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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)

Newly-declassified files reveal Churchill`s bid to cover up Duke`s link to the Nazis
Winston Churchill tried to conceal documents which revealed that the `disloyal` Duke of Windsor supported the Nazis, newly-declassified files reveal. Hitler had planned to install the former monarch as the puppet king in Britain if the Germans had won the war. And files released by The National Archives at Kew, West London, now show Churchill feared these revelations could have brought down the House of Windsor.

Vintage World War II photos show Texas military base preparing for war
Photo Gallery: Vintage World War II photos show Texas military base preparing for war.

Battle for Guadalcanal launched American path to World War II victory in Pacific
On August 7, 1942, U.S. Marines landed on Guadalcanal and two other islands in the Solomons in America`s first Pacific offensive of World War II. The epic, six-month struggle for Guadalcanal would prove to be a turning point in the war against Japan as Allied forces from that point on would be on the attack as their enemy steadily retreated. Capturing Guadalcanal would deny the Japanese a base to attack supply routes between the U.S. and Australia, forestall an invasion of Australia, and provide a jumping-off point for future American offensives.

What was the Warsaw Uprising?
The Warsaw Uprising was an armed insurrection during WWII organized by the Polish underground resistance, or Home Army (AK), which had been fighting against the Nazi occupation since the invasion of Poland in September 1939. As it became clear during the summer of 1944 that the Germans were almost certain to lose the war, the Soviet (Red) Army started to advance on Berlin, arriving on the eastern banks of the Vistula river in Warsaw in July. Soviet leader Joseph Stalin gave signals to the Polish government in exile in London - nominally an ally of the USSR - that if the AK were to rise up against the Nazis, the Red Army would cross the river and join in. The Rising was part of Operation Tempest, a series of uprisings across eastern Poland. Its leaders believed an independent Warsaw would have more political leverage with the new, Soviet, occupier after the war.

Japanese Reflections on WWII and the American Occupation: War through the eyes of everyday Oita citizens
The deafening report of war is such that the cries of its victims are often hard to hear, even decades later. This is why Edgar and Ran Ying Porter hope their new book, `Japanese Reflections on World War II and the American Occupation,` will amplify the quiet voices in Oita Prefecture, particularly those of women and children who were caught in the crossfire between state indoctrination and blind nationalism on one hand and the daily struggle to survive on the other.

Why Stalin is causing a classroom storm in Russia
History lessons about Josef Stalin`s campaign of repression are dangerous to the health of students, Russian authorities have concluded. Andrei Suslov, a history professor at Perm State University, wrote a history book that is now being contested by the Roskomnadsor, or Russia`s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media. The state authority classified the textbook as "dangerous to the health of children." Now, he is battling to have his book "A teachers` guide to studying the Stalin repressions" removed from the blacklist. "The book is intended for older students. It helps teachers and students get a better sense of the history of Stalinism and its consequences."

Auschwitz: First travelling exhibition will visit Europe and US
The first travelling exhibition of objects from Auschwitz is set to go on tour in the hope it will become "a warning cry" to future generations. The exhibition is due to visit 14 cities in the US and Europe, and will be made up of more than 600 objects from the Nazi German camp in Poland. It will include a freight wagon, like the ones that transported people to the camp during World War Two. The items on show are not just the belongings of the victims - which also included Poles, Sinti and Roma and Soviet prisoners of war - but also items from those who ran the camp, the German SS. The exhibition, which is entitled "Not long ago. Not far away", will have its first stop in Madrid, Spain, before the end of the year.

Argentina donates copies of WWII documents to US Holocaust Museum
The Foreign Ministry of Argentina has delivered thousands of World War II-era documents to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. The 38,779 digital copies of documents delivered to the museum include letters, telegrams, newspaper clippings, notes and reports produced by the ministry between 1939 and 1950. There are also communications between Argentina and countries involved in the war, as well as messages sent from the Argentinian embassy in Nazi Germany. Many high-ranking members of the Nazi party fled to the South American country towards the end of World War II.

