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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)

This Is How These Amphibious Tanks Shaped The D-Day Landings
The realities of World War Two and particularly the Normandy invasion made the DD program critical.
(hotcars.com)

Battle of the Philippine Sea – Inside the Naval Showdown That Shattered Japan’s Carrier Fleet
The two days of combat had savaged Japanese naval power to the point it would never recover.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

Operation Husky – The invasion of Sicily
Many battles occurred prior to Normandy that were, if not as famous, certainly as important, battles like Operation Husky, the code name for the invasion of Sicily in July, 1943. Not only did the Allies successfully take this island back from the Germans, it forced Hitler to divert troops from the battle on the eastern front in the Soviet Union.
(warhistoryonline.com)

Josephine Baker's Daring Double Life as a World War II Spy
Using fame as a cover, the glamorous entertainer spied for the French Resistance against the Nazis.
(history.com)

Medals of Battle of Britain ace Peter Malam Brothers who downed 16 Nazi aircraft for sale
The gallantry medals awarded to one of the RAF's finest Battle of Britain aces are being sold by his family for £200,000. Air Commodore Peter Malam Brothers destroyed 16 enemy aircraft during the Second World War. He was a veteran of the Battle of France, the Battle of Britain, the Dieppe raid and D-Day. In his RAF log books, which are also being sold, he drew red swastikas to mark all his 'kills' and wrote the words 'Good Show' to describe the 1944 Normandy invasion.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Nazi-Fighting Women of the Jewish Resistance
They went undercover, smuggled revolvers in teddy bears and were bearers of the truth. Why hadn’t I heard their stories?
(nytimes.com)

Book Review: Comrades Betrayed: Jewish World War I Veterans under Hitler
On September 15, 1935, enactment of the “Nuremberg Laws” stripped German Jews of citizenship, expelling them from the civil service and most occupations. In practice, decorated and war-wounded Jewish veterans, those married to “Aryans,” and converts to Christianity were exempted from strict enforcement. The situation worsened after Kristallnacht. Some Jewish veterans were sent to a “privileged” concentration camp at Theresienstadt but as the Red Army approached, the SS grew concerned that men with military experience were potential leaders for prisoner revolts, and most were shipped off to Auschwitz for extermination.
(strategypage.com)

The Soviet T-26 Tank Helped Stop the Nazis
It was the T-26—a light infantry tank, that had already proven successful in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), that helped slow the German advance. While the T-26 was essentially obsolete and outclassed by German armor, the Soviets had the tank in great numbers.It has been described as the “illegitimate offspring” of the British Vickers Mark E light tank, which was produced for the export market. As the Soviets sought to modernize its military infrastructure in the 1930s, the T-26 became the most produced in the world.
(nationalinterest.org)

Why Nazi Germany Relied So Much on the Panzer II Tank
The Panzerkampfwagen II was designed as a stopgap, but it ended up being mass produced and used on many fronts.
(nationalinterest.org)

Wunderwaffe – The Nazi Superweapons of WW2
Very few Wunderwaffe’s actually made it into the combat theatre, with a majority of designs only remaining a concept or early prototype. Historian Michael J. Neufeld has noted: the net result of all these weapons, deployed or otherwise, was that the Reich wasted a lot of money and technical expertise (and killed a lot of forced and slave laborers) in developing and producing exotic devices that yielded little or no tactical and strategic advantage. The Triebflügeljäger, meaning “thrust-wing hunter” was the concept design of a vertical take-off and landing interceptor
(heritagedaily.com)

The Admirals: The joint biography looks at Chester Nimitz, William Halsey, William Leahy and Ernest King.
They were children of the Victorian Era. Annapolis graduates around the turn of the twentieth century. Junior officers in World War I, captains by 1927. They gained their first admiral’s stars by the 1930s, and all four were near or past retirement age when war broke out. Yet they rose to the pinnacle of leadership in that war and played outsized roles in the Allied victory.
(berkeleyside.com)

The Death of Scharnhorst – The Battle of the North Cape and the Final Hours of One of Hitler’s Most Dangerous Warships
Winston Churchill deemed the 32,000-ton German battlecruiser Scharnhorst, armed with nine 11-inch guns and a top speed of 31 knots, a “target of supreme consequence.” On Dec. 26, 1943, she went head-to-head with HMS Duke of York off Norway’s North Cape.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

