment and faulty reasoning in trying to tell the story of those affected by the Nazis. `I am writing to apologize publicly for harm caused to anyone because of my inserting myself into the descriptions of life in Auschwitz. I was not a prisoner there. I did not intend to lessen or overshadow the events which truly happened there by falsely claiming to have been personally involved.`
(cbslocal.com)

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands used crystal meth during the Second World War
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands used the drug perventine, now better known as crystal meth, during WWII. It is reported by Marcel Verburg, who is a legal historian, in his new book about the history of the Ministry of Justice during the years 1940 to 1945. He is not the first to report the drug use, but he is the first to draw attention to it. Cees Fasseur, a royal historian, who died earlier this year, also mentioned it. The drug use may account for the radical change in Wilhelmina`s style of government, which was once attributed to her Romanov ancestors. It is possibly that Queen Wilhelmina made strange decisions or delayed decisions as a result of the drug use. During the war pervetine was sometimes used by soldiers for exhaustion and it was also used as pain medication.
(royalcentral.co.uk)

Remote-Controlled Tanks of the 1930s Were Supposed to Save Lives on Both Sides
There are countless visions of radio-controlled tanks, unmanned aerial vehicles, and even gigantic robot fighters from the early 20th century. But the thing that might be most shocking to readers here in the early 21st century is that these empty vehicles were all supposed to be fighting amongst themselves. When World War II would rear its ugly head, robot tanks would indeed become a reality. But unfortunately they were the exclusive domain of the Nazis. The Germans designed two different remote-controlled tanks that carried explosives: The Borgward IV and the Goliath.
(gizmodo.com)

Yokohama No. 3 on list of atomic bomb targets, documents show
Recently uncovered U.S. documents might help to unravel the mystery of why Yokohama, once high on the list of possible U.S. atomic bombing targets in 1945, was dropped from consideration. It may simply have come down to size. The official reason why Yokohama was spared from a nuclear attack remains unknown, despite the efforts of Japanese historians to uncover details of the selection process for the targets of the U.S. atomic bombs. Yozo Kudo found documents at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration that showed Yokohama was one of the leading candidates among 17 potential targets.
(asahi.com)

To Save Himself, Stalin was Ready to Give Hitler Ukraine and Baltic Republics and Possibly More, Archives Show
A few days after Hitler broke his alliance with Stalin and invaded the Soviet Union, the Soviet dictator used a diplomatic back channel to explore whether the Nazi leader would be prepared to end the war if Stalin agreed to hand over to German rule Ukraine, the Baltic republics and even more. The history of these events is by its nature murky and can be reconstructed only by a careful reading of Russian archival materials. But the basic facts of the case are these: In the first days after the German attack, Lavrenty Beria on Stalin`s order directed NKVD officer Pavel Sudoplatov to meet with a Bulgarian diplomat to explore what it would take for Hitler to stop his invasion of the Soviet Union.
(eesti.ca)



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