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Unbelievable - Son finds lost D-Day colour footage in father`s attic
When the warship HMS Belfast fired the shot that launched the D-Day landings, it was carrying an unlikely passenger – Hollywood film director George Stevens. With Allied forces set to storm the Normandy beaches of Nazi-occupied France, Stevens was on-board making a unique 16 millimetre colour film journal. General Dwight Eisenhower assigned him to head up the combat motion-picture coverage, a unit covering the war in black-and-white 35 millimetre film for newsreels and military archives. But while documenting the Allied forces` advance towards Berlin, he took with him a 16 millimetre camera and boxes of Kodachrome film on which he would shoot a personal visual diary of the war. The film canisters of the war were developed back in the US, but Stevens stored them and for decades they went untouched.

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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Hitler`s Supergun: The Nazi Plot to Destroy London (and Why It Failed)
The V-3 `supergun` was meant to win the war for Germany. In 1943, for the first time since World War II began, Hitler was on the back foot. Allied bombs were devastating German cities and the Fuhrer was rattled. His proposed V-3 cannon would be the biggest gun the world had seen. The V-3 was built in an enormous bunker buried deep in a chalk hill in northern France. Millions of tonnes of rock were excavated by hand and among the workers were hundreds of slave labourers. In its original conception, 25 barrels were to point at London delivering up to one bomb per minute and to create an environment of fear that would turn the course of the war back in Hitler`s favour. And it was a doomed secret `drone` mission to destroy the V-3 that led to the death of Joe Kennedy Junior, a pilot and older brother of the future US president, John F. Kennedy.

Photos: Caves that Held a Secret Hungarian Aircraft Factory During World War II
In 1944 and 1945, the Allies were attacking the last supporter of Nazi Germany. Tens of thousands of tons of bombs were dropped on Hungarian ground targets, mostly by the B-24 Liberator and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of the 15th Air Force. By the end of the World War II, the rain of incendiary and demolition bombs had wiped out all important industrial targets that fed the weakening war machine of the Third Reich–except one. The factory hiding under the 10th district of Budapest did not stop manufacturing fighter aircraft even during the most devastating air raids. The following photos were taken in the unbelievably huge system of cellars carved into limestone rock under the breweries of Kőbánya, Budapest.

You could own Winston Churchill`s wartime pistol
He wasn`t afraid to carry a weapon during World War II, and a pistol from his personal wartime collection is going under the hammer in early December. Bonhams auction house is selling Churchill`s 1913 Webley & Scott self-loading pistol. It estimates the firearm could fetch £2,000 to £3,000 ($3,000 to $4,000).

Mystery of Three US Airmen Who Vanished in Malayan Jungle Finally Solved after 70 Years
Just months after the end of the Second World War, three United States airmen took off from Singapore in their military transport plane, bound for a small aerodrome in Penang. They disappeared for no apparent reason and, until recently, without a trace.

The German War by Nicholas Stargardt - How ordinary Germans felt in the Third Reich
Nicholas Stargardt puts flesh on the bones of familiar stereotypes — the `ordinary men` who found themselves knee deep in the killing fields of Poland and Ukraine, nationalist Protestants struggling to adjust their faith to the `new times,` stalwart Catholics refusing to reconcile themselves to Hitler`s godless regime. But this is no static inventory of social and political types. What makes this book so dramatic is that it shows us political and personal identities in motion. What he shows us is the daily labor of interpretation, the work of making sense of the killing, death and destruction.

Publisher claims Anne Frank`s diary was ‘finished` in 1986 in royalties manoeuvre
The publisher of Anne Frank`s diary, famously written at the height of the Second World War, has become embroiled in a royalties battle after claiming that an edition published in 1986 is the definitive work - so maintaining their $1.2 -1.5m per year income from the book. Despite being published 41 years after Frank`s death in Bergen Belsen at the age of 15 The Anne Frank Fund names her father Otto as a legal co-author to stretch copyright protection a further couple of decades into the future.

Exploring Munich`s painful Nazi history
`Everything that is bad started in Munich,` says tour guide Chaim Eytan, who can give tours of the city focused on National Socialism and who lost family in the Holocaust. And yet, he says that growing up, `We had a wonderful life here.` Munich is studded with sites tainted by Nazi history. The grand Königs-platz, or King`s Square was used by Nazis for enormous rallies and was the site of the first book burning. On the square`s east end, the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich was built as the Führerbau, Hitler`s office. The Haus der Kunst, House of Art, was built to display Nazi-approved art.

