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Album of mugshots and signatures of Nazi war criminals awaiting justice unearthed
A chilling album featuring mugshots and signatures of Nazi war criminals which were taken as they awaited justice has been unearthed after more than 70 years. The gallery - a who`s who of Hitler`s henchmen involved in the Holocaust - was assembled by an Allied intelligence officer whose job was to interrogate the depraved individuals. A vital part of the questioning was to get them to provide an authentic signature to compare it with handwriting of Nazi officials who signed off orders for war atrocities.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Conflict-Series: A highly rated strategy game series for Android
If you love classic 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 D-Day 1944, Operation Barbarossa, Invasion of Poland 1939, France 1940, Kursk 1943, Market Garden, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Rommel's North African campaign, the Battle of Bulge, and the Battle of Berlin 1945. In addition there are American Civil War, First World War and American Revolutionary War scenarios available.
(available on Google Play & Amazon App Store)

Joseph Goebbels` 105-year-old secretary: No one believes me now, but I knew nothing
Brunhilde Pomsel worked at the heart of the Nazis` propaganda machine. As a film about her life is released, she discusses her lack of remorse and the private side of her monstrous boss: "It was rare for us to see him in the mornings. He`d walk up the steps from his little palace near the Brandenburg Gate, on to which his huge propaganda ministry was attached. He`d trip up the steps like a little duke, through his library into his beautiful office on Unter den Linden."
(theguardian.com)

Digging for World War II History in Latvia`s Battlefields
In recent years, the often illicit market in Nazi memorabilia has intensified, creating a new class of diggers across eastern Europe that is at odds with volunteer group Legenda, sometimes racing Talis Esmits to a freshly discovered pile of bones. Among the hunters are legions of grave robbers, who also ply Russia`s soil, attractive for its many German war dead and its blue clay, which can allow items to remain pristine after decades on a rotting corpse. Official diggers sometimes have to post nighttime guards, says Robin Schäfer, a former collector and a military historian from Germany.
(bloomberg.com)

Shirley Chidsey: The Female Spy Who Kept Uranium Out of the Nazis` Hands
Shirley Chidsey`s love of travel and adventure helped land her in the Congo during World War II, when as an OSS operative she helped the U.S. hoard precious uranium.
(thedailybeast.com)

The drone that killed JFK`s brother: Secret WWII anti-Nazi raid failed (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The older brother of US President John F Kennedy died 72 years ago to the day – killed in a fundamentally flawed and secretive early ‘drone` mission codenamed ‘Operation Aphrodite`.
(mo4ch.com)

WWII aircraft carrier USS Independence off California coast in amazing state
Famed oceanographer Robert Ballard discovered the Titanic, the Bismarck, the USS Yorktown and John F. Kennedy`s PT-109. On Tuesday, he added another accomplishment to his list of documenting the world`s greatest shipwrecks: the first images in more than six decades of the USS Independence, an iconic World War II aircraft carrier scuttled in 1951 off the California coast, half a mile under the sea.
(mercurynews.com)

Doris Bohrer, World War II Spy for Allies, Dies at 93
Doris Bohrer, who as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II helped plan the Allied invasion of Sicily and traced the movement of German trains transporting prisoners to concentration camps, died at 93.
(nytimes.com)

Sparsely attended Normandy museum selling its D-Day tanks
For sale: tanks, good condition, some used during D-Day. The Normandy Tank Museum is selling its entire collection at auction before closing its doors because it failed to attract enough visitors. The sale includes tanks, military vehicles, trucks, aircraft and motorcycles, many of which have been restored to working order. More than 40 armored vehicles, along with thousands of military items used during World War II and dozens of mannequins in full battle dress, will be sold on September 18 by Artcurial, a Paris-based luxury auction house.
(chicagotribune.com)

Goebbels` wife had Jewish father, new document shows
The wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels had a Jewish father, according to a new document discovered in the Berlin archives. It shows that the father of Magda Goebbels was a Jewish businessman named Richard Friedlander, who married Magda`s mother, Auguste Behrend, when Magda was about 7 years old. Friedlander had an affair in 1901 with Behrend before she married German engineer Oskar Ritshel, who had been blamed for impregnating Behrend before their wedding. Friedlander`s residency card, the document found in the archives, states that Magda is his biological daughter.
(timesofisrael.com)

