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New game by Joni Nuutinen: D-Day: Juno, Sword, and 6th Airborne - The road to the battle of Caen
You are in command of the Allied force carrying out the eastern part of the 1944 D-Day landings (Juno and Sword beaches and 6th Airborne landing). The scenario starts with the battalions of the British 6th Airborne Division dropping during the night to secure the key bridges in the area and destroy German artillery concentrations. In the next phase, morning of June 6th, British and Canadian troops plus Commando units start landing and securing the beachheads. The third phase is expanding the controlled area and linking up with the paratroopers holding the bridges. The fourth phase is seizing the city of Caen, that German armed forces end up defending with a handful of elite Panzer Divisions.
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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)

During The Battle Of Britain, A Lone German Arado Ar 196 Recon Seaplane Fought Against 6 Spitfires, And Shot One Down
Beating its biplane rivals in a 1936 Reich Air Ministry design competition, the Arado Ar 196 provided the Kriegsmarine with possibly the best shipborne reconnaissance seaplane of WWII. Replacing the Heinkel He 60 biplane as the standard catapult-launched floatplane embarked on the Kriegsmarine’s capital ships, the Ar 196 flew an assortment of combat missions, including coastal patrol, submarine hunting, light bombing, general reconnaissance and convoy escort sorties. During the Battle of Britain, the Ar 196 shot down Spitfires too.

How high-ranking Nazi figure Wilhelm Koppe escaped justice
Wilhelm Koppe, who headed the SS and police in Nazi-occupied Poland, lies buried near the German city of Bonn. His grave is often marked by a sign telling of his crimes — and his escape from justice.

Unfinished base for subs to defend mainland Japan found on Kushima island
Now overgrown with weeds and vegetation, the decaying ruins here offer stark testimony to the attempts Japan made in a last-ditch effort to avoid defeat in the waning months of WWII. The site on uninhabited Kushima island in the Sea of Japan was intended to serve as a base for Koryu-class midget submarines developed for special attacks to defend mainland Japan. Although construction of the facility was long known to experts through Imperial Japanese Navy records, the site had been lost to history until a citizens group made a first-hand inspection of the island in October.

The Day U-Boat U-134 Shot Down K-74: The Story Of The Only Us Navy Blimp Lost To Enemy Action In WWII
While US Navy blimps were useful for finding and pinning down U-boats until other help arrived, they were not supposed to attack surfaced U-boats.

The collapse of the Third Reich: Frank McDonough discusses his new book charting the demise of Germany from 1940–45
Frank McDonough discusses the second volume in his history of the Third Reich, The Hitler Years, which details how Nazi Germany fell from the peak of its power in 1940 to disastrous defeat five years later.

Tributes as Britain's last surviving female Spitfire pilot Eleanor Wadsworth dies aged 103
Britain's last surviving female Spitfire pilot, Suffolk resident Eleanor Wadsworth, has died aged 103. Living in Bury St Edmunds, Mrs Wadsworth was well-known locally for the role she had played flying Spitfires as part of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during the Second World War. The ATA's job was to deliver new and repaired aircraft to squadrons of the RAF and Royal Navy.

Battle of Midway: Fleet Admiral Nimitz and the Fate of the Pacific
The Japanese devised a four pronged attack. The first was designed to draw the U.S. Pacific Fleet north by attacking the Aleutian Islands, leaving Midway exposed. Once the U.S. Pacific Fleet had been drawn away, Yamamoto planned to launch an air strike on Midway to destroy its airstrip and cripple U.S. air power on the ground. However, the reality was that U.S. Naval Intelligence had long since cracked the Japanese code and had managed to decipher exactly when and where the attack on Midway would take place.

Battlefield Stalingrad: Four Maps That Tell the Story of World War Two’s Pivotal Struggle
Battlefield Stalingrad: Four Maps That Tell the Story of World War Two’s Pivotal Struggle.

Inside the U.S. Army’s Warehouse Full of Nazi Art
In the final days of WWII, a train loaded with relics of the collapsing Third Reich was speeding toward the Czech border when American pilots, flying P-47 fighters, spotted it and opened fire. The train ground to a halt in a forest, where German soldiers spirited the cargo away. They were pursued, not long afterward, by Gordon Gilkey, a young captain from Linn County, Oregon, who had been ordered to gather up all the Nazi propaganda and military art he could find.

German Red Cross urged to admit Nazi entanglement
The German Red Cross' close involvement in Hitler's Nazi regime should be officially admitted, historians and medics have said. One historian called the German Red Cross an "SS-riddled" ambulance corps.

