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Italy finds wreck of WWII submarine with 71 bodies in it near Sardinia
The sunken wreck of a long-lost Second World War submarine, thought to contain the bodies of 71 servicemen sealed inside its airtight chambers, has been found by divers off the coast of Sardinia.

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)

Harald Sandner Spent 25 Years Documenting Every Day of Hitler`s Life
Harald Sandner got so annoyed by seeing the wrong dates being thrown around in historic works that he decided to take on the task of reconstructing each day of Hitler`s life. Sandner, spent 25 years collecting pictures, documents and archival materials and traveling across Europe on his own expense. The result of all this is Das Itinerar (The Itinerary) – a 2400-page book that doesn`t only list where the Führer spent each day of his life, it also documents the means of transportation he used to get there and what he did in each place – down to the number of audience members at speeches and events.

20 Pictures That Proved To The German People That The Atlantic Wall Could Not Be Breached
20 Pictures That Proved To The German People That The Atlantic Wall Could Not Be Breached.

478 Dorothea Lange Photographs Poignantly Document the Internment of the Japanese During WWII
478 Dorothea Lange Photographs Poignantly Document the Internment of the Japanese During the Second World War.

The never before seen secret pictures of Adolf Hitler he wanted destroyed
The until-now secret collection of images were taken during the Nazi dictator`s private speech rehearsals. Photographer Heinrich Hoffmann disobeyed a direct order by the then 34-year-old Führer to bin the photos after he claimed they were `beneath one`s dignity`.

Four Surviving WW2 U-Boats You Can Actually Visit
Germany put nearly 1,250 U-boats to sea in World War Two. Of those, nearly 800 were destroyed by Allied ships and aircraft, 220 were intentionally scuttled by their crews at war`s end, 156 were handed over to the British and Americans on VE-Day (116 of those were later sent to the bottom), 50 were declared missing and six were captured in action. Today, only five U-boats remain and four of them are open to the public. So where can you visit these fascinating relics?

The British Resistance: Auxiliary Units (WW2 Podcast)
By the end of June 1940 the Battle of France was over, the British Army had been plucked from the Beaches of Dunkirk, but much of its heavy equipment had been abandoned in France. It looked like Britain would be the next target for the Nazi war machine. On the 14th of May 1940 Anthony Eden had called on men in Britain who were not in military service but wished to defend their country to enrol in the Local Defence Volunteers. Another group was also created, a clandestine army that in the event of invasion would be called upon. Britain would be the first nation to have a pre-planed resistance network, the went under the unassuming name of Auxiliary, or Aux Units.

Soviet tanks in WWII: The fatal cost of errors
In terms of quality and quantity, the Soviet armored tank forces at the beginning of WWII were one of the strongest in the world. In 1941 there were more than 25,000 tanks in the Red Army. In comparison, Germany had assembled only 4,000 tanks before its invasion of the USSR, which is three times fewer than the number of armored vehicles that the Soviet Union had in its border zone. Specialists point to the fact that a large part of the Soviet machines were out of date or supposed to be written off. But even what remained was impressive in its power. Stalin had at his disposal more than 1,500 new KV and T-34 tanks, which were superior to the German tanks in a number of different parameters.

Churchills bodyguard saved him over 20 times, carried the PMs Colt .45 with orders for Churchill not to be taken alive
Walter H. Thomson travelled over 200,000 miles while protecting Winston Churchill and was said to have spent more time with him than Churchill`s own wife. On top of the constant threat of assassination at the hands of the Nazis, Indian Nationalists and Communists, Churchill also had a habit of voluntarily putting himself in dangerous situation such as IRA attacks, blitz bombing sites and most famously the Siege of Sidney Street, where a bullet allegedly rocketed through his top hat, inches away from his head. Thompson was said to have single-handedly saved Mr Churchill`s life on nearly 20 occasions and it will come as little surprise that after over 14 years of protecting Britain`s most famous minister he eventually had a nervous breakdown.

Bomb-Damage Maps Reveal London`s World War II Devastation
The Luftwaffe dropped thousands of bombs on London from 1939 to 1945, killing almost 30,000 people. 70,000 buildings were completely demolished, and another 1.7 million were damaged. The extent of the damage to each and every one of these buildings was logged and mapped in near real-time by surveyors, architects, engineers, and construction workers. The result is an incredible collection of maps, color-coded by hand, that reveal the extent of the destruction in painstaking detail. Today, the maps remain an invaluable resource for academics, family historians, and even builders trying to avoid touching off unexploded bombs. Now these bomb census maps are available in a beautiful oversized book released to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Blitz.

The mysteries of a palace in Crimea: Where Joseph Stalin and the Soviet delegation stayed during the Yalta Conference
At the Yalta Conference, which took place in 1945, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill took on the ambitious challenge of creating a geopolitical system that would prevent major global conflicts. From Feb. 4-11, the three leaders met at the Livadia Palace in Crimea and hammered out plans for the United Nations, as well as the division of Europe into the spheres of influence that defined the post-World War II era.

Auschwitz Museum discovered a ring and necklace in a secret compartment at the bottom of a mug
The museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau announced in a statement that its staff had found a mug with a double bottom; in it, they said, was `a women`s ring made of gold and a necklace wrapped in a piece of canvas.` Remarkably, this mug is one of more than 12,000 pieces of enameled kitchenware at the museum.

