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Spy gadgets made for WW2 secret agents up for auction
A large private collection of WW2 spy gadgets, gathered by a private collector over 40 years, is set to go under the hammer in Hansons’ Militaria Auction on November 20. The items include an incendiary device disguised as a matchbox, hidden compasses galore, a camera in a ‘matchbox’ and a multi-purpose knife containing razor-sharp cutting blades. The utility knife is equipped with three small hacksaw blades, a tyre slasher blade and a wire cutter tool.
(warhistoryonline.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)

Nuremberg preserves Nazi past, stone by stone
When Nazi ruins begin to crumble, is it better for Germany to rip them down or restore them? That is the question now facing Nuremberg, site of the infamous vast marching grounds and torchlit parades immortalised by filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. As it prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the post-war trials of Adolf Hitler's top henchmen, the city has opted to throw itself into a massive conservation effort tied to Germany's vaunted culture of remembrance and atonement for past crimes.
(france24.com)

1943 M4A1 Grizzly Sherman for Sale
This M4A1 Grizzly is an adaptation of the Sherman medium tank that was built in Canada in late 1943. It is a cast-hull variant of the Sherman and is powered by a Continental-built 975ci Wright Whirlwind nine-cylinder radial engine.

Junkers Ju 88 extraordinary journey began with a Romanian defector and ended at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
The story of how the Junkers Ju 88, aided in part by a Romanian defector Nicolae Teodoru, made it to the US, is a remarkable one. The Ju 88D-1s were assigned to the Romanian Air Force’s 2nd Recon Squadron, based at Mariupol, in Ukraine. The Romanian sergeant set out on the July 22, 1943. Things went smoothly until strong easterly wind blew him off course towards Cyprus and four British Royal Air Force Hawker Hurricane IIB fighters were duly scrambled.
(thedrive.com)

One of three last remaining French resistance fighters dies aged 99
One of three remaining fighters in the French resistance to the Nazi occupation of World War II has died. Pierre Simonet, who died aged 99, was one of just over a thousand resistance fighters decorated by Charles de Gaulle, who rallied the defeated French forces from London after Germany's 1940 invasion of the country. His death comes just a few months after that of another wartime hero, Edgard Tupet-Thome, leaving just two men as living links to one of the most wrenching chapters in France's history.
(thelocal.fr)

Nuremberg Trials: An important step for Germany to confront its Nazi past
Germany is marking the 75th anniversary of the first Nuremberg trial. Initially, the trials, military tribunals by occupying powers, were barely respected in a country that wanted to forget. But that attitude changed.
(dw.com)

Growing rate of theft of Nazi objects across Europe
Following a series of robberies of Nazi objects in the Netherlands, Nazi uniforms have now also been stolen from a museum in Denmark. What lies beneath this growing trend?
(dw.com)

Australia: National Archives to digitise more than 650,000 WWII service records for free access
The National Archives of Australia (NAA) will make an extra 650,000 WoWII service records available online after it inked a $4.4 million deal to digitise the documents. The records will be progressively made available online from December 2020. More than 220,000 WWII service records are already digitised. The process is expected to be finished by mid-2023 and will comprise the bulk of the NAA’s undertaking to upload almost a million records by 2023.
(aboutregional.com.au)

Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler's Germany by historian James Wyllie
The principal characters are the glamorous Magda Goebbels, the steadfast Ilse Hess, the distinctly unjolly Margarete Himmler, the pointless Lina Heydrich, the second Mrs Goering and the gradually beaten-down Gerda Bormann. By and large what they had in common was that they came from middle-class families and grew up in a time when bourgeois security had been turned, through fear, crisis and war, into terrible insecurity.
(theaustralian.com.au)

Book Review: Joseph Goebbels: A Master of Hateful Propaganda
Joseph Goebbels was a master of propaganda of the most hateful kind, directed primarily against the Jewish people. He was also an unrepentant warmonger. It all came to fruition with the rise of Nazism in Germany in the early 1930s and the emergence of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, aka “DNVP.”
(baltimorepostexaminer.com)

Tuomas Gerdt, the last living Knight of the Mannerheim Cross, dies at 98
The last Finnish veteran of an elite group known as the Knights of the Mannerheim Cross has died. Tuomas Gerdt died at the age of 98 in Helsinki. His death was announced by the Knights of the Mannerheim Cross Foundation. Gerdt was born in 1922 in Heinävesi, South Savo, and went to fight in the Winter War at the age of 17. He later served as a non-commissioned officer responsible for combat messaging in the 7th Infantry Regiment during the Continuation War.
(yle.fi)

Joseph Moureau, Last Belgian military pilot to fly on D-Day passes away aged 99
The last Belgian military pilot to fight in the Belgian squadron of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) has passed away at 99 years old, the Belgian Air Force announced on Thursday.

