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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)

Operation Wildhorn III: The Secret Mission to Smuggle a V-2 Missile Out of Nazi-Occupied Europe
Polish agents and a British aircrew would join forces to spirit the innards of one of the Third Reich’s most fearsome weapons out of the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe right under the noses of the German army.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

Long Range Desert Group in World War II
Originally called the Long Range Patrol (LRP), the unit was founded in 1940, in the Egyptian desert, by Major Ralph Bagnold. Bagnold had two great leaders helping him found the unit, Captain Patrick Clayton and Captain William Shaw. At first the majority of the men were from New Zealand, as the unit added personnel they were soon joined by Rhodesian and British troops and the name was changed to the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG).
(argunners.com)

How a covert U.S. Army intelligence unit canvassed war-torn Europe, capturing intelligence maps
HOUGHTEAM, as the unit was known, was made up of 19 carefully selected individuals. Four were highly educated civilians: an engineer, a geographer who had worked as a map curator at the University of Chicago, a linguist who spoke five languages, and the dapper son of an prominent Kentucky family who’d grown up mostly in Europe as the son of a brigadier general posted to various capitals as a military attaché. There were also ten enlisted men.
(smithsonianmag.com)

Why Russia's Crazy Battleship T-35 Tank Was a Waste of Steel
Recently, a Russian military museum in Sverdlovsk unveiled a moving replica T-35 tank, recreating one of the largest tanks ever to see combat, though only very briefly. Indeed, a few dozen T-35s charged straight into the largest tank battle in history—and none came back. Overtaxed transmission and faulty clutches proved a greater nemesis than armor-piercing shells.
(nationalinterest.org)

Former Stutthof nazi guard on trial in Germany
A 93-year-old man on trial in Germany for crimes of complicity in mass murder at a Nazi death camp during World War Two has voiced regret for his actions. Bruno Dey is accused of contributing to the killings of 5,230 prisoners between 1944 and 1945 in the Stutthof camp in what is now northern Poland. Mr Dey admitted serving there and having knowledge of atrocities being carried out at the camp. But the former SS guard said he was not complicit in any murders.
(bbc.com)

Bailey bridging made an immense contribution towards ending World War II
Bailey bridging made an immense contribution towards ending World War II... I could never have maintained the speed and tempo of the forward movement without large supplies of Bailey bridging… Without the Bailey Bridge, we should not have won the war. It was the best thing in that line that we ever had.
(thebossmagazine.com)

Cousins who survived the Holocaust reunite 75 years later during emotional meeting
Morris Sana and Simon Mairowitz fled from the Nazis during World War II. Sana last remembered seeing Mairowitz in Romania. Sana’s brothers had already been murdered. He escaped with his sister and mother, traveling at night and often sleeping between dead bodies during the day to avoid detection. Mairowitz escaped with his sister through the help of an English colonel. He grew up in England, while Sana eventually immigrated to Israel. A relative working on her family’s genealogy led to their reconnection.
(abcnews.go.com)

Francis Currey, one of the three last living WWII Medal of Honor recipients, dies at 94
Francis Currey, one of the last 3 surviving recipients of the Medal of Honor for valor during WWII, has passed away at the age of 94. He shipped out in the spring of 1944 for Europe, making his way from Normandy in the wake of the D-Day invasion to the Netherlands and then, by winter, to the Ardennes region of Belgium. There, as a 19-year-old private first class during the Battle of the Bulge, the infantryman was credited with almost single-handedly holding back a German attack on the town of Malmedy. For his actions - he had “helped immobilize three German tanks, wiped out a house full of Nazis, rescued six of his trapped buddies and saved five wounded men” - Currey received the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest decoration.
(washingtonpost.com)

Kilt wearing commando forced a surrender while outnumbered 23,000 to one
Tommy Macpherson was known to his enemies as the "Kilted Killer." The Scotsman fought with the British 11 Commando during WWII, roaming the countryside with French Resistance fighters and causing so much havoc and damage that the Nazis put a 300,000 Franc bounty on his head. His biggest achievement came without firing a shot. He had to keep another Panzer division, 23,000 men strong, from taking a vital bridge in the Loire Valley. He managed a parlay with the opposing commander, meeting the command deep inside German-held territory. He told the Germans he could call on the RAF to destroy his entire column – which he couldn't do.
(wearethemighty.com)

Ho 229: azi Germany Built an Experimental Flying wing Stealth Fighter
Flying wing designs were not an entirely new idea and had been used before in both gliders and powered aircraft. During World War II, Northrop developed its own high-performing XB-35 flying wing bomber for the U.S. military, though it failed to enter mass production. Despite the aerodynamic advantages, the lack of a tail tended to make fly wing aircraft prone to uncontrolled yaws and stalls. The Horten brothers were given the go-ahead to pursue the concept in August 1943. They first built an unpowered glider known as the H.IX V1.
(nationalinterest.org)

The fake map and fake document that pushed US into World War II
On Oct. 27, 1941, President Roosevelt took the stage at The Mayflower Hotel. Roosevelt wanted the US to join the fight. The American public was not convinced. “I have in my possession a secret map made by Hitler’s government. It is a map of South America and part of Central America, as Hitler proposes to reorganize it,” Roosevelt told the shocked assemblage. The president then revealed another German document that pledged to eliminate the world’s religions. The reaction was explosive, but the facts were not. Neither the map nor the religious proclamation was real.
(nypost.com)

Nazi Germany's Me-262 Jet Fighter Was Revolutionary but Too Late
It was the development of the feared R4M rockets that sealed the fate of many Allied flyers over Germany when facing the Me-262. “The rockets gave us extra punch,” said Me-262 pilot Leutnant Klaus Neumann. “Fire the rockets, do the damage, weaken the tight formation integrity of the bombers, and then pick off the crippled stragglers,” he said.
(nationalinterest.org)