As a teen, Freddie Oversteegen led nazis to their deaths by seducing them
Freddie Oversteegen was just 14-years-old when she joined the Dutch resistance during the second World War along with her sister, Truus, who was 16-years-old at the time. But the Oversteegen girls had a rather unusual job: Set up the nazis to meet their deaths by seducing them. Oversteegen, who is now 90-years-old, said she now thinks a lot about those who lost their lives during that dark time.

This map predicted how Japan would attack the US during World War II
On November 7, 1937, the Los Angeles Examiner published a prescient map predicting how Imperial Japan could attack the US during World War II. Created by Howard A. Burke, the map imagined a Japanese attack on the US that closely predicted the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor four years later on December 7, 1941. Burke rightly noted that Japan`s first target would be Hawaii and the US fleet docked at Pearl Harbor.

Too Soon Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor
How should we feel about jokes about the Holocaust? That is the question posed by the new documentary The Last Laugh. The film includes interviews with Jewish comedians and a cinema verite portrait of an elderly Holocaust survivor, Renee Firestone, who didn`t let the Nazis take her sense of humor. Director Ferne Pearlstein not only explores the limits of free speech and humor today, she also explores how the Shoah victims and survivors used humor to heal and protect themselves. In the movie, a survivor discusses how they would mock the orders from the guards.

Why these historians think one of the men in the iconic Iwo Jima flag photo was misidentified [Update]
The US Marine Corps has launched an investigation into whether one of the servicemen photographed raising the American flag on Iwo Jima toward the end of WW2 may have been misidentified. The mystery of who is in the picture concerns Navy Corpsman John Bradley. Two amateur historians, Eric Krelle and Stephen Foley think it`s not him in the photo. Their argument hinges on what they think is a discrepancy between what the photo shows and what Bradley`s job in the Navy was. As a combat medic, Bradley would likely be carrying a big bag of medical supplies and a pistol, yet in the photo, the sixth man has rifle cartridges and wire cutters.

Secret lair of Beast of Auschwitz found - Fritz Bracht`s underground bunker discovered
In the long forgotten basement of an old Polish convent lies one of WWII`s darkest secrets, hidden from sight for more than 70 years. For here, underneath the half-built convent of the Sisters` Servants of Silesia was the command centre of Nazi monster Fritz Bracht, then man who would send thousands of Auschwitz prisoners to their deaths. Buried 30 feet below the ground, protected by a 3.2 foot-thick ceiling, this was where Bracht cowered while the threat of Allied bombs hung in the air in the dying days of WWII. At its height, this bunker would have held 200 people at any one time, all working to advance the cause of the Nazis. Yet despite the hundreds who knew where this former Polish bunker was, after the war its location remained a mystery - until now.

Russian artist Olga Shirnina (also known as klimbim) colors archive images of Soviet heroes
World War II heroes now in color. Russian artist Olga Shirnina (also known as `klimbim`) colors archive images of Soviet heroes.

A born natural orator: Irish student`s account of Hitler in 1921 emerges
Diary entries by Daniel Binchy – future Irish ambassador to Germany – provide early account of Nazi leader`s rhetorical skills.

How the Nazis Planned to Grab Gibraltar (and What the Allies Did to Stop Them)
Shortly after theE defeat of France in 1940, Adolf Hitler directed his generals to begin preparations for Nazi Germany`s next bold plan — the seizure of Gibraltar. Few in Berlin doubted the ultimate success of the operation, codenamed Felix. After nearly a year of uninterrupted military triumphs, it seemed a safe bet that the swastika would soon be flying over Britain`s enclave in southern Spain. Of course, events unfolded very differently.

Nazi Spy Captured by Canada Within Hours in 1942
The staff of the Carlisle Hotel in New Carlisle, Quebec, noticed a stranger paying in very peculiar bills one morning in 1942. Their customer took several oversized $1 bills from his wallet as he checked out. These bills, however, had not been common currency since WW1. The man claimed to be William Branton, a resident of 323 Danforth Avenue in Toronto. Branton said his bus had just arrived in New Carlisle and that he only wanted to quickly bathe and get something to eat before continuing his journey to Montreal. `We knew that he was a foreigner, by the way, he spoke…he had kind of a guttural speech in the back of his throat,` Marguerite, the daughter of the Carlisle`s owner, said while recounting events to journalist Dean Beeby as a contribution to Cargo of Lies, a 1996 novel detailing the spy fiasco.

Bad buildings: Monumental Nazi-era buildings in Germany have become tourist magnets
Monumental Nazi-era buildings in Germany have become tourist magnets. These sites, associated with the Nazis, have different ways of dealing with their heritage, but is it "dark tourism" or educational tourism?

Unseen photos of Europe after World War II
These color images, taken by photographer David Seymour in 1947, trace the route that the Allied forces took as they drove toward Berlin during World War II.

Volunteer British Mapmakers: In this short doc, the Women`s Voluntary Service stitches a map of the British countryside
When WWII broke out in September 1939, 165,000 British women joined the Women`s Voluntary Service. For no pay, they lent their time and skills to the war effort, mainly aiding with air-raid precautions on the homefront. They led massive evacuations for urban residents, fed, clothed, nursed and sheltered bomb victims and war refugees, and set up canteens for firemen and rescue workers. They also contributed to wartime cartography. In this chummy 1943 British Pathé film, jumpsuit-clad WVS volunteers work cheerfully on a large jute mat that they`ve painted, stitched, and accessorized with model homes, trees, and train tracks to represent the British countryside.

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