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Edward Ward: The BBC journalist who was captured by Rommel
At the start of World War Two BBC journalist Edward Ward seemed destined to play a key role in the coverage of the conflict. But after reporting from Finland, France and Greece he spent much of the war in German captivity after being captured by Rommel`s troops in the desert.

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.
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Italian mother reunited with World War 2 baby after 71 years
The woman, originally from Novellara, a small village in northern Italy, was working in Germany during World War II, when she became pregnant by a married German soldier. After she gave birth, the father`s family took the baby — named as Margot Bachmann in the media reports — and raised it in Germany. The girl had been told her birth mother was Italian, but that she had died during the war. But when her father died, Bachmann, now 71, decided to look for her mother through the International Tracing Service (ITS), a German centre for WWII documentation. With the help of the Italian Red Cross, the ITS discovered that Bachmann`s mother was still alive and the two were reunited at the weekend.

Unexploded 500-Pound World War II Bomb In London Isn`t The Only Nazi Bomb Lurking In England
An unexploded 500-pound World War II bomb in London is causing quite a bit of consternation since it holds the potential for mass destruction if it were to suddenly go off. Unfortunately, when it comes to the dangers posed by an unexploded bomb, London may be a Pandora`s box based upon the legacy left by these Nazi bombs. You would think that an unexploded 500-pound World War II bomb would be less dangerous after the passing of so much time, but Army experts say it is actually even more dangerous than during WW II.

Third of Brits have never heard of the Battle of Britain
Britons are fast forgetting world war history - with three in ten admitting they haven`t heard of the Battle of Britain. A new study of 2,000 adults found an alarming lack of knowledge when it comes to some of the most defining moments of the two World Wars. Key battles, dates and influential figures all draw a blank for many. Just over half of adults know Neville Chamberlain was British Prime Minister at the start of World War II, while almost one in twenty think Germany was one of Britain`s allies in the conflicts.

War brides documentary details lives of Japanese wives who came to U.S. after WWII
`War brides` is an unfamiliar term for the younger generation, now 70 years after the end of World War II. After the war`s end, half a million American troops and civilians employed by the Allied occupation forces were stationed in Japan. Many fell in love with Japanese women who were recently the `enemy.` It is estimated that 50,000 women followed their husbands to the United States. Arriving in a strange land, they were known as `war brides.` Journalists Lucy Craft and Kathryn Tolbert and photographer Karen Kasmauski--all daughters of war brides--produced a documentary centered on their interviews with their respective mothers, all in their 80s.

New evidence of Japan`s effort to build atom bomb at the end of WWII
New evidence has emerged about the Japanese military`s secret program to build a nuclear weapon. A retired professor at the state-run Kyoto University discovered a blueprint at the school`s former Radioisotope Research lab. The notebooks were related to research work by Bunsaku Arakatsu, a professor at the university whom Sankei said was asked by the Japanese navy to develop an atomic bomb during the war. Also found were drawings of a turbine-based centrifuge apparently to be used for the study of uranium enrichment. It was dated March 1945. Another blueprint was found of a centrifuge that a Japanese company, Tokyo Keiki, was producing, with a notation indicating the device was scheduled to be completed Aug. 19, 1945.

Imperial Japanese Navy`s gigantic submarine likely found off Nagasaki
A ship which is considered to be the Imperial Japanese Navy`s submarine I-402 has been discovered at the bottom of the sea off the Goto Islands, Nagasaki Prefecture. In July the Japan Coast Guard found the sign of the ship, while crews of Nippon TV Network Corp. took a footage of the ship this month. 120-meter-long I-402 was the largest submarine during the World War II with the function to stow three bomber planes. The submarine did not participate in any attack and was submerged by the U.S. military after the war. The presence of I-402 was confirmed for the first time though it has been known that the submarine had been submerged off the islands.

Nazi super spy Annette Wagner used radio show to transmit Australia`s secrets
She lived in a Clifton Gardens mansion called The Manor, spent her days shopping in the best stores and hosted a radio program about the latest fashion coming out of Paris. But on the eve of World War II she was also using her radio program to transmit secrets to the Nazis. The extraordinary tale of Swiss-born Wagner is detailed in Roseville author Greg Clancy`s new book Hitler`s Lost Spy.

Meet the Only U.S. Army Officer to Defect to the Nazis in WW2
The name Martin James Monti may not command the same measure of infamy in the US as Benedict Arnold, the turncoat of the War of Independence. Yet the obscure St. Louis, Missouri native does claim the distinction as being the only American known to have willingly defected to the Nazis. In October of 1944, the 23-year-old U.S. Army second lieutenant stole an unarmed reconnaissance plane from an Allied airbase in southern Italy and flew it into enemy territory as part of a hare-brained bid to change sides. A child of German and Italian immigrants and raised in a staunchly anti-communist household, Monti was a firebrand critic of the western Allies` support for the Soviet Union.

