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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.
(available on Google Play & Amazon App Store since 2011)

Eva Braun’s Final Days
In April 1945 Eva Braun traveled north from Munich to Berlin, determined to be with Hitler to the bitter end. She was not summoned to join the Führer, with whom she had carried on an intimate relationship for well more than a decade. In fact, Hitler attempted to persuade her to leave the capital city. She would have none of it and descended with him into the dank, shadowy existence. A few minutes after midnight on April 29, 1945, an event took place that few individuals close to Hitler or to Eva Braun believed would ever happen. Perhaps as a reward or final gesture of latent appreciation to his mistress, the Führer and Eva attested to their Aryan lineage and were married in a brief civil ceremony witnessed by Nazi Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels and Hitler’s personal secretary Martin Bormann.
(warfarehistorynetwork.com)

Hitler Hated Russia`s World War II Female Fighter Ace Lilya Litvak
After suffering catastrophic losses in men and planes during the German in 1941, the Soviet high command was forced to call on one of the country’s most experienced women fliers, Marina Raskova, the “Russian Amelia Earhart,” to organize three regiments of female pilots. From the civil air fleet and flying clubs that had been formed across Russia in the 1930s, the beautiful, soft-spoken Major Raskova selected 200 recruits aged between 18 and 22. In October 1941, she began to form the 586th Fighter Regiment, the 587th Bomber Regiment and the 588th Night Bomber Regiment. The latter would later earn the coveted designation of 46th Guards Night Bomber Regiment.
(nationalinterest.org)

Female Spies and Their Secrets
An old-boy operation was transformed by women during World War II, and at last the unsung upstarts are getting their due. The SOE’s leaders were readier than the old boys of MI5 and MI6, the foreign-intelligence agency, to grant that women enjoyed certain advantages. As Sarah Rose writes in D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II, a British captain who recruited three female SOE agents, Selwyn Jepson, believed that women were psychologically suited to behind-enemy-lines work—“secretive, accustomed to isolation, possessed of a ‘cool and lonely courage.’ ”
(theatlantic.com)

In December 1937 attack on Pearl Harbor propelled the United States into the war, Japanese planes attacked an American gunboat killing three Americans
In December 1937, four years before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor propelled the United States into the war, Japanese planes attacked an American gunboat, the USS Panay, on China’s Yangtze River, strafing and bombing the boat, sinking it, killing three American crew members, and the wounding 45 others.
(nationalinterest.org)

75th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino
The battle lasted from December 1943 until May 1944, led to the comprehensive destruction of the town of Cassino, and at the conclusion, the main objective – defeating the German army – was eschewed in favour of the liberation of Rome. The impact of the battle has left an indelible mark on Italy and in the minds of many, while the performance of some of the generals was in the end reminiscent of the later rather than the earlier Roman empire. All of this can be discovered on the ground. There are archaeological remains galore but, unlike the Normandy battlefield of June-July 1944, it is not organised and really should be.
(wantedinrome.com)

Some of the Top Secret Ways Submarines Helped Win Pacific World War II
Though Pearl Harbor was barely a month past, this was already Seawolf’s third war patrol. And it was the first of nearly 300 “special missions” undertaken by American submarines. After unloading her cargo, Seawolf embarked 25 passengers for transport to Surabaya on Java’s eastern coast. It must have galled Freddie Warder that his warship had been used as a truck and was about to become a bus. But most of his refugees were VIPs—Very Important Pilots—men who had lost their planes in the first days of the war. It was Seawolf’s mission to deliver those flyers to new aircraft to rejoin the fight. Asiatic Fleet submarines were kept busy on similar missions—so many that the chief, Admiral Thomas Hart, complained in a report to Washington: “This Command has been continuously attempting to satisfy numerous demands for use of submarines for various evacuation and ferrying trips.”
(nationalinterest.org)

In pictures: The General Patton Tank Museum
In pictures: The General Patton Tank Museum
(newatlas.com)