Compelling account of Canada`s treatment of Japanese-Canadians during World War II
Rebel With A Cause: The Doc Nikaido Story` is a compelling account of how Canada`s shameful treatment of Japanese-Canadians during World War II impacted one man: the rebellious Dr Harry Nikaido.

German art`s black years under Hitler
German art suffered severely under the Nazi regime. A new exhibition in Berlin seeks to trace the fate of the works in Berlin`s National Gallery.

Lost interviews with witnesses locked in Fuhrer`s Berlin bunker
A new movie made from witness accounts of Adolf`s Hitler`s death is to be aired, giving an unprecedented view into the Fuhrer`s frantic final days. Footage recorded in the late 1940s by a U.S. Navy lawyer, which was thought lost, will be broadcast for the first time on U.S. TV. Confidants of Hitler, mostly members of his personal staff, tell in their own words how he became visibly unhinged as the Nazi war effort started to collapse in early 1945. They say Hitler would swing from unjustifiable optimism - such as when he heard Franklin Roosevelt had died - to the depths of despair just days later, when he spelled out his plan to shoot himself. The interviews are shown on the Smithsonian Channel.

South American Archives Confirm That Thousands of Nazis Fled There after the World War II
Recently-opened archives in some South American countries have shed new light on the influx of Nazis into the Americas. These refugees were seeking to escape from the ruins of the Third Reich – ruins which they themselves had brought about. For a long time it has been known that many high-ranking members of the German Nazi party were helped to escape from Germany. Many were given refuge in the countries of South and Central America. Others were smuggled to the USA, where they found safe haven and set up new lives for themselves. In some cases, the fugitives from justice were acting on their own initiative or with the help of small bands of sympathetic helpers. But in many other cases these movements were part of formal, organised smuggling programmes, set up by countries with ulterior motives.

War Through the Lens: The Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit 1941-1945
Q&A with historian Dan Conlin, author of War Through the Lens: The Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit 1941-1945. The Canadian Army recruited about 75 men and one woman to form a Film and Photo Unit for the purpose of documenting the war from a Canadian perspective. Dan Conlin has just published a book about the unit, called War Through the Lens: The Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit 1941-1945. He`s an historian and a curator with the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax.

6 Battle of Britain myths
Myth 1: the Luftwaffe commander Göring was incompetent. At the beginning of the Second World War, the Luftwaffe, the most effective air force in the world, was, after all, Göring`s very personal creation. --- Myth 6: the German Bf 109 pilots were absolutely superior to the RAF`s fighter pilots. What is clear when one compares RAF fighter pilots with German airmen during the Battle of Britain is that the RAF pilots fought with a greater stamina than many of their opponents. It was not uncommon to see a dozen RAF pilots climb to intercept a many times larger German formation in their relatively obsolete Hurricanes. There also were several cases when RAF pilots deliberately rammed an enemy aircraft.

Sobibor Death Camp: Looters Dig Up Holocaust Victims Graves Looking For Gold
The Nazi extermination camp at Sobibór in Poland was part of the worst phase of the Holocaust – called ‘Operation Reinhard`. There is now a memorial and a museum at Sobibór, and museum officials have recently reported a disturbing account of the discovery that mass graves on the site have been looted. A major archaeological project is underway at the camp, and in the course of the work archaeologists found evidence of past excavations. It is believed that the graves were amateurishly excavated within the last two years by looters, possibly looking for gold fragments from teeth.

The Man in the High Castle: What if the Nazis had won?
What if the Allies had lost World War II and the Germans and Japanese ruled a conquered America? This chilling hypothetical is the premise of Philip K. Dick`s 1962 novel, `The Man in the High Castle,` as well as of the new series of the same name, which begins streaming Nov. 20 on Amazon Prime. In the drama`s alternate reality, the occupied country is divided into The Greater Nazi Reich in the East, The Japanese Pacific States in the West and a neutral zone in the middle. Americans live without rights or freedoms and resistance is punishable by death, but an underground rebel movement exists and is central to the story.

