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Operation Luttich: German Drive into Falaise Gap -- New game by Joni Nuutinen
Do you have the skills and nerves to push exhausted Wehrmacht forces to Avranches through the fierce Allied resistance and relentless bombardment while German flanks are crumbling all around you? --- Situation on 7th of August 1944: British and Canadian troops had tied down elite German formations near Caen while the entire US Third Army had broken through from Normandy to Brittany via Avranches. However, German HQ realized that by advancing just 30 km (20 miles) from Mortain to Avranches they could cut off the First and Third US Armies. Surely battle-hardened yet exhausted Panzer and Waffen SS Divisions could push this small sector of the front line it forward a short distance of 30 km? The Allies realized that if they could contain this German attempt they could trap Germans in the Falaise area. The only one thing was sure: At the end of this maneuvering either several German or American armies would be cut off.
(Play Store)

How a Nazi incursion into Labrador to set up a secret weather station heralded a new era
In war, weather observations become secrets, and forecasts are weaponized. The desperation for them has led to expanded networks and new technologies. WWII marked the beginning of a transformation of weather observation from a collection of disparate points into a global system — made up of observatories on the ground, in the air and, soon enough, in space. But it happened piece by piece, driven by tech developments and military needs. The fighting in the North Atlantic stretched from Labrador and Greenland in the west, to Svalbard and Franz Josef Land in the Barents Sea, all the way east to Novaya Zemlya. Throughout, the Germans were at a distinct meteorological disadvantage.
(thestar.com)

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)

Nazis Weren`t the Only Ones Using Meth During World War II
Hitler’s use of methamphetamine (crystal meth), has been well documented during recent years in books like Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler. But did you know that Nazi soldiers, British troops, and even American military personnel used speed as well during WWII? That secret history is airing on the PBS show Secrets of the Dead with an episode titled “World War Speed.” The episode is hosted by British historian James Holland and gives viewers a look at the use of uppers by both the Allies and the Axis powers in the 1940s. The drugs helped soldiers stay awake for long periods of time and it also made them more aggressive in combat scenarios.
(gizmodo.com)

SS dagger belonging to Hitler`s personal chauffeur goes on sale for 5,000
A dagger belonging to Adolf Hitler`s personal chauffeur who burned his and Eva Braun`s bodies after they committed suicide has emerged for sale for £5,000. SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Erich Kempka started driving the dictator from 1936 until the end of the Second World War. There are numerous photos of him behind the wheel of a Mercedes driving Hitler at parades, including at the infamous 1938 Nuremberg rally where he can be seen propping up the Fuhrer as he waves to crowds. The 13-inch dagger, which is engraved with the driver`s initials and those of Hitler`s personal bodyguard regiment, is being sold by a European private collector at C&T auctions in Ashford, Kent.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Launching this summer, a brand new magazine titled Iron Cross, telling German side
A brand new magazine focusing entirely on German military history from 1914 to 1945 will be launched this summer. Titled Iron Cross the beautifully designed, 132-page, perfect bound magazine, which will publish four times a year, will become the only magazine in the UK dedicated to this subject area. Published by Warners Group Publications, which also publishes The Armourer magazine, Iron Cross will be produced by an Anglo-German editorial team headed by well-known militaria editor, Andy Saunders.
(militaria-history.co.uk)

Two Nazi Soldiers Proved How Deadly a Sniper Can Be on the Battlefield
Antitank panzerfausts were not available to the 3rd Gebirgsjager (Mountain) Division, and the unit had few, if any, sticky charges to blow the tracks from the Soviet T-34 tanks. All they had were their wits and their bolt-action Mauser rifles against the three steel titans that loomed in front of them with scores of Red Army soldiers trailing.
(nationalinterest.org)

Type 97: The Rifle Japan Thought Would Win the War
With the Type 97’s reduced performance as a marksman’s weapon, the Japanese infantry-sniper doctrine adapted to the weapon’s deficiencies and focused on its snipers perfecting camouflage and concealment. The Type 97 sniper rifle’s low muzzle flash and smokeless propellant were effective in medium-range sniper action where firing positions would be less conspicuous. A sniper version of the Arisaka Type 99 7.7mm rifle was issued in 1942 and was fitted with either a 2.5x or 4x Tokia telescope, but this gun did not get its own designation.
(nationalinterest.org)

