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Remains of WWII dive-bomber Stuka found off the coast of Croatia
The remains of a well-preserved Stuka dive bomber, an aircraft that struck terror into Allied forces during the Second World War, has been discovered lying on the seabed of the Adriatic. The lichen-encrusted wreckage of the Stuka, a ground attack plane known as the Junkers Ju 87, was discovered by divers more than 70 years after it was shot down. The two-man aircraft was found at a depth of around 90ft off the coast of Croatia, close to the island of Zirje. Although German-made, it is believed that it was being flown by the Italian air force and that it may have been shot down by a Yugoslav warship in April 1941 when the country was invaded by the Axis powers.

Wrecked German World War Two U-boat found off Seaham coast
Scientists have discovered the wreck of a German U-boat off the coast of Seaham. The latest satellite and computer technology has revealed the scattered parts of the submarine on the bottom of the North Sea. The U-boat was destroyed with depth charges by an RAF aircraft near the end of the Second World War.

Inside story of the abduction of Nazi general Freidrich-Wilhelm Müller in Crete
Appalled by the ruthless reprisals of Major-General Freidrich-Wilhelm Müller against the resistance in Crete, the British Special Operations Executive was ordered to kidnap him. On the night of April 26, 1944, Major Patrick Leigh Fermor, Captain ‘Billy` Moss and a handful of Greek soldiers carried out a daring and successful abduction — except that they brought back Major-General Heinrich Kreipe, a principled classicist who had replaced Müller shortly before the SOE operation. In an exclusive extract from a new book, Abducting a General, Leigh Fermor reveals for the first time how they did it.

Book on Japanese occupation of Java gets republished
During World War II, the island of Java experienced major social and political change. From 1942 to 1945, the Japanese army occupied Java and launched numerous propaganda campaigns to convince locals to lend their support. These campaigns shook the very foundation of Javanese culture, bringing forth new political movements, strategies and social structures. A book titled Politik Jepang di Jawa: Perubahan Sosial di Pedesaan Jawa 1942-1945 (Japanese Politics in Java: Social Changes in Rural Java 1942-1945) tries to capture the realities of life in Java during the tumultuous 3-year occupation, as well as the legacy of the Imperial Army`s departure.

Why is Adolf Hitler popular in India?
Growing up in India, Rohee Dasgupta didn`t realize the irony on display in bookstores across the country. There, next to the Diary of Anne Frank or biographies of Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, would be a copy of Adolf Hitler`s Mein Kampf. It was only after spending years in the U.K. studying anthropology and Eastern European Jewish history that she was taken aback. `It was rather striking and odd. It just shows ignorance to display Anne Frank and Mein Kampf on the same shelf,` says Dr. Dasgupta, now a professor of European Studies at O.P. Jindal Global University.

William Patrick Hitler`s diaries reveal how the Fuhrer`s nephew went to Berlin to cash in on his connections - only to end up fighting the Nazis
William Patrick Hitler`s diaries which reveal how the Fuhrer`s British-born nephew went to Berlin to cash in on his connections - only to end up fighting the Nazis. The book was found in a house that once belonged to the family of a man called William Patrick Hitler, the British-born nephew of the Nazi dictator. And three of his four sons survive today, carefully protecting the truth about their family with a new double-barrelled surname.

Hitler`s last surviving female food taster Margot Woelk tells all in new documentary
Imagine knowing that every mouthful of food you ate could be your last. That was the experience of Margot Woelk when, as a 25-year-old woman she was enlisted as one of Hitler`s 15 food tasters. The tasters – all young women - were taken to Hitler`s heavily guarded headquarters in Prussia. Ms Woelk, 96, has long been reluctant to discuss her past and only broke her silence last year, when she revealed that Hitler was a vegetarian and ate bland meals consisting of rice, pasta, peas and cauliflower. Now, she has revealed further details of her life-threatening job on German TV, including her being violated at the hands of an SS officer. She also admitted that she and her fellow tasters used to `cry like dogs` with relief that they were still alive.

