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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)

New game by Joni Nuutinen: Fall of German Army Group Center 1944 (Operation Bagration)
In the summer of 1944 the German Army Group Center was wiped out after the Red Army launched Operation Bagration - can you maneuver Germans out of the biggest disaster on the Eastern Front? The key for the success of Soviet Operation Bagration and the resulting destruction of the German Army Group Center was the difference in mobility: The US lend-lease gave the Red Army more trucks than Germany made in the entire war. Meanwhile German Army Group Center had barely any Panzer or Panzergrenadier divisions left, many units were ordered to sit tight and hold stronghold cities in spite of breakthroughs by Russians, and Soviet air force and partisans limited movement in the rear areas. End result: In less than two weeks, more German men and materiel had been destroyed than at Stalingrad over a year earlier.
(Play Store)

Nazi Germany Built a Tank That Had Three Turrets and Four Guns
To counter the threat of British multi-turret tank Vickers A1E1 Germans build their own Multi-turret panzers: Neubaufahrzeug. Details of the Vickers A1E1 were available to the Germans as they were among the information sold to them by a British officer, Norman Baillie-Stewart, who acted as a German spy.
(nationalinterest.org)

Heinrich Himmler: How a fake stamp led to the Nazi SS leader's capture
A document vital to the capture of top Nazi Heinrich Himmler has been unearthed in the UK 75 years after his death. The items belonging to the SS leader, found in the possessions of a judge, are now due to go on display.
(bbc.com)

Secret WW2 spy gadgets to be auctioned in Bristol
A collection of "secret spy gadgets" sent to British soldiers trapped in France during WWII, is to be auctioned. The objects include dominos which, when pulled apart, reveal a small section of map, and a string vest that could be turned into a rope. The items were collected over 40 years by former soldier Arthur Muggeridge. The collection is expected to fetch more than £6,000 when it goes under the hammer in Bristol later this month.
(bbc.com)

Henry Wermuth, the man who tried to derail Hitler’s train, dies at 97
Henry Wermuth’s most famous escapade was his attempt on Hitler’s life, for which he was awarded a medal by the German government several decades after the end of the war. Wermuth was a 19-year-old inmate at a labor camp in Poland in 1942 when he took upon himself to change the course of history. At the time, Wermuth was imprisoned, along with his father, at the Klaj ammunition camp in Poland after having been deported from Frankfurt and separated from his mother and sister. Security was not as tight as in concentration camps and he managed to befriend a disgruntled German soldier.
(timesofisrael.com)

Was Hitler's Ho 299 the First True Stealth Fighter?
The Nazi invention wasn't exactly a "stealth" fighter, but it did share a certain idea. Key point: The plane never took over. However, it did accidentally stumble upon how a certain shape can help reduce a plane's radar signature.
(nationalinterest.org)

Why Hitler Secretly Met With a Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita During WWII
Weeks after arriving in Germany, Tomoyuki Yamashita was presented to Adolf Hitle. Each had his own objective for the meeting. Hitler intended to pressure the Japanese military into declaring war on Britain and the United States. Facing the wrath of Russia and the ongoing costs of Japan’s war on China, however, Yamashita had no interest. Instead, he hoped to inspect Germany’s military techniques and improve Japan’s own prospects at war.
(history.com)

The Battle of the Bulge: Germany’s Last Throw of the Dice
Nazis established a plan to launch a large-scale counterattack in Western Europe during the winter of 1944. For that operation (Operation Watch on the Rhine), German amassed approximately 200,000 thousand troops within the cover of the Ardennes Forest. The Germans organized those troops into four armies. The overall objective of the operation was to split and encircle the U.S. and British armies in Western Europe and seize the port city of Antwerp.
(argunners.com)

Inside the Daring Mission to Extract a Bomber Crew Shot Down Over New Guinea in WW2
In the summer of 1944, a formation of American B-25s stationed in the Pacific set out on an anti-shipping strike. Damaged in the raid, one of the bombers would go down over the jungles of New Guinea. What followed was an amazing story of survival.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

John Cruickshank, Britain's last surviving World War Two Victoria Cross hero, turns 100
Flight Lieutenant John Cruickshank, of Aberdeen, earned the honour aged 24 during an attack on a German U-boat. Despite being badly injured, the pilot and his crew managed to sink the submarine. The Victoria Cross is the highest recognition for valour that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces. The incident in question happened on 17 July, 1944.
(bbc.com)

