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Classic turn-based strategy games: Conflict-Series
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Wreck of US aircraft carrier USS Lexington located in Coral Sea after 76 years
Wreckage from the USS Lexington was discovered by the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel on March 4. The Lexington was found 3,000 meters (about two miles) below the surface, resting on the floor of the Coral Sea more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia. As one of the first U.S. aircraft carriers ever built, the Lexington became known as `Lady Lex` and went down with 35 aircraft on board.

Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter
A super-rare Spanish copy of the Messerschmitt Me109 fighter of Second World War infamy, which was flown by both British and German aces, has gone up for auction. The Hispano Buchon, a licence-built copy of the Messerschmitt Me 109G, is the only surviving two-seat model in the world. The aircraft was flown by both Luftwaffe ace General Adolf Galland and famous RAF Battle of Britain pilot Robert Stanford-Tuck. Buchon HA-1112-M4L, registered G-AWHC, differs from a standard Me109 in having a British-designed Rolls Royce Merlin engine fitted instead of the German fighter`s V12 Daimler-Benz powerplant. The aircraft itself was flown in the famous 1969 film Battle of Britain, the production of which directly led to the preservation of many historic WWII aircraft enjoyed by crowds at airshows today.

Dedicated team of salvagers scour Belarus to raise WWII tanks from the dead
When the German army attacked the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941, tanks were a crucial factor in their initial success. German tanks roared across the Soviet border giving the enemy no time to recover. As the Soviets reeled under the surprise attack, the most powerful German formations swept through what is now Belarus. Huge battles were fought, leaving the land strewn with dead bodies and ruined machines. One Belarusian family has been looking for tanks littered all over the country`s vast marshes and restoring them.

Swimming in searchlights: The cathedral of light of the Nazi rallies
Once the Nazi party seized power in Germany in 1933, its members infiltrated each segment of society. Hitler had risen to lead the party through his fiery speeches full of seeming conviction that he could resolve all of Germany`s problems. As the party grew and took tighter control of the country, he was able to put on more grandious demonstrations of the strength if the Nazi party and support for its ideology. The cathedral of light was mostly an aesthetic feature that added to the grandeur of the Nazi Party, but its effect was certainly an effective way to showcase the impressive force of the movement. The searchlights used for the Lichtdom were borrowed from the Luftwaffe. The cathedral of light was documented in the Nazi propaganda film Festliches Nürnberg, a 21-minute long film released in 1937. The piece chronicles the Nazi rallies in Nuremberg of 1936 and 1937, but it does not feature any translation of the commentary that it has.

The forgotten effort to raise a Jewish army to fight Hitler
Two days after Churchill assumed office, Weizmann published a proclamation that the Jewish people stood ready to assist Britain, and he proposed a Jewish force of 50,000 men. Jabotinsky cabled Churchill, offering to organize an army of 100,000 from the half-million stateless Jews in the world and Jewish volunteers. Ben-Gurion told the British there were `tens of thousands of young Jews` in Palestine eager to fight as British allies. Ten days after these offers, Churchill directed his cabinet that the Jews in Palestine `be armed in their own defense, and properly organized as speedily as possible,` because Churchill wanted `to liberate the eleven battalions of Regular [British] troops who are now tethered` in Palestine, charged with preventing Arab attacks on the Jews, and move those British battalions elsewhere, where they were desperately needed.

Bookkeeper of Auschwitz, Oskar Groening, dies before serving sentence
A Nazi SS guard who was known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has died aged 96, German media report. In 2015 Oskar Gröning was sentenced to four years` imprisonment, but never began his prison sentence due to a series of appeals. He died in a hospital. The pensioner was convicted of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews at the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. His job at Auschwitz was to itemise money and valuables taken from new arrivals, who were then killed or subjected to slave labour. Though a court doctor found that he was fit for prison with appropriate medical supervision, his jail term was repeatedly delayed by ill-health and requests for clemency.

WWII delayed-fuse bomb `neutralized` off Italy`s Adriatic coast
Authorities in the eastern Italian town of Fano ordered 23,000 people to evacuate after the discovery of a bomb from World War II. Officials said the device was neutralized at sea in a "highly risky operation."

