How the Nazis used poster art as propaganda
The Nazis made extensive use of propaganda to cement their reign of terror. An illustrated book looks at the psychological manipulation behind Nazi poster art.
Wooden Wonder: Celebrating 80th anniversary of Mosquito aircraftâs maiden flight
Celebrating 80th anniversary of de Havilland Mosquito aircraftâs maiden flight. W4050 is the only surviving World War Two twin piston engine prototype of a combat aircraft to be preserved in the world.
Air Transport Auxiliary Memorabilia reveals role of the brave British female pilots
A medal and other items relating to members of a pioneering group of female pilots who flew in the Second World War is coming up at two auctions.
500 kilogram WWII bomb sparks evacuation in Frankfurt
Nearly 13,000 residents from an upscale neighborhood of Frankfurt have been told to leave their homes so the bomb can be made safe. A 700-meter exclusion zone has been set up around the discovery site.
New Book Explores Lasting Effects Of Japanese Internment
Although Shirley Ann Higuchi knew her parents had been incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming, they didnât talk much about it. It wasnât until her mother passed away that Higuchi learned just how much the camp had impacted her motherâs life and its enduring legacy in her community. Higuchiâs journey learning her own history and that of her community is detailed in her new book, âSetsuko's Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration.â
Let's Remember When the Army Equipped This WWII Tank with Rocket Launchers
Letâs remember one of the U.S. Armyâs loudest (though not necessarily most dangerous) weapons of World War II. The T34 Calliope was a unique tank/rocket launcher combination that added two racks of rocket launchers to the turret of an ordinary Sherman tank. The result was an artillery piece that could dump up to 60 rockets on a target area, saturating it with nearly 260 pounds of high explosives.
How The Nazis Managed To Capture The WorldâS Strongest Fortress In Under 20 Minutes
In the early morning hours of May 10, 1940, soldiers manning the Belgian fortress of Eben Emael looked up at the sky and beheld an alarming sight: nine strange slender-winged aircraft descending silently towards them. Within seconds the aircraft skidded to a halt and disgorged 54 highly-trained German airborne troops onto the fortâs grass roof. Little could the garrison have imagined that in less than half an hour their fortress â the most modern and impregnable in the world â would be brought to its knees in one of the most daring and successful assaults of the Second World War.
Otto Rahn: Meet the Nazi Indiana Jones behind the Third Reichâs Hunt for the Holy Grail
Heinrich Himmler soon summoned Otto Rahn to a private meeting during which he expressed his admiration for the authorâs work and offered to bankroll his future research on the condition that he produce another book by 1937 and third by 1939. Rahn accepted, though he must have known he was making a deal with the devil and his life would never be the same. Almost immediately, Rahn noticed that he and those closest to him were under surveillance. âWhat was I supposed to do, turn him down?â he later confided to a friend.
Why the P-47 Thunderbolt, a World War II Beast of the Airways, Ruled the Skies
The P-47 was one of the most versatile aircraft we had in World War II,â says Jeremy Kinney, curator and chair of the aeronautics department at the Smithsonianâs National Air and Space Museum, which houses one in its collections.
When the Nazi troops took over Winnipeg in February 1942
On a February morning in 1942, the residents of Winnipeg awoke to discover that their worst nightmare had come true. It began at 6:30 AM as air raid sirens wailed and streetlights blinked out as a blackout rolled across the city. Aircraft droned overhead and the dull roar of exploding bombs could be heard in all directions. At 7:00 these were joined by the sounds of distant artillery and machine gun fire as frantic radio broadcasts announced that city militias were in full retreat, pulling back to a 3-kilometre perimeter around City Hall. By 9:30 it was all over. The Mayor, Premier, and Lieutenant Governor surrendered and were lead into captivity. Over the radio, Erich von Neurenbeig was announced as the new Gauleiter or regional Governor of the Province. Troops in coal-scuttle helmets and jackboots marched down Portage Avenue, enemy tanks stood guard at every street corner, and the red, white, and black swastika flag flew over the City Hall. Winnipeg was now firmly in the hands of the Nazis.
Hitler's Commando Order led to 300 secret agent and soldier deaths, SAS papers reveal
In his âCommando Orderâ of October 1942, Hitler decreed that all captured Allied commandos were to be executed. The directive was extended to include SAS soldiers, Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents, paratroopers and airmen, but the precise number of those slaughtered has been unclear. Now, newly-unearthed papers of the SAS war crimes investigator reveal for the first time that the Commando Order led to the deaths of more than 300 secret agents and special forces soldiers. The majority were British.
Former Nazi SS guard living in Tennessee loses appeal of deportation order
An East Tennessee man, Friedrich Karl Berger, is one step closer to deportation back to Germany, where he served among Nazi SS guards at a sub-camp of the Neuengamme concentration camp system. The Board of Immigration Appeals dismissed Berger's appeal, on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg trials of Nazi soldiers and officials.
