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Horten Ho 229 - The WWII flying wing decades ahead of its time
In the last months of World War Two, Nazi Germany tested an experimental fighter more spaceship than aircraft. Only now are we realising how inspired it was. BBC Future looks at the Horten Ho 229, one of aviation`s most futuristic designs.
(bbc)

Vintage WWII jeeps still most popular cars in Yala village
Old World War 2 vintage jeeps are still so popular in the daily lives of the people of Ban Tachi that community leaders are considering setting up a group for the conservation of the ubiquitous workhorse, which has become a symbol of the town. Anantapong Kositpokinan, the kamnan of tambon Tachi, said there were now about 200 working vintage jeeps in the village. Nearly every household used one. They had become the symbol of Ban Tachi. Mr Anantapong said new visitors to the area were astonished by the number of old jeeps on the roads.
(bangkokpost.com)

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)

10 Most-Evil Nazis You`ve Never Even Heard Of
Here are 10 of the most-evil Nazis you are likely to never have previously heard of – and be warned, their crimes are extremely shocking... (10) 10. Friedrich Jeckeln, who Developed The `Jeckeln System` For Murdering `Undesirables`. (8) 8. Herta Bothe, The Sadist Of Stutthof. (7) 7. Eugen Fischer – The Father Of Nazi Eugenics, The German Concentration Camp And The `Biology` Behind The Aryan Race. (4) 4. Maria Mandl – `The Beast` Who Was Directly Complicit In The Murder Of More Than 500,000 Female Prisoners At Auschwitz. (2) 2. Odilo Globocnik – A Man Described By One Historian As `The Vilest Individual In The Vilest Organisation Ever Known`.
(whatculture.com)

Mum`s army: the forgotten role of women in the Home Guard
The new Dad`s Army film is a celebration of two historic British institutions: the WWII Home Guard that played a key role in Britain`s defence, and the TV sitcom that ran from 1968-1977. While the show followed Captain Mainwaring and his ageing band of brothers, women didn`t much feature. With the new cinematic offering, there are now some women in the frame. The reviews aren`t great, but I am looking forward to seeing a better balance of genders in the film. Mainwaring`s wife, Elizabeth, was often heard of but never seen in the TV series. In the film, she steps onscreen, leading local women from the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS). But women were not just consigned to services such as the ATS. In fact, many played a role in the Home Guard, despite the fact that they weren`t strictly supposed to. Yes, there was a mum`s army too.
(theconversation.com)

10 Japanese Atrocities From World War II
(1) Laha Airfield Massacre (February 1942). This ghoulish event, which killed more than 300 Australian and Dutch POWs, followed the Japanese capture of the Indonesian island of Ambon. Allegedly as an act of reprisal after the Allies destroyed one of their minesweepers, the Japanese randomly selected POWs and executed them via beheading and bayonet near the island`s airfield. They then repeated the process three more times during the month. (2) Alexandra Hospital Massacre (February 14–15, 1942). Just a day before the British surrendered Singapore, Japanese soldiers stormed Alexandra Military Hospital and slaughtered its occupants, including the medical staff and patients.
(warhistoryonline.com)

No hope of selling Berlin lakeside villa owned by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels
History weighs heavily on the German property market, no more so than at a sprawling lakeside villa that once served as a love nest for Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Berlin has been trying to sell the - in theory - prime slab of real estate north of the German capital for 15 years. But rather than a gem that the cash-strapped city can liquidate, Berlin has admitted it sees the asset as little more than a millstone around its neck.
(thelocal.de)

Israel releases letter written by Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann 2 days before his execution
A letter written by SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann in which he requests clemency two days before his execution has been released. Eichmann, who was executed in 1962 for his role in the Holocaust, wrote the letter to President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi following his war crimes trial. In the letter Eichmann refused to admit any guilt: `In their evaluation of my personality, the judges have made a significant error, since they cannot put themselves in the time and situation I was in during the war years. I never served at a rank so high that it could have been involved in such decisive and independent powers. I never gave any order in my own name, but rather always acted on orders."
(foxnews.com)

Searching for the SS Officer who saved my mother`s life (long article)
Among my family`s many wartime secrets is the shocking story of the SS officer who rescued my mother as a toddler and hid her in a Polish convent. I fixated on tracking down this Nazi torturer eager to learn more about his surprising act of kindness.
(narrative.ly)