DC-3: This Ugly Looking Plane Won World War II
On May 5, 1945, the 10,000th DC-3 was delivered to the United States Army Air Forces; all but 500 were built after Pearl Harbor. Even though, technically at least, it was not a combat airplane, the performance of the Douglas C-47 transport led General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower to label it as one of the most important weapons of World War II.
(nationalinterest.org)

American soldiers killed by Nazis during top secret D-Day rehearsal remembered with UK installation
American soldiers killed by Nazis during top secret D-Day rehearsal on a British beach are remembered 75 years on with poignant footprints in the sand installation.
(eastoncaller.com)

The U.S. Coast Guard extracting oil from a British tanker sunk by a German U-boat off Long Island
The U.S. Coast Guard says work is underway to extract oil from a British tanker sunk by a German U-boat off Long Island during World War II. The Coast Guard says in a news release that a team has been at the site of the tanker, named Coimbra, since April 29 and has pumped more than 62,000 gallons of oil from its tanks since May 11. Initial dive operations found the tanker was leaking small amounts of oil. The Coimbra was torpedoed in January 1942, killing 36 officers and crew members about 30 miles (48 kilometers) off Long Island`s south shore. It`s now about 180 feet (54 meters) deep. German U-boats sank 148 petroleum tankers and countless other ships near the U.S. Gulf and East coasts.
(usnews.com)

The Polish refugees who fled to East Africa during World War II
The historic burden wrought by World War II continues to equally shape the world today and haunt the lives of the young and old. For the Polish refugees who were exiled in Africa during that era, the war has come to define a loss of not just loved ones but of their homeland and history as well.
(qz.com)

There`s a German WW1 U-boat at the bottom of Lake Michigan
Crewman aboard a ship owned by A and T Recovery on Lake Michigan dropped cameras into the deep to confirm what sonar was telling them – there was a German U-boat resting on the bottom of the Great Lake. Luckily, the year was 1992, a full 73 years removed from the end of the Great War that saw German submarines force the United States to enter the war in Europe. How it got there has nothing to do with naval combat.
(wearethemighty.com)

British commandos blew up Nazi shipyards in this crazy daring op
The French port as St. Nazaire held one of the largest drydocks in the world. The British decided to destroy them with a commando raid. There was just one problem, the Special Operations Executive believed the mission would require more explosives than they could carry into the dock. And all the Navy ships that could destroy the facility were too heavy to get into the Loire Estuary. So they decided to make one giant floating bomb. The SOE decided to strip a Royal Navy destroyer, making it light enough to slip into the estuary and up the River Loire. After stripping it for weight, the ship would be packed with explosives. The plan was for the commandos to board smaller ships and disembark. Once in the facility, they would set explosives elsewhere in the complex, then blow them up.
(wearethemighty.com)

The Secret Ex-Nazi Army That Guarded West Germany during Cold War
If the Soviets had invaded West Germany in the early days of the Cold War, they would have found more than a hodgepodge of NATO troops waiting for them. They would also have confronted a secret army of Hitler’s former soldiers, waiting to settle scores with the Communists. Considering the brutal, take-no-prisoners warfare on the Eastern Front in World War II, former German SS troopers fighting vengeful Red Army troops—again—would have been the height of savagery. The German magazine Der Spiegel discovered a file buried for years in the archives of the BND, Germany’s spy agency. The documents reveal that in 1949, some 2,000 former officers of the SS and the Wehrmacht formed a secret paramilitary army that might have numbered as many as 40,000 fighters in the event of war.
(nationalinterest.org)

Dinner With Himmler: An American Paratrooper’s Bizarre Encounter With One of the Third Reich’s Top Officials
Eugene Metcalfe of the 82nd Airborne’s 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment was the last man to jump from his C-47 in the opening wave of Operation Market Garden, the ill-fated Allied invasion of the Netherlands. As the fire fight raged in the darkness, the 22-year-old private from DeKalb, Illinois was knocked unconscious by a round from a German “Eighty-Eight” anti-tank gun. Left for dead, Metcalfe was picked up by enemy troops and dragged into the bowels of nearby Belvedere castle in Nijmegen. There he found himself in a rectangular-shaped room flanked by machine gun-toting SS guards.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

