Revealed: How the Tiger 131 was captured intact in the Tunisian desert in 1943
The story of the world`s most famous tank has had a new chapter added following research revealing how the Tiger 131 was captured intact by the allies during fierce fighting in the Tunisian desert in 1943. A lucky shot had wedged itself in the turret mechanism so it couldn`t turn, and the crew had bailed out and run. After the German tank was taken to the UK, Lt Peter Gudgin who had been fighting Tigers with the 48 Royal Tank Regiment in Tunisia, wrote up the account of the tank`s capture believing the Tiger tank was the same one that had hit his Churchill tank at Djebel Djaffa. And that has always been the official story. Dale Oscroft, whose father John Oscroft served with the Sherwood Forester in Tunisia, visited the Tank Museum in 2012, and saw the story of the Tiger 131 capture. It was so similar to his father`s version that he began to do some research which revealed that the Tiger was not hit at Djebel Djaffa but 15 miles away at Gueriat el Atah; known as Point 174.
Hitler Was a Nice Uncle: Albert Speer Jr., son of Hitler`s Chief Architect, dies at 83
Albert Speer Jr., son of Adolf Hitler`s chief architect who had his own accomplished architectural career but struggled to distance himself from his father`s legacy, died at age 83. Speer was 12 when his father was convicted in Nuremburg of war crimes and sentenced to 20 years in prison, where he was for much of his son`s childhood. In a 2010 interview he said: "I`m always being asked about my father. It`s annoying. I have tried my whole life to distance myself from my father, but it`s hard for young journalists to accept that."
Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned With the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler
During World War II, the Jews of Europe rarely had the means to fight their evil enemy. But even with the most modest of weapons, as during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, they inflicted heavy losses while battling the Germans for a prolonged period. Bruce Henderson`s `Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned With the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler` tells the stories of six brave young men whose circumstances enabled them to deal a significant blow to the Nazis.
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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Navajo Ordnance Depot integral part of World War II Pacific campaign
The Navajo Ordnance Depot was built in Bellemont in 1942 as an ammunition storage location for the WWII Pacific Theater. Designated the Flagstaff Ordnance Depot, the 28,347-acre property at its peak had 227 miles of roads, 38 miles of railroad, 170 buildings and 777 storage bunkers and required 8,000 construction workers to build. `This depot was a key place during WWII,` said retired Army officer, historian and author John Westerlund. `Munitions stored here were shipped to Los Angeles and San Francisco for the Pacific.` In August of 1941, Army officials were searching for possible sites for an enormous munitions storage and shipping depot.
The secret story of the Jewish codebreakers who helped win the war
As the Director of GCHQ, I rarely write in public. But the death of Rolf Noskwith, at the age of 97, prompts me to tell the story of our remarkable group of Jewish staff at Bletchley Park during the Second World War and the years that followed.
Japanese book provides new evidence on Unit 731 experiments
A book published by a Japanese writer last month provides new evidence of the experiments conducted by the notorious Unit 731 on foreign WWII captives. The book, "Behind Bayonets and Barbed Wire: the Secrets of Japanese Army Unit 731", was written by Fuyuko Nishisato, who published another book on Unit 731 in 2002. Previously a journalist, Nishisato has visited China for more than 30 times since 1997 to collect evidence. She also interviewed former members of Unit 731, doctors who helped with the tests, scientists and foreign veterans who are suspected to be survivors of the biological experiments.
How Stalin starved four million to death in a grotesque Marxist experiment
Four million Ukrainians were starved to death by Stalin across 1932 and 1933, and while some left-leaning figures past and present have sympathised with his regime, a new book by Anne Applebaum leaves no doubt about his responsibility.
Lost songs of the Holocaust found in UA archives
In the final months of WWII, as Allied Forces began to liberate the prisoners of Nazi concentration camps, they captured on film the horrors they saw around them. Soon, the whole world saw — images of skeletal survivors bearing silent witness to what they and millions more had been forced to endure. Dr. David Boder was determined to give the survivors a voice. In the summer of 1946, the psychologist interviewed at least 130 Jewish survivors in nine languages in refugee camps in France, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. With a wire recorder — then considered state-of-the-art equipment — and 200 spools of steel wire, Boder preserved some of the first oral histories of concentration camp survivors. He also recorded song sessions and religious services.
