X-Ray of Hitler's skull sold at Auction for $1500
An x-ray of Adolf Hitler`s skull was put up for auction, starting at just $100. The maximum bid was expected to be $200-300. However, after 41 bids, the winner walked away from the auction having paid almost triple the estimate, $1500.
Germany arrests three suspected Auschwitz guards
Three men aged 88, 92 and 94 have been detained by German authorities on suspicion of being guards at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. The homes of a number of men were raided in three German states, months after prosecutors investigating Nazi-era war crimes announced they were recommending charges against 30 people. The three men taken into custody have been sent to a prison hospital.
WWII log tells of German sub's 2-day hunt for ships off Charleston
It was mid-September 1942 when German U-boat Captain Hans-Heinrich Giessler first spied Charleston. Surprisingly, Giessler noted, the city was lit up and easy to find as U-455 approached from the Atlantic. Over the next two days, Giessler would spread a dozen underwater mines around the harbor approaches amid hopes of blasting a merchant ship sky-high. Now a U-boat historian has recently translated Giessler's war-time ship's diary and put it online to be viewed by local residents, hoping it will expand the story of their crews, their missions and the threat they presented here.
Incredible secret footage from inside a WWII prison camp
It is a tale of extraordinary ingenuity and cunning. Having been defeated in the Battle of France, 5,000 French officers were marched to Oflag 17a, a prisoner-of-war camp in Austria, in 1940. Once in the camp, a group of the officers started to make a secret documentary about their time in prison. Risking death, they recorded the 30-minute film on a secret camera built from parts that were smuggled into the camp in sausages. The prisoners had discovered that German soldiers would only check food sent in by cutting it down the middle. The parts were hidden in the ends.
Rare pictures of Hitler's henchmen being taken in chains by British officers emerge
The shots show Hitler's henchmen Albert Speer and Rudolf Hess stepping off a plane in Berlin in 1946 after the end of the Nuremberg War Trials. Brigadier Geoffrey Ingham was in charge of prisons in post-war Germany and took the photographs of Speer and Hess as they were handcuffed to guards. The British army officer also took pictures of other key Nazi members Admiral Karl Von Doernitz who succeeded Hitler after his death. The black and white photos were compiled by Mr Ingham and have been revealed for the first time after they were put up for sale at auction in Devon.
High-level Nazi scientists helped U.S. test LSD on Soviet spies, new book shows
Nazi scientists who produced chemical weapons for Hitler were hired by the United States to fight the Cold War, and helped U.S. intelligence test LSD and other interrogation techniques on captured Soviet spies, according to a book by U.S. journalist Annie Jacobsen. "Under Operation Paperclip, which began in May of 1945, the scientists who helped the Third Reich wage war continued their weapons-related work for the U.S. government, developing rockets, chemical and biological weapons, aviation and space medicine (for enhancing military pilot and astronaut performance), and many other armaments at a feverish and paranoid pace that came to define the Cold War," writes Jacobsen in "Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America."
Dutch resistance fighter recalls German occupation during World War II
The story that led Jules Weyers to emigrate to the United States is one painted by a world at war. After being involuntarily made to work at a German arms factory, he escaped to the Dutch Underground, then became a member of the fighting arm of the Dutch resistance against German occupation and later became part of the Stoottroepen, or `shock troops,` tied to the 9th American Army. Although it has been nearly 69 years since the end of World War II, for Weyers it was just like yesterday when the Germans rolled into his country with tanks, soldiers and false promises.
Abandoned Nazi bunker reopened as a clean energy plant in Hamburg
The last time Hamburg`s hulking air raid bunker saw use, it was 1945 - and locals were taking cover from Allied bombs inside its 1.8m thick concrete walls. That was 70 years ago. Now the bunker is supplying the city with renewable energy. After the war — only two years after the bunker was built — British forces occupying Hamburg attempted to tear it down. After blasting their way through a few of the massively thick floors, they gave up, fearing a catastrophic structural collapse. The structure sat abandoned for 65 years, a bleak reminder of the war years, until, in 2006, Hamburg`s city government commissioned Hegger Hegger Schleiff Architekten to turn it into a power plant.
