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Panzerkampfwagen VI: Tiger`s reputation may be in need of a rewrite
`The experience of GIs in Europe has created this mythology of the invincible Tiger tank,` observes Steven J. Zaloga, author of dozens of books on tank combat and strategy. `The Tiger has become part of public consciousness.` Yet the Tiger`s reputation may be in need of a rewrite. While Tiger cut an impressive silhouette on the battlefield — weighing in at 55 tons thanks to massive 100 mm-thick frontal armour and a huge 88 mm gun — it was also difficult to transport, greedy on gas and difficult to maneuver in close combat.

Graf Spee bronze Nazi statue is giving Uruguay a splitting headache
War trophies don`t come much more imposing than the solid bronze statue that once adorned the prow of the Graf Spee, a notorious Nazi battleship that sank numerous Allied merchant vessels. Weighing 700 pounds and with a wingspan of nearly 9 feet, the statue is a rare surviving example of the ultimate Third Reich symbol of an eagle perched atop a swastika. It is also causing the Uruguayan government a headache after local businessman Alfredo Etchegaray had the statue salvaged from the wreck of the Graf Spee in shallow waters just off Uruguay`s capital of Montevideo in 2006.

Former Nazis collectively received millions of dollars in Social Security benefits from the U.S.
An exhaustive two-year AP investigation concluded in which it was determined that dozens of former Nazis collectively received millions of dollars in Social Security benefits from the United States. Worse yet, according to the report, once these former Nazis were discovered, payments continued after they were expelled from the country in a bid to encourage them to leave the United States peacefully.

No One Wants to Rent Hitler`s Birthplace in Austria
The Interior Ministry of Austria is having a hard time finding a renter for Adolf Hitler`s birthplace in Braunau. The rent for the 8,600-square-foot home where one of history`s worst villains was birthed in 1889 has become hard to keep up–at 4,600 Euros-per-month–since the building`s last tenant left in 2011.

How the world loved the swastika - until Hitler stole it
In the Western world the swastika is synonymous with fascism, but it goes back thousands of years and has been used as a symbol of good fortune in almost every culture in the world. As more evidence emerges of its long pre-Nazi history in Europe, can this ancient sign ever shake off its evil associations? In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, swastika means "well-being". The symbol has been used by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains for millennia and is commonly assumed to be an Indian sign.

The design of The A-10 Warthog, the favorite plane of American grunts, was inspired by the Nazis
The U.S. Air Force`s A-10 is an ugly, low-flying, slow-moving beast of an aircraft known affectionately by the troops as the Warthog. But even as the flying tank gets ready to shred ISIS terrorists to pieces over Iraq and Syria with its massive 30mm cannon—firing depleted uranium shells the size of a Coke bottle—it hides a dark secret: an unrepentant Nazi fighter pilot helped to develop the ungainly warplane. Engineer Pierre Sprey, a former Pentagon procurement official who helped design the A-10, confirmed to The Daily Beast that none other than legendary Luftwaffe Colonel Hans-Ulrich Rudel was consulted to develop the Warthog.

American dossier shows Hitler took 74 different drugs, but debunks claim that he lost a testicle in battle
Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was addicted to crystal meth, a released American Military Intelligence dossier shows. The 47-page document reveals that Hitler, often described as a lifelong hypochondriac, took 74 different medications including crystal meth – believed to be a remedy for fatigue at the time. The report claims that the Fuhrer took the drug before meeting with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in the summer of 1943, when he "he ranted non-stop for two hours." He also reportedly received nine injections of the drug during his final days in a Berlin bunker. The American dossier was based on Hitler`s medical records and interviews with doctors who treated him, including his personal physician Dr. Theodor Morell.

Honor for nurse heroine who slept with Nazis to give them STDs in `vengeance` after she was assaulted
A femme fatale who divided a Czech community by sleeping with Nazi soldiers to give them STDs has had a plaque erected in her memory. Locals in the south Bohemian town of Trebon said the nurse, who worked in a local hospital, decided to get revenge on the Nazi invaders after she was violated shortly after the occupation in 1938. It was the Gestapo who eventually got to Trebon`s mystery nurse, after they sent an agent to find out what was happening to their soldiers in the town.

