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The flying tank buster – Hans-Ulrich Rudel 2,000 targets destroyed including 519 tanks
Hans-Ulrich Rudel was a Stuka dive-bomber pilot during World War II. The most highly decorated German serviceman of the war, Rudel was one of only 27 military men to be awarded the Knight`s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, and the only person to be awarded the Knight`s Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, Germany`s third highest military decoration at the time and the highest degree of the Knight`s Cross. Rudel flew 2,530 combat missions claiming a total of 2,000 targets destroyed; including 800 vehicles, 519 tanks, 150 artillery pieces, 70 landing craft, nine aircraft, four armored trains, several bridges, a destroyer, two cruisers, and the Soviet battleship Marat.

Most Wanted — The Nine Worst Nazi War Criminals and How They Died
Following the war, the Allies established an International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg to prosecute the twenty-two major war criminals that represented the absolute worst of the Third Reich. --- SS captain Josef Mengele obtained falsified papers and in 1949, fled Germany for Argentina. He later settled in Brazil. Mossad agents spent decades tracking him without success. Mengele drowned in Brazil in 1979 at the age of 67.

Why The Nazis Believed They Could Win the Battle of Britain
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the first time in history that one nation tried to defeat another using airstrikes. Here`s how the Nazis thought they could do it—and how agonizingly close they actually came to achieving victory.

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.
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Hitler`s Commanders: Officers of the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the Kriegsmarine, and the Waffen-SS
Hitler`s Commanders: Officers of the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the Kriegsmarine, and the Waffen-SS, by Samuel W. Mitcham Jr. & Gene Mueller. Mitcham, author of Hitler`s Field Marshals, and Mueller, author of Wilhelm Keitel: The Forgotten Field Marshal, team up to give us a second, revised edition of their 2000 book of their short biographies of 70 German officers, including some notable airmen and U-boot commanders. On the whole, the authors try to write more about lesser known commanders than about the more famous ones, and the officers are grouped according to their principal service or theatre of activity.

Hermann Goering`s full catalogue of looted Nazi art published for first time
The full handwritten catalogue of Nazi number two Hermann Goering`s huge collection of stolen art masterpieces is to be published for the first time. Kept in France`s diplomatic archives, the document, which includes notes on which Jews the works were confiscated from and where they were sent, was until now only available to scholars. The entire list will be published in The Goering Catalogue, published by Flammarion. It is hoped the work will help in the battle to return looted art to its rightful owners and their descendants.

Understanding Hitler`s Anti-Semitism [long article]
The title of Timothy Snyder`s new book—Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning—is a reference to the fertile soil of Ukraine, where Adolf Hitler hoped to establish lebensraum, or `living space,` for the German race. And yet it could also be seen as an allusion to what Snyder argues is the underappreciated importance of ecology in Hitler`s worldview. Snyder, a history professor at Yale University, is building on his 2010 book, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, which highlighted the devastation visited upon World War II`s often-ignored Eastern Front. But whereas Bloodlands examined Nazi and Soviet atrocities in Eastern Europe, Black Earth travels inside the mind of Hitler himself—a mind from which sprang the murder of 6 million Jews.

5,000-7,000 pages of Holocaust-era documents found In Budapest
Some 5,000-7,000 pages of documents from the 1940s were recently discovered during the renovation of a flat on Kossuth tér. The documents provide information about the forced relocation of Jewish residents of Budapest`s 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Districts to houses marked with a yellow star. The extremely rare documents were transferred to the Budapest Archives.

The Soviet T-34: The Lethal Tank that Won World War II?
On June 22, 1941, Nazi German launched Operation Barbarossa, a massive attack on the Soviet Union that was the largest invasion in history. The Germans expected to face an inferior enemy. Giddy from victories in Poland and France, Hitler and many in his military high command believed it was the destiny of Germany to invade Russia. For months Germans won victory after resounding victory. But then the attack stalled—and the appearance of a new Soviet tank stunned the Wehrmacht. It was the T-34. The new armored vehicle had an excellent 76-millimeter gun and thick sloped armor and cruised at more than 35 miles per hour. It possessed many advanced design features for the time.