German documentary claims Nazis were testing atomic weapons on Russian POWs
The Nazis may have been close to creating an atomic bomb in the final days of the war. Tests of the device were even said to have been carried out on Russian prisoners of war, according to a new German TV documentary. `The Search for Hitler`s Atom Bomb,` quotes sealed records from Russia and America that are said to prove the Third Reich were close to creating a weapon of mass destruction. The programme quotes reports of Nazi scientists, eyewitness account and the records left behind by researchers, many of which were shipped to America after the war. Historian Matthia Uhl said the race to develop a Nazi A-bomb went into overdrive in the final year of the war. The programme focused on Hans Kammler, an S.S. general, who was given 175,000 concentration camp inmates to work in the V-weapons factories.

Last Dambuster pilot Les Munro passes away
More than 600 people packed the Classic Flyers Aviation Museum in Tauranga for the funeral of war hero and last Dambuster pilot John Leslie "Les" Munro, who died aged 96. Munro`s war-time exploits, including the 1943 raid on dams in Germany`s Ruhr Valley, are known to the world, but today more was learned of the man himself, whose grandkids called simply "pop". The grandchildren were always impressed at how tech-savvy he was, having mastered email and Facebook, considering he grew up poor near Gisborne, riding a horse to school with no electricity or hot water.

Wreck of U.S. WWII P47 Thunderbolt fighter unearthed in Germany
German history buffs unearthed the wreckage of a World War II US fighter that crashed in February 1945 with the remains of a young French pilot inside. The single-engine P47 Thunderbolt went down on February 14 1945, just 10 weeks before the end of the war in Europe, at Ottersweier, in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Its wreckage was found four metres (15 feet) below ground in an orchard by Uwe Benkel, an amateur researcher in World War II crash sites. Its pilot was identified as Antoine Allard, 25, from Paris.

American World War II plot to bomb Japan with bats
Imagine: a quiet, tense night in the middle of wartime. A plane rips through the air above your city, rupturing the stillness. The bay doors open, and out whistles a bomb. It drops and drops. Everyone braces. But when it explodes, the city is filled not with the flash of impact, but with hundreds and hundreds of tiny, whirling bats. This ridiculous vision—in which Japanese cities were destroyed by a giant bomb full of bats that were themselves carrying tinier bombs—was called Project X-Ray, and it was but a claw`s breadth from becoming a reality.

German documentary reveals how `butcher of Lyon` Klaus Barbie became a fixer for drug lords when he went on the run in South America
A notorious Nazi war criminal, dubbed the `Butcher of Lyon`, worked as a druglord fixer while on the run in Latin America and helped bring a right-wing dictator into power. Klaus Barbie, one of the Gestapo`s most brutal criminals, reinvented himself with the help of western intelligence agencies after the fall of the Third Reich. Using the money generated from the cocaine trade, Barbie helped put General Luis García Meza into power in Bolivia, a new documentary has revealed. He died aged 77 in a French jail after he was finally deported from Bolivia in the 1980s.

Kugelpanzer - The most mysterious and weirdest tank of WWII
Its not strange to see weird prototypes of tanks but this one is certainly a number one of the most weirdest WWII tanks. There`s only one example known to exist, which was captured by the Soviets in Manchuria, 1945 and is on display in the Kubinka Tank Museum, Moscow Oblast, Russia. The tank known as `Kugelpanzer` (or `Ball Tank`) has little to none known history and no documentation exists about the tank. The Kugelpanzer was created by the Germans, most likely by Krupp, during World War II and was shipped to Japan. There`s much speculation on the tank`s purpose but most agree that it would have served as an one-man armored reconnaissance vehicle. Its armor was only 5mm thick and the Kugelpanzer was powered by a single cyliner two-strike engine. For weaponry it would have been either equipped with a 7.92mm MG34 or MG42 German machine gun.

A Nazi War Train Hauled Gustav - the Biggest Gun Ever Made
The German Heavy Gustav was the largest gun ever built. It was more than 150 feet long, 40 feet tall and weighed almost 1,500 tons. The steel giant Krupp A.G. made only two, and neither worked well. The weapon derived from experience. After witnessing the success of other railway guns, the German High Command asked Krupp`s engineers to design a weapon to destroy Maginot Line fortifications. The Gustav`s barrel alone was more than 100 feet long and fired 31-inch-wide, 12-foot-long shells at an effective ranges of 20 miles. The ammo came in two varieties — a five-ton explosive round and a seven-ton armor piercer. But the massive superweapons were dinosaurs. It was too bulky, took too long to fire and required hundreds of troops to operate. For centuries, better artillery meant bigger artillery, but that changed during World War II.

