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Junkers JU-390: The German Bomber That Almost Brought the Blitz to New York
During WW2, the Germans were developing a long-range bomber to reach U.S. soil. This was called the Junkers JU-390 and it would have been a terrifying prospect.

3-mile-long Nazi getaway is now a luxury resort - here are 6 insane facts about it
In 1936, three years before Germany invaded Poland and started World War II, Adolf Hitler ordered the construction of the world`s largest tourist resort, located on a beachfront property on the island of Rügen. The Nazis called it Prora. Hitler never finished construction on Prora because of the war. Prora is now the property of the German real-estate company Metropole Marketing, which rents out rooms to international travelers and Germans alike. Here are a handful of wild facts about the megastructure.

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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WWII Podcast Episode 206: Interview with Dr. Lyuba Vinogradova about Soviet women snipers
WWII Podcast: Episode 206: Dr. Lyuba Vinogradova discusses her research and the resulting book that covers the young women of Stalin`s USSR, who are conscripted to the Sniper Corps.

Two Kamikaze pilots interviewed and How Japan`s youth see the kamikaze pilots
During World War Two, thousands of Japanese pilots volunteered to be kamikaze, suicidally crashing their planes in the name of their emperor. More than 70 years on, the BBC`s Mariko Oi asks what these once revered men mean to Japan`s youth. Decades after the war, opinions on the kamikaze pilots remain divided, partly because their legacy has been used repeatedly as a political tool.

Hitler joined Nazis only after another far-right group shunned him
Hitler only joined the Nazis after being rejected by another political party, a historian has learned. Thomas Weber unearthed a previously unpublished document that reveals that in 1919 the newly formed German Socialist party shunned Hitler, telling him that it did not want him in the party or writing for its paper. Weber said that history would have taken a different path if his membership had been accepted. Although also far-right, the German Socialist party was at the time bigger and more successful than the Nazi party. Hitler might have settled for a more minor role and would therefore `have been unlikely to ever come to power`, Weber added.

Stalin: Waiting for Hitler 1928-1941 by Stephen Kotkin
A landmark biography recasts Stalin not as a madman, but as a leader driven by the remorseless logic of Marxism.

Gulf War 1941: The Forgotten Allied Invasion of Iran
During the late summer of 1941, an obscure but nonetheless deadly sideshow of the Second World War would play out in the Persian Gulf. The Allies, desperate to halt the Nazi advance in Russia, sought to open a supply route into the U.S.S.R. through the Middle Eastern kingdom of Iran, a country that at the time was drifting into Germany`s sphere of influence. It soon became clear to planners in both Moscow and London that force would be required to open up this all important Persian Corridor. The ensuing campaign would cost hundreds of lives, raise to the throne a future dictator and set the stage for the first real show down of the Cold War.

Adolfo Kaminsky: The forger who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis
It was Adolfo Kaminsky`s dry cleaning know-how that first got the attention of the French Resistance. In Paris during WW2, the resistance had been trying to figure out how to erase a permanent blue ink from official documents. If they could figure it out, they could modify Jews` original documents as well as creating new ones. Kaminsky knew the chemical that could do the trick: lactic acid. He was recruited to join the resistance, using his skills to alter original documents and forge new ones — identity cards, passports, food ration cards, birth certificates. As Anderson Cooper reports on 60 Minutes, he and the resistance networks he worked with helped save the lives of as many as 14,000 Jewish men, women, and children.

The Third Reich on Screen, 1929-2015, by Bob Herzberg
Although books about Nazis and film are not rare, Bob Herzberg gives us a thoughtful, occasionally subversive look how the Nazi regime portrayed itself and was portrayed by others from the rise of the in the movement in the 1920s, through its domination Germany, the Second World War, and thence down to the present.

Soviet partisans hid in the Odessa Catacombs, which stretch for thousands of miles below the city
After the Russia Revolution, the mining of stone was forbidden, especially in Odessa. During the Second World War, these tunnels were used by the Soviet partisan resistance movements as a perfect tactical hiding spot.

The Maginot Line: History and Guide
Since the Maginot Line`s primary use today is to serve as a metaphor for a `defensive structure that inspired irrational confidence,` it would be helpful to understand what the Maginot Line actually was. Fortunately, The Maginot Line: History and Guide by J.E. Kaufmann, H.W. Kaufmann, A. Jankovič-Potočnik, and P. Lang usefully explains the inception and construction of the Maginot Line, the Maginot Line during the Second World War, and the Maginot Line after 1945.

Auntie`s War: The BBC During the Second World War by Edward Stourton
When the Beeb became weaponised: the BBC had a good war on the home front and the front line, says Lawrence James.

Hans Löber : The good German doctor who saved Greek lives during WWII occupation
In 1943 the German military doctor Hans Löber was sent to serve on the Greek island of Milos. He ended up helping the Greek inhabitants and saving lives, before his came to a tragic end. Now his story has hit the stage.

Documentary Follows Navajo Code Talkers As They Return To WWII Battlefields
A new documentary screening in San Diego Wednesday followed members of the Navajo Nation who served in WWII as they returned to major battlefields in the Pacific. The Navajo code talkers were trained and learned the secret code in San Diego.