Wartime diary of lowly party bureaucrat reveals population were aware of atrocities
The German people knew of the Nazis` appalling crimes throughout World War Two, a new book claims. The secret wartime diary of Friedrich Kellner, a lowly bureaucrat, reveals he was in active opposition to Hitler. On December 17, 1942, he wrote in the 200,000-word diary: `Adolf Hitler... is Satan and the devil in one person.` And he reveals just how much the average German citizen knew about Hitler`s crimes - even towards the beginning of the Second World War.

During World War II, Many Items Were Rationed in the United States, Including Shoes!
During WWII you couldn`t just walk into a shop and buy as much sugar or butter or meat as you wanted, nor could you fill up your car with gasoline whenever you liked. All these things were rationed, which meant you were only allowed to buy a small amount (even if you could afford more). The government introduced rationing because certain things were in short supply during the war, and rationing was the only way to make sure everyone got their fair share. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor dramatically ended the debate over America`s entrance into the war that raged around the world. As eager volunteers flooded local draft board offices ordinary citizens soon felt the impact of the war. Shoes were rationed because leather and rubber were in short supply.

LCT 7074: How You Can Save Last D-Day Landing Craft That Defeated Nazis
A campaign has been launched to restore the last surviving D-Day landing craft used to ferry some of the 160,000 soldiers on to the beaches of Normandy during the largest seaborne invasion in military history. The landing craft tank LCT 7074, which took part in Operation Neptune, played a key part in the decisive victory that allowed Allied forces to free European nations from the tyranny of Nazi Germany. However, the landing craft tank suffered an inglorious fate following the Second World War after she was decommissioned in 1948, later being converted into a floating nightclub, before she fell into disrepair and left semi-submerged, rotting in water.

Orchestra and Politics: music in the Third Reich
William Poulos explores the difficult relationship between an artist`s craft and their ideology

Austria marks 80 years since Nazi Germany annexation
In 1938, Adolf Hitler was greeted by boisterous crowds in Vienna as Nazi Germany annexed Austria. President Alexander Van der Bellen said Austrians "were not only victims, but also perpetrators."

Hitler Built a World War II Submarine That Was Revolutionary. It Ended Up a Total Failure.
On May 4, 1945 one of the most advanced submarines in the world crept up to a British Royal Navy cruiser. U-2511 was one of Germany`s new Type XXI-class `wonder` submarines, and she was hunting for Allied ships. The real improvement lay deep inside the U-boat`s bowels. There rested an advanced electric-drive engine that allowed the submersible to travel underwater at higher speeds—and for longer periods—than any submarine that came before. It was the world`s first truly modern undersea warship. The engine, which was radical for its time, allowed the boat to operate primarily submerged. This is in contrast to other war-era submersibles, which operated mainly on the surface and dived for short periods to attack or escape.

Hitler`s death star: How the Nazis planned to send killer satellites into orbit to fry their enemies from space
The Nazis had planned to built a giant one-mile wide `sun gun` to burn enemy cities to ashes during the Second World War. Scientists tried to create the huge satellite which acted as a large mirror that would have used the sun`s rays to scorch the earth`s surface. Technical experts from the US Army made the fascinating discovery which highlighted the Nazi`s shocking plans. If successful, the unique creation would share similarities with the infamous Death Star, the spherical battle station constructed by the Galactic Empire in Star Wars.

A Lot of What We Think We Know about World War II Is Wrong
In his new book The War in the West: Germany Ascendant 1939-1941, first in a three-volume history, James Holland challenges a number of long-held assumptions about the war, many of which are based on truth by common knowledge, rather than through detailed and painstaking research. "My Damascene moment came some years ago when I was being given a tour of the Small Arms Unit at the British Staff College at Shrivenham. I was glancing at a German MG42, known as a `Spandau` by the Allies. `Of course, that was the best machine gun of the war,` I commented, relaying what I`d read in many books. `Says who? Says who?` retorted my guide and head of the unit, John Starling. In the next few minutes, he proceeded to deconstruct everything I thought I knew about this infamous weapon."

Declassified paperwork shows how elite forgers helped Brit spies beat the Nazis
More than 275,000 counterfeit documents including passports, ration cards and cash were created by the elite team at Briggens country house in Essex. Their work was critical to ensuring our spies remained undetected behind enemy lines and helping to crush the Hitler`s evil regime. The fascinating documents were kept under lock and key for decades, under the Official Secrets Act.

