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Type XXI U-Boat: Meet Hitler`s Super Submarines - And Why They Were Too Late
On May 4, 1945 one of the most advanced submarines in the world crept up to a British Royal Navy cruiser. U-2511 was one of Germany’s new Type XXI-class “wonder” submarines, and she was hunting for Allied ships. More than 250 feet long and displacing 1,620 tons, the Type XXI packed six hydraulically-reloaded torpedo tubes capable of firing more than 23 stored torpedoes. This arsenal could turn a convoy into sinking, burning wreckage. But the real improvement lay deep inside the U-boat’s bowels. There rested an advanced electric-drive engine that allowed the submersible to travel underwater at higher speeds—and for longer periods—than any submarine that came before. But for the fortunate crew of that British cruiser, the war in Europe had just ended. The submarine did not fire its torpedoes at the cruiser, instead merely carrying out a mock practice attack.

The Capital of Ruins: Nine Facts About the Battle for Saint-Lô
Saint-Lô was in the crosshairs almost immediately: British and American strategists knew that once the landings on the Normandy coast began, German reinforcements from the interior of France would be rushed forward to attack the Allied beachheads and that those enemy tanks and troops have to move through Saint–Lô. The evening before Operation Overlord, leaflets were dropped to warn civilians in the area to flee before Allied bombers were slated to level the town on June 6. Unfortunately, high winds scattered the papers. As a result, the bombing took many residents by surprise. The city would be bombed twice more as Allied troops approached in the weeks after the landings. Germans planes would later pound what was left of it.

Hitler Planned to Build a Massive Battleship and Aircraft Carrier Fleet
In the mid-1930s, the Nazi government began to plan in detail for the reconstruction of German naval power. The destruction of the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow remained central to the mythology of German betrayal and defeat in World War I; rebuilding the fleet would be a grand achievement worthy of the Nazis, but also in accord with long-term German foreign policy goals. The Germans understood this long-term deficiency, exacerbated by German geographic disadvantages. In part because of this, Plan Z still placed a strong value on commerce raiding. The Panzerschiff would provide a world-wide surface threat to Allied commerce, while squadrons consisting of battleships, aircraft carriers, and battlecruisers would specialize in convoy attack .

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Shipwreck of Italian warship Giovanni Delle Bande Nere found after 77 years
The warship Giovanni Delle Bande Nere was hit by two torpedoes fired by the British submarine HMS Urge in April 1942. Most of its 507 crew did not survive. Underwater remote-controlled robots operated by the Italian navy discovered its wreck at a depth of 1,700 metres. Its sinking was part of British attempts to block Italian and German shipping supplying their ground forces in the North Africa campaign.

Nazi Germany’s Arado Ar-234 Blitz Jet: It Was the Fastest Plane on the Planet
When the Arado Ar-234 Blitz jet bomber first appeared in the skies of Europe, most Allied airmen did not know what it was. Many had never heard of jet engines, let alone a jet bomber. Fewer still knew that the Ar-234 was a shining star in Adolf Hitler’s constellation of wonder weapons, the super-secret and super-technology arsenal that the Führer hoped would reverse the Reich’s declining fortunes. Able to reach a speed of 540 miles per hour, the Arado Ar-234 Blitz was the fastest combat aircraft in the world, slightly faster even than its cousin, the Messerschmitt Me-262 jet.
(Warfare History Network)

Meet the Deadly Me-262 (It Changed Everything)
The Me-262 was well ahead of its time. If the Nazis had had greater access to refined metals for the jet engines, more fuel reserves, and more time, then things might have played out somewhat differently toward the end of the war. The fact remains that the ground-breaking jet truly set the course for the future of aviation history.
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71,000 Tons of Total Terror: Japan Had Plans to Build A Battleship Like No Other
At 71,000 tons, the A-150 class would have superseded the Yamatos, building on experience with that class to produce a more formidable, flexible fighting unit. Along with the Yamatos, these ships were expected to provide the IJN with an unbeatable battle line to protect its Pacific possessions, along with newly acquired territories in Southeast Asia and China.

