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Ex-Nazi testimony sparks fresh mystery over 1933 Reichstag fire
A newly discovered witness account by an ex-Nazi officer has cast fresh doubt on claims a Dutch communist was behind the 1933 Reichstag fire. The blaze was used by the Nazis to crack down on their opponents. RND newspaper group published a 1955 affidavit found in the archives of a Hanover court. In the account by Hans-Martin Lennings, a former member of the Nazis` paramilitary SA unit, Lennings stated that he drove Dutch communist Marinus van der Lubbe to the Reichstag on the night of the fire.
(dw.com)

Wolf`s Lair: Will Hitler HQ makeover create a Nazi theme park?
Remote, hidden in dense forest, protected by nearby lakes and marshes - the Wolf`s Lair in Poland was a secure headquarters for Hitler in WWII. So much so, that the Nazi dictator spent 850 days at the vast, secret complex in 1941-1944, before withdrawing to his Berlin bunker. Now the Polish state`s Srokowo Forest District, which manages the site, is giving the Wolf`s Lair a big makeover to pull in more tourists. Critics argue that insensitive "attractions", such as amateurish re-enactments with people wearing Nazi uniforms, could turn it into a sort of ghoulish "Disneyland".
(bbc.com)

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)

WW2 double cross credited with diverting V-2 strikes away from London made no difference because missiles were so inaccurate
A much-lauded WW2 disinformation campaign to trick Nazi Germany into aiming their deadly V-2 rockets off-target had little effect, researchers say. MI5 used members of their `Double-Cross` program — which turned German agents to the Allied Side — to convince the Nazis that their V-2 missiles were overshooting. Using a cutting-edge statistical technique, however, researchers have shown that the rockets were so inaccurate that the spies` efforts were futile. V-2s only struck within 18 miles of their intended target — a fallibility that dwarfed the Nazi`s re-calibrations based on Allied disinformation.
(dailymail.co.uk)

B-50 Superfortress Bomber: WWII project which cost more than atomic bombs
Which secret American military project during World War II proved even more expensive than the $2 billion Manhattan Project which developed U.S. atomic bombs? That would be the $3 billion B-29 Superfortress—the huge four-engine bomber designed to fly across huge distances and drop those atomic bombs.
(yahoo.com)

Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during WWII
Google doodle celebrated Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat stationed in Lithuania who defied the Nazis by issuing life-saving visas to thousands of Jews. The Simon Wiesenthal Center estimates that as many as 40,000 people are alive today because of Sugihara’s efforts, which put his own career in danger. He ignored orders from Tokyo and helped Jews escape to places like Curacao, via Russia, China and Japan. Sugihara spent 18-20 hours a day processing visas in order to save people. Anybody who worked so hard with such sacrifice deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.
(israelnationalnews.com)

Memoirs of of a Third Reich Brandenburger by Sepp De Giampietro
An eye opening memoir from a Brandenburger that served in the front lines for Hitler’s special Forces. Sepp De Giampietro captures the essences of what it was like to serve as one of the elite soldiers of the German war machine during World War II. The author provides a detailed accounting of the Brandenburgers missions and daring exploits in Eastern Europe, Greece, The Russian Front and various parts of the German Reich during World War II.
(argunners.com)

World War II Snipers: Myths, realities, tools of the trade
"By their entry into WWII Soviet Red Army had 60,000 trained snipers, including some women. Compare this to the U.S. and British armies who had no snipers or schools to train them. Some U.S. Marines were considered snipers, but early on, those were members of competition rifle teams. The Germans had a meager number of pre-war snipers but rushed a large training program into being in 1941. Why? They were stunned at how many of their officers and NCOs were being killed by Russian snipers. The Japanese Imperial Army did have snipers but their doctrine was different from other nations: Japanese army considered snipers expendable.
(gunsmagazine.com)

Hitler`s Death: The Case Against Conspiracy (Book Review)
Dr. Daly-Groves takes on the never ending subject of whether Hitler killed himself in his bunker in 1945 or, as has been asserted time and again since, managed to escape. Daly-Groves strongly confirms the suicide in the bunker. He presents evidence still classified when earlier historians, such as Hugh Trevor-Roper, worked on the question. Naturally, Daly-Groves also demolishes, the numerous escape theories, of which there are so many – and some so ludicrous – that they often become inherently contradictory.
(strategypage.com)