Katrin Himmler, grandniece of Himmler, has not refused to have children to end her great-uncle`s bloodline
When Katrin Himmler was 15, a classmate at her Berlin school asked her during a history lesson if she was related to Heinrich Himmler, the feared head of Hitler`s SS and a key architect of the Holocaust. When she told them that he was, in fact, her great-uncle, the whole class fell silent and the teacher carried on as if nothing had been said. `It was so embarrassing for me to be asked in front of all the class if I was belonging to this terrible family. At the same time I realised that it was a lost chance, because the teacher didn`t discuss it with us. I`m quite sure she wanted to protect me but it would have been all right with me if she had asked me about it.`

History review: The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944, by Ian W. Toll
In this impressive second volume of a planned trilogy, historian Ian W. Toll again demonstrates his mastery at depicting World War II naval, air and land combat in the Pacific. The Conquering Tide is heavily researched and spans nearly 600 pages. Yet Toll`s absorbing text flows smoothly and quickly, helped along by anecdotes and stories involving combatants and political leaders on both sides. Toll`s well-regarded first book in the trilogy, Pacific Crucible, covers the Pacific War`s early stages, from Japan`s attack on Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Midway six months later, a major American victory. The Conquering Tide focuses on the grim battles to retake key islands, from Guadalcanal to Guam.

The largely overlooked story of how Himmler saved thousands of Jews at the end of WWII
On November 3, 1944, Adolf Hitler`s deputy, Reichsfuhrer SS and General Plenipotentiary of Nazi Germany Heinrich Himmler, was traveling on a German military train from Breslau to Vienna. Sitting with him was his longtime friend, Dr. Jean-Marie Musy, the former president of the Swiss Confederation. Their conversation that day set in process a remarkable saga that led to thousands – and possibly even tens of thousands – of European Jews being saved from Nazi extermination. It ranks as one of the more extraordinary stories of the war, and yet it is an all but unpublicized one.

Panzerschreck - Five Amazing Facts About the German Bazooka
In 1943, German forces in Tunisia captured a quantity of U.S. 2.36-inch anti-tank weapons. The weapon, which was known as the Bazooka, was of immediate interest to the Axis, who commissioned the development of a Wehrmacht equivalent. The result was the Raketenpanzerbüsche 43 (RPzB 43). The design was clearly indebted to the U.S. weapon, but with some key improvements. Among these was the RPzB 43`s 88mm shaped-charge warhead – it provided better penetrative capability than the 60mm U.S. version. Rounds were fired electrically via an impulse magneto, something that the U.S. Army adopted for later Bazooka models like the M9/M9A1 — earlier variants used a battery ignition system.

Hitler`s Nazi paintings to fetch £30,000 at auction
The watercolours – of buildings and horses – were painted as Hitler tried to become a professional artist before launching his political career. Rich but secretive foreign businessmen have indicated they are prepared to pay up to £10,000 for some of the work – which will go under the hammer on Sunday. The paintings – which will go on sale in Slovakia – come from descendants of a family that put up a young Hitler as he tried to get into the Academy of Fine Arts – Vienna – between 1908 and 1910.

How Hitler terrorized the seas with U-boats during World War II
"The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril,` British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said while reflecting on the second world war. By the end of the war, Hitler`s Kriegsmarine, the navy of Nazi Germany, had built 1,162 U-boats, which is short for the German word `Unterseeboot,` or undersea boat. In the fall 2015 issue of Weapons of WWII magazine, Marc DeSantis explains how the U-boats were used during World War II.

Target Berlin - The Forgotten Soviet Bomber Raids on Hitler`s Capital
Almost from the start of the Second World War, Berlin was in the crosshairs of Allied bombers. Beginning with the first British raid on the Nazi capital, launched on Aug. 25, 1940, through to the last attacks before VE Day, RAF Bomber Command dropped 45,000 tons of ordnance on the city. American planes were responsible for an additional 23,000 tons in the war`s last two years. In all, the western Allies launched more than 360 raids. Many forget that the Soviet Union`s burgeoning strategic bomber force carried out raids on Berlin too. Although representing a minute fraction of the total tonnage to fall on the city (less than 1 percent in all), the Soviet`s Berlin bombing campaign remains one of the more interesting yet forgotten chapters of World War Two.

The Lost Airfields of the Americans in the North Pacific
Scores of abandoned airfields and other military establishments sit atop small atolls littering the North Pacific Ocean. These edifices were built by the Americans and while they were short-lived and with most of the infrastructures gone, the runways and dispersals left behind are silent witnesses to their great and vital contributions in history especially at war.