Me-163 Komet
The rocket-powered Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet, an aircraft so fast its performance would not be matched for nearly a decade, yet so horrendously dangerous to fly it would claim the lives of more German pilots in development and training than Allied aircrew it took down in combat.

Krasnobród – Inside the Curious WW2 Battle that Saw Cavalry Fight Cavalry
The two sides smashed into one another, and for a few minutes the hillside on the sleepy outskirts of Krasnobród resembled a scene from the Napoleonic Wars as sabre met sabre in frenzied hand-to-hand combat.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

Karabiner 43: The Rifle Nazi Germany Hoped Would Win World War II
Though not the first German semi-automatic rifle, the Karabiner 43 offered a number of improvements over its predecessors. Overall the design was solid, but came too late to tip the balance of the war towards Nazi Germany.
(nationalinterest.org)

Incredible Heroic Story of Grit & Determination of the 82nd Airborne
The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment was alerted at 2200 hours on 17 December 1944 following the return of Colonel Reuben Tucker from the Division Headquarters where he had been summoned in regard to the enemy breakthrough into Belgium and Luxembourg. Preparations were made and by down 18 December the regiment was ready to move out. At 1700 hours 18 December, the first serial of the regimental convoy left Camp Sissone, followed at 5 minute intervals by the second and third serials. Along the way, the original destination, Bastogne, was changed to Werbomont, Belgium, which was more seriously threatened.
(warhistoryonline.com)

Soviets penetrated West German spy agency by recruiting ex-Nazis, research shows
The USR inflicted incalculable damage to West German spy agencies —and by extension to their American patrons— by recruiting dozens of former Nazis who populated the ranks of West German intelligence after World War II. These are the preliminary conclusions of a study into the topic by Danny Orbach, a lecturer in history at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, which relies on recently declassified documents from American and German intelligence agencies.
(intelnews.org)

Nazi supporters held huge rallies and summer camps for kids throughout the United States in the 1930s.
During the 1930s, thousands of Americans sympathized with the Nazis, holding huge rallies. The rallies were organized by the American German Bund, which wanted to spread Nazi ideology. Nazi supporters also organized summer camps for kids to teach them their values.
(bigthink.com)

Life in Nazi Germany: everything you wanted to know
What was life like for women and children in Nazi Germany? How were Jewish people and other minorities persecuted? And how much did ordinary citizens know about the horrors of the Nazi regime? We found out from Richard J Evans, a leading historian of Nazi Germany and regius professor emeritus of history at the University of Cambridge…
(historyextra.com)

Raids on Dutch World War II museum collections may have been to order
Police are no nearer to solving two break-ins targeting Dutch WoWII museums and their collections of Nazi memorabilia but one museum director thinks a collector knew exactly what he wanted and commissioned a gang to get it for him. The Eyewitness museum in Beek, in Limburg, was the first to be hit. It could have been a scene from a Hollywood blockbuster, with 7 people putting up a roadblock using a minibus made to look like a police van and a ram raid lasting 4 minutes and 48 seconds, according to the security footage.
(dutchnews.nl)

How the Nazis stole a cookbook
Alice Urbach's cookbook was a bestseller in the 1930s in German-speaking countries. A Jew, she fled her home under the Nazis, who republished the book under a different name without giving her credit.
(dw.com)

Japan Tried To Build a Long-Range Bomber During World War II
The Imperial Japanese Navy also developed a four-engine long-range bomber – but as with many of the "miracle weapons" produced by the Axis powers, it proved to be too little, too late. The Nakajima G8N Renzan – originally designated Type 18 experimental land-based attack aircraft – was developed by the Nakajima Aircraft Company, which had developed the KI-43 fighter plane as well as the Kokoku Heiki No. 2, or Kikka ("orange blossom"), a jet aircraft similar in design to the German Me-262.
(nationalinterest.org)

Valiant: The Worst British Tank of the Second World War
The Valiant tank was designed to be heavily armored, but yet light. While it did achieve these two design objectives, everything else about the tank was flawed.
(nationalinterest.org)

Churchill's Shadow Raiders: The Race to Develop Radar, World War II's Invisible Secret Weapon
War correspondent Damien Lewis gives us a look at a critical event in the British development of radar, the commando raid on the German “Würzburg” radar station at Bruneval, France, on Feb. 27-28, 1942. This raid not only proved that Germany had radar, but brought back examples of key hardware and a live German radar operator, but showed that the German radar was in some ways superior to Britian’s.
(strategypage.com)



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