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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)

Hitler`s Gateway to the Atlantic: German Naval Bases in France, 1940-1945, by Lars Hellwinkel
The old saw about `amateurs" study tactics, while professionals study logistics` is perhaps even more applicable to naval warfare than to land operations; navies require elaborate basing, repair, and supply installations in order to project power over the seas, but these hardly ever find much attention in most histories. Hitler`s Gateway to the Atlantic, however, is precisely about those boring shore-side facilities that played an essential role in the Battle of the Atlantic.

New book `Forgotten` details how heroism of black soldiers in WWII has long been ignored
Among the more than 160,000 men who stormed the beaches of France on June, 6, 1944, there was one combat battalion of African Americans. Like most of America, the U.S. Army was segregated by race in World War II. The Army believed soldiers of color were physically and intellectually inferior to white men. Yet the African Americans of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion had a unique and dangerous mission: They raised hydrogen-filled balloons armed with bombs over the beaches to protect Allied soldiers and matériel from German dive-bombers.

British Battleships of World War II by Alan Raven and John Roberts
The British considered their ships were the best balanced, with the American ships underprotected and the Japanese overgunned. The Italian battleships were well balanced but not well used and 3 of 5 were sunk. The puzzle was made less tractable by the naval treaties engineered by the antimilitary Republican presidents of the ‘20s, which left the British with old ships except for two. Despite some reconstruction (described in great detail in the book), the Royal Navy entered the war with only 7 battleships that were up-to-date, and none sufficiently armed to cope with dive bombers.

Operation Werwolf – Did the Nazis Really Plan for a Post-War Insurgency?
The Werwolves were set up in late 1944 on the orders SS chief Heinrich Himmler. The unit, which drew as many as 5,000 volunteers from the ranks of the Waffen SS and the Hitler Youth, involved uniformed troops remaining behind when German occupied territories fell to the Allies. Once activated, Werwolf battalions would draw weapons and equipment from pre-arranged caches and conduct campaigns of sabotage, ambush and assassination against the vulnerable British, American and Soviet rear echelons. Nazi Werwolves were under the command of Hans-Adolph Prützmann, a die-hard SS officer who had become an expert in partisan warfare after fighting insurgents in German occupied Ukraine for three years.

Hildegard Trutz was recruited as one of racially pure women, chosen to sleep with SS officers to produce an Aryan child
Some 20,000 babies were bred during the 12 years of the Third Reich, principally in Germany and Norway. This bizarre tale, which you can read below in full, features in Giles Milton`s book, Fascinating Footnotes From History. Hildegard Trutz had been a loyal supporter of the Nazis ever since Hitler came to power. She had joined the Bund Deutscher Mädel (BDM, the female equivalent of the Hitler Youth) in 1933. "I was mad about Adolf Hitler and our new better Germany. I learned how tremendously valuable we young people were to Germany." Trutz quickly became a figurehead of her local organization, in part because of her Germanic blonde hair and blue eyes. "I was pointed out as the perfect example of the Nordic woman, for besides my long legs and my long trunk, I had the broad hips and pelvis built for child-bearing."

Photos: World War II-era Japanese mini-submarine rusts on Kiska
On a damp island far out in the Aleutian chain, a secret weapon of Japan`s World War II Navy sinks into the sod. A Type-A midget submarine the shape of a killer whale was one of six the Japanese carried to Kiska Island in 1942. Debra Corbett, an archaeologist who spent five weeks on Kiska, has imagined the plight of elite Japanese seamen assigned to operate the subs. Two men squeezed into the ship, which historians compared to torpedoes that could fire smaller torpedoes at ships from point-blank range. While looking for prehistoric sites on Kiska, of which there are many, archaeologists bump into reminders of the Japanese presence on the island during World War II.

U.S. General Patton`s gold pocket watch sells for $137,000
A gold pocket watch that once belonged to U.S. military war hero General George S. Patton Jr. is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on October 29, 2015. The watch, 1909 Five Minute Repeater by Patek Philippe, fetched $137,000 at auction in New York.. The watch remained for eight decades in the family of the late general, who commanded the Seventh U.S. Army in the Mediterranean and Europe during World War Two. After Patton`s death in 1945, the watch was handed down through several generations.

Top-secret plans, tests of Japanese army`s planned `Oi` super tank discovered
Secret blueprints and other documents detailing the production of a massive 150-ton multi-turreted tank that the Japanese military was constructing during World War II but never completed have been found on the used book market. Kunihiro Suzuki obtained the trove of designs, specifications, reports on field tests and work diaries. The plastic model maker is now creating a scale replica of the phantom tank, which will go on sale in December. According to six volumes of a work diary kept during the process, the behemoth never made it out of the prototype stage due to a shortage of steel plates as the war took a turn for the worse.

