German Fock-Achgelis Fa 223 Was the First True Military Transport Helicopter
German aviation pioneers saw the potential of the helicopter even before the outbreak of WW2, and just before the outbreak of hostiles developed the Flettner Fl 265, which was the first true helicopter to take to the skies. However, neither the Flettner Fl 265 nor improved Fl 282 Kolibri (Hummingbird) were used for much more than providing an eye-in-sky in a convoy protection role and later for artillery spotting. Instead, it was the German Fock-Achgelis Fa 223 that had the distinction of being the first successful transport helicopter.
Petlyakov Pe-8: Russia's Only Four-engine Bomber From World War II
During WWII, the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Corps literally were equipped with thousands of bombers. The British built more than 7,300 Avro Lancaster bombers, while the United States cranked out more than 8,680 B-17 Flying Fortresses and more than 18,000 B-24 Liberators were produced during the war. The Soviet Union meanwhile may have produced a lot of tanks and more bolt action rifles than any other combatant nation, yet it managed to produce only ninety-three of its Petlyakov Pe-8 heavy bombers.
âThe Fw 190 was a much more modern aircraft than the Bf-109
The Fw 190 appeared in action over northwestern France in September 1941 and rapidly proved its superiority over the Mark V Spitfire, Britainâs best fighter of that time.
Classic turn-based strategy games: Conflict-Series
If you like classic turn-based 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 Axis Balkan Campaign, D-Day 1944, Operation Barbarossa, France 1940, Kursk 1943, Market Garden, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Rommel's North African campaign, and the Battle of Bulge. In addition to WWII some other time periods include Korean War, American Civil War, First World War and American Revolutionary War. The more complex campaigns like Operation Sea Lion, Invasion of Norway, and Invasion of Japan 1945, include Naval element and handling logistics of supply flow.
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New Documentary Apocalypse 45 Commemorates 75th Anniversary of End of WWII
Apocalypse â45 commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and recounts the final year of the bloody conflict in the Pacific, where Japanâeven after Germany had already surrendered, months earlierâvowed to continue to fight to their last man, woman and child, even though they knew the war was lost.
Nazi spies in America: The FĂźhrerâs man in Manhattan
Historian Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones draws the reader in with thrilling, but initially disparate, tales of German espionage. The sense of Nazi audacity steadily rises. A widow with a pen-pal in Hamburg suddenly develops a penchant for photographing naval bases. A group of agents smuggle out secret documents as stamp-size pictures hidden in pocket-watches. Another cell plots to snatch mobilisation plans by subduing a colonel with a sedative-loaded fountain pen. Blueprints for American fighter-planes are stolen.
You can now spend a night in a WWII submarine with a Sub Bnb
You can now stay overnight in a World War II submarine, thanks to a new experience from the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. The museum, located in Manitowoc, announced Sub Bnb, an overnight experience on the USS Cobia. When you book a night on the USS Cobia, you'll get a private tour of the submarine, exclusive access and a "sea bag" that includes bedding and toiletries. You can book the USS Cobia on AirBnB's website. The rate goes for $500 a night for up to five guests.
The heavy toll of the Second World War in the Far East
The Second World War in Asia had begun on December 7 1941 with the Japanese bombing of the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, and simultaneous attacks on British, Dutch and American possessions in the Far East. It was not until August 15 1945, days after US atomic bombs fell on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that the battle in Asia was won and Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) was declared.
Historian Volker Ullrich, Fuhrerâs latest biographer: Hitler was blithely underestimated
German historian Volker Ullrich waited decades to take on Adolf Hitler. Ullrich, the Fuhrerâs most recent biographer, had already penned acclaimed tomes on Bismarck, Napoleon, and Nazi resisters. Along the way, the 76-year-old scholar said he prepared for the ultimate challenge. The second volume of Ullrichâs epic biography, âHitler: Downfall, 1939-1945,â is set for publication in English on September 1.
The Battle of the Atlantic: Why Winning the War at Sea Was Britainâs Greatest Maritime Triumph
Perhaps the Royal Navyâs greatest victory of all was the Battle of the Atlantic (1939 to 1945). This was a colossal contest waged against a powerful adversary across an ocean spanning two hemispheres. In many respects, this gruelling slog might seem an unlikely candidate to be Britainâs foremost maritime contest as it included no major fleet actions. Yet in terms of its size, duration and relevance, the Atlantic campaign was the Second World Warâs premier maritime struggle and arguably Britainâs greatest military triumph. At stake was not only the survival of the British nation, but the future of the free world itself.