Bones of 20 Nazi soldiers who died in the Battle of Seelow Heights in 1945 unearthed
They were among the last German troops to die as the Second World War neared its end. Killed as Soviet forces pushed towards Berlin in April 1945, their remains lay forgotten for nearly 70 years. Now the bones of 20 Nazi soldiers who died in the Battle of Seelow Heights – along with their helmets, boots and guns – have been unearthed by archaeologists. The volunteers, from the Association for the Recovery of the Fallen, marked the site with a wooden cross, topped with a soldier`s helmet. The bodies had lain buried in the mud of the battlefield at Klessin, some 50 miles east of Berlin, since mid-April 1945.

Remains of WWII dive-bomber Stuka found off the coast of Croatia
The remains of a well-preserved Stuka dive bomber, an aircraft that struck terror into Allied forces during the Second World War, has been discovered lying on the seabed of the Adriatic. The lichen-encrusted wreckage of the Stuka, a ground attack plane known as the Junkers Ju 87, was discovered by divers more than 70 years after it was shot down. The two-man aircraft was found at a depth of around 90ft off the coast of Croatia, close to the island of Zirje. Although German-made, it is believed that it was being flown by the Italian air force and that it may have been shot down by a Yugoslav warship in April 1941 when the country was invaded by the Axis powers.

Wrecked German World War Two U-boat found off Seaham coast
Scientists have discovered the wreck of a German U-boat off the coast of Seaham. The latest satellite and computer technology has revealed the scattered parts of the submarine on the bottom of the North Sea. The U-boat was destroyed with depth charges by an RAF aircraft near the end of the Second World War.

Inside story of the abduction of Nazi general Freidrich-Wilhelm Müller in Crete
Appalled by the ruthless reprisals of Major-General Freidrich-Wilhelm Müller against the resistance in Crete, the British Special Operations Executive was ordered to kidnap him. On the night of April 26, 1944, Major Patrick Leigh Fermor, Captain ‘Billy` Moss and a handful of Greek soldiers carried out a daring and successful abduction — except that they brought back Major-General Heinrich Kreipe, a principled classicist who had replaced Müller shortly before the SOE operation. In an exclusive extract from a new book, Abducting a General, Leigh Fermor reveals for the first time how they did it.

Book on Japanese occupation of Java gets republished
During World War II, the island of Java experienced major social and political change. From 1942 to 1945, the Japanese army occupied Java and launched numerous propaganda campaigns to convince locals to lend their support. These campaigns shook the very foundation of Javanese culture, bringing forth new political movements, strategies and social structures. A book titled Politik Jepang di Jawa: Perubahan Sosial di Pedesaan Jawa 1942-1945 (Japanese Politics in Java: Social Changes in Rural Java 1942-1945) tries to capture the realities of life in Java during the tumultuous 3-year occupation, as well as the legacy of the Imperial Army`s departure.

Why is Adolf Hitler popular in India?
Growing up in India, Rohee Dasgupta didn`t realize the irony on display in bookstores across the country. There, next to the Diary of Anne Frank or biographies of Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, would be a copy of Adolf Hitler`s Mein Kampf. It was only after spending years in the U.K. studying anthropology and Eastern European Jewish history that she was taken aback. `It was rather striking and odd. It just shows ignorance to display Anne Frank and Mein Kampf on the same shelf,` says Dr. Dasgupta, now a professor of European Studies at O.P. Jindal Global University.

William Patrick Hitler`s diaries reveal how the Fuhrer`s nephew went to Berlin to cash in on his connections - only to end up fighting the Nazis
William Patrick Hitler`s diaries which reveal how the Fuhrer`s British-born nephew went to Berlin to cash in on his connections - only to end up fighting the Nazis. The book was found in a house that once belonged to the family of a man called William Patrick Hitler, the British-born nephew of the Nazi dictator. And three of his four sons survive today, carefully protecting the truth about their family with a new double-barrelled surname.

Hitler`s last surviving female food taster Margot Woelk tells all in new documentary
Imagine knowing that every mouthful of food you ate could be your last. That was the experience of Margot Woelk when, as a 25-year-old woman she was enlisted as one of Hitler`s 15 food tasters. The tasters – all young women - were taken to Hitler`s heavily guarded headquarters in Prussia. Ms Woelk, 96, has long been reluctant to discuss her past and only broke her silence last year, when she revealed that Hitler was a vegetarian and ate bland meals consisting of rice, pasta, peas and cauliflower. Now, she has revealed further details of her life-threatening job on German TV, including her being violated at the hands of an SS officer. She also admitted that she and her fellow tasters used to `cry like dogs` with relief that they were still alive.

