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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)

Germany`s biggest post-war evacuation for an unexploded bomb in Augsburg on Xmas day
The authorities in Augsburg, southern Germany, plan to evacuate 54,000 people from the city centre on Christmas Day because of a World War Two bomb. The 1.8-tonne British bomb was found during construction work. It will be Germany`s biggest post-war evacuation for an unexploded bomb, Spiegel news reports. In 2011, 45,000 residents of Koblenz were evacuated. The operation will affect 32,000 households living within a 1.5km (0.9 mile) radius of the bomb site. Schools, sports halls and an exhibition centre will accommodate the evacuees.
(bbc.com)

A high school principal in Taiwan resigned after his students threw a Nazi parade
Last week, Hsinchu Kuang-Fu High School, a private high school in Taiwan, was relatively unknown; by the weekend, its name was splashed across the world. The sudden fame arose from a parade the school held on Dec. 23, in which students dressed as Nazis complete with uniforms, swastika banners, and cardboard tanks. A group of students had been asked to commemorate a historical figure of their choice; after two rounds of voting, they settled on Adolf Hitler. Photos of the event spread rapidly across social media, prompting outrage—from countries all over.
(qz.com)

The Ratte - Nazi engineers planned to create 1000-ton mega tank
At the height of the war while the Third Reich occupied most of northern Europe and Britain licked its wounds, one of their most incredible schemes was taken directly to Hitler, who became obsessed with the concept of creating a legion of 1,000-tonne, 115ft-long, land battleships called Panzer 1000s – personally dubbing the design the Ratte. The idea was proposed by the director of German armaments firm Krupp Edward Grotte, special officer for submarine construction, after a study of tanks used by the Soviet Union. Despite its immense power, the vehicle would have not been able to drive on roads without them crumbling, cross bridges without them collapsing, and was far too big to be transported by train car.
(dailystar.co.uk)

Many believe wartime traitor Lord Haw-Haw was a harmless buffoon but that`s utter nonsense, says a new biography
He never could keep his big trap shut, and in the end it got him hanged. If loud-mouthed William Joyce — alias Lord Haw-Haw, the `Germany calling` traitor who ranted foul Nazi propaganda over the radio to Britain — had kept quiet, he might well not have been caught. But the self-important twerp with the plum‑in-his-mouth voice couldn`t resist the temptation to gab. On the run in northern Germany three weeks after the end of the war in May 1945, he spotted a couple of British Army officers gathering firewood. Instead of slinking away in silence, Joyce was so convinced of his own invincibility that he called out to them: `There are some bits over here.` The soldiers were intelligence officers. The voice was familiar. They`d heard its distinctive tones praising Hitler`s `super-human heroism` and cursing Winston Churchill as a traitor doing the bidding of his `Jewish masters`.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Hitler`s Austrian birthplace will be home for disability charity
Hitler`s birthplace will turned into a base for a disability charity, it has been announced. The decision comes a day after Austria`s parliament passed a law allowing it to seize the house following years of controversy. Owner Gerlinde Pommer had repeatedly refused to sell the building in Braunau am Inn, or allow renovations. There had been calls for the building to be pulled down to prevent it becoming a shrine for neo-Nazis.
(bbc.com)

Here Are Three Of The Best WWII Spies Operating In Europe - And They Are All Women
During World War II, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) was a thrown-together conglomeration of amateurs and spies that President Eisenhower credited with turning the tide of the war in favor of the Allies. There were quite a few women who worked for the SOE. They were trained to handle guns, explosives, secret codes, and harsh interrogation. They arranged for ammunition and supplies to be dropped where needed. In some cases, they were in charge of thousands of men. Here are the stories of some of them.
(warhistoryonline.com)

Japan`s Midget Submarine Attack on Pearl Harbor Was a Suicide Mission
On Dec. 7, 1941, the aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy rained devastation upon the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. But Japanese warplanes didn`t actually fire the first shots that brought America into a massive Pacific War. An hour before the air attack, a squadron of tiny Japanese midget submarines attempted to slip into the harbor`s defenses, like burglars in the night, to wreak havoc on Battleship Row. Unlike the aerial assault, the sailors failed spectacularly — and the story is often forgotten.
(warisboring.com)

Adolf Burger, Forced by the Nazis to Counterfeit Cash, passes away at 99
Adolf Burger, the last surviving prisoner forced to make counterfeit pound notes in a Nazi plan to undermine Britain`s economy, died in Prague. Burger`s skills as a printer in Slovakia led first to his incarceration, and then to his unlikely survival. Arrested by the Gestapo in 1942 in Bratislava for forging baptismal certificates for fellow Jews to avoid Nazi persecution, he was sent to Auschwitz. But after Mr. Burger was shipped to Birkenau, Auschwitz`s companion camp, his profession became an advantage: The Nazis were looking for prisoners to work on their ambitious counterfeiting scheme. Burger recalled the moment the commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, recruited him to Operation Bernhard, which was named for its leader, SS Major Bernhard Krüger.
(nytimes.com)