Details of WWII Great Escape Released by British Government 74 Years Later
After 74 years, the most revealing report about the prisoner of war camp made famous in the movie `The Great Escape,` has been released to the public. The report contains accounts from the 26 men who participated in the escape and were recaptured but not executed by the Nazis. After WWII, Britain`s War Office filed away a 250-page report about Stalag Luft III, the German Prisoner of War Camp where the escape took place. It remained in the files until historian Martin Mace happened upon it while researching a different project.

German War relics become valuable heritage in northern Finland
Finland`s involvement in WWII was rather unusual. Initially, they sided up with Nazi Germany, leading to what is called the Winter War — where Finland fought against Soviet Russia. Despite having only 32 tanks against Russia`s 6,000, and 114 aircraft compared to 4,000 Soviet units, the Finns held their ground. In Lapland, Finland`s northernmost region, there were more German troops than local inhabitants. But when Finland struck a cease-fire with the Soviets in 1944, war broke between the one-time allies, and Germany had to retreat. As they did so, the Germans left behind hundreds of tons of war material in various states of repair. Everything from tractors and gun carriages to bottles of alcohol and canned food was left behind, and many can still be found in Lapland. In the country`s blistering cold, this war junk was left in stark opposition to the pristine nature. But for locals, this isn`t really the case.

How Hitler`s legendary U-boat commander Otto Kretschmer became the most successful submarine officer of WWII
Fascinating pictures have emerged illustrating the career of a legendary Nazi U-boat commander who became the most successful submarine officer of the Second World War. Images show Hitler`s Admiral Otto Kretschmer who was responsible for the sinking of 47 vessels in the space of just 18 months. This short but prolific spell on U-boats accounted for the sinking of 273,043 tons worth of ships - more than any other navy commander managed throughout the entirety of the war.

Nazi frogman watch sells for £52,000
A rare military diver watch, confiscated from a Nazi frogman during Operation Market Garden, has sold for more than £52,000. The Rolex Panerai 3646 timepiece, acquired by Sergeant George Rowson at Nijmegen Bridge in September 1944, was auctioned at Fellows in Birmingham. Sgt Rowson`s children, Roland, Carol O`Neill and Margaret Lawrence, who decided to sell the watch were astounded by the purchase figure.

Hitler offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture and bring Clark Gable to him unscathed
Clark Gable was a Hollywood icon and one of the most popular male sex symbols of the 1930s. Gable also enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps on August 12, 1942, as a gunner. He completed the 13-week training and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Gable was not popular just in the United States, he was also a global star. One of his biggest fans was Adolf Hitler, who loved to watch Gable`s movies at private screenings. During World War II, Hitler offered a 5,000 dollar reward to anyone who could capture Clark Gable and bring him to Germany unscathed.

Europe`s Last World War II Battle: The Battle of Od˛ak ended 16 days after V.E. Day
The small town of Od˛ak is nestled between the Bosna and Sava rivers, in the north of present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina. To the north and east, a handful of villages spread over the plains, while to the south and west a few shallow inclines lead into the foothills of Vučjak Mountain. Today the town is a quiet place, only worthy of note due to a large Bosnian flag that the town`s inhabitants made a few years ago. However, in the spring of 1945, the last battle of WW II in Europe took place in and around the town. Fought between Yugoslav Partisans and Independent Croatian forces, the Battle of Od˛ak ended 16 days after the Allies had celebrated victory in Europe. Yugoslav authorities kept the battle secret until 1971.

How young people today view the Second World War
Danes, German, and Finnish youth all see the Second World War as an important historical event. But that is where the similarity ends. `Danish and Finnish youth generally have a narrow, national view of the Second World War. German youth are far more aware of the consequences of the war in the rest of Europe,` says Carsten Yndigegn, and associate professor at the Department for Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Southern Denmark, and one of the authors of the new study published in the Journal of Youth Studies.

Villager votes to keep Hitler bell in German church as a memorial
A village in Germany has voted to keep a controversial church bell embossed with a swastika and the words "All for the Fatherland - Adolf Hitler". The parish council of Herxheim argued that the Nazi-era bronze bell acted as a reminder for the nation`s dark past. The 10-3 vote rejected an offer to remove and replace the bell by the Protestant Church of St James. The local parish council said the Nazi-era relic, which has hung in the church since 1934, should stay as "an impetus for reconciliation and a memorial against violence and injustice".

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