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The Rise and Fatal Fall of monocled General Georg Stumme
On Oct. 24, 1942, German Gen. Georg Stumme, commanding officer of the Third Reich`s Panzer Army Africa — which included the famed Afrika Korps — was riding in a car along a track with his signals officer, Col. Andreas Buechting, near the front line for an inspection. It was day two of the Second Battle of El Alamein, the enormous British-led offensive in Egypt which would turn the tide in North Africa in the Allies` favor. How the monocle-wearing Prussian officer ended up in the car, in command of all Axis forces in the theater, is an odd story.
(warisboring.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)

The 7 Most Notorious Nazis Who Escaped to South America
After Allied forces defeated Germany in WWII thousands of Nazis escaped across the Atlantic, finding refuge in South America, particularly in Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Argentina, for one, was already home to hundreds of thousands of German immigrants and had maintained close ties to Germany during the war. After 1945, Argentine President Juan Perón, himself drawn to fascist ideologies, enlisted intelligence officers and diplomats to help establish `rat lines,` or escape routes via Spanish and Italian ports, for many in the Third Reich. Also giving aid: the Vatican in Rome, which in seeking to help Catholic war refugees also facilitated fleeing Nazis—sometimes knowingly, sometimes not.
(history.com)

Network of underground Nazi-tunnels on Channel Islands goes on sale for £150,000
A network of underground tunnels built by the Germans during their invasion of the Channel Islands in World War II have gone up for sale for £150,000. The secret passageways were dug out in 1942 by the Germans who deliberately built them close to a church on Guernsey as they believed it was less likely to be bombed. They used the 80ft deep tunnels mainly to store weapons and ammunition.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Hitler`s parade Mercedes-Benz set for US auction
A US auction house says it plans to sell off one of Adolf Hitler`s "majestic" cars, which was used during parades in Nazi Germany. The powerful 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser Offener Tourenwagen has been fully restored.
(dw.com)

A-20 Havoc: This forgotten bomber wreaked havoc on the Nazis in World War II
The Douglas Aircraft Company was responsible for two legends in World War II: The SBD Dauntless dive bomber, famous for turning the tide in the Pacific in a span of roughly five minutes, and the C-47 Skytrain, a version of the DC-3. That same company was responsible for the lesser-known, but no less important, A-20 Havoc.
(wearethemighty.com)

The most awesome codebreaker in World War II was a woman
One married couple was responsible for the foundations of modern code breaking, and the principles that gave the NSA a head start in cryptanalysis. Though the husband, William Friedman, is usually apportioned the lion`s share of the credit, his wife Elizebeth Friedman was in every way his equal. During World War II, both worked under total secrecy, and only now are we learning about Elizebeth`s critical work uncovering the secrets of Nazi spies—and cracking the codes of the notorious `Doll Lady` suspected of working for the Japanese.
(wired.com)

How Nazi official Reinhard Gehlen erected a state within a state in post-war Germany
Over 100,000 pages of documents relating to the post-WWII former head of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) Reinhard Gehlen (1902-1979) have been leaked to the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). In its edition of December 1, SZ reporters Uwe Ritzer and Willi Winkler devote four pages to an overview of the documents. During the war, Gehlen was head of the Foreign Army East Division of the General Staff, in charge of collecting information on the social, economic and political life of Nazi Germany`s main target in the war, the Soviet Union. The SZ documents reveal how Gehlen and his closest associates secretly buried the files in the mountains of Upper Bavaria to be used as a bargaining chip for his personal negotiations with the victorious Allied powers.
(wsws.org)

Up To 10 YouTube Channels to Collaborate on Making a Week by Week WW2 Documentary
Indy Neidell, the host of `The Great War` YouTube channel, has announced about his plans to start a new project similar to The Great War but telling about the WW2 in the same week by week fashion. This time they are planning to make it a much larger project covering a wide variety of topics. This new project is called TimeGhost and it will be a collaboration of up to 10 famous YouTube channels.
(thefirearmblog.com)

200,000 Polish children abducted during World War II still seeking truth
Up to 200,000 Polish children were kidnapped from orphanages or snatched from their parents and then forcibly Germanized during World War II.
(dw.com)