Japan fought with such brutality that even today Japanese scholars and diplomats have a hard time dealing with it
During World War II, Japan fought with such brutality that even today Japanese scholars and diplomats have a hard time admitting these atrocities actually happened.
(all-that-is-interesting.com)

Photos of Japanese mini-submarine sunk during Pearl Harbor attack
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released photographs of a Japanese mini-submarine that was sunk at the very beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, and they`re haunting. On the 75th anniversary of the `date which will live in infamy,` the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer dispatched a robotic vehicle to explore two Japanese mini submarines, an event that they live-streamed.
(foxnews.com)

Tapestry from Eagle`s Nest returning to Germany (Bavarian National Museum in Munich)
Growing up, Cathy Hinz and her five siblings would run up and down the stairs at their Minneapolis home, one hand on the banister, the other skimming a memento hanging on the wall that their father had brought back after fighting in World War II: a 16th century tapestry that once graced Adolf Hitler`s retreat perched high in the Bavarian Alps. That tapestry, purchased for Hitler`s Eagle`s Nest the year before the war began from a Munich art gallery owned by a Jewish family, will be formally returned in a ceremony in Germany. It will eventually be displayed at the Bavarian National Museum in Munich.
(beaumontenterprise.com)

Website launched to help track down artworks stolen in World War II
A website has been launched to help people track down works of art that were stolen during WWII. The site, Herkomst Gezocht or Origins Unknown, will allow users to search 14,000 documents containing details of works that went missing under the Nazi occupation. ‘Now everything is on the internet and you can use search terms,` art expert Rudi Ekkart told NOS. Paintings make up around half the total list, while another 1,000 items are sketches. You can visit the website at http://www.herkomstgezocht.nl/en/
(dutchnews.nl)

Rare World War Two Enigma machine sells for world record price 367,000
A rare WWII Enigma machine fetched a world record price of £367,000 at auction. One of the rarest of all Enigma Machines, the M4, designed for use by the German Navy, was for £367,000 at Bonhams History of Science and Technology Sale in New York. This is a world record price at auction for an M4 Enigma surpassing the previous highest price of $350,000 also set by Bonhams in 2015. The fully operational machine dating from 1943 had been estimated at US$280,000-350,000. The M4 Naval Enigma was ordered in 1941 when the head of the German Navy Admiral Karl Doenitz believed, correctly, that the security of the Naval M3 Engima had been compromised.
(mirror.co.uk)

RAF Battle of Britain Irvin flying jacket sells for 4600 at C&T auction
Uniforms can be a hard sell at militaria auctions. Medals for example are nice and easy to display, while guns can sit high on the wall or in a cabinet, but what do you do with a full set of battledress. But for the right item, as ever, the buyers are out there and competition can be fierce at auction. Such a bidding battle developed at C&T Auctioneers, when a WW2 RAF Irvin flying jacket soared beyond a £1000-1500 estimate to sell for 4600 Pounds. Apart from being a very desirable bit of kit, compete with original B-Type flying helmet and MKIII flying goggles, and in good condition despite some repairs, it had the magic words ‘Battle of Britain` linked to it. This is sure to get collectors going and ramp up the value.
(antiquestradegazette.com)

John Moffat , a pilot who helped sink the Bismarck in WWII, passes away at 97
A pilot who helped to sink the Bismarck during the Second World War has died at the age of 97. Lt Cdr John "Jock" Moffat was credited with launching the torpedo that crippled the German warship in 1941. The air strike carried out by the biplanes of HMS Victorious and Ark Royal on May 26 1941 was said to have been Britain`s last hope of sinking the Bismarck before it reached the relative safety of waters off the coast of France. Moffat and his crew took off in his Swordfish L9726 from the deck of Ark Royal and made for Bismarck, fighting against driving rain, low cloud and a gale. He flew in at 50 feet, barely skimming the surface of the waves, in a hail of bullets and shells, to get the best possible angle of attack on the ship, naval chiefs said.
(telegraph.co.uk)