The 5 most bizarre weapons of World War II
(1) A ship-mounted aerial mine rocket launcher. The unrotated-projectile rocket launcher was an especially ill-conceived antiaircraft measure. Created to protect ships from enemy planes, the unrotated projectile was fired from a ship, and, upon reaching 1,000 feet in elevation, it would explode and disperse mines attached to parachutes via 400 feet of cable. The general idea was to create an aerial minefield. (4) V-3 cannon. The unnecessary younger sibling of the V-1 and V-2 rockets that pulverized London during the Blitzkrieg.

As an American teen stuck in Japan, Minnesota man witnessed World War II in Japan
On Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, the first and only atomic bombs used in war destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Shortly afterward, Japan`s Emperor Hirohito announced his country`s surrender. One American teenager witnessed those events from a close perspective. He was stuck in Japan for the war. Albert Takeshi was a high schooler who endured what might be regarded as the world`s worst foreign-exchange student experience. He was trapped in Japan when war broke out with the United States after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. For the next four years, Yamamoto was cut off from his parents in America. He was put to work on Japanese defense projects, endured bombings and strafing attacks by U.S. forces, risked being drafted in the Japanese army and suffered the hunger of a country being starved and shattered in a doomed struggle.

Tombstone of Nazi panzer ace Michael Wittmann stolen from war cemetery
The gravestone of one of Nazi Germany`s most famous S.S. panzer commanders from WW2 has been stolen from a cemetery in France where he fell in the battle for Normandy. Police believe neo-Nazi fanatics are behind the theft of the stone marking the resting place of Michael Wittmann in the town of La Cambe. Wittmann rose to the rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer - captain - and received the Knight`s Cross for gallantry from Hitler. He was credited with the destruction of 138 tanks and 132 anti-tank guns, along with an unknown number of other armoured vehicles, making him one of Germany`s top scoring panzer aces.

Exploring the secret Nazi tunnels in Berghof
Deep in the mountains of Bavaria is a concrete doorway set into the side of the mountain. Even in the height of summer, the thick steel door is cool to the touch, and drips with condensation. It isn`t marked on any tourists guide maps, as the government would prefer that you had no idea that it exists. Behind the steel door lies the underground secret bunker complex. This multi-roomed subterranean compound is composed of an apartment and a set of underground chambers for fellow Nazi inner circle members—over four miles of tunnels, bunkers and hidden rooms in total. Above ground, an entire village was built as an Alpine retreat for the Nazi government.

Royal family`s Prince Charles Edward was on the Führer`s payroll
Hitler paid a Nazi-supporting member of the royal family to promote appeasement in meetings with the Queen`s father, George VI, and her uncle, Edward VIII, in the run-up to the Second World War, a new book reveals. Prince Charles Edward, a grandson of Queen Victoria, received a monthly retainer of 4,000 reichsmark (£16,000 in today`s money) from the Führer. He was privy to such secrets that in April 1945, as the allies advanced on Hitler`s Berlin bunker, the Führer ordered that the prince should not be allowed to fall into allied hands. The royal secrets — revealed in Go-Betweens for Hitler, published last week by Oxford University Press — have been unearthed by the historian Karina Urbach.

Italy 1943 - the latest campaign in Conflict Series - now available on Google Play
Experience the Allied invasion of Italy 1943-1945 in this classic board game styled strategy game. The so called "soft underbelly of Axis powers" turned out to be fierce campaign after Germans threw in their Mountain and Paratrooper formations to defend the mountainous country. Conflict-Series includes over 20 campaigns and is available from both Google Play and Amazon App Store.
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Remains of 36 unidentified WWII US Marines killed on remote Japanese island recovered
The remains of 36 unidentified US Marines found at a WWII battlefield in Japan have been brought home after 72 years. The soldiers` remains were found on the remote Pacific atoll of Tarawa claiming more than 6,000 lives over three days. They were recovered by a group called History Flight and were flown to Pearl Harbour where a ceremony was carried out to mark their repatriation The remains were discovered by US charity History Flight after a 4-month excavation on Betio island, part of Kiribati`s Tarawa Atoll. The Marines invaded Japanese-held Tarawa Atoll in November 1943 where more than 1,000 Americans died and the entire Japanese garrison of 4,500 was obliterated over a three-day battle.

Hitler rehearsing in 1925: The Nazi dictator wanted these pictures destroyed
Photos of Hitler rehearsing in 1925: The Nazi dictator wanted these pictures destroyed.