Iwo Jima photo: US soldier misidentified in iconic picture, again
One of the troops photographed raising the US flag on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima in 1945 was misidentified. Historians used film footage to identify one of the flag-raisers as Cpl Harold "Pie" Keller - rather than Pfc Rene Gagnon. This is not the first time the list of the six US fighters has been amended. Three years earlier an inquiry found that Pfc Harold Schultz was one of the six flag-raisers, not Navy hospital corpsman John Bradley.
(bbc.com)

Russian Jews who became Wehrmacht generals
Mischlinge (as the Nazis called those with mixed Jewish and “Aryan” roots) were allowed to serve, but officially forbidden from advancing through the ranks. In practice, however, it depended on whether the individual was beneficial to the regime. As such, dozens of Mischlinge commanded divisions, corps, and armies. About Air Field Marshal Erhard Milch, whose father was Jewish, Herman Goering, who highly rated him, said: “I will decide who is a Jew and who is not.”
(rbth.com)

Could Nazi Germany Have Gotten the Atomic Bomb First?
Theoretically, by the 1930s Germany had a jump on the rest of the world in atomic research. Many of the world’s top nuclear physicists were German or Austrian, or worked closely with German or Austrian colleagues.
(nationalinterest.org)

New book recounts the last Christmas of World War II
Christmas Under Fire, 1944 describes the circumstances in which the last Christmas of World War II was celebrated by military, civilians and camp inmates alike. Even in the midst of war’s violence, Christmas remained a hopeful beacon of western civilization.
(tracesofwar.com)

Recordings of the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders to be made public
Audio recordings from the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders will be made available to the public for the first time in digital form after nearly two years of work conducted in secret. The Memorial of the Shoah in Paris will officially accept the recordings. The files capture several hundred hours of the first, high-profile trial of top Nazi leaders in Nuremberg, Germany, after World War II. Since 1950, they have existed only on 2,000 large discs housed in wooden boxes in the International Court of Justice library in The Hague, Netherlands.
(nypost.com)

How Deadly or Accurate Were Nazi Germany's V-1 and V-2 Rockets?
By June 19, more than 500 V-1s had hit southeast England. Great Britain tried fooling the enemy by reporting the bombs were landing farther north, when they were not. It fooled no one since honest news reporting revealed exactly where the Buzz Bombs were coming down. The worst single death toll occurred on November 25, 1944, as 168 persons died when a V-1 exploded amid a crowded Woolworth store in New Cross. The pluck and resilience of British public spirit were being severely tested. Meanwhile, Goebbels raised his propaganda level. He proclaimed: In London, life has practically come to a standstill as the rain of secret weapons continues almost without interruption.”
(nationalinterest.org)

Churchill ordered the French Resistance to KILL RAF hero who was shot down over France a month before D-Day
Winston Churchill secretly ordered the French Resistance to KILL RAF hero Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman who was shot down over France a month before D-Day, rather than let him fall into enemy hands and reveal Operation Overlord secrets, records reveal.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Wings of Freedom B17 crashes at Connecticut airport, multiple deaths reported
Multiple people are dead after a World War II-era B-17 bomber crashed into an airport de-icing facility while trying to land at Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport. The plane belonged to the Collings Foundation. A “Wings of Freedom Tour,” featuring the B-17 and other aircraft, was scheduled to take place from Monday to Thursday at the airport.
(mercurynews.com/)

Polish 18th Pomeranian Uhlan Regiment carried successful cavalry charge against German 76th Infantry Regiment
The 18th Pomeranian Uhlan Regiment found the Nazi German 76th Infantry Regiment, comprised of 800 armored recon vehicles along with 30 heavy guns, waiting to advance on the free city of Danzig. The 76th was part of the left wing of the XIX Panzer Corps under Gen. Heinz Guderian, which had been slowed across the line by Polish resistance. In order for the Poles in the area to get to the secondary defense of the River Brda, the 76th would have to take heavy losses, which would cause a delay for the entire motorized division on the Nazi left flank. What would a cavalry unit do in a situation where the enemy is sitting around, waiting for orders? Charge, of course. The Poles took the enemy by surprise with a heavy cavalry charge of two squadrons, consisting of 250 angry Poles on horseback.
(wearethemighty.com)

36 pictures from the Battle of Britain Air Show at Duxford
36 pictures from the Battle of Britain Air Show at Duxford
(cambridge-news.co.uk)

The Hetzer: The Weirdo Looking Nazi Tank That Was a Killer
By 1943 it was obvious to the Germans that their tank production could not keep pace with battlefield losses. One of their efforts to expedite weapons production was the conversion of old, outdated tank chassis into tank destroyers, or Jagdpanzers. Early efforts demonstrated the rushed and sometimes rough mating of a small, old tank with a large, powerful gun. The Marder series especially appeared cumbersome and top heavy. The most successful conversion was the Jagdpanzer 38(t), commonly referred to as the Hetzer.
(nationalinterest.org)

Case Green: Nazi Germany's Plan to Invade Neutral Ireland During World War II
Irish PM Éamon de Valera made his policy clear: the Republic of Ireland would remain strictly neutral. In June 1940, London even offered to support the principle of reuniting British-ruled Northern Ireland with the South - if only Ireland, in exchange, joined the beleaguered British Empire in its conflict with the Axis powers. Most of the Irish Republic’s leadership had fought the British in the Irish War of Independence two decades earlier. The Republic’s small army (only 8,000 personnel) was even told to prepare for possible British invasion. Some British commentators did suggest that the UK should consider taking back by force three strategically valuable deep-water treaty ports transferred to Irish control in 1938.
(nationalinterest.org)