Book review: The Women Who Flew for Hitler by Clare Mulley
Within the cockpit of the Stuka dive bomber, the pilot reached the top of the climb, rolled the plane sideways and tore down almost vertically towards the earth at 350 mph. The engines howled, the wings whistled and the fuselage shook so violently that the instruments on the control panel were almost unreadable. Astonishingly, given that this was macho Nazi Germany in 1941, the pilot was a woman. With her gloved hands, Melitta von Stauffenberg clung to the joystick as the plane plummeted 10,000 ft. With the ground just 500 ft below, she pulled up as hard as she could, her oxygen-starved brain close to blacking out. The nose lifted and, just in time, the bomber flattened out, skimmed across the runway and landed. Another death-defying test flight, one of thousands Melitta made, was over for that rarest of breeds — a woman aviator in Hitler`s Third Reich.

A Nazi resort that was abandoned has been opened for the first time ever in 80 years
Prora consists of a row of identical blocks along a 2.7-mile stretch of German coastline and was originally intended to be the largest holiday resort ever. It was intended to cement the Führer as the ultimate dictator and would be used to provide cheap vacations for poor workers. The project was abruptly abandoned when war broke out on the continent and funds were redirected to making bombs and munitions. But now – decades after the project was left to fall into rack and ruin – construction has started again.

Author claims: Hitler came within a whisker of making a nuke before the US captured his enriched uranium
Hitler came close to making a nuke before the US captured his enriched uranium and used it to make the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, a new book has claimed. American forces forced the surrender of Nazi U-Boat 234 as it was heading for Japan on May 15, 1945 and found it was carrying high profile Nazis, including German general Ulrich Kessler as well as scientists and engineers. It was also carrying the uranium Hitler failed to turn into a nuclear weapon in time to save his crumbling Reich. A new book, `Critical Mass` by scientist and author Carter Hydrick, claims the captured material was used in the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945.

How the Nazis created the myth of Stalingrad
75 years ago in July of 1942, the battle for Stalingrad began. The Soviet city was a major prize for the advancing Axis military machine, which had invaded the USSR the previous year. Not only was the city named after Hitler`s archenemy, but it was an industrial powerhouse and a gateway to the oil fields of the Caucuses. The battle did not end as the Nazis had hoped. The defeat presented the Nazis with a propaganda quandary. How could the Russians, portrayed as subhuman Slavs by the Nazis, have defeated the Aryan Germans?

Red Army`s 2,000 female snipers: Eager for duty, deadly accurate with their Nazi targets
Traditionally, the role of sniper had been filled by men. But all that changed with the advent of World War II. With men being called upon to fight, women began taking jobs in industries that had been reserved for men. The next step: women taking up combat roles within the resistance and the regular forces. When the Germans launched Operation Barbarossa and invaded Russia, the Red Army suffered huge losses. At this stage, the military hierarchy knew that they had to change their view on the role of women and recruit them into the ranks of the military. Estimates indicate that 800,000 women were recruited, and most filled traditional roles of nurses, drivers, cooks, or clerks. But a select few, 2,000 in all, were assigned the deadly duties of a sniper – a role at which they excelled.

Nazi Megastructures: How the railways helped the rise of Nazi Germany
Nazi Megastructures, the documentary series that explores how advanced technological and architectural capabilities contributed to the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party, is returning to National Geographic. The first episode explores the importance of the railway in the rise of the Nazis and during World War II. Here are six things we discovered from watching it. (1) Hitler recognised the power of the railways. (2) The railways helped boost Nazi morale. (3) The railways helped the Nazis expand across Europe.

Images of the aftermath of Dunkirk taken by a German soldier
Photo gallery: images of the aftermath of Dunkirk...taken by a German soldier.

100-euro typewriter turns out to be an Enigma machine worth 45,000
A cryptography professor wandering through a Romanian flea market has turned a nice ROI on his €100 investment: €45,000. That`s because what was on offer was a 1941-manufacture German Army three-rotor Enigma I. The unnamed collector who picked it up sold it through Bucharest auction house Artmark, and the unit beat its €9,000 reserve price five times over. Enigma machines were sent to Romania as a German ally, until it switched sides to the Allies in 1944, so Reuters speculates that there may be still others undiscovered in the country.