Detailed maps, sketches and even holiday postcards show the lengths Germany`s Operation Sea Lion planners
A remarkably-detailed Nazi map revealing Adolf Hitler`s plans for invading Britain is going up for auction. The document, which was compiled in the summer of 1940, contains reconnaissance photographs and maps and every town along the south coast. One place earmarked for invasion would have been Hastings in East Sussex, raising the prospect of a second do-or-die battle staged there 900 years after William The Conqueror triumphed in 1066.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Bletchley Park and D-Day - Review: Clearing the Fog of War
Bletchley Park’s formal role in the D-Day preparations began in October 1942 with the formation of the Western Front Committee, its four members responsible for ensuring that Bletchley intercepted, analyzed and organized the intelligence needed for a potential invasion. Hut 6, for example, was responsible for deciphering German army and air force Enigma codes. The intensive analysis of enemy communications traffic carried out in Hut 6 helped produce a map of German networks, army movements and formulations.
(wsj.com)

Slovak village destroyed by Nazis finds allure in Fascism
Ostry Grun was synonymous with the partisan uprising against the Nazis during World War II, and paid a heavy price. Three-quarters of a century on, it is a stronghold of a neo-fascist.
(balkaninsight.com)

How Hitler’s Top Henchman Was Tricked Into Saving Thousands of Jews
Holocaust historian Max Wallace, author of a new book, In the Name of Humanity (Skyhorse Publishing), contends that Himmler banned the further mass killing of Jews at the camps not because he wanted to cover the Nazis’ tracks. Himmler hoped to negotiate a separate peace with the Western Allies against the Russians if he put an end to the genocide, Wallace argues, citing little known historical documents.
(yated.com)

Bullet-riddled U.S. flag that survived D-Day comes home 75 years later
Shot through by German machine gun bullets and tattered by the wind, an American flag that flew on the first U.S. invading ship on D-Day came home in a White House ceremony. The flag handover was a main part of the visit to the White House by Mark Rutte, prime minister of the Netherlands. The flag has been owned by retired Dutch businessman and art collector Bert Kreuk, who paid $514,000 for it at auction three years ago with the intention of donating it to the United States. The flag is to be put on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
(wtvbam.com)

USS Eagle PE-56: Last US warship sunk by German sub during WWII discovered off Maine
Divers have discovered the wreck of the last U.S. Navy warship sunk by a German submarine during World War II. Patrol boat USS Eagle PE-56 was located by a private dive team just a few miles off the Maine coast. The discovery ends a 74-year mystery about the ship’s location. The sinking of the USS Eagle PE-56 on April 23, 1945, was originally blamed on a boiler explosion. But the Navy determined in 2001 that it had been sunk by a German submarine.
(foxnews.com)

Armed Forces to remove all explosives from the Nazi-sunk ships off of Newfoundland
A mission for retrieving explosives shall begin from Conception Bay South outside of St. John’s, N.L. The Military divers shall set out for retrieving the unexploded explosive weapons from the rusting wreckages of the 4 iron ore carriers. The ships, that were carrying iron ore from the mines of Bell Island to the steel mills in Sydney, N.S., so that they could be made into war goods, were outfitted with artillery guns to get ready for the German attack. At the end of the mission, the sites might be made safer for explorers who are eager to vivit the wrecks each year.
(medgazette24.com)

Oil Recovered from WWII Shipwreck Coimbra off the coast of Long Island
Operations to recover oil from a WWII-era shipwreck are nearing completion after commencing on May 11, 2019 off the coast of Long Island, N.Y., the U.S. Coast Guard said. The sunken vessel, Coimbra, was a supply ship owned by Great Britain that was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of Long Island during World War II. Initial dive operations in May 2019 confirmed the tanker was leaking small amounts of oil, the Coast Guard discovered.
(marinetechnologynews.com)