Third Reich in 100 objects: The Führer`s tiny moustache brush is among a hidden Nazi trove locked away for 75 years
Rudolf Hess` long johns and a moustache comb belonging to Adolf Hitler are among a collection of 100 items that have been uncovered in an alternative look at the Third Reich. Most of the items were confiscated by the British secret service for `propaganda` purposes and have been locked away in the Imperial War Museum archives in London for the past 75 years. The assortment of memorabilia will now feature in historian Roger Moorhouse`s new book, The Third Reich in 100 Objects.
Footage: The women and child soldiers Hitler sent to save him at the end of WWII
This recently unearthed footage shot during World War II shows the smooth faces of Hitler`s boy soldiers and female forces during the final days of Nazi Germany. The boys of the Volkssturm, or `People`s Storm` - a German civil militia - march in full uniforms towards the front, as members of Bund Deutscher Madel – or League of German Girls - can be seen standing on the side of the road. Despite that fact that many of them had barely entered puberty before being handed a gun to defend The Fatherland, these boys and young women were later deployed to defend Berlin - where most of them would die.
Translator Elena Rzhevskaya carried Hitler`s teeth on V-Day
The memoir of military translator Elena Rzhevskaya who helped the Soviet army identify Adolf Hitler`s burned corpse is about to be published in English for the first time. She was just 25 years old in May of 1945 when she carried a box of the Nazi dictator`s teeth around war-torn Berlin in search of an expert who could confirm that the teeth had belonged to the Fuhrer. Eventually she found a dental assistant who had visited Hitler in his underground bunker just days before his death. The dental assistant was able to draw a sketch of Hitler`s teeth from memory, which matched with the drawing made by the Soviet pathologist who autopsied Hitler`s charred body.
Hitler`s monogrammed underpants are put up for auction in the US
A pair of Adolf Hitler`s initialed underpants are up for auction in the US. They have been kept since the Nazi dictator forgot them when he left a hotel in Graz, Austria in 1938.
Dossier reveals how Dr Mengele avoided Mossad`s vengeance despite being in the Buenos Aires phonebook
The Nazi monster who got away: Official dossier reveals how Dr Mengele - Auschwitz`s Angel of Death - avoided Mossad`s vengeance despite being in the Buenos Aires phonebook.
The Great German Escape: Network of tunnels dug by 84 Nazis who escaped from a WWII Welsh PoW camp
Seven decades ago a whole hut of captured Axis officers descended underground during the Second World War and executed a brazen getaway in a scene reminiscent of The Great Escape. Now the incredible story of the 84 Germans who escaped from the prisoner of war camp in Bridgend, South Wales, on March 10, 1945 has been retold after their hidden tunnel was discovered and excavated. Scientists and historians have entered the deserted Camp 198 `Island Farm` to examine the only remnant of it, Hut 9, where the cunning plan was hatched - and a false wall was built to hide the soil they dug to form the tunnel.
The Unbelievable True Story of a Lone Soviet Tank`s Raid on Nazi-Occupied Minsk
Military journalist Alexander Khrolenko looks back on the incredible story of how a lone Soviet T-28 medium tank conducted a daring raid on Nazi-occupied Minsk in the early weeks of the Great Patriotic War. On Sunday, Russia celebrates Tankers Day, the official holiday for tank crew established in 1946 in honor of the achievements of armored and mechanized forces in the Great Patriotic War. In light of the celebration, RIA Novosti contributor Alexander Khrolenko penned a piece about one of the most striking episodes of the tank crew heroics during the war: an incredible raid by a single Soviet T-28 crew on German-occupied Minsk in July 1941.
Sunken World War II-era sub near Nagasaki identified as I-58
A submarine found off the Goto island chain in Nagasaki Prefecture has been identified as the I-58 submarine of the Imperial Japanese Navy, a private research team said. The Society La Plongee for Deep Sea Technology based in Kitakyushu has conducted a survey of sunken Japanese submarines that were disposed of by the GHQ in 1946. The research team said they determined the condition of the I-58 and the precise location where the submarine had sunk. The I-58 is known for having torpedoed and sunk the USS Indianapolis near the end of World War II. The Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser of the U.S. Navy, had been on a secret mission to transport materials for the atomic bomb.