Rare WWII Martin Baltimore Bomber Discovered at the Bottom of the Aegean
A twin-engine bomber from the Second World War was discovered lying on the sea bed south of the Greek island of Ikaria. The Martin Baltimore type aircraft built by the Glenn L. Martin Company in the United States crashed in the sea in 1945, as it was flying towards Thessaloniki. According to reports, the plane which was located at a depth of 16 meters is in a very good condition. Overall around 1,500 such planes were build. The plane was mapped and photographed by local professional divers.

Hitler`s plan for Moscow: Kill everyone who lives there, replace it with a lake
Hitler had some radical ideas prepared for Western Europe after he`d won World War II, but these plans were all pretty tame compared to what he had come up with for Russia and Eastern Europe. One of the cornerstones of the Nazi expansionist policy was known as Lebensraum, and it formed an important component of the Generalplan Ost, or `Master Plan for the East.` Originally, Moscow was to be the capital of the entire planned Eastern region, but during Operation Barbarossa Hitler changed his mind about the city. He was fearful that the residents of Moscow would revolt, and he decided that the entire city would be razed to the ground, all the inhabitants would be slaughtered, and parts of the Moscow-Volga Canal would be destroyed so that the city would be completely flooded and turned into a man-made lake.

24 Disturbing Pictures From The Battle Of Britain
Image gallery - From July to October 1940, Nazi Germany laid siege to the United Kingdom in what is now known as the Battle of Britain. Before the 122-day conflict ceased, over 500 air force pilots and more than 40,000 civilians were killed.

15 vintage studio photos show strange and stylish Women`s War WWII uniform fashion
In 1942, LIFE photographer Herbert Gehr arranged a photoshoot to show off a small sample of the uniforms of different kinds of servicewomen, from standard nurse`s garb to outfits to help women survive gas, fire, and other hazards of war.

Nurse Johanna Ruf reveals last, desperate days she witnessed in Hitler`s bunker
A nurse who was due to meet Hitler and slapped Joseph Goebbels` son in the face the day before his father murdered him has revealed her secrets. Johanna Ruf was just 15 when she was stationed at the Nazi leader`s bunker in Germany as allied forces surrounded the building at the end of WW2. She was all set to meet the Fuhrer to be commended along with her fellow medical workers until the ceremony was called off because some of the nurses had dirty blouses. The awards never went ahead because Hitler killed himself, which happened to be the same day Ruf slapped Goebbels` son Helmut for being rude to her. Until now, the former nurse`s story has remained untold, but after 70 years her personal account of how she witnessed the last days of the Nazi regime from up close has finally been published.

Research carried out in Peenemünde was not only crucial to the course of WWII, but impacted the space travel as well
Peenemünde looks out across the mouth of the River Peene where it drifts into the Baltic Sea. In 1935, engineer Wernher von Braun pinpointed the village, which offered a 400km testing range off the German coast, as the perfect, secret place to develop and test rockets. 12,000 people worked on the first-ever cruise missiles and fully functioning large-scale rockets at the site, which spanned an area of 25sqkm. The research and development carried out in Peenemünde was not only crucial to the course of the biggest war in history, but impacted the future of weapons of mass destruction, as well as space travel.

Who Was Hitler: New documentary lets people who knew him speak
Endless books, films and TV series have traced the life of Hitler. But filmmaker Hermann Pölking shines a new spotlight on the dictator via the frank testimony of Hitler`s contemporaries. Here`s what some said. "All his relatives considered him to be a no-hoper who shied away from all hard work," said boyhood friend August Kubizek of Adolf Hitler. "He was the darling of his mother and adored her the same," commented Hitler`s Jewish family doctor. "If Adolf wanted something, he got it - mostly at the expense of others," noted sister Paula Wolf.

Nazi spy who killed himself after failing in his mission to assassinate Winston Churchill
A Nazi spy who killed himself after supposedly being sent to the UK on a mission to assassinate Winston Churchill will finally get a headstone on his unmarked grave. William Ter Braak shot himself in the head in 1941 fearing he was going to be exposed after spending several months spying on Britain for Hitler. The death of the Dutch-born agent was covered up by the wartime British authorities who feared a public scandal and he was buried secretly in an unmarked grave. He is believed to have been parachuted into Britain on a mission to assassinate the wartime leader in 1940.