Alan Turing: WWII codebreaker revealed as new face of £50 note
World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing has been revealed as the face of the new £50 banknote. The mathematician, who is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, was selected from a shortlist of 12 options. While the mathematician is perhaps best known for his work devising code-breaking machines during the Second World War, he also played a pivotal role in the development of early computers.
(sky.com)

Kazimierz Albin: Last survivor of the first convoy to Auschwitz dies
Kazimierz Albin has passed away at the age of 96 in Warsaw, Poland. He entered Auschwitz in 1940 and escaped from the death camp in 1943.
(dw.com)

Operation Luttich: German Drive into Falaise Gap -- New game by Joni Nuutinen
Do you have the skills and nerves to push exhausted Wehrmacht forces to Avranches through the fierce Allied resistance and relentless bombardment while German flanks are crumbling all around you? --- Situation on 7th of August 1944: British and Canadian troops had tied down elite German formations near Caen while the entire US Third Army had broken through from Normandy to Brittany via Avranches. However, German HQ realized that by advancing just 30 km (20 miles) from Mortain to Avranches they could cut off the First and Third US Armies. Surely battle-hardened yet exhausted Panzer and Waffen SS Divisions could push this small sector of the front line it forward a short distance of 30 km? The Allies realized that if they could contain this German attempt they could trap Germans in the Falaise area. The only one thing was sure: At the end of this maneuvering either several German or American armies would be cut off.
(Play Store)

How a Nazi incursion into Labrador to set up a secret weather station heralded a new era
In war, weather observations become secrets, and forecasts are weaponized. The desperation for them has led to expanded networks and new technologies. WWII marked the beginning of a transformation of weather observation from a collection of disparate points into a global system — made up of observatories on the ground, in the air and, soon enough, in space. But it happened piece by piece, driven by tech developments and military needs. The fighting in the North Atlantic stretched from Labrador and Greenland in the west, to Svalbard and Franz Josef Land in the Barents Sea, all the way east to Novaya Zemlya. Throughout, the Germans were at a distinct meteorological disadvantage.
(thestar.com)

Nazis Weren`t the Only Ones Using Meth During World War II
Hitler’s use of methamphetamine (crystal meth), has been well documented during recent years in books like Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler. But did you know that Nazi soldiers, British troops, and even American military personnel used speed as well during WWII? That secret history is airing on the PBS show Secrets of the Dead with an episode titled “World War Speed.” The episode is hosted by British historian James Holland and gives viewers a look at the use of uppers by both the Allies and the Axis powers in the 1940s. The drugs helped soldiers stay awake for long periods of time and it also made them more aggressive in combat scenarios.
(gizmodo.com)

SS dagger belonging to Hitler`s personal chauffeur goes on sale for 5,000
A dagger belonging to Adolf Hitler`s personal chauffeur who burned his and Eva Braun`s bodies after they committed suicide has emerged for sale for £5,000. SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Erich Kempka started driving the dictator from 1936 until the end of the Second World War. There are numerous photos of him behind the wheel of a Mercedes driving Hitler at parades, including at the infamous 1938 Nuremberg rally where he can be seen propping up the Fuhrer as he waves to crowds. The 13-inch dagger, which is engraved with the driver`s initials and those of Hitler`s personal bodyguard regiment, is being sold by a European private collector at C&T auctions in Ashford, Kent.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Launching this summer, a brand new magazine titled Iron Cross, telling German side
A brand new magazine focusing entirely on German military history from 1914 to 1945 will be launched this summer. Titled Iron Cross the beautifully designed, 132-page, perfect bound magazine, which will publish four times a year, will become the only magazine in the UK dedicated to this subject area. Published by Warners Group Publications, which also publishes The Armourer magazine, Iron Cross will be produced by an Anglo-German editorial team headed by well-known militaria editor, Andy Saunders.
(militaria-history.co.uk)

Two Nazi Soldiers Proved How Deadly a Sniper Can Be on the Battlefield
Antitank panzerfausts were not available to the 3rd Gebirgsjager (Mountain) Division, and the unit had few, if any, sticky charges to blow the tracks from the Soviet T-34 tanks. All they had were their wits and their bolt-action Mauser rifles against the three steel titans that loomed in front of them with scores of Red Army soldiers trailing.
(nationalinterest.org)