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Hitler teeth test dispels myths of Nazi leader`s survival
An examination of Adolf Hitler`s dental remains has removed any doubt that he did indeed die in 1945. The tale of the Führer`s teeth is a story not only of the top Nazi`s demise, but of Cold War propaganda and cruelty.
(dw.com)

Famous WWII Remagen bridge towers up for sale
Buyers interested in WWII history and who aren`t afraid of rolling up their sleeves are in luck. German authorities are selling part of the destroyed Ludendorff Bridge or "Bridge at Remagen" to the highest bidder.
(dw.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)

A German Tank Battalion Fought to the End in the Icy Hell of Stalingrad
The Panzer-Abteilung 129, a tank battalion serving with the German 6th Army, fought its way into the Soviet city of Stalingrad in late 1942 only to find itself pinned down during winter. A a million-man Red Army counter offensive, attacking in two giant pincers, surrounded the Germans that November. Trapped, the battalion’s soldiers sheltered wherever they could in a village to find warmth. The last days of the battalion were brutal and unimaginably miserable, as recounted in the first volume of historian Jason Mark’s series Panzerkrieg: German Armored Operations at Stalingrad — which traces the day-by-day history of 6th Army tank battalions using extensive primary sources from those who witnessed the battle.
(warisboring.com)

Dirty jokes revealed on mystery pages of Anne Frank`s diary
Mystery has swirled around the two pages of Anne Frank`s diary where brown paper was pasted over the writing. But today it was revealed what lay behind the covered up pages. Thanks to modern image processing technology, the writing from 1942 was uncovered, and four "dirty jokes" appeared. "I`ll use this spoiled page to write down `dirty` jokes," Anne wrote on September 28, 1942, just two months after she went into hiding.
(cnn.com)

The forgotten East Lothian WW2 sea defences and how to find them
The East Lothian coastline has a remarkable history of forgotten World War Two sea defences. The remains of these defences can be found on a walk along the shore from Hedderwick to Tyninghame.
(scotsman.com)

When Japan invaded Alaska: What you need to know about the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Attu
The Aleutians campaign of WWII has been dismissed by some historians as a sideshow of the global conflict of 1939-1945 — of no military significance for either the Japanese who invaded the Alaska Territory in 1942 or the Americans who drove them out the following year. Measured against other WWII campaigns and battles of truly epic proportions and enormous stakes, it seems reasonable that the Aleutians war should generally be overlooked. But Battle of Attu 75th Anniversary Commemoration — a series of films, lectures, panel discussions, ceremonies and exhibits scheduled for May 17-19 in Anchorage — aims to show why the violence that visited Alaska, for those who were here then and for those who live here now, should never be forgotten.
(adn.com)

75 Years After The Battle Of Attu, Veterans Reflect On The Cost Of Reclaiming U.S. Soil
Seventy-five years ago, Japan and the United States were locked in one of the bloodiest battles fought on American soil: the Battle of Attu. Army veteran Allan Serroll served on Attu Island, which sits at the westernmost end of the Aleutian Islands — closer to Japan than Seattle. Serroll is now 102. But he’s still haunted by the experience of staring down young men like himself.
(kucb.org)

U-508: Nazi Submarine Sunk in Cuban Waters
During World War II, the German navy began to activate the long-planned plan to send submarines to operate in the waters of the Caribbean Sea with the purpose, mainly, of cutting supplies to the United States and creating panic and insecurity in the convoys of merchant ships, among other objectives
(maritimeherald.com)

The Dambusters 75 years on: How marbles inspired the Second World War`s most daring bombing raid
eroism of 617 Squadron and ingenuity of Barnes Wallis remembered on anniversary of one of Britain’s greatest wartime triumphs.
(independent.co.uk)

Photos: Arms factories during the Second World war rare photographs
Arms factories during the Second World war rare photographs. Photo
(micetimes.asia)

Half of Brits think UK did the most to defeat Hitler - but other countries disagree
50% of Brits questioned in a poll think that Britain did more to topple the Nazis during the Second World War. Just 13% say the Russians did the most, while 9% think the Americans are the ones to credit for bringing down Hitler. However, other countries take a different point of view. 65% of France and 34% of Germany believe it was the US that were the most important nation in the fight against Hitler – while 47% of Americans voted for themselves. Each three nations give a lot less credit to Britain – 7% of Germans, 9% of Americans and 11% of French said Britain did the most.
(uk.news.yahoo.com)

16,000 Artworks the Nazis labeled Degenerate Art: The Complete Historic Inventory Is Now Online
Now, thanks to the Victoria and Albert Museum, we know which works of art the Nazis condemned. "The V&A holds the only known copy of a complete inventory of `Entartete Kunst` confiscated by the Nazi regime from public institutions in Germany, mostly during 1937 and 1938," says the museum`s site. "The list of more than 16,000 artworks was produced by the Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda (Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda) in 1942 or thereabouts. It seems that the inventory was compiled as a final record, after the sales and disposals of the confiscated art had been completed in the summer of 1941."
(openculture.com)

All-wing Horten Ho 229 - Secret Nazi experimental plane
Behold the incredibly weird-looking Horten Ho 229 -- an all-wing "wonder weapon" plane that the Nazis frantically developed even as they were collapsing and losing WWII. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has one in its collection, and they`ve been slowly examining it for decades. Created by the brothers Reimar and Walter Horton, it was the the first iteration of the concept of "bell-shaped lift distribution," an idea that`s still being bandied about today.
(boingboing.net)

