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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)

In 1945, the U.S. Navy Secretly Handed Over 150 Warships to Russia for an Invasion of Japan
On April 10, 1945 a Soviet freighter slipped up to a quay at a frozen military base on a remote tip of Alaska named Cold Bay. Inside her were over 500 sailors of the Soviet Navy. The Soviets had arrived to train on the first of 149 vessels the U.S. Navy was transferring to the Soviet Union. That fleet’s secret mission: to transport the Red Army for an invasion of Japan, even while Moscow and Tokyo remained officially at peace. By early 1945, the U.S. military had ample evidence that an amphibious invasion of the Japanese home islands would prove bloody and destructive. As a result, U.S. President Franklin R. Roosevelt was keen to draw Stalin’s massive Red Army to support an invasion
(nationalinterest.org)

This was the only Japanese recipient of the Medal of Honor during World War II
During WW2, 22 Asian Americans earned Medals of Honor, but, due to prejudices, only one received the award during the war: a young infantryman who fought in Italy and France before giving his life to save his comrades by eliminating machine gun nests and then throwing his body on an enemy grenade. Pfc. Sadao Munemori ended up joining the Army instead in February, 1942. Like most Asian Americans at the time he was sent to noncombat units to conduct menial duties. But patriotic Japanese Americans like Munemori got a new chance in early 1943 when the Army formed the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated combat unit for Asian Americans. Munemori was assigned to the 100th Infantry Battalion and shipped to Europe in April, 1944.
(wearethemighty.com)

New Zealand`s last WWII fighter ace Alan Peart dies
New Zealand`s last World War II fighter ace pilot Alan McGregor Peart has died at 96. He served in Britain against the Germans over occupied Europe, then Tunisia, Malta, Sicily, Italy, and the Japanese over Burma. He reached the rank of Flight Lieutenant and received the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). In 2014, a fundraiser helped get Peart and his squadron mate Jim Robinson back up in the Spitfire.
(stuff.co.nz)

Book Review: Images of War: US Marine Corps in World War II
Here we go again with another excellent book in the Images of War series from Pen & Sword. This time round Michael Green has turned his attention to the activities of the United States Marine Corps during WWII. Right from the off it is clear that the appearance of this book is deceptive because this is a substantial piece of work that underlines the flexibility of this range of books. For someone like myself, who would consider his knowledge of the Pacific War to be low to moderate, this book offers the perfect opportunity to firm up on events and get them into context.
(warhistoryonline.com)

How MI5 fooled Nazi agents with fake medals
The last Nazi medals of WWII were awarded to German spies in London by an MI5 agent who tricked them into believing he was a Gestapo boss. The military honours were bestowed on the two agents – both British citizens – to keep them ‘on side’ after they were fooled into thinking they were secretly sending intelligence to Hitler. In fact, MI5 knew who they were and all their secrets ended up in British hands. In a further twist, the medals are believed to have been forged at the Royal Mint. The story is revealed in a new book, Agent Jack, which tells the story of Eric Roberts, a bank clerk.
(iol.co.za)

Book review: Death of Hitler, Jean-Christophe Brisard and Lana Parshina Hodder & Stoughton
On May 2, 1945 General Helmuth Weidling, the Nazi military commander of Berlin, announced that Hitler had committed suicide in his underground bunker. The Allied powers immediately began asking two questions: where exactly was the body of the Fuhrer located within the fallen capital of the Third Reich? And how exactly did events unfold leading up to Hitler`s suicide? The Death of Hitler is a book whose raison d`etre is fundamentally rooted in both these questions.
(independent.ie)

An Affordable Radio Brought Nazi Propaganda Home
In the 1930s, Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels led the charge to create a radio cheap enough that even workers could own one.
(daily.jstor.org)

Last reunion for famed US WWII unit, Merrill’s Marauders
It’s the last reunion for members of the famed U.S. Army jungle fighters called Merrill’s Marauders. Three thousand volunteered for a dangerous secret mission during World War II — a mission so secret they weren’t told even where they were going. They hacked their way through nearly 1,000 miles (1600 kilometers) of jungle behind enemy lines in Myanmar, then called Burma, fighting in five major and 30 minor actions against veteran Japanese troops. "This is the last of the outfit," said David Allen of Rock Hill, South Carolina.
(armytimes.com)

