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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)

Operation Hannibal 1945: the Germany evacuation that dwarfed the miracle of Dunkirk
In early 1945, the German navy rescued up to 2 million people from advancing Soviet troops in a desperate bid to stay in the war. Nick Hewitt tells the story of an operation that dwarfed the Allied evacuation from France in 1940, both in scale ‚Äď and loss of life
(historyextra.com)

Meet the Focke-Wulf Fw-190: Nazi Germany's Best Fighter Plane
The Focke-Wulf FW-190 was widely believed to be the best fighter aircraft of World War II. As the war went on the FW-190 was manufactured in no fewer than 40 different models. The appearance of the new aircraft over France in 1941 was a rude surprise to the Allied air forces. The FW-190 was in service for the entire war, replacing a number of other aircraft including the Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber. Possibly the plane’s biggest influence on the Allies was that it served to spur on greater advances in technology and aircraft design to counter the threat of the FW-190.
(nationalinterest.org)

Operation Colossus: WW2’s Forgotten Commando Raid and the Rise of the SAS
In February 1941, 36 men of Clarke’s fledgling SAS had carried out Britain’s first-ever airborne mission: Operation Colossus, a daring raid on an aqueduct in Italy. Now all-but forgotten, Colossus had the personal backing of Churchill, who doggedly believed that airborne forces were vital to winning the war.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

KV Tanks were important to saving Moscow from Hitler
Despite their superior armor, the KV tanks sacrificed too much mobility, reliability and cost-efficiency to equal the success of the T-34. . The early-model KV-1s boasted 70 to 90 mm of armor, rendering them impenetrable to the standard 37/45-mmantitank guns of the day. By contrast, early war German Panzers ranged in armor from ten to 35mm and weighed less than half that. For armament, the KV-1 had a single short-barrel seventy-six-millimeter L11 gun in the turret, as well as 7.62-millimeter machine guns in the hull and turret. There was even a third machine gun in the rear of the turret to fend off ambushing infantry.
(nationalinterest.org)

Photos: Three US Naval Attack Aircraft Recovered from World War II Battle Site
Project Recover, a US charity for repatriating the remains of US soldiers, has recovered three aircraft from a World War II battle site in Micronesia and discovered the final resting place of seven naval aviators.
(sputniknews.com)

Why Nazi Germany's Junkers Ju-87 Stuka Diver Bombers Were so Terrifying
One of the deadliest and most effective airplanes of the Axis powers, the Junkers Ju-87 Stuka, owed its origin to a fearless WWI ace and to innovative American aviation visionaries in the peaceful early 1930s. After shooting down 62 planes, ranking second only to the famous ‚ÄúRed Baron,‚ÄĚ Manfred von Richthofen, and surviving the 1914-1918 war, Ernst Udet became a stunt pilot and barnstormed over Africa, Greenland, the Swiss Alps, and South America. While visiting the United States in 1931, he observed dive-bombing techniques being developed by the U.S. Navy.
(nationalinterest.org)

The wonderful, horrible afterlife of Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl is best-known for her 1935 film ‚ÄúTriumph of the Will.‚ÄĚ The movie, the single most famous piece of Nazi propaganda, is a populist exaltation of Hitler; it focuses as much on the F√ľhrer‚Äôs devotees as on the man himself. Often cited as one of the most innovative films ever made, ‚ÄúTriumph of the Will‚ÄĚ has been seen as a staple of the cinematic canon. It has an 87% positive critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In a November BBC poll of 400 movie experts, it was ranked the 45th-greatest movie ever made by a woman. Riefenstahl‚Äôs ‚ÄúOlympia,‚ÄĚ her 1938 documentary about the 1936 Berlin Olympics, was number 37.
(forward.com)

Heinrich Himmler saw himself as the head of a new, postwar, neo-Nazi Fourth Reich
Even as a British POW, Himmler still believed it impossible that the Western Allies would not see the eminent sensibility of using his gifts as a secret policeman par excellence in their future rule of postwar Europe.
(nationalinterest.org)