What we think we know about 1936 Berlin Olympics is wrong
Owens` victories also fueled another misconception — that Hitler stalked out of the Olympics rather than have to shake the hand of someone the Nazis regarded as a racial inferior. It never happened. Except in one instance, Hitler didn`t congratulate any of the games` victors, German or foreign. The story of him storming out of the stadium is based on the self-serving testimony of the leader of the Nazi youth movement, Baldur von Schirach, at the Nuremberg trials a decade later. While the world press heralded Owens` performance, in a telling commentary on the racism in the United States at the time, his photograph did not appear in any newspaper throughout the American South. Hitler, in fact, behaved properly throughout the Olympics. After the opening ceremony staged with typical Nazi arrogance, where he marched around the stadium to great cheers, Hitler attended the most significant athletic events but tended to stay in the background.
(mystatesman.com)

The Vought V-173 (Flying Pancake) was an experimental aircraft tested by the Navy in 1942
The V-173 was one-of-a-kind experimental test aircraft built as part of the Vought XF5U `Flying Flapjack` World War II United States Navy fighter aircraft program. It was created when the Navy and NACA approved Chance Vaught`s manufacture of a small scale model for wind tunnel testing.
(thevintagenews.com)

Hitler`s philosophers: some of Germany`s greatest minds became enthusiastic supporters of the Third Reich
Until 1933 there had been hundreds of Jewish academics, including philosophers, in universities across Germany. In the year that Hitler became chancellor, more than 1,600 scholars were expelled from their posts. They included some influential philosophers like Edmund Husserl and also Karl Jaspers. In the wake of this purge, there is almost no evidence of any opposition from ‘Aryan` philosophers – no letters, campaigns or protests. As one commentator expressed it: `Their silence was strong.` The expulsion of so many Jews left a considerable number of jobs vacant, and the standard required to obtain these was vastly reduced. The remaining philosophers quickly spotted the opportunities.
(historyextra.com)

Ten WWII innovations that changed the world we live in (for the better)
War pushes humanity to its outer limits. Even though horrific atrocities of war often overshadow the advancements made, there are indeed those that change the world forever – and for the better. So while we dream of a world where millions of people aren`t swept off the face of the Earth so that the rest of us can enjoy the scientific and technical byproducts of wars, here`s a list of ten revolutionary innovations that WWII gave birth to.
(thevintagenews.com)

Japan`s comfort women: Who were the 200,000 women sold for sex during WWII
From the early 1930s to the end of the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of women were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military. More than 200,000 Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Malaysian and women of other nationalities, euphemistically referred to as "comfort women", were enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Military in occupied territories. It is one of the biggest cases of human trafficking in the 20th century and more than 70 years later, the tragedy is still provoking international tensions.
(ibtimes.co.uk)

Diaries of SS Boss Heinrich Himmler have been found - Covering the years 1938, 1943 and 1944
A newly uncovered diary kept by Nazi mass murderer and SS monster Heinrich Himmler has revealed how he took a massage before ordering 10 Poles to their deaths and almost fainted when a Jew`s brain splattered on his coat after they were shot. Covering the years 1938, 1943 and 1944, the paperwork vanished at end of the Second World War and into the hands of the Red Army. Now it has been discovered in the Russian Military Archive in Podolsk filed under Dnewnik - Russian for diary. It is his service calendar where he recorded dates, places, meetings and his decision to send millions of people to their deaths.
(dailymail.co.uk)

How veterans of Waffen-SS are alive and well - and living in Britain
VETERANS of Hitler`s notorious Waffen-SS who served in a battle unit accused of war crimes are still living in Britain. The Sun tracked down more than 25 ex-soldiers of the crack SS Galizien division which fought for the Nazi regime during the Second World War. The SS Galizien division was formed in 1943 from Ukrainian volunteers who joined the elite fighting force and swore an oath of allegiance to Hitler. Around 50,000 men from the Galicia region of Ukraine were allowed to join the SS because its boss Heinrich Himmler had said they were more Aryan-like. They fought on the eastern front and smashed uprisings in Slovakia, Yugoslavia and Serbia with brutal force.
(thesun.co.uk)

Bolshoy Tyuters an abandoned island - full of WWII relics left by the German army
Bolshoi Tyuters has been known as the `mined island` because its minefields have not been cleared since WWII. Bolshoi Tyuters is an island in the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea, located 75 km away from the coast of Finland, to the south-east from Hogland. The island is a part of the Leningrad Oblast, Russia. The area is approximately 3.2 square miles. There are no permanent inhabitants, save for a lighthouse keeper. The island was populated by Finns from the 16th century to 1939. After the Soviet Union attacked Finland in the Winter War, the island, along with other Finnish islands in the Gulf of Finland and communities in Finnish Karelia, was ceded to the Soviet Union under the Moscow Peace Treaty of 1940.
(thevintagenews.com)