Documentary film: 2,000 Maltese were sent to Italian concentration camps during WWII
The 43 Maltese nationals deported to Uganda in 1942 were not the only World War II internees, new research has revealed. It turns out that a group of 2,000 Maltese people were sent to concentration camps in different parts of Italy during WWII, when Italy thought they were British spies in Libya, at the time an Italian colony. This was discovered during research for a documentary which uncovers the story of these Maltese nationals, who survived the war years in concentration camps in Italy. Journalist Mario Xuereb found documents in several archives all over Italy which documented this obscure part of Maltese history, barely ever given a mention.
(timesofmalta.com)

Film Review: Operation Finale and the Popular Understanding of Adolf Eichmann
The story of the capture of Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, in 1960, by Mossad agents, and Eichmann’s extradition to Israel, where he would stand trial the following year, is dramatized, in the style of a thriller, in Chris Weitz’s new film, “Operation Finale.” The movie separates fairly neatly into three parts: the action, the backstory, and the didactic element. They mesh throughout the film, but they each provide distinctive emotions and elicit different ideas; they might as well be different films.
(newyorker.com)

1918 Mauser Tankgewehr: Restoring a World War I Tank Killer
The Tankgewehr (tank-rifle) is the world’s first anti-tank rifle developed by the Germans in 1918. This arm was specifically designed to combat the onslaught of Allied armor on the Western Front. In November 1917, the British launched the first full-scale tank offensive at Cambrai. The attack caught the Germans by surprise and the British managed to push 20 kilometers through the German lines. This first organized tank assault by the British made the Germans immediately realize the need for an anti-tank weapon.
(americanrifleman.org)

Battle of Guam 1944 - New strategy board game by Joni Nuutinen
July 1944: You are in command of the American III Amphibious Corps, tasked with taking back the control of Guam from the Imperial Japanese Army. In spite of the facts that reefs around Guam limited the landing site options and Japanese defenders were well aware of the incoming attack, the U.S. forces boldly landed on two separate beaches. The small size of Guam meant that Japanese Army quickly mobilized their forces for a series of counter attacks to push the U.S. Marines back to the ocean. Your challenge is to make the landings, hold the beachheads against the early counter attacks, and as quickly as possible to steamroll across the island, so that it can be turned into a massive U.S. base for the future operations in the Pacific campaign.
(Play Store)

D-Day medals belonging to one of the great heroes of Normandy are put up for sale for 40,000
The incredible heroics of a commando who single-handedly took out two German guns on D-Day can be told after his gallantry medals were put up for auction. Petty officer Ron McKinlay found himself on the wrong beach at Normandy after his landing craft was blown up and he was forced to swim to shore. He teamed up with a handful of other `lost` comrades and set out for their original objective two miles away, only to encounter a number of enemy gun emplacements. Being the only commando in the group, Ron was nominated to destroy the 88mm guns by sneaking up close enough to hurl three grenades at them.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Travelers in the Third Reich examines outsiders` views of Nazi Germany
Similar books have been attempted before, but this one stands out due to both its the breadth of its investigation and the palpable tone of frustration that runs through it.
(csmonitor.com)

Meet the British special operators who terrorized the Japanese during World War II
In 1943 and 1944, specially chosen units of the British Empire were sent into the jungles of Burma on "Chindit" expeditions that went deep behind Japanese lines and assaulted railways, logistic hubs, and bridges to cripple Japanese forces and force them to redirect forces from other fronts. The first Chindit expedition, Operation Longcloth, was effected by the 77th Indian Infantry Brigade when they marched into Japanese-occupied Burma in 1943. They attacked Japanese supply depots as well as rail and communication lines.
(finance.yahoo.com)