The ratlines: What did the Vatican know about Nazi escape routes
After World War II, thousands of Nazis fled to South America along so-called ratlines ‚ÄĒ often with the help of Catholic clergy. The Vatican is now opening its archives from the time. Will it be a moment of truth?
(dw.com)

How the Iconic T-34 Tank Won World War II for the Soviet Union
The Germans may have initially had the advantage, but the T-34 proved to be a better tank. It was easily mass-produced, had decent weapons and armor, and rarely broke down. December 1941, the Soviets launched a massive surprise assault that caught the Germans almost literally frozen in their positions. Winter played a hand, with the ‚ÄĒ30 degrees C temperature freezing the German lubricants while the Russian equipment performed fine, especially the T-34 tanks with their specially designed compressed air starters.
(nationalinterest.org)

Berlin Drops Hindenburg Honorary Title for Role in Nazi Rise
He led Germany's army in World War I and served for nearly a decade as the country's president, but thanks to his role in Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's rise to power, Paul von Hindenburg is an honorary Berliner no more. The Berlin state government on Thursday struck the Prussian aristocrat off of its honorary citizen list, citing his act as president in 1933 of appointing Hitler as chancellor.
(nytimes.com)

New book: Vatican Radio was positively aggressive in countering Nazi fake news efforts
The Vatican radio received prominent billing in Joseph Goebbels, Hitler‚Äôs propaganda minister‚Äôs list of dislikes. He was horrified to read transcripts and reports on what he described as the ‚Äėstrikingly unfriendly and positively aggressive‚Äô Vatican Radio. He never really understood how an independent radio station could beam from what he viewed as the capital of Germany‚Äôs greatest ally. For him, the whole Vatican Radio operation was totally perplexing.
(catholiccitizens.org)

Donald Stratton, one of Last 3 remaining survivors of USS Arizona, passes away at 97
On February 15, Donald Stratton, one of the last three remaining sailors to survive the sinking of the USS Arizona passed away. Stratton was severely burned when the USS Arizona was torpedoed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. There are now only two remaining survivors of the attack on the Arizona: Lou Conter and Ken Potts.
(warhistoryonline.com)

Inside the Nazis' secret Normandy bunkers: Excavation two miles from Omaha Beach
Excavations have uncovered further parts of a secret Nazi bunker complex in Normandy that were used against Allied forces during the D-Day landings in June 1944. The bunkers were part of the Maisy Battery complex and are located two miles inland from Omaha beach, the landing area during the invasion. Although the Maisy Battery was first uncovered in 2006, new areas of the complex have been uncovered.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Newly-digitized footage from Iwo Jima captures the fury of battle in incredible detail
When most Americans think of the WWII battle for Iwo Jima they think of one image: Marines raising the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, the island's highest point. But these pictures are far from the only images of the bloodiest fight in the Marines' history. A larger library of film, and the men captured on them, is similarly emotionally affecting. It can even bring Americans alive today closer to a war that ended in the middle of the last century. More than 50 Marine combat cameramen operated across the eight square miles of Iwo Jima during the battle.
(taskandpurpose.com)

Me-163 Rocket Fighter Was The Only One Ever Made
Nazi Germany pursued numerous ambitious and impractical weapon programs over the course of World War II. One of the few that saw action was the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, the only rocket-powered fighter to enter operational service. The stubby rocket planes were blindingly fast by the standards of World War II fighters‚ÄĒbut were in as much danger of blowing up from their volatile rocket fuel as they were of being shot down by enemy fire.
(nationalinterest.org)

Frank Losonsky, last of World War II legendary Flying Tigers, dies at 99
A Columbus man who was considered the last of the surviving Flying Tigers from World War II has died. Frank Losonsky, 99, died at home from natural causes, his son Chris told the Ledger-Enquirer in a phone interview Monday. No funeral service is planned, he said. According to a 2019 article on the Voice of America website, Losonsky was the last survivor of the Flying Tigers.
(ledger-enquirer.com)

