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Inside the Nazis' secret Normandy bunkers: Excavation two miles from Omaha Beach
Excavations have uncovered further parts of a secret Nazi bunker complex in Normandy that were used against Allied forces during the D-Day landings in June 1944. The bunkers were part of the Maisy Battery complex and are located two miles inland from Omaha beach, the landing area during the invasion. Although the Maisy Battery was first uncovered in 2006, new areas of the complex have been uncovered.

Newly-digitized footage from Iwo Jima captures the fury of battle in incredible detail
When most Americans think of the WWII battle for Iwo Jima they think of one image: Marines raising the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, the island's highest point. But these pictures are far from the only images of the bloodiest fight in the Marines' history. A larger library of film, and the men captured on them, is similarly emotionally affecting. It can even bring Americans alive today closer to a war that ended in the middle of the last century. More than 50 Marine combat cameramen operated across the eight square miles of Iwo Jima during the battle.

Me-163 Rocket Fighter Was The Only One Ever Made
Nazi Germany pursued numerous ambitious and impractical weapon programs over the course of World War II. One of the few that saw action was the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, the only rocket-powered fighter to enter operational service. The stubby rocket planes were blindingly fast by the standards of World War II fighters—but were in as much danger of blowing up from their volatile rocket fuel as they were of being shot down by enemy fire.

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.
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Frank Losonsky, last of World War II legendary Flying Tigers, dies at 99
A Columbus man who was considered the last of the surviving Flying Tigers from World War II has died. Frank Losonsky, 99, died at home from natural causes, his son Chris told the Ledger-Enquirer in a phone interview Monday. No funeral service is planned, he said. According to a 2019 article on the Voice of America website, Losonsky was the last survivor of the Flying Tigers.

Bodyguard's intimate photos 1937-1939 show Nazi dictator and his henchmen
These pictures taken by Hitler's personal bodyguard show the Führer and his henchmen rallying at Nuremberg and sweeping into Austria in the lead-up to war. The photos were taken between 1937 and 1939 by a member of the dictator's bodyguard unit, known as the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. The collection includes pictures of Hitler appearing at Nazi rallies, marching into Vienna following the Anschluss in 1938 and walking up a mountain near his Alpine retreat in Berchtesgaden. There are also photos of other leading Nazis, including Heinrich Himmler on a visit to Bavaria and Rudolf Hess being driven to a Nazi rally.

How Much Damage Did U.S. Battleships Really Cause to Imperial Japan During World War II?
Washington wasn't sure what to do with its battleships towards the end of the war. America did use them to bombard Japan, but doing so was very risky.

Dresden: The World War Two bombing 75 years on
On 13 February 1945, British aircraft launched an attack on the German city of Dresden. In the days that followed, they and their US allies would drop 4,000 tons of bombs in the assault. The ensuing firestorm killed 25,000 people, ravaging the city centre, sucking the oxygen from the air and suffocating people. Dresden was not unique. Allied bombers killed tens of thousands and destroyed large areas with attacks on Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin, and the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But the bombing has become one of the most controversial Allied acts of WW2. Some have questioned the military value of Dresden. Even Churchill expressed doubts immediately after the attack.

Descendants of Nazi victims continue fight for German citizenship
Hundreds of descendants of German Jews who fled Nazi persecution have been fighting for years for naturalization. The Interior Ministry last year eased restrictions — but, for many applicants, it’s not enough.

New game by Joni Nuutinen: Battle of Tarawa 1943
Tarawa gave the U.S. Marine Corps an opportunity to put to the test its doctrine on how to do an amphibious assault on a fortified atoll. Several challenges emerged: The U.S. naval bombardment created so much smoke that all visibility was lost, and the coral reefs shredded both the landing plans and boats (resulting founding of the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Teams AKA the U.S. Navy SEALS). In spite of the nightmare start the U.S. Marines gallantly waded on the beaches in several locations, only to discover that they were in the middle of fortified positions, which had survived the week of aerial attacks.

Germans created the ultimate fighter plane during WWII by upgrading a captured British aircraft
The Nazis created the 'ultimate' fighter plane during WWII by upgrading a captured British Spitfire plane - that would outperform anything else in the sky. The seized aircraft, which had mistakenly landed in a turnip field on occupied Jersey in 1942, was enhanced to make it travel faster and climb quicker than either its German or British counterparts. To achieve this, the Germans welded a Messerschmidt 109 fighter's head to the front and replaced its engine with a more powerful fuel injected Daimler-Benz model. The 'Messer-Spit' was fortunately never replicated during the war.

Küstrin: The Last Stand of the Nazi Fortress Guarding Berlin From Stalin
We felt that we were already dead men, wrote former Captain Albrecht Wüstenhagen in a May 1988 letter to the author of his time in the fortress garrison of Küstrin. In 1945, Wüstenhagen found himself in command of an infantry gun company, part of the garrison, estimated at between 9,000 and 16,000 men and boys, in the small town on the eastern bank of the Oder River, some 70 kilometers east of Berlin. On January 25, by order of Adolf Hitler, Küstrin had been made a Fortress Town, meaning that it was to be held to the last man and last bullet. The penalty for retreat was death.

