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HMS Urge: Missing WW2 submarine found off Malta
HMS Urge left Malta for the north coast of Egypt on 27 April 1942 and was never seen again. The vessel, which was adopted by the people of Bridgend during World War Two, was officially reported missing in the Mediterranean on 29 April 1942. A marine archaeology survey team from the University of Malta made the discovery. Professor Timmy Gambin said the wreck was "in absolutely fantastic condition. It's sitting upright on the seabed, very proud, in the direction it was ordered to take on its way to Alexandria."
(bbc.com)

Two of Hitler's soldiers proved how deadly a sniper can be in any war
The three Soviet tanks edged forward slowly as the drivers scanned for the concealed Germans that lay ahead. The lead tank clanked to a stop and swung its long barrel around. Suddenly, the lead tank’s hatch opened 10 inches and a head appeared with binoculars to scan the scene. Sniper Josef “Sepp” Allerberger brought the Soviet tanker’s head into the center of his scope, and at some 500 feet he squeezed off a round. A splat of blood hit the hatch as the head sank into the bowels of the tank. That single shot marked the beginning of yet another wild melee on the Eastern Front.
(nationalinterest.org)

What was it like to be at Omaha Beach on D-Day?
"I can't remember how our day went. I didn't think about anything. I just remember the firepower — especially the overhead firepower — and the machine gun chatter that vibrated on the water. The most vivid thing in my mind about the invasion was the noise. It was war," recalled Ben Asquith of Dayton, then a 19-year-old U.S. Navy Chief Mechanic on a 50-foot landing craft that transported hundreds of soldiers from warships to Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.
(pamplinmedia.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)

Why Nazi Germany's King Tiger Tanks Were More Myth Than Killer
Nazi Germany's Tiger is arguably the most famous tank of World War II. With its thick armor and devastating 88-millimeter gun, the Mark VI—or Tiger I—soon earned a devastating reputation on the battlefield. Heavy tanks were deadly but could break down and weren't as reliable or easy to mass produce as other tanks.
(nationalinterest.org)

Operation Oblivion: Last member of Chinese-Canadian WWII covert unit has died
Henry Albert Wong (Hank), the last survivor of a special covert World War II force with historical ties to a lonely stretch of Okanagan Lake shoreline, passed away recently in London, Ontario. Wong, a proud Chinese Canadian veteran of World War II, was part of a covert force known as “Operation Oblivion”. The initial mission of Operation Oblivion was to drop the commandos into Japanese occupied China, to seek out resistance fighters and help arm and train them in sabotage and espionage. They were considered spies, which meant if caught they would likely be executed.
(/infotel.ca)

GCHQ has declassified the locations of 5 secret British intelligence bases disguised as homes and sheds across the UK
The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has declassified the locations of five top secret British intelligence bases disguised as homes, farms and sheds across the UK, to mark the 100th anniversary of the organisation.
(express.co.uk)

Walcheren Landings 75th anniversary: WWII veteran recalls horror of being trapped on beaches in water-filled tank
WWII veteran Ron Bruce was in the midst of the “forgotten” Walcheren Landings during the Second World War 75 years ago. Locked inside a tank on board a landing craft as enemy shells rained down and blasted nearby troop ships to smithereens, a young trooper splashed his tank on to the beach only to find that the invasion planners had underestimated the consistency of the sand meaning that the vehicle immediately become stuck fast on the beach.
(thecourier.co.uk)

Georg Elser: The hero of anti-Nazi resistance who tried to kill Adolf Hitler
During the 12 bleak years of the Third Reich there were at least 42 attempts on the life of the Adolf Hitler, but only two men, Claus Schenk Count von Stauffenberg, a highly decorated but disillusioned soldier and aristocrat, and Georg Elser, a humble Swabian carpenter, came even close to success... Elser became a regular at the Bürgerbräukeller restaurant for his meal. Over a 2-month period, Elser stayed all night inside the Bürgerbräukeller 30 to 35 times. Using a flashlight dimmed with a handkerchief, he started by installing a secret door in the timber panelling of the pillar behind the speaker’s rostrum.
(newsletter.co.uk)

Elena Rzhevskaya, the Jew who identified the fuehrer’s remains and sat on the secret for decades.
On May 8, 1945, the Soviet military interpreter Elena Rzhevskaya (Kagan) was entrusted with a burgundy-colored box. Her superior in the SMERSH counterintelligence group had told her that it contained Adolf Hitler’s dentures and teeth and that she was answerable with her life for its safekeeping. On V-Day, Elena, a Jew who would have turned 100 this week, was holding a box with what remained of Hitler. “The situation in which I found myself was odd, unreal,” she later wrote in her book, Memoirs of a Wartime Interpreter.
(aish.com)

Churchill and Stalin: Comrades-in-Arms during World War Two
The alliance of Britain, the United States and the Soviet Unionduring World War II is often presented as a fragile necessity. The alliance was forced into existence by Hitler and fell apart as soon as Nazi Germany was defeated. But neither the formation of what Churchill later called the Grand Alliance nor its collapse was inevitable. The Grand Alliance was willed into existence by its leaders and then sustained through four years of total war. There were significant internal tensions during the coalition’s early years, mainly because most of the fighting was being done by the Red Army, while the British and Americans fought on the margins of the conflict.
(historynewsnetwork.org)

Hanni LĂ©vy: The Jew who Survived the War in Berlin
Hanni LĂ©vy, was one of the last of up to 2000 Jews who survived World War II in Berlin, right in the capital of Nazi Germany. As a teenager, she hid for years. Hanni LĂ©vy died today in Paris, at age 95.
(berlinspectator.com)