The Gestapo: Power and Terror in the Third Reich by Carsten Dams and Michael Stolle
If you say the word Gestapo, everyone knows to what you are referring. This was a feared institution, a deadly instrument in ensuring political correctness within the Third Reich. Any one deemed an enemy was likely to come up against the Gestapo at some point – communists, spies, jews, gypsies and many more. Once inside its prisons, very few people emerged unscathed and most were never seen again. It is the image used in every WW2 film to portray the horrors of the Third Reich. Yet how accurate is this image? Was it really so all powerful? And what happened to its members after the Allied victory in 1945? Research by Carston Dams and Michael Stolle has thrown up some interesting and unexpected findings. They trace the history of the Gestapo from its founding in the Weimar Republic and its status under the Nazis.

Japanese emperor cautioned against WWII: Reveals new 61-tome official history
Emperor Hirohito, the demi-god at the apex of the Japanese state when it waged bloody war across Asia, cautioned against conflict but celebrated military success, according to the long-awaited official history of his reign. The mammoth 61-volume set, which has taken 24 years to compile at a cost to the Japanese taxpayer of 230 million yen ($2.2 million) reveals little new hard evidence about one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century. But it offers a largely sympathetic view of the man considered by some to have played a pivotal role in Japan`s march to World War II, and by others as the helpless puppet of an out-of-control military state.

Photos of Young Hitler Were Discovered in a California Attic
Recently, Bridget Harris`s mother was telling her a story about how her grandfather smuggled a secret stash of World War II photos during the war that feature a young Adolf Hitler. After Bridget`s grandfather, Staff Sgt. Paul T. Lipari, survived D-Day, he escaped Europe with snapshots of the infamous Führer. Surprised to hear such a tale, Bridget asked to see the photos that have been stored in Bridget`s parents` California home with other knick-knacks for decades. The images are ultimately Nazi propaganda that depict the dictator as a kind and respected leader — particularly a photo that shows Hitler petting a baby deer.

Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer is the new English translation of Bettina Stangneth`s exhaustive history of the life of Adolf Eichmann. Her book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to try to understand Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi lieutenant colonel who was responsible for the logistics of the Holocaust.

Joseph Goebbels` lakeside love nest goes on sale after being left to rot for more than two decades
On the outside it looks like a charming lakeside villa. But the haunting truth is that this abandoned house in the woods was once owned by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels - and it is up for sale. Adolf Hitler gave the Haus am Bogensee, the only Nazi residence which has not been demolished, as a gift to Goebbels during World War II. The 70-room complex, nine miles north of Berlin`s city limits, is also where Goebbels indulged in a string of affairs with German starlets who were brought in by Goebbels to replace Jewish actresses at the Babelsberg film studio where he produced his propaganda films.

Award-winning documentary The Decent One is based on trove of SS leader`s personal papers
As portrayed in `The Decent One,` Heinrich Himmler, the commander of the SS was capable of fretting over what Christmas gifts to send his darling daughter while also planning and executing the annihilation of European Jewry. The movie makes use of a hitherto unknown collection of hundreds of letters, diaries and family photos, to profile one of the most notorious mass murderers of all times. The title was inspired by one such letter, sent by Himmler to his daughter Gudrun in1941, in which he wrote: `In life, a person must always be decent, brave and good.`

Attack on Kiska: Untouched Relics from a Baffling WWII Battle
Kiska Island, in the Aleutians far west of Alaska, is also the site of a deadly World War II battle in which only one side fought. In the early hours of June 7, 1942, 1,200 Japanese soldiers stormed the island. They didn`t have a lot of overpowering to do: Just 10 Americans were living on the island, operating a weather station. After killing two of the Americans and sending the other eight to Japan as POWs, the Japanese settled into Kiska and stayed for more than a year, carving out tunnels, building machine gun bunkers, and even planting gardens. With no Americans left on the island, the U.S. Army was not concerned about civilian casualties launching a series of bombing campaigns.

Hitler`s home set to become House of Responsibility museum dedicated to his crimes
Austria authorities have decided to turn Adolf Hitler`s home, located in the upper-Austrian town of Braunau am Inn, into a museum called as "House of Responsibility", which would be dedicated to his crimes against humanity committed during the Third Reich. The two-storey "Hitler house" is in the centre of Braunau am Inn on Austria`s border with Germany. It has been empty for the past two years, but politicians have argued bitterly about its fate for decades. Critics insisted that demolition was the only way of dispelling the stigma attached to the building.