National Redoubt AKA Alpine Fortress: Hitler's Aborted Last Stand: WWII's Unexpected Ending
The outcome of the European war could have turned out differently had Hitler been able to stage the last-ditch defense he had planned in the Bavarian Alps. Termed the "National Redoubt," or Alpine Fortress, it was centered on Hitler's retreat in Berchtesgaden, the Berghof. It consisted of a system of defensive works in the rugged Bavarian Alps. At its center was a command complex of 200,000 square feet hollowed out in the mountain beneath Hitler's chalet. The complex was surrounded by 50 buildings and was intended as a HQ for the German government to carry on the war effort if Berlin fell. The command complex was connected by tunnels to the nearby town of Berchtesgaden and was also connected to the German rail network. The existence of the National Redoubt was known to the Allies. The effort had been organized by Heinrich Himmler beginning in November 1943. Most of the leading Nazis had homes around Berchtesgaden.

The story of of the only u-boat seized solely by aircraft
On Aug. 27, 1941 Lockheed Hudsons of RAF Coastal Command’s 269 Squadron performed a remarkable mission, something never repeated during the war: they captured a U-boat unassisted by surface ships.

Paul Farnes: Last Battle of Britain fighter pilot ace dies aged 101
The last fighter ace of the Battle of Britain has died, leaving only two of The Few alive. Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM, passed away at the age of 101.

Guadalcanal: The Allies World War II Battle Of Savo Island Was A True Naval Disaster
Operation Watchtower was the first Allied Pacific offensive of World War II. In early 1942, Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King was determined to drive the Japanese north through the Solomon Islands chain and up that jungle road to Tokyo. The task was given to Vice Admiral Robert Ghormley, and the plan called for an invasion of two islands in the Solomons, the capital at Tulagi and Guadalcanal, a larger island south of Tulagi. Between them sat Savo Island, a dead volcano.

Battle of Britain Hurricane restored after six decades stuck in a bog
A battle of Britain Hurricane stuck in a bog for six decades has been immaculately restored - and is back in the air. The ambitious £2million project was masterminded over two years by neurosurgeon Peter Kirkpatrick.

How Italian Tanks Defeated the German Navy in a Tense Showdown
The stand at Piombino revealed there were plenty of Italians ready to fight back against Fascism in the wake of the armistice. Sadly, the Allies did not have adequate ready forces in September 1943 to fully exploit the strategic opportunities brought about by the armistice, whereas the Germans had prepared in advance for the contingency.

Navajo code talker Joe Vandever Sr. dies at 96
Joe Vandever Sr., a member of the top-secret Navajo code talker program that helped win World War II, passed away at 96.

Nazi wives: the women beside Hess, Goebbels, Göring and Himmler
Göring, Goebbels, Himmler, Heydrich, Bormann and Hess – all too familiar names in Nazi history. Less well known are the women by their sides, writes James Wyllie, some of whom were as fanatical as their infamous husbands.

Yalta: World War Two summit that reshaped the world
As their armies poised for victory, the so-called Big Three - US President Franklin Roosevelt, British PM Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin - agreed to meet in Yalta, a Soviet resort on the Black Sea. At the end of the bloodiest conflict the world had ever known, 75 years ago, the Allies wanted to stop such devastation from ever happening again. But both the US and the USSR wanted co-operation on their own terms. Despite the Yalta agreements, within months the stage was set for the Cold War - the struggle between the two new superpowers that split the globe into ideological camps for decades.

Fighting The Nazis Made The Soviet Union A Superpower
On the 75th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, it is time to recall one of history’s greatest ironies. Adolf Hitler was obsessed with turning Russia into a vast German colony and the Russian people into slaves. Instead, half of Germany was occupied by the Red Army, its people subjects of the Russian empire. When four million Nazi soldiers crossed the Soviet border in the early hours of June 22, 1941, they dreamed of seeing the spires of the Kremlin. Instead they unleashed a chain of consequences that still shape the world today.

Dita Kraus: The girl who ran Auschwitz's secret library
Soon-to-be-published memoir by Dita Kraus details harrowing childhood experience guarding precious books; provides rare glimpse into the family camp in Auschwitz.

Hitler Youth: how the Third Reich used children’s organisations to wage war
They started out as youth groups designed to educate German boys and girls in Nazi principles and secure the longevity of the Reich for future generations. But, over the course of the Second World War, clubs such as the Hitler Youth became Germany’s back-up armies, with children as young as 12 being armed with weapons and teenagers sent to fight Soviet forces on the front line.

Previously unseen photos from the Sobibor death camp unveiled
Previously unseen photos from the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland have been unveiled, including two purported to show notorious guard John Demjanjuk.

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