Soviet diaries of the original head of the KGB offer clue to disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg
The newly published diaries of the original head of the KGB — found secreted inside the wall of a dacha — have shed fresh light on the case by stating outright for the first time that Wallenberg was executed in a Moscow prison. "I have no doubts that Wallenberg was liquidated in 1947," wrote Ivan Serov, a Soviet military man who ran the KGB from 1954 to 1958. Memoirs from high-ranking Kremlin officials are exceedingly rare, and this one, while hardly definitive, contains several references to previously unknown documents on Wallenberg.
(tampabay.com)

The Maus was an enormous waste :  and not the war-winning weapon the Nazis hoped it would be
By the time the super-heavy Maus tank rolled out for its first tests in January 1944, the Nazis had — six months after Kursk — effectively lost the war. It was just a matter of time before the Allied armies would slog their way into the heart of Germany and finish them off. Yet the Nazi regime pressed ahead with developing and propagandizing all manner of so-called `miracle weapons.` Almost until Germany`s capitulation, a belief that secret wonder weapons would emerge and force Britain and America to reach an armistice were widespread among German troops — no matter the actual effectiveness of such weapons when they existed. The Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus was one such weapon.
(warisboring.com)

Hermann Goering`s gold-plated Walther PPK pistol up for bid
A one-of-a-kind, gold-plated Walther PPK once belonging to Nazi officer Hermann Goering will be auctioned off by Rock Island Auction Company in September. The Walther PPK, deemed the most historic Walther the auction site has ever had up for bid, is chambered in 7.65 mm auto. The pistol has just over a 3-inch barrel and features three piece ivory grip panels factory carved in a traditional Germanic oak leaf and acorn pattern inlayed on a gold-plated frame. With the initials `HG` emblazoned on the left grip, the Walther also prominently showcases the Goering family crest. The crest was created by Hermann Goering himself after WWI. It features an armored fist holding a large ring with the words `Der Eiseme,` Goering`s nickname, which means `Iron One.`
(guns.com)

Nazi Germany`s Failed Menace in the Air: The Bf 110 `Destroyer`
In the mid-1930s, Nazi Germany had a problem. Its twin-engined medium bombers, such as the Heinkel 111, had a range of perhaps 1,500 miles. However, the Luftwaffe`s single-engined fighter plane, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, had a range of only 400 miles. Before 1939, airpower enthusiasts believed "the bomber will always get through" enemy air defenses, but the Germans also realized they needed a fighter capable of escorting bombers all the way to the target and back. Their solution was the Messerschmitt 110, a twin-engined fighter that looked more like a small bomber. With a range of 1,500 miles for the early models such as the Bf 110C, it was far more heavily armed than single-engined fighters, with up to four cannons and four machine guns firing to the front, plus a rear gunner with a machine gun to ward off attacks from behind. Remarkably the Bf 110 was also as fast or faster than many early World War II fighters.
(nationalinterest.org)

Rediscovered films show friendly and modest Hitler in Bayreuth
Long-lost film material reveals a remarkably "friendly" and "modest" side of Adolf Hitler at the Bayreuth Festival. The Nazi leader`s connection to Richard Wagner has long been a thorn in the side of the festival. The film footage of Adolf Hitler at the Bayreuth Festival, revealing Adolf Hitler as a welcome guest in the Wagner family circle, was turned over to the Bavarian State Archive in December 2015 and has now been made available on CD to researchers.
(dw.com)

Inside Romania`s 1941 failed coup, with the world`s first female war correspondent
From the 1930s onward, veteran war correspondent Clare Hollingworth made a century-long journey from rural Leicestershire, through wars and revolutions in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, to Hong Kong in the final days of the British empire. A biography of her life, by Patrick Garrett, chronicles her `uncanny Zelig-like ability to appear on the front lines of world events.` In 1941, she landed in Bucharest just as the Iron Guard, also known as the Legionnaires, was launching a coup spurred by conflict over the way Romanian Jews would be expelled from the country. The bloody three-day event came to be known as the Bucharest Pogrom, and resulted in hundreds of Jewish deaths and the destruction of synagogues and businesses.
(qz.com)

In the 1930s, African-Americans Fought for the Spanish Republic  - And Equality
In the 1930s, African-Americans were systematically disenfranchised, barred from participating in many arenas of civic life and subject to frequent violence and systematic discrimination. Yet many not only organized against racism at home, but saw themselves as part of an international struggle against colonialism and fascism. When a nationalist rebellion with heavy support from fascist Germany and Italy assailed the Second Spanish Republic in 1936, nearly a hundred African-Americans were among the U.S. citizens who volunteered to defend the republic.
(warisboring.com)



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