The Mossad`s Botched Assassination Attempts on Nazi War Criminals
The Israeli espionage agency has opened its archive to reveal how seemingly trivial matters like a barking dog or narrow mailbox slot foiled plots to kill top Nazi targets. For decades, the Mossad followed the trails of eight Nazi war criminals and repeatedly missed or bungled opportunities to assassinate or capture them. Or, as an internal Mossad report concluded in 2007, `Israel`s envoys failed to carry out the verdict history had tasked them with.` read more: http://www.haaretz.com/.premium-1.811508
Jeannie Rousseau de Clarens: The French spy who teased V-2 secrets from Nazis
Jeannie Rousseau de Clarens, one of the remarkable spies of World War II, died last week in France at the age of 98. Like so many intelligence officers, she had a gift for getting people to talk. But she had something else: dauntless, unblinking courage in facing the enemy. De Clarens stole one of the vital secrets of the war — Germany`s plans to build and test the V-1 and V-2 rocket bombs at Peenemunde. Her intelligence encouraged the British to bomb Peenemunde, delaying and disrupting the program, and `saving thousands of lives in the West,` said James Woolsey, then CIA director, at a private ceremony at the agency in October 1993 honoring de Clarens.
World War Two aircraft wreckage discovered in the North Sea
A wreck believed to be a British WW2 aircraft that carried supplies to the Norwegian resistance has been discovered by engineers carrying out sea-bed surveys in the North Sea. The discovery was made by specialist engineers working on the North Sea Link interconnector; a joint project being developed by National Grid and the Norwegian electricity transmission owner and operator, Statnett, which will link the two countries via a sub-sea power cable, enabling them to trade electricity. Experts consulted by the North Sea Link project team have identified the wreck as an RAF Short Stirling heavy bomber, which played a major role in delivering supplies from Britain to Norwegian resistance fighters throughout the war.
During World War II, Japan Actually Invaded America
There has been growing concern in recent years over the state of the United States Arctic defenses. In fact, few Americans remember that Alaskan islands seized by Japanese forces remain one of the only case in which enemy forces successfully occupied U.S. territory during the twentieth century. The thirteen-month battle over the Aleutian Islands yielded numerous air and sea skirmishes fought over more than a thousand miles of frozen Arctic water. They concluded with a bloody amphibious invasion—and then one of the most bizarre intelligence failures of the war.
The Netherlands Is Still Hoarding a Massive Collection of Art Looted From Jews by Nazis read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-1.811128
Tens of thousands of artworks stolen from Jews during World War II are still in the hands of the Dutch authorities and in museums in Holland - and they`re not giving them back.
A big Nazi eagle from German battleship Admiral Graf Spee inflames a heated debate in Uruguay
A big Nazi eagle with a swastika under its talons is such a divisive symbol that it has been kept hidden inside a sealed crate in a Uruguayan navy warehouse for more than a decade. The 800-pound bronze piece was part of the stern of the German battleship Admiral Graf Spee that sank off the South American country`s coast at the outset of World War II. Controversy has swirled around the eagle ever since it was recovered in 2006, and now a battle has broken out over its fate after the government asked lawmakers and Uruguay`s Jewish community what it should do with it.
When the US turned away 20,000 Jewish children fleeing from Nazis
On the evening of Nov. 9, 1938, a wave of violence against Jews swept across Nazi Germany. Within days, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and his Cabinet approved the admission of Jewish refugee children; a couple of weeks later, the first train carrying hundreds of children from a burned orphanage left for England. With 60,000 Jewish children at risk, all eyes turned to the United States, a nation founded by immigrants, to save thousands more of those children from Nazi persecution. But, in what remains one of the more egregious examples of America`s rather dismal history of offering asylum to refugees fleeing violence, Uncle Sam sat on his hands.
Bletchley Park staff who helped defeat Hitler meet 78 years after war`s outbreak
Staff who helped uncover secret Nazi communications were reunited at Britain`s former code-breaking headquarters – the 78th anniversary of Britain declaring war on Germany. More than 100 veterans gathered at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, where the German Enigma cipher was broken during the Second World War. Military historians believe this was one of the conflict`s major turning points – enabling the British to unlock German navy messages and save Allied convoys.