Bizarre Ways America’s First Spy Agency Tried to Overthrow Hitler
From undercover heiresses to hormone-injected vegetables, the early days of the Office of Strategic Services were marked by colorful hires and wild schemes.
(theatlantic.com)

The Jedburghs were the best anti-Nazi commandos of WWII
In WWII, months before D-Day, a loudspeaker on military bases played a short recruitment message. The few men who answered it would become heroes after tackling one of the deadliest missions of D-Day. Men who volunteered had a chance to be selected for a Jedburgh Team. The teams featured a mix of Canadian, British, French, and American troops, but they were tiny, with two to four members. So, obviously, there was just one man of each nationality in each team. So, that was one reason that knowledge of European languages was preferred, the other was that these tiny teams would fight directly alongside resistance forces in Nazi-occupied Europe, mostly in France but also in the Netherlands and Belgium. Their motto summed up the mission well: "Surprise, kill, and vanish."
(wearethemighty.com)

Sideshow War: Peru Fights Ecuador During WW2’s Darkest Hour
The conflict, which had nothing to do with the war in Europe or the Pacific, was the result of a lasting border dispute between the neighbouring nations of Peru and Ecuador.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

Robert Friend, one of the last original Tuskegee Airmen, dead at 99
Retired Lt. Col. Robert "Bob" Friend was one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, a group of fighter pilots trained at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, in a program created after the NAACP led advocacy efforts for African Americans to enlist and train as U.S. military pilots.
(daytondailynews.com)

The Natter Was A Rocket-Based Wooden Aircraft By Germany
Towards the end of World War II, an effort was made by Germany to take down the American bombers that were wreaking havoc in Germany. The Natter (grass snake) was developed as an inexpensive and easy to build interceptor that made use of the recently developed rocket technology for its flight. The aircraft was designed for single use but was utilized too late to have any kind of effect in tipping the scales of war.
(wonderfulengineering.com)

Russian officials have lashed out at Western historians for questioning the Red Army`s mastery at Kursk
Winning the biggest tank battle in history remains a great source of pride for Russians. So it is not surprising that Russian officials have lashed out at Western historians for questioning the Red Army`s mastery of the battlefield. For decades Russians have seen no reason to doubt Soviet military historians, who portrayed the Battle of Prokhorovka on 12 July 1943 as a turning-point, where the Red Army seized the initiative, then rolled back the Nazi armour. The wider Battle of Kursk - from 5 July to 23 August 1943 - was indeed a turning-point in World War Two. Soviet forces thwarted a huge Nazi counter-attack, after Hitler`s troops had suffered a defeat at Stalingrad in the winter of 1942-43. But recently a British historian, Ben Wheatley, analysed German Luftwaffe aerial photos of the Prokhorovka battlefield, taken on 14-16 July, when the area was still in German hands. The photos were found in the US National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
(bbc.com)

Promise me you`ll shoot yourself: Nazi Germany`s suicide wave
With the Allies closing in and capitulation imminent, thousands of ordinary citizens in Nazi Germany killed themselves in a wave of mass suicides. Florian Huber`s book on the taboo story is now available in English.
(dw.com)

Ship sunk off South Carolina by German U-boat in WWII poses a threat, historians say
A 75-year-old mystery off the coast of South Carolina took a strange twist, when an expedition of maritime archaeologist and historians tried to find an oil tanker sunk by a German U-boat in 1943. The fate of the S.S. Bloody Marsh is notorious for several reasons, including the fact the “U-66 surfaced to view the sinking ship and struck one of the lifeboats, knocking the sailors into the sea before leaving the scene,” says Mike Brennan, who was part of the NOAA-backed expedition. Historians have long been puzzled over where it went down, and fear an environmental time bomb is ticking in its cargo holds: 106,496 barrels (4,472,832 gallons) of oil, NOAA says.
(charlotteobserver.com)