Nazi project to infest mosquitos with malaria and drop them on allied territory
Evidence for the secret World War II biological weapons research program has been uncovered by Tubingen University researcher Dr Klaus Reinhardt. While studying documents from the notorious Waffen SS, Dr Reinhardt discovered several suggesting they had been operating a covert biological weapons testing program. The objective: To find ways to infest the enemy with malaria-carrying mosquitos. The problem: Which breed of mosquito was up to the task. Reinhardt`s noticed documents relating to the formation of a Waffen SS Entomological Institute at the Dachau concentration camp.
Camouflage profile guide: Waffen SS Colors
This is another new title from Mig Jimenez and his new Ammo brand, and very much a book for German armour modellers. There is a brief text to introduce it all which includes the considerations of colour and the interpretation of that from old Black and White photos. Bearing in mind their paint sets as well, they also include colour samples showing base shades of the various camouflage colours, along with shadow and highlight shades associated with them. The book is organised into sections by unit, with examples taken from original photos where patterns and units have been identified.
Nazis made a booklet of Britain for senior Nazi officers detailing key utilities and landmarks
The dossier, described as a ‘Nazi A to Z of Great Britain`, reveals the postcards and maps German troops collected to plot their attack. The booklet gives an insight into what could have happened if Hitler had successfully invaded the UK. From cities earmarked for destruction to top public schools – the book identifies landmarks such as Blackpool Tower and the Mersey Tunnel so troops could identify their targets in preparation for a blitz of the British Isles.
Rare 1940 Humber Snipe Heavy Utility vehicle found in Bodden
A rare military vehicle from WWII - with only five thought to be left in the world - has resurfaced into the 21st century. The post-war years have been brutal on a 1940 Humber Snipe Heavy Utility vehicle left rusting in the shed of Andy Stevens. An interest in military vehicles led to him picking the vehicle up in 1983 when he heard a shed had fallen on it in Croscombe. But he's never found the time to do it up over the past 30 years. But a use for the Humber may yet be found with its new owner, military enthusiast and roofer Alec Small.
Video: Anita Lasker Wallfisch: A surviving member of the Women's Orchestra in Auschwitz
Anita Lasker Wallfisch, a surviving member of the Women's Orchestra in Auschwitz, told BBC Newsnight that her ability to play the cello saved her life.
Nuremberg Trial Nazi documents, found at flea market, fetch $10,000
Documents from the Nuremberg Trials found in a flea market in Israel were sold at auction. The trove of 500 pages, including documents used to convict top Nazis at the Nuremberg Trials, sold for $10,000, told a spokesman for the Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem. The papers reportedly are part of a collection that belonged to Isaac Stone, who headed the Berlin Document Center and the U.S. Foreign Service Office in the 1940s.
Himmler's love letters to wife to be revealed for the first time, 70 years on
SS leader Heinrich Himmler's love letters to his wife are to be revealed for the first time. Hundreds of the notorious SS commander`s private letters, notes and photographs dating from 1927 to 1945 will be published on Sunday by Germany`s Die Welt newspaper. Heinrich met his future wife Marga, who ran a Berlin nursing home, in 1927. The trove of letters give an insight into the early days of their relationship and also document the breakdown of the marriage from 1938 onwards when Himmler had an affair with his private secretary.
