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Churchill Ordered Millions Of Pounds Paid in Bribes to Keep Spain Out Of WWII
What would you do if you were the Prime Minister of Great Britain and you discovered that one of the previously neutral countries in WWII, namely Spain, was being courted to join the war on the side of Germany? Well, if you were Winston Churchill you would haul out the chequebook and send enough money, via diplomatic channels, to ensure that Spain and her hawk generals officially stayed out of the conflict. These allegations have come to light in two books, the first is `Juan March: The Most Mysterious Man in the World`, written by historian Pere Ferrer and the second is `Bribes: How Churchill and March Bought Franco`s Generals` written by Ángel Viñas.

Documentary About the WW2 US Army Hero Who Led The Last Cavalry Charge in American History
"Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story` is a new documentary about the WWII hero who led the last cavalry charge in US military history. While in the Phillipenes, Ramsey found himself in facing down a large body of Japanese infantry, supported by tanks, while he and his men were mounted on horseback. With no other options available, Ramsey ordered his cavalry to charge – the last cavalry charge in American Military History. It was effective, too. The Japanese Infantry, surprised and terrified, broke and fled, and Ramsey and his small group held their position under heavy fire for five hours until reinforcements arrived.

Battle of Wizna: 800 Polish soldiers held off 42,000 Nazi soldiers for three days
The Battle of Wizna was fought between September 7 and September 10. It is often known as `the Polish Thermopylae` – a reference to the 300 Spartans who bravely held off an enormous Persian army in Ancient Greece. According to Polish historian Leszek Moczulski, between 350 and 720 Poles defended a fortified line for three days against more than 40,000 Germans. Although defeat was inevitable, the Polish defense stalled the attacking forces for days and postponed the encirclement of Independent Operational Group Narew, which was fighting nearby.

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)

Gold Run: The Rescue of Norway`s Gold Bullion from the Nazis, 1940
Robert historian Pearson has combed archives and interviewed survivors, to give us an account of the transfer of 50 tons of Norway`s gold from the banks vaults of Oslo to British warships, and thence on to England, even as Hitler`s hordes overran the country.

Hitler? He`s a little chap like Charlie Chaplin: diary of Girl Guide who met Nazi dictator
A diary in which a British Girl Guide described Hitler as a Charlie Chaplin lookalike when she met him during a trip to Germany in 1936 has emerged for sale. The 100 typed pages documenting the youth hostelling excursion to Bavaria three years before the start of the Second World War read like an Enid Blyton adventure book, but with a chilling undercurrent. The girl, who is not named, described the Nazi dictator as a "little chap" who reminded her of the English comic actor Chaplin, who spoofed Hitler four years later in the film The Great Dictator. She also noted that he was `wonderful` with the children and had a fascinating smile.

How The Nazis Turned 250,000 Ordinary People Into Murderers
Whether killing with their own hands, orchestrating or quietly aiding and abetting, a disturbingly high number of people in voluntarily fell in line with the Nazi killing machine. ... Something that has clearly been disproved is the common allegation that Nazi culprits acted under superior orders, fearing for their own life if they didn`t obey. It`s actually quite the opposite: Often it was the free choice to sign up to participate in the mass killing.

Mercedes-Benz W125 Rekordwagen: Nazi Germany`s record breaking streamliners
The Germans had mastery over the Grand Prix racing in the 1930s, with auto creators like Mercedes-Benz, and the Auto Union pushing out the Silver Arrows. The Mercedes-Benz W125 Rekordwagen, was the main car of the Grand Prix racer. It was a successful car, winning six of the 12 races it participated in. The W125 was highly modified for its record run in the year of 1937, getting rid of the open wheel layout of the track racing, and swapping it out for some sculpted body work.

Family so obsessed with war-time nostalgia that they permanently live in the 1940s
Kitten and Richard Von Mew have transformed their home into a snapshot of the wartime era, even wearing vintage clothes and giving their 14-month-old toys from the 1940s.