German woman charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder, being a Nazi SS radio operator serving in Auschwitz
A 91-year-old woman has been charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations she was a member of the Nazi SS who served in Auschwitz. Schleswig-Holstein prosecutors` spokesman Heinz Doellel said the woman is alleged to have served as a radio operator for the camp commandant Rudolph Hoess, who was hanged after the war for his crimes against humanity, from April to July 1944. Prosecutors argue that the accused, whose name wasn`t disclosed due to German privacy laws, can be charged as an accessory because she helped the death camp function.

Poll: One-Third of Americans Would Refuse to Hide a Jew During the Holocaust
One-third of American adults, if alive during the Holocaust, would refuse to hide a Jew from the Nazis. That data comes courtesy of a scientific poll conducted as part of an odd marketing ploy to promote the digital release of the film Return to the Hiding Place, which tells the true story of Christians who risked death to shelter Jews from Nazis seeking to ship them off to death camps during World War II.

The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945 by Max Hastings - review
The main conclusion of Max Hastings`s tour d`horizon of Allied and Axis spies in the Second World War is that most of what they gleaned was utterly marginal to the war efforts of the belligerents. Open-source material analysed by smart people was far more useful than supposed secrets riskily acquired from agents in smoky bars. It was also amateur hour. In the democracies, dullard career spies were supplemented by donnish volunteers, leading one expert in this field to remark: `You wouldn`t want to suppose, would you, that in peacetime the best brains of our society wasted their time in intelligence?`

This secret World War II commando raid kept the Germans from getting nukes
Just before midnight on Feb. 27, 1943, a team of 10 Norwegian commandos crouched in the snow on a mountain plateau and stared at a seemingly unassailable target. It was a power plant and factory being used by the Nazis to create heavy water, a key component for Germany`s plans of developing nuclear reactors and a nuclear bomb.

German soldier escaped from a US POW, took on a new identity, and was never caught
Georg Gärtner was a German soldier of World War II who escaped from a prisoner of war camp in the United States, took on a new identity, and was never recaptured, though he did reveal his true identity some 40 years later. Gärtner was never caught by the authorities, but came forward 40 years later in 1985, "surrendering" to Bryant Gumbel on the Today Show. He effectively became the last World War II German prisoner of war in America.

Hitler`s Naval Bases - Kriegsmarine Bases During the Second World War
Hitler`s Naval Bases is the result of years of fascination and research for the author Jak P. Mallmann Showell, and that shines through in the information presented. This is not about the ships and U-boats at sea, this is about all the support services that enabled the fighting vessels to actually be ale to be trained and then operate. You can get a good idea of the breadth of the whole topic by considering the titles for the 16 chapters. These are German Naval Bases: Different Types of German Naval Base: The Main Naval Bases in Germany: Major Bases that never Were: Clandestine Centres: Lorient - The first and Last Biscay base in France: Joining the Naval Command Centre in Boulogne: Problems with Southern Europe: Far-Away Bases: Naval Artillery and Naval Infantry: Naval Fire Fighters: Sentries and Guards: Air Raid Shelters: Rules for Living in Naval Barracks: German Naval Bases (a listing) and the Major Ship Building Yards of the Third Reich.

The massive 60cm German Siege Mortar Karl
In World War 2 the Germans liked to build them big and the the 60cm Siege Mortar Karl was no exception, it could fire shells of 60cm in diameter that weight 2170kg. It could fire its lighter shells at targets 10km away! Seven guns were built, six of which saw combat between 1941 and 1945. It was used in attacking the Soviet fortresses of Brest-Litovsk and Sevastopol, bombarded Polish resistance fighters in Warsaw, participated in the Battle of the Bulge, and was used to try to destroy the Ludendorff Bridge during the Battle of Remagen. Only one exists today; the others were scrapped after the war.

Hitler`s UK hit list - known as Hitler`s Black Book - translated into English
Known as Hitler`s Black Book listing ‘enemies of the state, traitors and undesirables, marked for punishment or death`, it has been painstakingly translated from the original German by specialist military genealogy website Forces War Records. It documents 2,820 of the Reich`s ‘most wanted` people in Britain, for targeting following invasion. The entire digital Black Book can be seen and searched, free, on ( There are many notables within the collection: probable and improbable politicians, intelligensia, even entertainers.

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