Coco Chanel used her Nazi links in a bid to oust her Jewish No 5 business partners says new film
Coco Chanel, once one of the world`s richest women, used her Nazi links to regain ownership of her perfume empire from her Jewish business partners. The French designer`s dark past has been uncovered in recent years, which included a lengthy love affair with a senior Nazi officer. But a new film by French director Stephane Benhamou called The No 5 War has revealed further dealings between Gabrielle `Coco` Chanel and the Vichy regime that ruled wartime Paris.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Iconic Hollywood stars who served during World War II
After the Japanese attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor the entire nation joined the war effort in some way. Actors were no different. Among the millions of Americans who answered the call to join the armed services were some of the biggest names in film, leaving the comfort of Hollywood to serve their nation. Many of them had been cast in war movies, but this time the screenplay was not in their hands and no stuntmen were available to take on the most dangerous scenes. Here are some of the bravest Hollywood actors who risked their lives to serve their nation.
(thevintagenews.com)

WW1: Wreck of Australia`s first submarine found after 103 years
The wreck of Australia`s first submarine - HMAS AE1 - has been found in Papua New Guinean waters, more than a century after the vessel disappeared with 35 crew members on board.
(indaily.com.au)

Inside Mussolini`s 2-mile bunker, the largest in Europe
Nearly three miles long and burrowed out of more than 10,000 square feet of rock, this gigantic underground bunker built by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini is one of the most impressive WWII structures. The Mount Soratte tunnel complex, 27 miles north of Rome, was not only Europe`s largest bunker but also one of the most mysterious - surrounded by rumours it still contains 75 tonnes of Nazi gold hidden by its later German occupiers. After Italy made peace with the allies on September 8th, 1943, the Germans invaded and took over the bunker as the headquarters of the Werhrmacht under the leadership of Field General Albert Kesserling.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Wolfgang Lüth, U-boat captain who sank 47 Allied ships
Coolly smoking a cigarette and posing next to a Swastika on the bridge of his U-boat, these fascinating photos capture one of Nazi Germany`s top submarine captains in the Second World War. Wolfgang Lüth was among only seven men to win Germany`s highest combat decoration, the Knight`s Cross with Oak leaves, Swords and Diamonds. One of Hitler`s most prized commanders, he destroyed 47 Allied ships including one submarine - a record topped only by admiral Otto Kretschmer.
(dailymail.co.uk)

How the Hitler Youth Turned a Generation of Kids Into Nazis
The Boy Scouts` motto was `Be Prepared.` But nothing could prepare Max Ebel for what happened after Hitler banned the Boy Scouts. As other boys cheered, the 17-year-old was surrounded by a gang of Nazi Youth—one of whom had a knife. Ebel`s refusal to leave scouting behind had just turned into a fight for his life. It was 1937, and the Boy Scouts were one of many youth organizations on the Nazis` verboten list. Ebel, a pacifist who distrusted the Nazis, refused—and paid the price. The Boy Scout was harassed and then attacked by a group of Nazi Youth. In an attempt to force him to join, one of the members stabbed him in the hand. Ebel fought back, grabbed the knife, and cut the other boy`s face. Ebel was just one of millions of young Germans whose lives were changed by the Hitler Youth—a group designed to indoctrinate kids into Hitler`s ideology, then send them off to war.
(history.com)

Hermann Goering: Blumenkrieg, from Vienna to Prague 1938-39
Fascinating photographs from the personal albums of one of Hitler`s closest confidants, Hermann Goering, have shed light on the events leading up to the beginning of World War Two. The images, which illustrate the Nazi`s last year in power before the war broke out, are featured in American author Blaine Taylor`s new book, Hermann Goering: Blumenkrieg, from Vienna to Prague 1938-39. Goering was a Nazi political and military leader and in effect, Hitler`s second in command. In 1935, he was appointed commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe (air force), a position he held until the final days of the regime.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality, and Hitler`s Lightning War: France 1940
Many books describe the advent of modern combined arms combat but few if any cover the original blitzkrieg as objectively and insightfully as Lloyd Clark`s Blitzkrieg. So. What can be learned from this book at the end of the day that we have not learned elsewhere? Although France, the Netherlands and Belgium were captured in less than six weeks this blitzkrieg was more closely run than first appearances and the too many simplistic historical summations read elsewhere
(seattlepi.com)