Diaries of John J. Pershing and George S. Patton Now Online
The Library of Congress has recently placed online the diaries, notebooks and address books of John J. Pershing, commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, and the diaries of George S. Patton, a tank commander in World War I and a U.S. Army general in World War II. Pershing`s digitized diaries, notebooks and address books describe his command of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I and his postwar service as army chief of staff until 1925. Patton`s diaries, 1910-1945, illustrate his activities during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, World War I and World War II.

Uproar As Hotel at the Center of the WW2 Battle of Arnhem to be Demolished
Hotel Dreyeroord in Oosterbeek, 5km west of Arnhem holds a special place in the hearts of many British servicemen, but now this building is destined to be demolished to build houses and a nursing home. This hotel that has stood for over 170 years is not a listed building and is standing in the way of a new development so is destined to be torn down. It was a key location in Operation Market Garden, an operation by the Allied forces to drive around the northern tip of the Siegfried Line to form the top pincer in a longer term plan to drive into the German industrial heartland.

The Battle for Moscow: How Russia Stopped Hitler`s Military During World War II
In October 1941, the Second World War teetered on a knife edge. There was war in China and war in North Africa, and soon there would be war between America and Japan. But in the autumn of 1941, the only war that really seemed to matter was fought in a portion of central Russia. Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, had begun brilliantly on June 22, 1941. Encirclement after encirclement had inflicted almost 4 million casualties on the huge but disorganized Soviet armies. By early October, they had advanced to within 200 miles of Moscow. Now came Operation Typhoon, the offensive to seize the Soviet capital and—or so the Germans hoped—end the campaign.

Sunken WWII-Era British Submarine Found off Danish Coast
The wreck of a British Royal Navy submarine from the Second World War, missing since 1940 after being attacked by German forces, has been found submerged in 40 meters of water off the Danish coast. 76 years ago, the HMS Tarpon was attacked and destroyed by an armed Nazi merchant ship, resulting in the deaths of at least 50 British Navy personnel.

So what happened to the 450 Argentine Shermans? 40 images may just tell the story
In the late 1940`s, Argentina bought nearly 450 M4 Sherman`s from Belgium in many British variants, over 250 of them were the Firefly version, with the long barrelled 17pdr gun that could take on the Tiger 1. What happened to these tanks?

The Junkers Ju-52 Story by Jan Forsgren
The Ju-52, the `Tante Ju` was one of the less glamorous but one of the best known Luftwaffe aircraft of WW2. This new book shows that it was far more than that though, as it was also a popular choice for airlines in carrying both passengers and cargo.

Eduard Bloch: The Jewish Doctor who happened to be the physician of Adolf Hitler`s family
Being a doctor is a difficult profession, but being Hitler`s family doctor is a whole new level of difficult. Eduard Bloch was an Austrian doctor practicing in Linz (Austria) and until 1907 the physician of Adolf Hitler`s family.

Woman in iconic World War II photo kissing sailor dies
The woman in an iconic photo shown kissing an ecstatic sailor in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. Greta Zimmer Friedman was 92. Friedman, who fled Austria during the war as a 15-year-old, died from complications of old age. Greta Friedman was a 21-year-old dental assistant in a nurse`s uniform when she became part of one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century. On Aug. 14, 1945, known as V-J Day, the day Japan surrendered to the United States, people spilled into the New York City streets from restaurants, bars and movie theaters, celebrating the news. That`s when George Mendonsa spotted Friedman, spun her around and planted a kiss. The two had never met.