Adolf Hitler Had Cash Worth $12,000 When He Was Only Six, Unearthed Letter Reveals
Letters written by Adolf Hitler’s father that were recently discovered in an Austrian attic reveal fascinating insights into the Nazi dictator’s early childhood. It is believed that at the tender age of six, Hitler had over $12,000 in his savings account. “A lady told me she had found letters from Adolf Hitler’s father in her attic that were addressed to her great-great-grandfather Josef Radlegger” said Roman Sandgruber, emeritus professor at the University of Linz in Upper Austria.
(tntribune.com)

Researchers Uncover Remains of Polish Nuns Murdered by Soviets During WWII
As the Red Army pushed the Nazis out of Poland in 1945, soldiers engaged in brutal acts of repression against civilians
(smithsonianmag.com)

World War II Artillery: The Deadliest Big Guns from the Axis and Allies
Artillery, from mortars to howitzers, was also one area where Germany may have had a slight advantage, but both sides had a range of weapons that allowed them to pound their enemy.
(nationalinterest.org)

This was the secret war off the US coast during World War II
At a little after two o’clock in the morning on Monday, January 19, 1942, an earthquake-like rumble tossed fifteen-year-old Gibb Gray from his bed. Furniture shook, glass and knickknacks rattled, and books fell from shelves as a thundering roar vibrated through the walls of the houses in Gibb’s Outer Banks village of Avon. Only seven miles away, a German U-boat had just torpedoed the 337-foot-long U.S. freighter, City of Atlanta, sinking the ship and killing all but three of the 47 men aboard. The same U-boat attacked two more ships just hours later.
(wearethemighty.com)

Masters of disguise: the story of the Allies’ WW2 ‘Ghost Army’
As the Allies pushed through Europe at the end of World War II, they needed a secret weapon to stay ahead of the German war machine. Gavin Mortimer tells the story of the ‘Ghost Army’ – a talented band of artists and engineers who created the ultimate distraction
(historyextra.com)

Battle of the Atlantic – Inside the Second World War’s Most Important Campaign
The battle escalated slowly from its commencement at the outbreak of war in 1939 to its violent climax in the spring of 1943.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

Letters from Adolf Hitlers father give rare glimpse into dictator's upbringing
Like father, like son — Adolf Hitler's father was also self-taught, smug and greatly overestimated himself, writes veteran Austrian historian Roman Sandgruber in a new book.
(dw.com)

Flight of the 34th: Inside One WW2 Bomber Squadron’s Trailblazing Voyage from the U.S. to North Africa
he 34th was the first unit of any kind to make this crossing which would later become routine
(militaryhistorynow.com)

95-year-old Former Nazi guard arrives in Germany after US deportation
The 95-year-old man reportedly confessed to serving as a concentration camp guard in 1945. He was handed over to German investigators upon landing at Frankfurt Airport.
(dw.com)

How To Kill A Panther Tank – Review by Mark Barnes
This book by Craig Moore takes us into the heart of investigations into how the Panther worked and how the Allies refined the ways to defeat it. Mr Moore has poured over a great many reports and other documents to piece together how in depth analysis of the tank’s performance prepared the Allies to take the Panther on. While combat histories are great to read, this book shows that other war, the one in the background, where soldiers, engineers, metallurgists and scientists took Panthers apart to see what made them tick. No stone was left unturned.
(warhistoryonline.com)

talin’s Organ: 10 Surprising Facts About the Katyusha Rocket
The Katyusha was omnipresent on the Eastern Front and likely contributed as much to the Allied victory as the M4 Sherman tank, the Higgins Boat or the Spitfire.
(militaryhistorynow.com)

One of New Zealand's last surviving World War II pilots turns 100
One of the last remaining New Zealanders who served in Bomber Command in World War II is celebrating his 100th birthday. Squadron Leader Keith Boles, who will mark the milestone on January 31, is one of 6000 Kiwis who flew with the bombing arm of the Royal Air Force. One in three did not come home.
(stuff.co.nz)