Hitler’s Home Front: Life in Nazi Germany during World War Two
Hitler’s Home Front provides a compelling and comprehensive year-by-year account of ordinary life in wartime Germany, chronicling how the population tried to find normality during an unprecedented emergency.

Jack Lyon, former RAF POW involved in the Great Escape, dies aged 101
In 1941 Jack Lyon’s bomber plane was struck by flak near Dusseldorf in Germany, the RAF Benevolent Fund said. All of the bomber’s crew survived the crash-landing, only to be captured by the Nazis and taken to prisoner of war camps. Mr Lyon, who was a flight lieutenant, ended up in the Stalag Luft III camp, where he was recruited by other prisoners to carry out surveillance of the compound ahead of the famed 1944 Great Escape breakout. The plot was uncovered by guards before Mr Lyon, who died on Friday, was able to make his escape.

Tlingit code talkers recognized by Alaska Legislature for their efforts during World War II
The Alaska Legislature adopted a citation recognizing the contributions of Tlingit code talkers during World War II. Any history buff would know of the Navajo code talkers that developed secret battle communications for the U.S. military. But until recently, few people knew that Tlingit soldiers also used their language to pass along secret information during WWII.

Ex-Nazis gave Mossad the edge in Six-Day War
Israel was able to launch its surprise attack against Egypt and Syria at the beginning of the 6-Day War thanks to information provided to Mossad by an intelligence network of former Nazis, according to a book by an Italian who claims to have played a role. Adriano Monti fought, aged 15, in a division of the Waffen SS and was recruited into a postwar intelligence organisation founded by General Reinhard Gehlen. Gehlen had run German army espionage efforts against eastern Europe during the war and worked closely with the CIA after it. His “Gehlen Organisation” became the backbone of West Germany’s foreign intelligence organisation, the BND.

Holocaust: How Spanish `Angel of Budapest` Sanz Briz saved Jews
Thousands of Holocaust survivors and their descendants escaped the Nazis thanks to a Spanish diplomat nicknamed "the Angel of Budapest" - yet the late Angel Sanz Briz is hardly known in Spain today.

Swiss vintage Ju-52 planes banned from commercial flights
Swiss carrier Ju-Air will no longer be able to operate commercial flights with its three historic Ju-52 planes because of safety issues. The decision comes after an August 2018 crash involving a Ju-52 plane operated by Ju-Air in which 20 people died.

Forbidden city of Zossen: Inside Germany’s abandoned Nazi command centre
A huge abandoned military complex, once headquarters to the Nazis and then the Soviets, lies hidden inside a fenced-off pine forest in eastern Germany – but one man keeps the memories alive. Werner Borchert grinds out a cigarette with his leather boot, zips up his jacket and unlocks a rusty door with a sign reading “Do not enter”. He’s entering anyway. Borchert is stepping into the heart of the forbidden city in the Wuensdorf neighbourhood of Zossen, 25 miles south of Berlin.

Why Didn`t Nazi Germany Build Aircraft Carriers?
The bone of contention between Grand Admiral Dr. Erich Raeder of the Kriegsmarine (Navy) and Reich Marshal Hermann Göring, commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe (Air Force) was the creation of a naval air arm that the admiral wanted and that the air minister was determined to prevent. Göring had always argued that his planes were being misused in guarding the big ships, and now he had gotten his way. Raeder resigned. In 1945, the Graf Zeppelin was scuttled by the Germans, only to be raised by the Soviets, taken home to Russia, and sunk in pieces during target practice—an ignominious end to Nazi Germany’s aircraft-carrier program.