Tiger Tank with armour so thick shells bounced off it put through its paces 75 years
The world`s only working Tiger tank roared into life 75 years after it was captured by the Allies in World War II. Tiger 131 took to the main arena at Bovington`s Tank Museum during its `Tiger Day`, marking when a lucky shot from a British tank disabled it during fighting in the desert of North Africa. More than 1,300 German Tiger tanks were produced during the Second World War.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Here`s how 10 of the largest and most important tank battles in history played out
In the one hundred years since its invention, tanks have been the winning factor in a number of battles. Entire wars have depended on their successful use. Take a look at how 10 of the biggest tank battles in history went:
(ctpost.com)

In 1940, Pittsburghers offered $1M reward for Hitler capture
n May 1940, more than a year before the United States entered World War II, a group of Pittsburghers offered a $1 million reward to anyone who could capture Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The New York Times reported then that Samuel Harden Church, president of the Carnegie Institute, led the group of 50 men and women who said they would supply the money if Hitler was delivered "alive, unwounded and unhurt" to the League of Nations to stand trial for "crimes against the peace and dignity of the world."
(triblive.com)

B17 bomber being restored to its former glory in Mefford Field at Tulare
A small army of volunteers have descended outside of Tulare on a mission to restore and bring a piece of history back to glory: “Preston’s Pride,” a World War II-era Boeing B-17 bomber that has sat along Highway 99 for decades. Thundering four-engine heavy bombers, the B-17 aircraft was known as the fabled “Flying Fortress.” They quickly became an icon of World War II, gaining a steadfast reputation for their reliability, endurance and staggering offensive resilience in battle. World War II General Carl Spaatz once said “Without the B-17 we may have lost the war.”
(fresnobee.com)

That time US troops found 200 tons of stolen Nazi gold
In the closing months of WWII, the defeated Nazi Army scrambled to hide the hundreds of tons of gold they had despicably stripped from various nations during their occupation. As they hurriedly stashed their ill-gotten gains, they were unaware that the Allies were drawing near. Operation Safe Haven was well under way. Allies were on the hunt to locate the enormous amount of looted wealth the Germans viciously seized and stored and put it into the hands of humanitarian groups who would, hopefully, send the wealth to its rightful owners. U.S. troops were trained to search for assets in the form of paper money, coins, and gold bullion.
(wearethemighty.com)

Exhibition in Bielefeld shows the dark side of the Nazi Youth Movement, events resulted in hundreds of teenage pregnancies
An exhibition opened in the German city of Bielefeld, showing the dark underbelly of the famed Hitler Youth Movement. Using recorded testimonials, books, films, posters and other propaganda material the exhibition shows how the Nazis lured German children into the official Youth Leagues by offering sweets, comics, and camping trips. Under the guise of having fun, these leagues essentially brainwashed millions of young Germans to accept the Nazi doctrine and follow Hitler with slavish devotion.
(warhistoryonline.com)

Project Habbakuk: Britain`s secret attempt to build an ice warship
The depths of Lake Patricia in Canada still hide a secret that was once poised to change the course of World War II. To gain the upper hand against the German U-boats, the British had come up with a strange idea: make aircraft carriers out of giant icebergs. They were, after all, abundant, free and believed to be unsinkable. Crazy as it sounded, the project was approved by British prime minister Winston Churchill himself. A prototype was built and tested at the lake over four months -- and parts of it remain there, 50 feet below the surface. The ice has long melted, but Project Habbakuk still lives.
(cnn.com)

Leni Riefenstahl: both feminist icon and fascist film-maker
The dancer, actress, director and photographer Helene “Leni” Riefenstahl, who died in 2003, is a controversial character, largely because of the many propaganda movies she produced for the Nazis. So when it was recently announced that her estate would be handed over to a Berlin photography museum, historians of the period hoped to find some clarification about the extent of her involvement with the Nazi regime.
(theconversation.com)

Expansion of the National American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum and Research Center
“It’s tremendous,” said Ed Jackfert, a POW in the early 1940s, about the expansion of the National American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum and Research Center. “I hope this teaches our young people that war is nothing but hell.” Jackfert, 98, was among the more than 200 people who attended a dedication of the museum’s newest space. The 4,500-square-foot, $630,000 addition to the Brooke County Public Library will allow the museum to display and archive the roughly 200 collections it has acquired. Those collections, said Jim Brockman, museum curator and executive director, include 30,000 photographs, 1 million pages of documents and 1,600 POW diaries.
(heraldstaronline.com)

Monuments Men author launches TV show to help find art looted by Nazis
8-part tv series titled “Hunting Nazi Treasure,” represents the latest incarnation in Robert Edsel’s quest to unravel the mysteries of World War II, as they pertain to rare works of art and other cultural objects and where they’ve been hurled by fate. Edsel acknowledges that even Allied soldiers may have stolen art or precious artifacts as souvenirs.
(pilotonline.com)

Secont Battle of El Alamein - The latest campaign from Conflict Series
Second Battle of El Alamein (The impossible German Defence) from Conflict-Series is out: Outmaneuver the attacking British forces while suffering from chronic lack of both fuel and ammo! Historical background: In the summer of 1942 Axis forces operating in North Africa ran out of steam in front of El Alamein while trying to advance into Egypt and seize control of Suez Canal. Chronically lacking fuel due to overstretched supply lines and Allied control of Mediterranean sea, the only thing Germans and Italians could do was to deploy minefields and brace themselves for the inevitable British offensive. Commander of the British 8th Army, Montgomery, resisted calls from impatient Churchill to attack, and instead kept stockpiling huge amount of resources, eventually vastly overpowering Axis forces in every possible way. Rommel knew that the lack of fuel meant that he could not do any grand maneuvering, his one defensive counter-strike with armoured divisions had to be decisive to stop the Allied attack and prevent the total collapse of Axis position in North Africa.
(Play Store)



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