UK’s biggest second world war prisoner camp unearthed in Yorkshire
The forgotten history of what was once Britain’s biggest prisoner of war camp has been unearthed by archaeologists in the South Yorkshire countryside. At its peak in the second world war, Lodge Moor camp near Sheffield held more than 11,000 mostly German captives. Its extraordinary stories have been overlooked for more than 60 years as its moss-covered remains were shrouded in thick woodland. Research by archaeology students shows the camp was used to hold the most fanatical of prisoners during the second world war, many of whom were from Germany, Italy and the Ukraine.
(theguardian.com)

Dutch WWII submarine wrecks disappear from Malaysian seabed
The wrecks of two Dutch submarines sunk off the Malaysian coast during the second world war have disappeared along with the remains of the 79 men who perished onboard. Researchers discovered just a few remains of HNLMS O 16 and a mere outline in the seabed of the hull of HNLMS K XVII after investigating a possible disturbance. Both submarines were sunk by Japanese mines in the South China Sea in December 1941 at a cost of all but one of their crews. The discovery highlights the continued difficulty of protecting war wrecks, which are supposed to be protected under international treaties from being disturbed.
(theguardian.com)

Eva Kor: Auschwitz survivor of Mengele Nazi torture dies
Eva Kor survived the Holocaust and went on to call for forgiveness of Nazi perpetrators, giving tours of the death camp at Auschwitz. She set up a small Holocaust museum in her adoptive home in the US and has died aged 85, during one of her annual trips to Poland. Eva Mozes Kor was born in Romania and was deported with her Jewish family to Auschwitz in 1944. Unlike the rest of her family, she and her twin sister Miriam survived. But they were brutally abused by the notorious Josef Mengele, known as the Angel of Death.
(bbc.com)

The US Army`s World War II Panzer Killers Were No Paper Tiger
During the 1940s, the U.S. Army developed a special weapon to counter the tanks of the German Wehrmacht. Most of these vehicles had the hull of a Sherman tank and a turret with a long-barrel cannon. But don’t dare call them tanks. These were tank-destroyers. After the 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)

Uruguay: Nazi eagle from German warship wreck must be sold, court rules
The Admiral Graf Spee preyed on merchant ships in the South Atlantic before being damaged and scuttled. A huge Nazi eagle recovered from the ship has been the source of controversy.
(dw.com)

Photos: The Tiger tank in Snigiri Museum
Despite all the fame of “Tigers”, very little number of them survived. In total, 7 tanks of this type remain in museums throughout the world. Both the Tigers, found in Russia, are located in the Moscow region: the first in the Museum of Armored Vehicles in Kubinka, the second – in Lenino-Snegiri Military history Museum. The Tiger tank in Snigiri Museum was found by the military archeologist Yuri Nikitin on Nakhabino proving ground in 1973. The tank was used as a target for testing the armor-piercing ability of ammunition. When the Tiger was found in the swamp there were five American “Shermans” next to it, also a seriously damaged Panther as well as some old Soviet tanks.
(argunners.com)

Debacle at Arnhem: Five Reasons for the Failure of Operation Market Garden
Despite the evidence being hidden in plain sight for 75 years, the real reasons for the failure of Operation Market Garden are still not fully appreciated or understood.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

It Took 5 Ton Bombs To Sink Hitler`s Last Super Battleship Tirpitz
The Royal Navy viewed the Tirpitz as a menace not only to its warships, but also to merchant vessels that brought food and ammunition to the British Isles. From her Baltic Sea home port, the Tirpitz could intercept Allied convoys bound for Murmansk in the Arctic Circle. Because of these threats, the British Royal Navy and Royal Air Force had to delegate a large complement of naval and air resources to counter the threat the Tirpitz posed. This was known as the fleet-in-being concept by which a powerful warship or naval force poses a threat without ever leaving port.
(nationalinterest.org)

Russia Releases Never Before Seen Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, But Are They Authentic?
In a historic move, Russia released the original copy of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact which was a pre-WWII agreement between the Soviet Union and Germany. Carefully comparing the published documents in Germany and the ones released by Russia shows discrepancies. Hence the question of whether the documents were doctored by Germans or Soviets or doctored together in a joint decision. Russia posted the documents claiming they are reproductions of the originals. The German documentation seems to be Xeroxed used copies.
(citizentruth.org)



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