New biography: Nazi leader`s political acumen underestimated and belief in his hypnotic grip overestimated
A new biography of Hitler by a prominent German historian is likely to stir controversy with its argument that the Nazi leader`s political acumen has been underestimated and that the belief in his hypnotic grip over Germans is inflated. Peter Longerich`s "Hitler", to be published on Monday, is a 1,295-page tome that includes material from the diaries of Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels and early Hitler speeches. "Overall, you have a picture of a dictator who controlled much more, who was more closely involved in individual decisions than previously thought. I wanted to put Hitler as a person back in the centre," Longerich told Reuters in an interview.

Nuremberg Nazi Site Crumbles, but Tricky Questions on Its Future Persist
In this city, the rallying point for Hitler, is the largest piece of real estate bequeathed by the Nazis, and a burden only increasing with time. First comes the sheer physical size: a parade ground bigger than 12 football fields. A semicircular Congress Hall that dwarfs any structure at Lincoln Center. Great Street, more than one-and-a-half miles long, with no structures on either side — a modern Appian Way where the storm troopers strutted between the old Nuremberg of Albrecht Dürer and the rallies idolizing the Führer. Then there are its troubled history and the far stickier question of what to do with it.

Germany admits it is still paying £70,000 every year in pensions for Spanish volunteers who fought for the Nazis on the Eastern Front
German politicians have admitted they are still paying more than £70,000 every year in pensions to Spanish volunteers who fought for the Nazis during the Second World War. The country`s taxpayers have funded the annual payments for the `Nazi collaborators` ever since 1962, when a deal was struck with Spain`s fascist dictator Francisco Franco. Embarrassed German politicians have been forced to admit the scheme is still operating - 70 years after Nazism was defeated - under questioning in the German parliament.

Tragic Aftermath of American Mustard Gas Experiments in World War II
During World War II, the U.S. military conducted secret chemical weapons experiments on approximately 4,000 American soldiers. Though the program was declassified in 1993, an ongoing investigation by NPR`s Caitlin Dickerson has revealed that the Department of Veteran Affairs only located and offered compensation to 610 victims. Now, NPR had released its own comprehensive, searchable database of the 3,900 veterans who were exposed to mustard gas and other chemical weapons, in an attempt to track down uncompensated survivors and their families.

Hitler`s silver utensils and Eva Braun`s powder compact sold off in public auction
Silver utensils belonging to Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were auctioned off for high prices in Germany. The buyer`s name was not disclosed. The lots included silver plates, wine cups all marked with swastikas and Hitler`s initials. Eva Braun`s powder box was marked with her initials "EB". All the lots were auctioned off on Saturday in the city of Kirchheim unter Teck by Andreas Thies` auction house.

Historian claims Pius XII was the centre of elaborate plot to have the Führer killed
The Pope during the Second World War who has been frequently derided for tacitly supporting Hitler was actually the lynchpin of a scheme to have him assassinated, it has been claimed. Pope Pius XII, sometimes derided as `Hitler`s Pope` because of his reluctance to condemn Nazi war crimes, was allegedly trying to stir up German agitators and convince them to strike down the Führer from within, according to a new book. Historian Mark Riebling claims that Pius`s apparent silence on Hitler`s atrocities against Jews, minorities and even members of his own church was in fact cover while he tried to help members of the German resistance.

New study of almost 5,000 Second World War air crashes shows the Nazis weren`t the only enemy
Almost 5,000 air crashes in Lincolnshire, which occurred during World War Two, have been documented by a team of historians. Painstaking research by historian Graham Platt and his friends has revealed the human stories behind the 4,864 air accidents in the county during the war Eighty-three aircrew died after their Lancasters crashed in fog in a single night after bombing Berlin, and in separate tragedies, planes crashed into a pub and a house, killing civilians. A German Junkers 88 bomber crashed on the Butcher`s Arms, in Bourne, on May 4, 1941. These are just some of the four-thousand plus incidents chronicled by historian Mr Platt, 46 and his team in a new book.

Former NSDAP members simply resumed their careers even in the interior ministry after the war
The head of a division once largely responsible for Nazi education policy, others who participated in forced sterilization programs, high-ranking members of the NSDAP, SS and SA: During the post-war period, the German Interior Ministry was full of people who, "today would have to be classified as Nazi perpetrators." That is the conclusion of a study conducted for the interior ministry by independent researchers at the Center for Contemporary History (ZZF) in Potsdam. Over the course of 11 months, historians studied the personnel files of employees at West Germany`s Federal Interior Ministry, as well as the Ministry of the Interior of former communist East Germany between 1949-1970. They found a "spectacularly high" number of employees with Nazi pasts in both agencies.

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