Auschwitz medic Hubert Zafke goes on trial at fourth attempt
Hubert Zafke appeared in court in Neubrandenburg in Germany accused of assisting in the killing of 3,681 people at the Auschwitz death camp. The indictment covers one month, from 15 August to 14 September 1944. Shortly before the pre-trial hearing began, Hubert Zafke was given a medical check to determine under what conditions the trial could take place. On three previous occasions the trial has been postponed. His defence has argued he suffers from poor health, high blood pressure and suicidal thoughts. According to the indictment, the SS medic served for several weeks in the summer of 1944 in the medical unit at Auschwitz. Hubert Zafke denies the charges, arguing he treated only wounded soldiers and members of the SS.

Prora: Nazi holiday resort to be transformed into luxury tourist destination
A massive Nazi holiday camp built by Hitler to be the `Baltic Butlin`s` of the Third Reich has now finally opened as a luxury resort on one of Germany`s finest beaches. The dull and grey concrete shell of the Prora resort on Rügen island lay virtually untouched for decades since it was abandoned by Hitler in 1939 on the outbreak of World War II. Now developers Prora Solitaire has opened one of the complex`s eight blocks at a sprawling luxury apartment block, with three more to follow.

The U.S. Army`s Tank-Destroyers Weren`t the Failure History Has Made Them Out to Be
During the 1940s, the U.S. Army developed a special weapon to counter the tanks of the German Wehrmacht. Most of these vehicles had the hull of a Sherman tank and a turret with a long-barrel cannon. But don`t dare call them tanks. These were tank-destroyers. After the war, the U.S. Army concluded tank destroyers were a waste of time. Official histories excoriated the failure of the program. But a look at historical records shows that tank destroyers actually did their job well.

Second World War Operational Base Bunker Discovered On The Isle Of Wight
A secret operational base bunker used in the Second World War has been discovered on the Isle of Wight. The bunkers would have been used to house men whose job it was to disrupt any invasion by the Germans during the war. The bunker would have been used by the Arreton Patrol. It has a 20ft escape tunnel and around seven or eight men would have slept in the chamber. Their job would have been to blow up any infrastructure we had built when the Germans tried taking over, to disrupt their advance.

Jewish avengers unapologetic for targeting Nazis after WWII
Seventy years after the most daring attempt of Jewish Holocaust survivors to seek revenge, the leader of the plot has only one simple regret — that to his knowledge he didn`t actually kill any Nazis. Joseph Harmatz is one of the few remaining Jewish "Avengers" who carried out a mass poisoning of former SS men in an American prisoner-of-war camp in 1946 that sickened more than 2,200 Germans but ultimately caused no known deaths. A recently declassified U.S. military report has only added to the mystery of why the brazen operation did not kill Nazis, because it shows the amount of arsenic used should have been fatal to tens of thousands.

Photos: D-Day landings re-enacted by historical buffs on the shores of Eastern Europe
These vivid images show the desperate invasion of Omaha Beach in Normandy re-enacted by hundreds of historical enthusiasts. The landings were recreated at Hel D-Day festival in Poland, which lasts a week and features professional actors as well as amateurs.

Dr Kurt Tank of Focke Wulf of Hitlers Germany designed the HF-24 first jet in India
Dr. Kurt Tank was a German aircraft designer during World War II when Adolf Hitler ruled. He is famous for designing the Focke- Wulf 190 and the 4 engine Condor. After the defeat of Germany, Dr. Kurt escaped to Argentina. His tenure in Argentina was not much of a success and he came to India as a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras. Dr. Tank joined the team and soon brought out the first jet fighter ever made outside the developed world. He conceived and launched the Hindustan Fighter-24 or Marut which means the Wind god.

Collection of wartime comics show how propaganda persuaded Britain`s children they need not fear the Nazis
Bright, bold and politically charged, these comics reveal how publishers fought to win over the hearts and minds of British children during the Second World War. The Beano and The Hotspur both trumpeted the importance of the nation`s war effort to youngsters sitting at home, many of whom had brothers, fathers and uncles serving on the frontline. Targeting children as young as eight, the comics used vibrant front covers and witty story lines to ridicule Hitler and undermine the Nazis while championing the ideal of the plucky British underdog.