89-year-old Italian Holocaust survivor facing mass right-wing threats, insults receives police protection
Italian senator and Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre, who receives 200 social media threats daily, has been given a police escort. Three right-wing parties abstained as an anti-hate committee was initiated in parliament.
(dw.com)

Expert says Nazi artifacts found hidden in Argentina are mostly fake
Museum of the Holocaust says exhibition still has value as the objects are from the period, even if modified later with addition of Nazi symbols.
(timesofisrael.com)

Nazi guard testifies about Stutthof concentration camp
A former SS guard has described the gassings and crematoria he saw at the Stutthof concentration camp during World War II. The 93-year-old Bruno D. said he was forced to join the SS after being denied military service.
(dw.com)

Nazi directives of Roma genocide - Forgotten Victims exhibition in London documents fate of 500,000 Roma and Sinti
Marked “secret” and signed by Heinrich Himmler, the bureaucratic language of document 664-PS dated 10 March 1944 masks the genocidal reality of its real meaning. It reads that as far as Jews and Gypsies are concerned, “the accomplished evacuation and isolation of these groups by the chief of the security police and the SD [SS intelligence]” had made previous prohibitions against them now meaningless. It’s a chilling directive, and one put before the Nuremberg war crimes trials.
(theguardian.com)

New Game: Operation Spring Awakening 1945:Securing the last Axis oilfields by Joni Nuutinen
It's 1945 and you are in control of forces tasked with securing the last Axis oilfields located in Hungary and Austria by both re-taking the city of Budapest and clearing the western side of the river Danube of the Red Army divisions which have formed a beach-head reaching all the way to the Lake Balaton. For Operation Spring Awakening (Unternehmen FrĂĽhlingserwachen) you have been given third of all the Panzer formations on the Eastern Front: two Panzer Armies strengthened with King Tiger battalions to launch two spearheads from both sides of Lake Balaton. Should you fail to secure these crucial last oilfields Germany would lose 80 percent of the remaining oil output dooming the defense of Berlin, and with the fall of Vienna the last remaining Axis partners would surely drop their weapons.
(Play Store)

Wrecked Japanese Carriers Akagi and Kaga, Lost in WWII, Are Found in Pacific Depths
Deep sea explorers aboard a research vessel have used sonar images to pinpoint the location of the Akagi and Kaga, two carriers that took part in the Battle of Midway in 1942.
(nytimes.com)

These are the Soviet drone tanks of World War II
When the Red Army crossed the border into Finland in 1939, along with them came a battalion of remote-controlled tanks, controlled by another tank some 1000 meters behind them. It's a surprising technological feat for a country that had only just undergone a wave of modernization. The Soviets had this remote technology in its pocket for a decade, having first tested the tanks on a Soviet T-18 in the early 1930s. While the earliest models were controlled with a very long wire, the USSR was soon able to upgrade to a more combat-friendly radio remote. By the time the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, the Red Army had two battalions of the drones, which it called teletanks.
(wearethemighty.com)

Me 163: the only rocket-powered fighter to enter operational service
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.
(nationalinterest.org)

The Forgotten Rocketeers: German Scientists in the Soviet Union 1945–1959
In the United States, the presence of Nazi-era German rocket scientists at American laboratories has been well–documented. The eventual success of the American rocket program depended heavily upon the legacy of Nazi rocketry. While America’s dependence on German technology is well known, relatively little has been written about the comparable role of German rocket scientists in the Soviet Union. Despite their absence in the records, German rocket scientists had a lasting imprint on Soviet rocketry.
(warontherocks.com)

The spy in the BBC How undercover Nazi sent coded messages over national radio
A Nazi spy, posing as a Dutch refugee, attempted to sneak into Britain posing as a migrant and send classified information back to the German Secret Service via the BBC Radio, highly classified archived documents show.
(express.co.uk)

80 Years Since the Finnish Winter War - Memory Stays Alive
2019 is the 80th anniversary of the Winter War (1939–1940) between the Soviet Union and Finland. The small nation of Finland succeeded in defending its territories against a far larger army of the Soviet Union. On the 30th of November 1939 Soviet troops attacked Finland in order to seize the areas which according to the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact belonged to the Soviet Union. Against all odds, Finland, a weak, sparsely populated and diplomatically isolated nation, succeeded in causing staggering losses on a far more potent aggressor by skillfully utilizing the wintery conditions.
(warhistoryonline.com)

WWII Version of the Navy SEALs Suffered 52% Casualties at D-Day’s Omaha Beach
The beach obstacles to the D-Day landing in Normandy were formidable. The submerged obstacles had to go quickly—which meant someone would have to clear them under enemy fire. That job fell to the World War II ancestors of the Navy SEALs. Exactly a year before the fateful landing at Normandy on June 6, 1943—the Navy established the Naval Combat Demolition Unit training school at Fort Pierce, Florida, drawing personnel from the “Seabee” construction corps and Bomb and Mine Disposal School.
(nationalinterest.org)

D-Day Through German Eyes - WWII Podcast
June 2019 marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we had a month of D-Day podcasts looking at the operation from the British, Canadian and American perspectives. The narrative of that day is the difficulty of the operation, doubts if the landings would succeed, but what if we turn the tables? How was it for the Germans? To answer that question I'm joined by WW2 podcast stalwart Jonathan Trigg.
(Podcast)



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