This Giant Camera Weighs 75 Pounds And It Shot Aerial Photos In Wwii
Check this out. This gigantic camera was used in World War II to shoot aerial photos. Just like its size, the weight was massive as well: with a 24âł lens, it weighed 75 pounds (34kg)!
Paul Sobol, one of the last Auschwitz survivor, dies in Brussels aged 94
Paul Sobol was born in Paris in 1926 and moved to Brussels with his family two years later. He was arrested and deported on 13 June 1944. Having survived the Auschwitz extermination camp during the WWII, Sobol worked with young people as a âpasser of memory.â Paul and his sister Betsy were the only members of the family to survive Auschwitz. Sobol was forced to take part in a death march to other camps because of the Allied advance. He took advantage of the bombing of 25 April 1945 to escape during a train transfer and take refuge in a village among French prisoners, liberated by the Americans on 1 May 1945.
British art experts who saved treasures during WWII were not impressed by uncultured US curators
British art experts who saved Italian manuscripts during WW2 held a snooty view of their âunculturedâ US colleagues, newly unearthed letters show. The achievements of the 345 men and women of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives (MFAA) in rescuing cultural treasures looted by the Nazis was brought to life in George Clooneyâs 2014 film The Monuments Men. Now research by Juliette Desplat of the National Archives has highlighted the work of four colleagues at Britainâs Public Records Office (PRO), Hilary Jenkinson, Humphrey Brooke, Roger Ellis and Harry Bell, and the âHerculeanâ task they set upon.
Nuremberg trials: 75 years on from the worldâs first war crimes tribunal
Jointly headed by an American, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, and a Briton, Sir Hartley Shawcross, the trial saw 22 high ranking Nazi officers face trial for war crimes, including two of Hitlerâs foremost generals and his second in command, Hermann GĂ¶ring. âThat four great nations, flushed with history and stung with injury, stay the hand of vengeance and voluntarily submit their captive enemies to the judgment of the law is one of the most significant tributes that power has ever paid to reason,â Jackson said in his opening statement.
Nuremberg trials: what did the psychological examinations they did to the accused Nazis revealed
The first trial was against 22 members of the Nazi dome and there was also a call to conduct a psychological investigation of prisoners to try to understand the origin of their wickedness and the reasons for the horrors that they committed.
The Meaning of Hitler: Film Review
Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker's documentary delves into decades' worth of cultural fascination with the Nazi leader and its political ramifications today.
Spy gadgets made for WW2 secret agents up for auction
A large private collection of WW2 spy gadgets, gathered by a private collector over 40 years, is set to go under the hammer in Hansonsâ Militaria Auction on November 20. The items include an incendiary device disguised as a matchbox, hidden compasses galore, a camera in a âmatchboxâ and a multi-purpose knife containing razor-sharp cutting blades. The utility knife is equipped with three small hacksaw blades, a tyre slasher blade and a wire cutter tool.
Nuremberg preserves Nazi past, stone by stone
When Nazi ruins begin to crumble, is it better for Germany to rip them down or restore them? That is the question now facing Nuremberg, site of the infamous vast marching grounds and torchlit parades immortalised by filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. As it prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the post-war trials of Adolf Hitler's top henchmen, the city has opted to throw itself into a massive conservation effort tied to Germany's vaunted culture of remembrance and atonement for past crimes.
1943 M4A1 Grizzly Sherman for Sale
This M4A1 Grizzly is an adaptation of the Sherman medium tank that was built in Canada in late 1943. It is a cast-hull variant of the Sherman and is powered by a Continental-built 975ci Wright Whirlwind nine-cylinder radial engine.
Junkers Ju 88 extraordinary journey began with a Romanian defector and ended at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
The story of how the Junkers Ju 88, aided in part by a Romanian defector Nicolae Teodoru, made it to the US, is a remarkable one. The Ju 88D-1s were assigned to the Romanian Air Forceâs 2nd Recon Squadron, based at Mariupol, in Ukraine. The Romanian sergeant set out on the July 22, 1943. Things went smoothly until strong easterly wind blew him off course towards Cyprus and four British Royal Air Force Hawker Hurricane IIB fighters were duly scrambled.
One of three last remaining French resistance fighters dies aged 99
One of three remaining fighters in the French resistance to the Nazi occupation of World War II has died. Pierre Simonet, who died aged 99, was one of just over a thousand resistance fighters decorated by Charles de Gaulle, who rallied the defeated French forces from London after Germany's 1940 invasion of the country. His death comes just a few months after that of another wartime hero, Edgard Tupet-Thome, leaving just two men as living links to one of the most wrenching chapters in France's history.
Nuremberg Trials: An important step for Germany to confront its Nazi past
Germany is marking the 75th anniversary of the first Nuremberg trial. Initially, the trials, military tribunals by occupying powers, were barely respected in a country that wanted to forget. But that attitude changed.