Could the Nazis have conquered the United States?
Considering some of the different outcomes that could have happened during World War Two, historians and researchers have looked closely at how and what would have happened if Germany and the Nazis had tried to invade the US.
(warhistoryonline.com)

Second World War hero`s George Cross and medals expected to fetch up to £100,000 at auction
A George Cross and medals awarded to a WWII hero who prevented two bombs exploding in the Grimsby area are expected to fetch up to £100,000 at auction. Wing Commander Leonard Harrison, of the RAF, was one of Britain`s first George Cross heroes and is believed to have defused more unexploded devices during the conflict than any other man. Harrison earned the accolade following a series of bomb disposal operations in the early part of the war. The first of these was on February 12, 1940, when the merchant ship SS Kildare arrived in Immingham with a 250kg German bomb wedged half-through the main deck. Harrison and Flight Lieutenant John Dowland, who was also awarded the George Cross, rendered the bomb harmless despite the fuse being of an unknown type.
(grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)

More than a dozen paintings by the Nazi dictator go under the hammer at auction in Nuremberg
A collection of paintings and drawings made by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler are going under the hammer in Germany - and they could fetch hundreds of thousands of pounds. The artwork, which includes watercolours of houses, castles, countryside scenes and town squares, will be sold off in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg. It comes six months after another collection of his art fetched £286,000 at auction with one work - a painting of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria - selling to a Chinese buyer for £71,000.
(dailymail.co.uk)

German authorities raid homes of members of 12th SS Panzer Division in Nazi investigation
Police in Germany have searched three homes belonging to members of the Waffen SS. The men are believed to have taken part in a massacre in France. Two of the members lived in Saxony, whilst a third was in neighboring Lower Saxony. Authorities confiscated documents, photos and other possible evidence during the raids. Authorities believe that the three men, who are around the age of 90, were members of the 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitler Youth," which was responsible for the murders of 86 men in the French village of Ascq on April 1, 1944. All three men admitted that they were members of the unit, but denied that they were present at the massacre.
(dw.com)

What was farm life like during the Second World War - TVO program answers the question
A show on TVO, Ontario`s publicly-funded educational television station, is combining the topics of agriculture and life during the Second World War. Wartime Farm re-enacts managing a British farm during World War II, when supplies may have been scarce and the threat of a Nazi bombing was looming. Currently seven episodes are available for viewing on Youtube.
(farms.com)

Historical novel reveals Scottish soldier`s plan to assassinate Hitler on his 50th birthday
COLONEL Noel Mason-MacFarlane, Britain`s military attaché in Berlin in 1939, proposed shooting the Nazi leader while he attended a birthday parade. The remarkable story is being told by James MacManus in his new historical novel Midnight in Berlin – a fictional thriller based on Mason-MacFarlane`s extraordinary plan.
(dailyrecord.co.uk)

Documentary reveals Luftwaffe did not inform Franco of raid to test its Stuka bombers
On April 26, 1937, at the height of the Spanish Civil War, the German Luftwaffe bombed the Basque town of Gernika, killing 126 people. Gernika was not a military target and of no strategic use, but the attack allowed the Nazi regime to test the efficacy of its aircraft. In response to the outcry over Gernika, General Francisco Franco reportedly asked the German authorities to avoid bombing civilian targets. But a year later, in May 1938, German bombers once again attacked civilians, killing 38 people in four tiny communities in Castellón province. Few people know about the air raid, but a new documentary, Experimento Stuka uncovers the mystery of why the Luftwaffe bombed the tiny village of Benassal in the arid Maestrat region.
(elpais.com)

The RAF in American Skies: How British Pilots Trained in the U.S. during WW2
In early 1941, Great Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany. Outnumbered and under siege, the United Kingdom needed soldiers, sailors and especially pilots. Although much of the Royal Air Force`s pilot training program had been relocated to Canada and other Commonwealth countries under the Empire Air Training Scheme, the demand for combat-ready pilots remained acute. Desperate, Britain looked to the U.S. for help; Washington was determined that it would be forthcoming. Passage of the Lend-Lease Act in March 1941 allowed for the training of Allied pilots on U.S. soil and the formation of British Flying Training Schools. These unique establishments were owned by American operators, staffed with civilian instructors, but supervised by British flight officers.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