Powerful interactive map of first-person accounts from Pearl Harbor
A Japanese professor has memorialized the horrors of Pearl Harbor online. Hidenori Watanave, associate professor of information technology and design at Tokyo Metropolitan University, archived first-person stories from the day of the attack in an interactive map. His website, 1941.mapping.jp, lays out a collection of photographs and snippets from interviews based on Katrina Luksovsky`s 2014 book Ford Island December 7, 1941, which documented eyewitness accounts from military personnel and family members who lived in US Navy quarters in the vicinity of the attack.
(qz.com)

7 must-see Second World War films
Rife with drama, tragedy and danger, the Second World War has inspired – and continues to inspire – countless filmmakers across the world, generating a huge catalogue of action movies, thrillers, animations and romantic dramas. Here, we highlight just a few of our favourites.
(historyextra.com)

History of the Maginot Line, by Marc Halter
In a work originally published in French, fortification historian Marc Halter,offers an innovative, informative, and very well done pictorial history of the Maginot Line.
(strategypage.com)

Officers who saved 75 tons of Polish gold in WWII buried in Warsaw
Two Polish army officers who saved 75 tonnes of gold from being seized by enemy forces in World War II. Government officials and members of the public turned out to pay their respects to the men, Colonel Ignacy Matuszewski and Major Henryk Floyar-Rajchman. Their remains were transported to Poland from the US. In 1939, the year Poland was invaded by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, the two officers carried out a successful operation to save gold from the Polish central bank. They transported it through Romania, Turkey and Syria to France, where the Polish government-in-exile was based at the time.
(thenews.pl)

British aviation loyalists are trying hard to restore this vintage de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
One of the most effective British WWII fighter bombers, the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito, was made almost entirely out of wood. The twin-engined multi-role aircraft went by the nickname `The Wooden Wonder` and was even used after the war. Only three such Mosquitos remain airworthy, though there are about 30 non-flying Mosquitos around the world. A group of aviation loyalists, the People`s Mosquito, have now come together to restore this flying machine and bring it back from the dead, War is Boring reported. This UK-based charity is targeting the restoration of an ex-Royal Air Force Mosquito which crashed in 1949. The aircraft was recovered in 2010.
(ibtimes.co.in)

Taiwan`s first comfort women museum opens after decade of effort
The first museum in Taiwan dedicated to "comfort women" - females who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II -- opened in the historic Dadaocheng area in Taipei, after a decade of challenges. The "Ama Museum," as it is called, will be dedicated to preserving the stories of former Taiwanese comfort women and making sure that chapter in history is not forgotten, according to the Taipei Women`s Rescue Foundation, the driving force behind the project.
(focustaiwan.tw)

German WWII PoW leaves 384,000 Pounds to Perthshire village
A German soldier has left £384,000 in his will to the Perthshire village where he was held as a WWII POW. Heinrich Steinmeyer was 19 when he was captured in France and held in the PoW camp at Cultybraggan by Comrie. Steinmeyer left the money in return for the kindness he was shown there. His will reads: "Herewith, I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Scotland for the kindness and generosity that I have experienced in Scotland during my imprisonment of war and hereafter." Comrie Development Trust has launched a consultation on how the money should be used. Andrew Reid said: "Throughout his captivity, Heinrich Steinmeyer was very struck by the kindness shown to him Scottish people, which he had not expected. After the war, he visited Comrie and made lasting friendships in the village."
(bbc.com)

Never before seen photos show Hitler attending wedding of Hermann Fegelein and Gretl Braun who he had executed a year later
A previously unseen photo has emerged showing Hitler celebrating the wedding of his future `brother-in-law` - who he had executed a year later. The picture shows the Nazi dictator congratulating SS officer Hermann Fegelein and bride Gretl Braun at a reception in Salzburg, Austria. 11 months later, Hitler ordered the execution of the groom for the crime of deserting his post. The photo was found in an album of 12 black and white snaps of the wedding reception that lasted for three days and was organised by Eva Braun, the elder sister of Gretl and Hitler`s mistress. The fuhrer was one of the witnesses to the marriage along with SS chief Heinrich Himmler and Martin Bormann.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Every member of Tiger Tank family to come together at Bovington
Every member of the Tiger Tank family will be coming together for a unique display at Bovington`s Tank Museum. In what is billed as a world`s first, the Dorset museum will be displaying its Tiger 1, two King Tigers, a Jagtiger and at least one other vehicle on international loan. Currently, the US Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center has confirmed it will loan the museum their Elefant, based on the rejected Porsche Tiger chassis. Museum staff remain hopeful this will be joined by a Sturmtiger from overseas. A museum spokesman confirmed the new exhibition, to be unveiled in April 2017, is aimed at enthusiasts of German armour and will feature previously unseen crew interviews and testimonies from those who faced them in combat.
(bournemouthecho.co.uk)