The Allies at Anzio: Rare photos from WWII's Italian campaign
On January 22 American and British troops swarmed ashore at Anzio, 30 miles south of Rome. The brainchild of Winston Churchill and dubbed Operation Shingle, the attack caught German troops stationed along the Italian coast largely by surprise; but after the initial onslaught, the Germans dug in. The next four months saw some of the fiercest, most prolonged fighting in World War II`s European Theater, as the Allies battled German troops for control of the region. LIFE photographer George Silk spent months with the Allies after they landed at Anzio, chronicling what LIFE magazine at one point characterized as a `slow, maddening, fruitless battle.`
Secrets of the devastation caused by Grand Slam, the largest WWII bomb ever tested in the UK
The final secrets of Britain's largest-ever conventional weapon of war are being 'unearthed' by archaeologists. Geophysics experts are using ground-penetrating radar and other high tech methods to 'x-ray' the ground, in a remote area of the New Forest in Hampshire, to shed new light on the most powerful top secret WWII weapon test ever carried out in the UK. The weapon - a bomb designed by Barnes Wallis, and codenamed 'Grand Slam' - was almost 26 foot long and weighed 22,000 pounds, substantially bigger than any other wartime explosive device ever developed by Britain.
WWII-era poisonous gas, fire bombs and ammunition still rotting in German waters
Millions of tons of poisonous gas, fire bombs and ammunition continue to rot in the waters off the coast of Germany. They contain deadly toxins, which are seeping into the environment.
Hiroo Onoda, Japanese soldier who hid in jungle for 29 years after WWII ended, dies at 91
A Japanese soldier who refused to surrender after WWII ended and spent 29 years in the jungle has died aged 91 in Tokyo. Hiroo Onoda remained in the jungle on Lubang Island near Luzon, in the Philippines, until 1974 because he did not believe that the war had ended. He was finally persuaded to emerge after his ageing commanding officer was flown in to see him. As WW2 neared its end, Mr Onoda, then a lieutenant, became cut off on Lubang as US troops came north. The young soldier had orders not to surrender - a command he obeyed for nearly three decades. "Every Japanese soldier was prepared for death, but as an intelligence officer I was ordered to conduct guerrilla warfare and not to die. I became an officer and I received an order. If I could not carry it out, I would feel shame. I am very competitive," he told in an interview in 2010.
10 Amazing Things Recently Found from WWII
10 Amazing Things Recently Found from the Second World War.
Victoria and Albert Museum in London to publish an inventory list of the artworks stolen under the Nazis
On Adolf Hitler's orders, art historian Rolf Hetsch comprised a two-volume list of the artworks the Nazis seized for the "Degenerate Art" exhibition in Munich in 1937. The list was comprised of more than 16,000 artworks in alphabetical order based on the names of the museums they were taken from. The inventory list also contains the names of the artists as well as information about what happened to the artworks. Thus far this inventory list was only accessible for scientists for their research.
Android strategy game Operation Market Garden (part of Conflict-Series) released on Google Play
Can you succeed in a risky Allied attempt to shorten the end of the Second World War by using airborne forces to capture multiple bridges to pave a way for a 100-kilometer armored attack to seize the German industrial heartland?
A 88-year-old SS man charged over WW2 Oradour massacre in France
An 88-year-old German man has been charged with involvement in one of the most infamous World War II massacres. The charges relate to Oradour-sur-Glane in central France, where 642 people were murdered by SS troops in 1944. Many were herded into a local church into which hand grenades were thrown before it was set on fire. Prosecutors in Dortmund said the man had been charged over the murder of 25 people and with aiding and abetting the murder of several hundred. The man was named in documents as Werner C, a former member of an SS armoured division who was 19 at the time.
Nazi trial for Siert Bruins dropped over evidence gaps
A German court dropped the case against a 92-year-old member of the Nazi SS accused of killing a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944, ruling that there are too many gaps in the evidence to deliver a verdict. The Hagen state court said there was enough evidence to convict Dutch-born Siert Bruins, now a German citizen, of manslaughter, court spokesman Jan Schulte said. However, that charge falls under Germany's statute of limitations. The witnesses needed to possibly prove the charge of murder—for which there is no statute of limitations— are now all dead so the court decided it had no option but to drop the case.