Last surviving D-Day tank landing craft arrives in Southsea ahead of museum move
The last surviving tank landing craft used at D-Day has arrived in Southsea as part of its move to a museum. LCT 7074 was restored at the Portsmouth Naval Base in a ÂŁ4.7 million project and will go on to grace Southsea Common in front of the D-Day Story museum. The LCT 7074 was floated as far as the coastline of Southsea before the accompanying tug boats were forced to tow her back to the naval base.
Operation Dracula: The Allied Landings at Rangoon Were the Culmination of Years of British Amphibious Raids
Even after the attack on Pearl Harbour both Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt still prioritized victory in Europe. Consequently, Allied forces in South East Asia were invariably short of all supplies and reinforcements, which earned them the colloquial title of the âForgotten Army.â As the Japanese continued to roll up Burma, by mid-1942 the British found themselves dug in around Imphal at the gates of India. The appointment of Lieutenant General William Slim, the âSoldiers General,â changed the British fortunes in Burma.
75 years later, 1 million Japanese war dead still missing
Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, more than 1 million Japanese war dead are scattered throughout Asia, where the legacy of Japanese aggression still hampers recovery efforts.
German Red Cross extends lifetime of World War II tracing service
The Red Cross in Germany has said it will extend the operation of its service to find individuals who went missing in the Second World War until 2025. The decision reflects an increased interest from families.
Operation Basalt: Inside the Controversial 1942 British Raid That Led to Hitlerâs Infamous Commando Order
In the autumn of 1942, Major Geoffrey Appleyard was the commander of the Small Scale Raiding Force and was given the mission to land a dozen men on Sark to gather intelligence about the German presence on the tiny, two-square-mile island. If possible, they were to return to England with live prisoners for interrogation.
Nazi Germany's Dornier Do 335 Pfeil Fighter Was Truly Fast
The aircraft was unique in that it featured two engines, but instead of placing the engines on the wing, it utilized a distinctive push-pull configuration, where a forward engine in the nose would pull the aircraft while the second engine in a compartment at the rear would push the plane.
An Attempted Coup Tried to Stop Japanâs Surrender in World War II
The Japanese refer to the attempted coup dâeĚtat on Aug. 14, 1945, the last night of the Second World War, as the âKyujo Incident.â Ringleaders Kenji Hatanaka and Jiro Shiizaki, officers at the army ministry, led a battalion of rebels into the Imperial Palace. Lying brazenly, Hatanaka and Shiizaki told the commander of the Second Imperial Guard Regiment that the top brass had ordered the palace sealed off from the outside. The guards, believing that a broader revolt was afoot, agreed to comply with their instructions pending the arrival of the Eastern Army.
12 Facts About the End of World War II
(9) The United States couldnât immediately bring all of its soldiers home once the Axis Powers surrendered. And that created plenty of tension overseas. Rep. Clare Boothe Luce, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut, said on September 17, 1945 that every congressperson was âunder constant and terrific pressure from the servicemen and their familiesâ who wanted swift discharges.
Was it American A-Bombs or the Soviet Declaration of War that Forced Tokyo to Surrender in 1945
The historical evidence indicates that it was the Soviet onslaught in Manchuria which pushed the Japanese military and political elite into the recognition that there was no alternative to âenduring the unendurable.
Herschel Grynszpan: The Man Who Got Revenge On The Nazis, Sparking WWII
When it comes to one single act affecting the entire world for generations to come, people often cite the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the bizarrely implausible incident that kicked off a chain of events that led to World War I. But did you know that some historians claim another assassination was equally responsible for a potentially even more significant war?
10 Important Military Watches from World War II
From the A-11 to the Panerai Radiomir to the little-known A.T.P, we explore the Second World War's horological gems.
Female guards at Germany's RavensbrĂźck concentration camp
An exhibition in the memorial at RavensbrĂźck offers a disturbing look at life under the Nazis in the all-female camp.
Germany to honor anti-Nazi hero Sophie Scholl with coin
The Nazi Party executed student Sophie Scholl in 1943 for her role in the White Rose resistance group. The German government is set to release a special coin next year, marking her 100th birthday.The Nazi Party executed student Sophie Scholl in 1943 for her role in the White Rose resistance group. The German government is set to release a special coin next year, marking her 100th birthday.
Roma, Sinti Auschwitz survivors remember victims of genocide
Representatives of the Roma and Sinti communities, along with Jewish and Christian leaders, met at Auschwitz to honor the victims of the anti-Roma genocide. The Nazi regime killed some 500,000 Roma and Sinti.
New research: Nazi war criminals ran children's homes in post-war Germany
Millions of West German children were sent to brutal "spa" homes between the 1950s and 1980s that left them traumatized, a new report alleges. Many of the homes were run by former Nazis.