USS Abner Read: Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska
Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska`s Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only WWII battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read, also covered many of the men in oil, which prevented some from being rescued. The remaining 250 crew members made the ship watertight, and it limped back to the West Coast for repairs. Only one body among the 71 men killed was recovered. Nearly 75 years later, scientists using multi-beam sonar have discovered the 75-foot stern about 290 feet below the Bering Sea.
(abcnews.go.com)

The British World War II commandos dedicated to Arctic operations
Britain formed a number of commando units in World War II that operated from Burma to India to Europe and even north of the Arctic Circle in Norway. The No. 14 (Arctic) Commando trained specifically to sink German ships, destroy infrastructure, and interrupt operations in order to cripple Axis efforts in the Atlantic.
(wearethemighty.com)

Juan Pujol Garcia: The WWII double-agent who invented a fake army
Juan Pujol Garcia was instrumental in ensuring the success of the Allied invasion of Europe on D Day and, by extension, the Allied victory of the Second World War. But his actions during the war aren’t widely known. Despite being a little-known figure in history, Garcia is one of the few, if not the only, individuals in the war to receive both an Iron Cross from Hitler and an MBE (a Member of the Order of the British Empire) from King George VI. His lack of fame might seem unjust, but a famous spy is kind of an oxymoron.
(bigthink.com)

Largest Operational Seaplane of WWII: Blohm & Voss BV 222 Wiking with Photos
The German Blohm & Voss BV 222 Wiking (German for “Viking”) was the largest seaplane to achieve operational status during the Second World War. During its time in combat, it was notable as the largest aircraft in the war to get a kill against an enemy plane, but it also was the largest aircraft to be gunned down during the war.
(warhistoryonline.com)

Arsène Tchakarian, World War II resistance fighter in France, dies at 101
Arsène Tchakarian, the last surviving member of the Armenian-led Manouchian network, which fought alongside the French resistance against the Nazi occupiers during World War II, died Aug. 4 at a hospital in Villejuif, south of Paris. He was 101. Mr. Tchakarian, an ethnic Armenian born in Turkey during the Ottoman Empire, later received France’s highest award, as a commander of the Legion of Honor.
(washingtonpost.com)

The Nazis Ordered Their U-Boats to Fight Airplanes: It Was a Massive Mistake.
At the height of the World War II Battle of the Atlantic, Grand Adm. Karl Dönitz, mastermind of the Nazi U-Boat fleet, issued Standing War Order 483 in defiance of conventional wisdom. The “Fight Back Order” instructed German submarines transiting from French bases through the Bay of Biscay to fight off attacking aircraft on the surface rather than evade with a hasty crash dive.
(nationalinterest.org)

10 Things You Might Not Know About The Battle Of The Bulge
Reporter Larry Newman coined the name Battle of the Bulge. Larry Newman was a war correspondent working on behalf of United Press International and the International News Service. On December 30, 1944, he met with American General George Patton to talk about the German counterattack. Newman wanted to give the fight a catchy name that wasn’t too formal. While looking at some war maps, he was struck by the bulging swell of German troops and coined the phrase Battle of the Bulge.
(mentalfloss.com)

Battle of the Minds: German Scientists Recruited to the Soviets after WWII
Early in 1945, it became apparent that WWII was drawing to a close and, in hindsight, both the USSR and the USA were preparing for the Cold War. Both sides had plans to develop new weapons based on the existing atomic programs and rockets. At the end of the war, both the United States and the Soviet Union were aware of the strength of the German rocket program and that it was more advanced than their own rocket programs. Both sides wanted the scientific abilities of the members in German rocket development to help develop their own fledgling atomic programs, and both sides managed to attract or kidnap skills from the German programs.
(warhistoryonline.com)

UK to investigate claims that wrecks of British warships being plundered for scrap metal
British ships designated as war graves after being sunk during the Second World War have reportedly been plundered for scrap metal by pirates. The UK government is investigating claims that 10 Royal Navy warships, which serve as the resting place for more than 1,000 dead sailors, have been looted by Chinese salvagers off the coast of Malaysia and Indonesia. The remains of some of those who went down with the vessels have been dredged up by gangs of scavengers, along with pieces of their metal hulls.
(independent.co.uk)