Polish WWII Pilot Jerzy Glowczewski dies 97
Jerzy Glowczewski, a Polish-born fighter pilot who flew World War II missions with Britain's Royal Air Force after Nazi Germany invaded his country, and who later was an architect in Poland and the United States, has died aged 97. He is believed to have been the last surviving member of a group of Polish exiles who joined the Royal Air Force to fight the Nazis.
(nytimes.com)

On 75th V-E Day, about 300,000 American WWII veterans are alive
May 8 marks the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, when WWII came to an end in Europe. In the United States, V-E Day commemorations will honor the 16 million Americans who served during the war, even as only a small share of those veterans are alive today. 300,000 U.S. WWII veterans are alive in 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. WWII service members’ numbers have dwindled from 939,000 in 2015. Of the 350,000 women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the war, about 14,500 are alive today.
(pewresearch.org)

The fall of Nazi Berlin in pictures
The fall of Nazi Berlin in pictures
(bbc.com)

Last Nazi message intercepted by Bletchley Park revealed
The last German military communications decoded at Bletchley Park in World War Two have been revealed to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. They were broadcast on 7 May 1945 by a military radio network making its final stand in Cuxhaven on Germany's North Sea coast. The message reports the arrival of British troops and ends: "Closing down for ever - all the best - goodbye." After Germany surrendered, VE Day was declared the next day.
(bbc.com)

May 8, 1945, was 'zero hour' for Germany in multiple ways
Hitler was merely ash among the rubble when World War II ended in Europe. The desolate aftermath was dubbed "zero hour" by Germans ‚ÄĒ a more prescient term than they realized, for it also paved the way to rebirth.
(dw.com)

German Catholic Church admits complicity with Nazis
After decades of ambivalence, document prepared by clergy says hundreds of priests gave spiritual guidance to Hitler‚Äôs soldiers on front, ‚Äėlent war an additional sense of purpose‚Äô
(timesofisrael.com)

She spied on the Nazis and kept it secret, now at age 100, a documentary tells California woman’s story
Risking her life for two years as a spy in Nazi Germany, Marthe Cohn quietly helped win WWII. Her best weapons: Her language skills and her memory. Cohn waited decades to tell anyone, including most of her family. She let her oldest brother in on her secret, but she declined his requests to tell her tale in a book. Cohn changed her mind when her brother contracted Parkinson‚Äôs Disease. The result: Cohn‚Äôs 2002 autobiography, ‚ÄúBehind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany.‚ÄĚ Her story was told anew in the 2019 documentary ‚ÄúChichinette: How I Accidentally Became a Spy.‚ÄĚ
(mercurynews.com)

Spy princess and Lady Death: Eight women of WW2
As the world marks 75 years since surrender of Nazi Germany, these are the stories of women such as the spy princess, the White Mouse and Soviet sniper Lady Death.
(bbc.com)

How the film industry under the Nazis survived until the very end
On May 8, 75 years ago, the Germans surrendered and WWII was over. Yet, even right until the end of the war, Germans were still going to the movies, enjoying films commissioned by the Nazis.
(dw.com)

Here's Everything You Wanted to Know About the Churchill Tank
One of England's better tanks, they helped launch the attack on D-Day. Churchill tanks came in several specialized variants that could perform important tasks.
(nationalinterest.org)

Photos: Broken City: Budapest After World War II
Seventy-five years after the end of World War II in Europe, photographs capture the devastation wrought on the Hungarian capital, Budapest, during one of Europe’s most overlooked battles.
(rferl.org)

Africa's forgotten million World War II veterans
More than a million African soldiers served in colonial armies in World War II. Many veterans experienced prejudice during the war and little gratitude or compensation for their services afterwards.
(dw.com)

After WWII, German POWs were enlisted to rebuild France
After Germany's surrender in May 1945, millions of German soldiers remained prisoners of war. In France, their internment lasted a particularly long time. But, for some former soldiers, it was a path to rehabilitation.
(dw.com)

Wehrmacht and the Holocaust on the battlefield
Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, the legend of the innocent Wehrmacht is no more, says historian Hannes Heer. For decades, some Germans considered the SS to be the only war criminals.
(dw.com)



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