The Gestapo: Power and Terror in the Third Reich by Carsten Dams and Michael Stolle
If you say the word Gestapo, everyone knows to what you are referring. This was a feared institution, a deadly instrument in ensuring political correctness within the Third Reich. Any one deemed an enemy was likely to come up against the Gestapo at some point – communists, spies, jews, gypsies and many more. Once inside its prisons, very few people emerged unscathed and most were never seen again. It is the image used in every WW2 film to portray the horrors of the Third Reich. Yet how accurate is this image? Was it really so all powerful? And what happened to its members after the Allied victory in 1945? Research by Carston Dams and Michael Stolle has thrown up some interesting and unexpected findings. They trace the history of the Gestapo from its founding in the Weimar Republic and its status under the Nazis.

Japanese emperor cautioned against WWII: Reveals new 61-tome official history
Emperor Hirohito, the demi-god at the apex of the Japanese state when it waged bloody war across Asia, cautioned against conflict but celebrated military success, according to the long-awaited official history of his reign. The mammoth 61-volume set, which has taken 24 years to compile at a cost to the Japanese taxpayer of 230 million yen ($2.2 million) reveals little new hard evidence about one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century. But it offers a largely sympathetic view of the man considered by some to have played a pivotal role in Japan`s march to World War II, and by others as the helpless puppet of an out-of-control military state.

Photos of Young Hitler Were Discovered in a California Attic
Recently, Bridget Harris`s mother was telling her a story about how her grandfather smuggled a secret stash of World War II photos during the war that feature a young Adolf Hitler. After Bridget`s grandfather, Staff Sgt. Paul T. Lipari, survived D-Day, he escaped Europe with snapshots of the infamous Führer. Surprised to hear such a tale, Bridget asked to see the photos that have been stored in Bridget`s parents` California home with other knick-knacks for decades. The images are ultimately Nazi propaganda that depict the dictator as a kind and respected leader — particularly a photo that shows Hitler petting a baby deer.

Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer is the new English translation of Bettina Stangneth`s exhaustive history of the life of Adolf Eichmann. Her book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to try to understand Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi lieutenant colonel who was responsible for the logistics of the Holocaust.

Joseph Goebbels` lakeside love nest goes on sale after being left to rot for more than two decades
On the outside it looks like a charming lakeside villa. But the haunting truth is that this abandoned house in the woods was once owned by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels - and it is up for sale. Adolf Hitler gave the Haus am Bogensee, the only Nazi residence which has not been demolished, as a gift to Goebbels during World War II. The 70-room complex, nine miles north of Berlin`s city limits, is also where Goebbels indulged in a string of affairs with German starlets who were brought in by Goebbels to replace Jewish actresses at the Babelsberg film studio where he produced his propaganda films.

Award-winning documentary The Decent One is based on trove of SS leader`s personal papers
As portrayed in `The Decent One,` Heinrich Himmler, the commander of the SS was capable of fretting over what Christmas gifts to send his darling daughter while also planning and executing the annihilation of European Jewry. The movie makes use of a hitherto unknown collection of hundreds of letters, diaries and family photos, to profile one of the most notorious mass murderers of all times. The title was inspired by one such letter, sent by Himmler to his daughter Gudrun in1941, in which he wrote: `In life, a person must always be decent, brave and good.`

Attack on Kiska: Untouched Relics from a Baffling WWII Battle
Kiska Island, in the Aleutians far west of Alaska, is also the site of a deadly World War II battle in which only one side fought. In the early hours of June 7, 1942, 1,200 Japanese soldiers stormed the island. They didn`t have a lot of overpowering to do: Just 10 Americans were living on the island, operating a weather station. After killing two of the Americans and sending the other eight to Japan as POWs, the Japanese settled into Kiska and stayed for more than a year, carving out tunnels, building machine gun bunkers, and even planting gardens. With no Americans left on the island, the U.S. Army was not concerned about civilian casualties launching a series of bombing campaigns.