Bodyguard's intimate photos 1937-1939 show Nazi dictator and his henchmen
These pictures taken by Hitler's personal bodyguard show the F√ľhrer and his henchmen rallying at Nuremberg and sweeping into Austria in the lead-up to war. The photos were taken between 1937 and 1939 by a member of the dictator's bodyguard unit, known as the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. The collection includes pictures of Hitler appearing at Nazi rallies, marching into Vienna following the Anschluss in 1938 and walking up a mountain near his Alpine retreat in Berchtesgaden. There are also photos of other leading Nazis, including Heinrich Himmler on a visit to Bavaria and Rudolf Hess being driven to a Nazi rally.
(dailymail.co.uk)

How Much Damage Did U.S. Battleships Really Cause to Imperial Japan During World War II?
Washington wasn't sure what to do with its battleships towards the end of the war. America did use them to bombard Japan, but doing so was very risky.
(nationalinterest.org)

Dresden: The World War Two bombing 75 years on
On 13 February 1945, British aircraft launched an attack on the German city of Dresden. In the days that followed, they and their US allies would drop 4,000 tons of bombs in the assault. The ensuing firestorm killed 25,000 people, ravaging the city centre, sucking the oxygen from the air and suffocating people. Dresden was not unique. Allied bombers killed tens of thousands and destroyed large areas with attacks on Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin, and the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But the bombing has become one of the most controversial Allied acts of WW2. Some have questioned the military value of Dresden. Even Churchill expressed doubts immediately after the attack.
(bbc.com)

Descendants of Nazi victims continue fight for German citizenship
Hundreds of descendants of German Jews who fled Nazi persecution have been fighting for years for naturalization. The Interior Ministry last year eased restrictions ‚ÄĒ but, for many applicants, it‚Äôs not enough.
(dw.com)

New game by Joni Nuutinen: Battle of Tarawa 1943
Tarawa gave the U.S. Marine Corps an opportunity to put to the test its doctrine on how to do an amphibious assault on a fortified atoll. Several challenges emerged: The U.S. naval bombardment created so much smoke that all visibility was lost, and the coral reefs shredded both the landing plans and boats (resulting founding of the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Teams AKA the U.S. Navy SEALS). In spite of the nightmare start the U.S. Marines gallantly waded on the beaches in several locations, only to discover that they were in the middle of fortified positions, which had survived the week of aerial attacks.
(play.google.com)

Germans created the ultimate fighter plane during WWII by upgrading a captured British aircraft
The Nazis created the 'ultimate' fighter plane during WWII by upgrading a captured British Spitfire plane - that would outperform anything else in the sky. The seized aircraft, which had mistakenly landed in a turnip field on occupied Jersey in 1942, was enhanced to make it travel faster and climb quicker than either its German or British counterparts. To achieve this, the Germans welded a Messerschmidt 109 fighter's head to the front and replaced its engine with a more powerful fuel injected Daimler-Benz model. The 'Messer-Spit' was fortunately never replicated during the war.
(dailymail.co.uk)

K√ľstrin: The Last Stand of the Nazi Fortress Guarding Berlin From Stalin
We felt that we were already dead men, wrote former Captain Albrecht W√ľstenhagen in a May 1988 letter to the author of his time in the fortress garrison of K√ľstrin. In 1945, W√ľstenhagen found himself in command of an infantry gun company, part of the garrison, estimated at between 9,000 and 16,000 men and boys, in the small town on the eastern bank of the Oder River, some 70 kilometers east of Berlin. On January 25, by order of Adolf Hitler, K√ľstrin had been made a Fortress Town, meaning that it was to be held to the last man and last bullet. The penalty for retreat was death.
(nationalinterest.org)