WWII tank Covenanter discovered at Dorking vineyard taken away to be fully restored
The rare WWII tank unearthed in Dorking still with a working wheel and original petrol has been removed for renovation. The "Covenanter" tank was dug up at Denbies Wine Estate in May by Second World War enthusiast Rick Wedlock with the help of Madness singer Suggs as part of the WW2 Treasure Hunters show. Mr Wedlock approached Denbies last year regarding the possibly of a tank buried on the estate and an exploratory dig in January revealed the top part of the tank - leading to the full excavation. It was filmed as part of the documentary series commissioned by the History Channel, which aired in the autumn.
(getsurrey.co.uk)

Death of the Spanish Blue Division: In 1943, Spain`s Axis volunteers stopped a Soviet advance at horrendous cost
On the frigid morning of Feb. 10, 1943, the 5,900 soldiers of the 250th `Blue` Infantry Division — Spanish volunteers fighting for the Axis on the Eastern Front of World War II — were sitting in their trenches and dugouts when the high-explosive shells fired from hundreds of Soviet artillery pieces fell from the sky. For those soldiers, the world turned into fire. Two hours later, three Soviet infantry divisions stormed into the Axis defensive positions, marking the beginning of the battle of Krasny Bor, an obscure but significant battle near Leningrad — still under siege at this point — which culminated in an Axis victory at the cost of the Blue Division, which was virtually destroyed.
(warisboring.com)

Lost WWII sub USS S-28 discovered off Oahu
A wreck-hunting organization announced that its search team has located the sunken World War II submarine USS S-28 in 8,700 feet of water off Oahu. STEP Ventures said on its website that the S-28, which was lost with 49 crew during training on July 4, 1944, is `considered to be one of the most important lost ships in the central Pacific.` `When the bombs fell on Dec. 7, she was being overhauled at Mare Island Naval Shipyard outside of San Francisco, Calif.,` the organization said. `She was one of several S-boats that were put into service in World War II and was initially sent to Alaska to defend the Aleutians against a possible Japanese invasion.`
(staradvertiser.com)

How I survived a German tank driving over me
The most memorable World War II action during the North African campaign of the 3rd Field Regiment (Transvaal Horse Artillery) was the battle of Sidi Rezegh on November 23, 1941. The South Africans were surrounded on all sides by German armour and artillery, subjected to a continuous barrage. They tried to take cover in shallow slit trenches. In many places soldiers could only to about 23cm deep because of the solid limestone underneath their positions. Steve Herbert, who was 17 at the time, describes his experience of the battle.
(iol.co.za)

Hirohito wartime memoir sells for $275,000
A memoir by Japan`s World War II Emperor Hirohito fetched $275,000 at auction – more than double the expected price. The monologue is thought to have been designed to exonerate Hirohito of blame for the slide into war.
(dw.com)

The British pilot whose actions triggered the Spanish Civil War
More than 600,000 people lost their lives in the Spanish Civil War. At its end, in April 1939, General Francisco Franco had won, and he ruled the country for the next 36 years. The war has been described as a struggle between democracy and fascism. In many cases, historic conflicts are triggered by seemingly insignificant people who by their actions manage to leave a huge impact. One example is the Bosnian Serb anarchist who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, triggering World War I. In the case of the Spanish Civil War, a British pilot changed history by giving Franco the opportunity to get out of a country unnoticed by authorities and organize his troops. The influence of citizens in the internal affairs of other countries, a practice throughout history, is, then, something to consider. How did it all begin?
(thevintagenews.com)

96-year-old `Bookkeeper of Auschwitz` Nazi SS guard must serve 4-year prison sentence
A 96-year-old Nazi SS guard who was known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" must serve a four-year prison sentence, a German court has ruled. Oskar Groening was found guilty in 2015 of being an accessory to the murders of 300,000 people at the death camp in occupied Poland. But he appealed his sentence and until now it was not clear whether he would serve time in jail. Authorities have previously been reluctant to enforce the penalty because of his old age. The court in Celle, northern Germany, ruled on Wednesday he was not too elderly to serve his sentence.
(independent.co.uk)



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