Hitler`s home set to become House of Responsibility museum dedicated to his crimes
Austria authorities have decided to turn Adolf Hitler`s home, located in the upper-Austrian town of Braunau am Inn, into a museum called as "House of Responsibility", which would be dedicated to his crimes against humanity committed during the Third Reich. The two-storey "Hitler house" is in the centre of Braunau am Inn on Austria`s border with Germany. It has been empty for the past two years, but politicians have argued bitterly about its fate for decades. Critics insisted that demolition was the only way of dispelling the stigma attached to the building.

Signed Adolf Hitler photo, discovered in the ruins of fuehrerbunker, to be sold in Cheshire
A signed photo of Adolf Hitler "discovered in the ruins" of his bunker in Berlin after his death is to be auctioned in Cheshire. The framed picture belonged to war reporter William Forrest, who witnessed the Normandy landings and the crossing of the Rhine during World War Two. The photo was taken in 1925, a year after Hitler was sentenced to five years in Landsberg prison for treason for attempting a coup in Munich, and eight years before he became chancellor of Germany.

Spying for the Fuhrer: Hitler`s Espionage Machine
Christer Jorgensen focuses on the story of German espionage during World War 11, as well as providing a quick look at the state of play during the First World War and the run up to the Second. One of the particularly interesting aspects of the book is the story of the rivalry between the different Nazi and German army intelligence services, and the popular myths that surrounded Nazi intelligence. The book includes 150 black-and-white photographs.

Photos: The Ghostly Remains of Nazi Germany`s Atlantic Wall
Photo gallery: The Ghostly Remains of Nazi Germany`s Atlantic Wall

The US Air Force shot at real pilots for target practice
As a WWII Army Air Force pilot one could expect to take fire from time to time — but the bullets weren`t always coming from Axis aircraft. Sometimes, it was your fellow servicemen and women taking the shots. The Bell P-63 Kingcobra fighter, developed in 1942, never got much love from the American military. That doesn`t mean the US didn`t put the P-63 into service, though: it ordered a bunch as the RP-63 "Pinball," a modified P-63 designed to be fired upon for target practice. Airmen and women needed to hone their skills firing at the full-scale Messerschmitts they`d be encountering over Europe, which is where the Pinball came in. And real, actual pilots were at the controls as they were taking fire.

The Devils` Alliance: Hitler`s Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941 by Roger Moorhouse, book review
Samovars of black tea had been served, followed by caviar, vodka and Crimean champagne when, in the early hours of 23 August 1939, Hitler`s photographer Heinrich Hoffmann was ushered into the "smoke-laden" room alongside his Soviet counterpart replete with "prehistoric camera and an antediluvian tripod", to capture the moment: beneath a large framed photograph of Lenin, Molotov, Ribbentrop and a beaming Stalin appended their signatures to the treaty that would change the lives of millions of Europeans. Seventy-five years on, historian Roger Moorhouse makes an elegant plea for retrieving the Pact from its "place too often in the footnotes", to disentangle the myths from facts and recast erroneous readings.

Theodore Van Kirk, last surviving member of Enola Gay crew, dies at 93
The lone remaining crewman of the Enola Gay — which dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan near the end of WWII — has died in Georgia. Twenty-four years old at the time, Van Kirk was the navigator on the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress. The plane dropped `Little Boy` on Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m. August 6, 1945, killing 140,000 people.

World War II Myths - T-34 Best Tank of the war (long analysis)
T-34, a poorly designed and built combat system, that suffered horrific losses against ‘inferior` German tanks.

In 1941 a Group of Americans Arranged a Hex Party to Kill Adolf Hitler by a Voodoo Spell
On January 22, 1941 a group of young idealists went to a cabin in the Maryland woods to put a voodoo spell on Hitler. Black magic or not, these Nazi-haters knew how to party. The party featured `a dressmaker`s dummy, a Nazi uniform, nails, axes, tom-toms and plenty of Jamaica rum,` and was inspired by a book by occultist and writer William Seabrook that was popular at the time: Witchcraft: Its Power in the World Today.

18 Color Photos Of Female World War II Workers
18 Color Photos Of Female World War II Workers