The Remnants of War: A Meditation on Peleliu (long article)
During WWII`s Pacific theater of operations, the coral of Peleliu was harvested, carted, crushed, and laid at the feet of foreign militaries that took turns stripping Peleliu from the inside out. The Japanese landed first, evacuating locals and engineering a complex network of 500 natural and man-made caves, bunkers and tunnels that still make up the island underground. Next, the Americans came in waves, and died in waves. In September, 1944, the first boats struck reef, forcing soldiers to sprint knee-deep for shore, where the Japanese waited undercover. For better aerial views, the U.S. experimented with a new technology: Corsairs rained napalm bombs from the sky, stripping the island naked. To win the battle, Americans used flamethrowers to trap the Japanese in their hives, then sealed off the entrances.
(longreads.com)

Growing Up as a Black Kid in Nazi Germany - A True Story Of A Liberian
Young Hans J. Massquoi, the son of a German nurse and a Liberian diplomat, managed to survive under Adolf Hitler`s Nazi regime. "I survived because of a loophole in racial laws. We weren`t such a significant number so as to be noticed by the Nazis," wrote Massaquoi in his autobiography Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany. Germany`s black population during the Nazi period was negligible – a few hundred, maybe a few thousand at most, among 65million people.
(gnnliberia.com)

Film tells of unsung Japanese hero who saved 6,000 Jews in WWII
Chiune Sugihara was a diplomat who is sometimes called the `Schindler of Japan.` Like Oskar Schindler in Germany, Sugihara saved the lives of many Jews during World War II. Stationed in Lithuania in 1940, he issued visas to perhaps 6,000 refugees fleeing the Nazis — against the orders of his foreign ministry — allowing them to escape to Japan and then to other countries. Though he was a national hero in Lithuania, his story was rarely heard in Japan or elsewhere, until the film `Persona Non Grata.`
(sun-sentinel.com)

WWII concentration camp to be turned into a luxury resort in Montenegro
ince the end of World War II, many of Europe`s former concentration camps have stood as solemn memorials to those who perished within. Now, one could be transformed into a luxury beach resort -- a decision that`s sparked international outrage. With a diameter of just 200 meters, the uninhabited rocky Adriatic island of Mamula is barely visible on the map. Situated on the bay of Kotor, on the border between Montenegro and Croatia, it`s dominated by a 19th-century fortress.
(cnn.com)

1924: The Year That Made Hitler - The Failed Coup That Led To Hitler`s `Mein Kampf`
Years before he led the Nazis into WWII, Adolf Hitler staged a coup and spent several months in prison. Though his attempt to overthrow the government was unsuccessful, his trial and time behind bars would be pivotal. Peter Ross Range, the author of 1924: The Year That Made Hitler, tells that Hitler`s public trial for the so-called "Beer Hall Putsch" was a confidence-builder that allowed him to sharpen the speaking skills that would help him win the German chancellorship 9 years later. Though sentenced to 5 years in prison for the coup, Hitler wound up serving less than one year. During that time "Hitler went into a period of reflection, and building his willpower and self-confidence, or self-belief, and he came out of it in many ways a new man."
(keranews.org)

Martin Bormann`s personal secretary Else Kruger typed final words of Hitler in bunker
Martin Bormann`s personal secretary Else Kruger was killed on April 21, 1945, when a heavily laden Junkers JU 352 transport aircraft crashed carrying Hitler`s private papers, writes Robin Bird. Or, so it was believed by people at the crash scene. The burned bodies were hard to identify. Else was identified by a luggage label on a suitcase. In fact, Else was still in the Bunker with Hitler, although she would later escape, marry a British officer and settle in Wallasey. In the bunker, Else was instructed by her boss Bormann to help type Hitler`s final documents, handwritten just before the Fuhrer took his own life.
(liverpoolecho.co.uk)

The D-Day Landing Minute-by-Minute Revealed in Book
A new book tells the story of the D-Day landings in the order in which they occurred. D-Day Minute by Minute is written by British historian Jonathan Mayo and provides a complete, in detail debrief of the Allied invasion of France. It is the story of D-Day as seen through the eyes of the people who were there – from soldiers, French villagers and journalists, to schoolchildren and nurses, who found themselves placed in often extraordinary situations on that historic day in June 1944.
(warhistoryonline.com)

World War II started due to misconceptions regarding economics?
Goebbels: A Biography shows how much damage can be done by misconceptions regarding economics. The private diaries of Goebbels indicate that the National Socialist leaders of Germany believed that natural resources were the only and/or primary foundation for a nation`s wealth. For people coming of age in the early part of the 20th century, this made sense. The modern examples of resource-poor countries becoming rich via intelligence, education, and hard work did not exist.
(harvard.edu)



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