The Spanish Civil War: How it all started and its aftermath
The Spanish Civil War (La Guerra Civil Española in Spanish) took place from 1936 to 1939. On the political left side were the Republicans fighting the Nationalists, who were on the political right. The war was mostly a struggle between democracy and fascism. Ultimately, the Nationalist front won, and Spain was ruled by Francisco Franco’s dictatorship until 1975, when Franco died. The Spanish Civil War was one of the worst atrocities in Spanish history, so how did it all start?

You Can`t Sink Hitler`s Battleship: Why It Was So Hard to Kill the Bismarck
On May 23, 1941, the Battleship Bismarck was on a roll. The largest and most powerful ship in the German Navy, the mighty Bismarck had broken out into the Atlantic Ocean, sunk a Royal Navy battlecruiser, badly damaged a battleship and was poised to add its guns to a naval blockade that threatened to strangle Great Britain. Ninety-six hours later, heavily damaged, the battleship was on the bottom of the North Atlantic

Battle over Berlin: How Nazi Me-262 Fighter Jets Battled B-17 Bombers
During the last great air raid over Berlin in March 1945, it was Me-262 jet fighters vs. B-17s. Survivors tell the story of the loss of Skyway Chariot.

The MG42 Machine Gun, Hitler’s Buzzsaw
The MG42 emerged from demands to improve upon the successful MG34. While the MG34 continued to be manufactured almost until the very end of the war, the MG42 was simpler to produce than the MG34. It took less time and material to manufacture. What set the roller lock MG42 apart though was its reliability. Whereas the MG34 was a finely machined, hand-finished gun, especially in its early stages of production, its design contributed to its reliability problems under harsh conditions. Something new was needed. That something new was the roller-locking mechanism of the MG42.

Isoroku Yamamoto: 10 Fascinating Facts About Japan’s Most Famous Admiral
Yamamoto was against war with America. He had long recognized that a confrontation with the United States would be un-winnable. But if Tokyo was bent on conflict, he maintained, only a massive pre-emptive strike on the U.S. fleet would give Japan a fighting chance. Even now though, with his warplanes raining destruction down Pearl Harbor, he secretly feared the worst.

Hermann Goering’s daughter Edda dies at 80, is buried in secret
Death of Hitler’s goddaughter in December was not publicized; she had spoken highly of her Luftwaffe-commander father, sought to get a portion of his looted assets

The Invisibles Review: Unbelievable Documentary About 4 Jews That Hid in Berlin During WWII
In May of 1943, propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels declared Berlin was ‘free of Jews.’ Little did he know that during WWII there were 7,000 Jews who were in hiding in Berlin at the start of the war. ‘The Invisible’ is a German documentary that profiles four German Jews who hid in the city, some in plain sight, during WWII. The Jews of Berlin that hid wore disguises, changed the color of their hair and stayed in secret hiding rooms or just continually walked the streets at night to escape detection. The film tells the story of four individuals using interviews with them, combined with recreations and also actual footage from the time period.

List of 121 Japanese women held as POWs in Soviet labor camps after WWII discovered
A list of Japanese women who were held in Soviet labor camps after the end of WWII was located in Russia in what could be the first discovery of its kind. The list contains information such as names and years of birth for 121 women who were likely nurses assigned to a military hospital in what was then Manchuria. It also includes the names of three German women believed to have been the wife of a German envoy and her attendants. Japan’s government estimates that 575,000 Japanese were detained in the Soviet Union and that 55,000 of them died in Siberia and Mongolia, many from starvation or exposure to the cold.

15 people in Sweden, including 6 Swedish citizens, receive a war pension from Germany
The people, who are aged between 82 and 101 years, receive the equivalent of between 1,500 kronor (140 euros) and 10,000 kronor (950 euros) monthly. Around 200 Swedish volunteers joined the German war effort during the Second World War, and were thereby promised lifetime pensions. Approximately 100 fought in battle. According to German authorities, the persons who are currently receiving the pensions were not members of the Waffen-SS, the armed wing of the Nazi Party`s SS organisation.

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