How one of Japan's mini-submarines at Pearl Harbor ended up being the US's first prisoner of war
In the early morning hours of December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese planes swarmed Pearl Harbor, sinking and damaging dozens of US ships and killing thousands of Americans. Also participating in the Japanese attack were five mini submarines, a "secret weapon" that fell short of Japan's expectations but yielded the first prisoner of the US's new war.

10 Crazy Facts About The Panzer VIII Maus, The Biggest Tank Ever Built
7) It Was Designed To Drive Underwater. With a weight so immense, many problems arose during tests of the Maus as a direct consequence. Among these problems was the matter of crossing bridges, an often worrying endeavor for normal tanks, but an impossible task for the Maus. A bridge has its weight limits, that's just logical, and the Maus exceeded the limit of nearly every bridge it would have had to cross. The Maus solved this problem by simply ignoring the need to cross bridges. Designed to drive across the bottoms of rivers, the Maus was sealed off from water ingress and had a snorkel to provide its crew with air.

The Mystery of U-853: All U-Boats Had Orders to Surrender; Why Did This One Attack?
The rusted tomb begs the question: Why was Fromsdorf willing to risk his boat and crew for one last kill?

New documentary series on Eichmann includes never-before-seen interview
Eichmann — The Devil Speaks: A documentary TV series for Israeli public broadcaster Kan will expose new information about Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of Nazi Germany’s Final Solution. Eichmann went into hiding after the war, and was eventually abducted in Argentina by Israeli intelligence and put on trial in Jerusalem. Israel executed the top Nazi official by hanging in 1962 for his role in the mass murder of six million Jews.

The Swahili teacher killed in a Nazi concentration camp
Black people were among the victims of the Nazis. The documented case of Mahjub bin Adam Mohamed also offers insight into Germany's colonial past.

Wartime rationing 80 years ago - plus powered egg, horse meat, and chocolate potato cake
The folk of Britain and the North East were preparing for the Christmas of 1940 with nearly a full year of strict food rationing behind them.

US Supreme Court hears dispute over Nazi treasure trove
The US Supreme Court has heard arguments over a collection of medieval artworks that Nazi Germany acquired from Jewish art dealers. US descendants of the dealers allege the treasure trove, once owned by German royalty, was coerced out of their possession in a "forced sale". With Germany's backing, the foundation that owns the pieces has called for the suit to be dismissed. The collection is said to be worth at least $250m (£187m). It has been on display in a Berlin art museum since 1963 and is now owned by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation - the governmental entity that houses the collection.

Mother and daughter who unwittingly took a WWII grenade home from beach escape death as it explodes
A mother and daughter are lucky to be alive after an 80-year-old WWII grenade they found on the beach exploded in their kitchen sink. Jodie Crews, 38, and her daughter Isabella, eight, of Deal, Kent, initially thought the grenade was a fossil or old bone. Ms Crews said: I posted photos on fossil and archaeology sites and had lots of replies but no one suggested it could be a grenade.

Enigma machine fished out of the sea by divers
German divers have presented a World War II Enigma encryption machine that they found in the Baltic Sea to a museum. The underwater team initially thought the cipher device was an old typewriter.

How high octane gasoline saved untold Allied pilots during WWII
For years Doolittle spent untold hours lobbying Congress and the Army to adopt a 100 octane fuel standard. The Army finally relented and adopted the 100 octane standard in 1938. Now Doolittle had a new problem: how to make 100 octane gas at a cost the government could afford. Initial experimental formulations of 100 octane fuel required a very expensive refining process that resulted in a prohibitively high fuel price of $25/gallon when automotive fuels were less than 20 cents a gallon.

Footage of secret WW2 ‘Scallywag Bunkers’ that were Britain’s lethal last line of defence
Eighty years ago, as Nazi Germany’s military might amassed along the French coast, small groups of highly trained British killers bade farewell to their families and made their way underground for what could well have been their last, lethal mission. Known as “scallywags”, these individuals – many of them gamekeepers, landowners and poachers with an intimate knowledge of the rural areas in which they would operate – were members of Britain’s clandestine World War II “Auxillary Units”.

How ordinary people became Nazis
In Hitler’s True Believers: How Ordinary People Became Nazis, Robert Gellately repeatedly shows that Adolf Hitler did not drag an unwilling nation into militaristic, antisemitic dictatorship. A November 1933 plebecite on Nazi rule drew 95.1% in favor. He explains how this happened in one of Europe’s most educated and cultured nations, showing that many of the early Nazi leaders shared Hitler’s ideology before they’d met or heard him or read Mein Kampf.

Normandy to Nazi Surrender: Firsthand Account of a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot
Normandy to Nazi Surrender: Firsthand Account of a P-47 Thunderbolt Pilot is a firsthand account of retired Col. Van H. Slayden, USAF, a WWII fighter pilot and air group commander.

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