37 beautiful, sad but touching colourised images of WWII
37 beautiful, sad but touching colourised images of WWII

Nagasaki Susan Southard documents horror, shame of atomic war
At 11:02 a.m. on Aug. 9, 1945, as 16-year-old Taniguchi Sumiteru was delivering mail in Nagasaki, an American B-29 dropped a five-ton plutonium bomb on the city. The bombing brought World War II to an end. It also killed 73,884 people and injured 74,909 others, including Taniguchi, who remained in the hospital for three years and seven months — and was filled `with sorrow and hatred toward war` for the rest of his life. In `Nagasaki,` journalist Susan Southard draws on interviews with five survivors of the Nagasaki bombing and the reflections of hibakusha (bomb-affected people) to provide a powerful and poignant account of the impact of nuclear war on civilians.

Rare and fully operational Nazi M4 Enigma breaks auction record for code machines
A rare and fully operational Nazi Enigma machine from World War II has sold for $365,000 in New York, setting a new record at auction, Bonhams said. The M4 machine, which was built between 1943 and 1945, is one of around 150 to have survived from an estimated 1,500 that were built as Nazi Germany fought to fend off the Allies. A spokeswoman for Bonhams said the $365,000 sale price set a new world record for an Enigma machine sold at auction. The purchaser was identified only as a private collector. The M4, with four rotors, is the scarcest of all Enigma encryption machines and was used on naval submarines.

Auschwitz survivor on how cello saved her life - and playing for Nazi doctor Josef Mengele
With an Auschwitz camp number tattooed on her arm, 18-year-old Anita Lasker-Wallfisch was dragged away to audition for her life. As a new arrival to the Nazi death camp in 1943, she faced being murdered in the gas chambers within weeks. But the 90-year-old holocaust survivor knows there was just one reason she made it out of the horror alive – her cello. `I was asked what I did before the war and mentioned I used to play. Unbelievably this woman said, ‘Fantastic, you will be saved.`" She joined the Women`s Orchestra Of Auschwitz – a 40-strong group set up by order of the SS as a distraction from their role as mass murderers. On one occasion Angel Of Death Josef Mengele demanded to hear Schumann` s Träumerei.

Adolf Eichmann`s daughter-in-law defends him in Argentina, quits mayoral bid
A daughter-in-law of Adolf Eichmann, the late Nazi war criminal who masterminded the near-annihilation of Hungarian Jewry, withdrew her mayoral candidacy in Argentina after defending his actions on TV. Carmen Bretin Lindemann announced that she was bowing out of the mayoral race of the northeastern village of Garupa after receiving intense criticism for what she said about Eichmann during a TV interview. `The history that you know is not the real one, the TV that you know from movies and books is written by the Jews, and all the world accepts that history. He wasn`t a bad person, he obeyed orders and did not personally kill anyone,` she said, calling Eichmann `grandpa.`

Forgotten history in Colorado: a World War II internment camp
If you aren`t careful on this southeastern Colorado rural highway, you might easily pass the signs leading to a site that marks a dark and unjust episode in U.S. history. But slow down and you`ll find nestled along the Colorado-Kansas border in Granada, Colorado, remnants of a gloomy place that even the weeds of the Great Plains can`t cover up: the Amache Japanese-American Relocation Center. Behind the dry brushes sit lonely concrete slabs that once housed makeshift homes for detainees waiting for the end of World War II. There`s a recreated watchtower where armed guards kept internees behind the gates, and random artifacts scattered through the landscape. They tell a story of Americans imprisoned solely because of their ethnic background after Japan`s bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Canadian built WWII-era M4 Sherman tank sells for $155,000
A WWII era tank was sold at auction to a private bidder for $155,000. The tank, officially called a Medium Tank, M4, is more often known as the M4 Sherman. Sherman tanks were the most commonly used tank by United States troops, as well as certain other Allied troops, during WWII. But the variant of the tank sold in the recent auction wasn`t just any Sherman M4; it was the very first Sherman tank produced by Montreal Locomotive Works for the Canadian army. Known in Canada as Grizzly I cruisers, only 188 of these slightly modified M4 tanks were produced in Canada between 1943 and 1944.

The WWII Hump Was One of the Deadliest Cargo Flights in History
Few people appreciate it today, but for a period of more than three years during World War II, a force of mostly American airmen undertook one of history`s most complex — and deadliest — logistical operations, flying thousands of tons of supplies from India over the Himalayas into China in rickety, under-powered cargo planes. `The world`s first strategic airlift,` the U.S. Air Force calls it. These flights over `the Hump` were indispensable to China`s war effort against the Japanese, and thus a major factor in the Allies` ultimate victory.