Hitler’s Lost Uranium: The Search for WW II Nazi Uranium Cubes
A mysterious object led two American physicists to investigate Hitler’s failed quest to build a working nuclear reactor. Back in 2013 Timothy Koeth, an associate research professor at the University of Maryland, received a birthday gift: a little cloth lunch pouch containing a small object wrapped in brown paper towels. As Koeth peeled back the layers, his eyes grew wide with astonishment. He asked, “Where did you get that? Inside he found a heavy metal cube and a crumpled message, a provocative note wrapped around a stone that came crashing through the window of history. It read, “Taken from Germany, from the nuclear reactor Hitler tried to build. Gift of Ninninger.”
(dailygalaxy.com)

Hitler`s telegram saying he refused to flee Berlin
A telegraph dubbed `Hitler`s suicide note` in which the Nazi leader refused to flee Berlin in order to be seen as a valiant leader just days before taking his own life is up for auction. The German chancellor sent the historic memo to one of his favourite commanders, Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner, who had urged him to flee the besieged capital. It states: `I shall remain in Berlin, so as to take part, in honourable fashion, in the decisive battle for Germany, and to set a good example to all those remaining. I believe that in this way I shall be rendering Germany the best service. For the rest of you, every effort must be made to win the struggle for Berlin. You can there help decisively, by pushing northwards as early as possible.`
(dailymail.co.uk)

Kurt Gerstein: There Was a Spy Inside Hitler`s SS. Here`s What He Did to Stop the Nazis
Kurt Gerstein`s official mission: improve the service of our gas chambers. His personal mission: opportunistic sabotage.
(history.com)

Eva Braun: life with Adolf Hitler
Eva Braun (1912–1945) was the long term companion of Adolf Hitler. The pair married on 29 April 1945 – just one day before they both died by suicide. Here, German historian Heike B Görtemaker – author of Eva Braun: Life with Hitler – answers some of the key questions about the Nazi leader`s and wife. Was she truly in love Hitler? What was her role in the Nazi party? And just how aware was she of Nazi atrocities?
(historyextra.com)

The last horse charge of American cavalry was in World War II
While Poland is sometimes mocked for sending horse cavalry against tanks in World War II (it was actually horses against an infantry battalion, but still), the U.S. launched its own final cavalry charge two years later, breaking up a Japanese attack in the Philippines that bought time for the cavalrymen and other American troops.
(wearethemighty.com)

Oskar Schindler possessions sell for $46,303
A collection of Oskar Schindler’s personal possessions sold for $46,303. Schindler was a German industrialist credited with saving nearly 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. Among the Schindler items included in the sale; his Longines wristwatch, a compass, a 1938 Sudetenland Medal, two fountain pens, and a business card.
(antiquetrader.com)

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt: The World War II Plane That Did Everything
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt proved itself an outstanding warplane in multiple roles during World War II.
(nationalinterest.org)

How Japan carpet bombed India with posters against Britain during World War II
“During the Second World War, the British and Japanese governments fought a fierce propaganda war in South Asia to influence mass opinion in their favour,” said Parthasarathi Bhaumik, assistant professor of comparative literature at Jadavpur University and a British Library Chevening Fellow. “They exploited all available media—wireless, film, print and live performances… The aim was to discredit the opponent and to project their own side as the true friend of South Asian people.”
(qz.com)

The Hidden War in Argentina: British and American Espionage in World War II by Panagiotis Dimitrakis
In The Hidden War in Argentina: British and American Espionage in World War II, Panagiotis Dimitrakis explores the clandestine warfare enacted in Argentina by both the Allies and the Axis powers. This expert analysis succeeds in illuminating the often underappreciated and supremely consequential stakes of covert operations in Latin America during World War Two.
(blogs.lse.ac.uk)