Dutch Red Cross Admits Painful WWII Truth: it largely abandoned Jews
The Dutch branch of the Red Cross did "little or nothing" to help Jews persecuted by Nazi occupiers in the Netherlands during World War II or those transported to camps elsewhere in Europe, a historian said. The conclusions come in Questions of Life and Death: The Netherlands Red Cross in the Second World War, a book by Regina Grueter of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies following a four-year investigation commissioned by the Red Cross.

Android Strategy game: Case Blue: Panzers to Caucasus (Conflict-Series)
If you like classic strategy board games, check out Case Blue: Panzers to Caucasus from Conflict-Series. --- In spring 1942 Wehrmacht was preparing to launch Case Blue, the strategic German summer offensive on the Eastern Front. The plan outlined advance towards Stalingrad and then the main force would turn south and drive to Caucasus to seize the crucial oil fields of Maykop, Grozny, and Baku.
(Play Store)

Hollywood`s World War II Pro-Soviet Propaganda: The North Star (1943)
`North Star` was a Hollywood box-office success, released in 1943, when the US and the USSR were allies in fighting Nazi Germany. The film produced by Samuel Goldwyn, directed by Lewis Milestone, acknowledges the Soviet Union`s courageous resistance against Nazi Germany. It puts forth a pro-Soviet perspective, focussing on the heroic struggle of Communist partisans in a Ukrainian village fighting against Germany`s Wehrmacht in liaison with the Soviet Union`s Red Army.

El Alamein: The British Empire`s Last Hurrah
The Second Battle of El Alamein began on Oct. 23, 1942, 75 years ago, and ended less than a month later. It was preceded by just a few months by the First Battle of El Alamein, fought in Egypt without a decisive winner. The second battle didn`t end the North African Campaign of World War II, in which Allied and Axis powers competed for control of the region, but it made a German victory impossible. Like Midway, Guadalcanal and Stalingrad – the other battles that closed the door on an Axis victory – El Alamein was a strategic win for the Allies, and it defined the rest of the war.

The woman who kissed Hitler: How the Fuhrer sacked his security team after Californian tourist managed to plant a smacker
Footage has emerged of the moment an American woman kissed Adolf Hitler - and left the Fuhrer so angry that he fired his security staff for the failing to stop her. Carla de Vries, from Norwalk, California, asks the Fuhrer for an autograph and manages to give him a quick kiss while sat at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Hitler looked less than impressed with the 40-year-old`s efforts and managed to pull away from one kiss before she managed on her second attempt to kiss him on the cheek. The footage was banned in Germany at the time as it was feared it would make the Nazi security look weak.

The Higgins Boat: How Louisiana helped win the war
The morning of June 6, 1944 saw hard winds and mist chopping the waters of Normandy, France. More than 4,500 Allied ships neared the beaches. Despite no permanent harbors nearby, troops finalized their coastal assaults by scrambling platoons and jeeps onto Higgins boats. The vessel`s visionary, Andrew Jackson Higgins, was not shy about his love for Old Taylor bourbon, nor his penchant for shipbuilding. The staff grew once Higgins designed his boats -- also known as Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel boats, or LCVPs -- with a design that would become essential for troops traveling from ship to shore during World War II.

Everyone is convinced Hitler will destroy England: the secret diary of a British aristocrat in Italy
Published 70 years ago, War in Val d`Orcia, British-born aristocrat Iris Origo`s account of life in Italy during WWII, is one of the most cherished war diaries in history. Until now, however, her earlier diary – dating from March 1939 to July 1940 and charting Italy`s descent into war – remained private. A gripping insight into the period leading up to the summer of 1940, when Mussolini aligned with Hitler against the Allies, it is told from the unusual perspective of a British woman whose adopted country was becoming an enemy of her native one.

How Hitler`s plan to take over LA was thwarted by a Jewish lawyer
In September 1933, a small group of Nazis met in Los Angeles to discuss a secret plan: the takeover of America`s West Coast. Modal TriggerIt was orchestrated by Dietrich Gefken, who had been an organizer for Hitler`s paramilitary Brownshirts back in Germany and a veteran of the 1923 putsch against the Bavarian government. Gefken had killed Jews in cold blood and `had not hesitated to throw acid in the faces of his enemies,` according to the book `Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America,` by Steven J. Ross (Bloomsbury).

10 Ways World War Two Forged Our Modern Age
10 Ways World War Two Forged Our Modern Age: From The United Nations to The Cold War.

Short Documentary Explores Night That Madison Square Garden Hosted A Nazi Rally In 1939
You`ve probably seen that infamous photo of Madison Square Garden from 1939, where over 20,000 American Nazis held a "patriotic" rally in New York. But a new 7-minute documentary gives us an even more detailed peek at just what happened that night on February 20, 1939. The documentary, produced by Field of Vision and directed by Marshall Curry, collects for the first time all the known footage of the event. And it`s really quite fascinating to watch Nazis pledge their undying allegiance to the American flag one minute, and give a Nazi salute the next.

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