How To Build The M3 Grant Tank (footage from 1942)
This clip from 1942 shows the production of the medium Tank M3 `Grant` in the Chrysler Tank Arsenal, Detroit. The Medium Tank M3 was an American tank used during World War II. In Britain the tank was called by two names based on the turret configuration. Tanks employing US pattern turrets were called the `Lee`, named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Variants using British pattern turrets were known as `Grant`, named after U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant. Design commenced in July 1940 and the first M3s were operational in late 1941. The U.S. Army needed a good tank and coupled with the UK`s demand for 3,650 medium tanks, the Lee began production by late 1940. The design was a compromise meant to produce a tank as soon as possible.

Poland may sue Jewish professor over claim Poles killed more Jews than Nazis
Polish prosecutors opened a libel probe against a US historian after he claimed Poles killed more Jews than Germans during WW2. German newspaper Die Welt ran an article by the Polish-born Princeton University professor Jan T Gross in which he sought to explain Poland`s wariness of accepting Syrian migrants by referring to anti-Semitism during the war. `The Poles, for example, were indeed rightfully proud of their society`s resistance against the Nazis, but in fact did kill more Jews than Germans during the war,` wrote the 68-year-old Jewish historian. Warsaw historian Andrzej Paczkowski, a council member of the National Remembrance Institute (IPN), said he `would not be totally surprised if Gross were right. But his vision of things runs counter to the heroic image Poles have of themselves.`

In pictures: Animals who won medals for bravery in conflict
Photo gallery: Animals who won medals for bravery in conflict.

Mein Kampf to Return to German Bookstores with commentary
70 years after the world stood silence as Jews were killed, Hitler`s infamous book is set to go back on sale in Germany. Historians are readying a new, edition of the Nazi leader`s `Mein Kampf` which will be released in January. The Munich-based Institute of Contemporary History (IFZ) - a government-funded research institution - plans to publish once the copyright to the text expires at the end of the year. It will feature a total of 3,700 comments providing analysis on its content — which doubles the number of pages of the original version.

Lyudmila Pavlichenko: Meet the world`s deadliest female sniper who terrorized Hitler`s Nazi army
In early 1941, Lyudmila Pavlichenko was studying history at Kiev University, but within a year, she had become one of the best snipers of all time, credited with 309 confirmed kills, 36 of which were German snipers. On June 22, 1941 German troops poured into the Soviet Union. Pavlichenko rushed to join the Soviet army and defend her homeland, but she was denied entry into the army due to gender. She looked like a model, with well-manicured nails, fashionable clothes, and hairstyle. Pavlichenko told the recruiter that she wanted to carry a rifle and fight. The man just laughed and asked her if she knew anything about rifles. Even after Pavlichenko presented her marksman certificate and a sharpshooter badge officials still urged her to work as a nurse. "They wouldn`t take girls in the army, so I had to resort to all kinds of tricks to get in."

Fort VII: Chilling Images from Hitler`s First Death Camp
Before Hitler could rollout the widespread genocidal murder of millions of Jewish people during World War II, he had twisted experiments conducted in order to test the various methods of murder he had planned. The Nazis used experimental gases in Poland to test what would become the very first gas chambers. The unfortunate first victims were psychiatric patients and their nurses, who were rounded up by the SS in Nazi-occupied Poland. They were taken to a place known as Fort VII, which would eventually become known as Concentration Camp Ponzen. This were the first experimentation of the Third Reich in the pursuit of an efficient mass killing method. In addition to the murder of patients, anyone who was deemed a possible threat to the Nazis were rounded up and experimented on.

Hitler`s Art Thief: Hildebrand Gurlitt, the Nazis, and the Looting of Europe`s Treasures
When German authorities investigating a peculiar tax-evasion case raided the small, Munich apartment of 80-year-old recluse Cornelius Gurlitt in 2012, they seized 1,280 works of art. The uncovered treasure trove revealed canvases by Picasso, Chagall and Matisse. Valued at more than $1.35 billion, the apparent Nazi heist made headlines worldwide. Susan Ronald`s new book, Hitler`s Art Thief: Hildebrand Gurlitt, the Nazis and the Looting of Europe`s Treasures, tells the back story of what may be the most startling art-world bust in modern history.

Britain`s War Cabinet Considered Making Peace with Hitler in 1940; Churchill Talked Them Out of It
Britain`s War Cabinet Considered Making Peace with Hitler in 1940; Churchill Talked Them Out of It.