Keyword: ww2

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • This Man Owns the Largest Collection of Nazi Artifacts

    06/28/2015 9:20:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 27, 2015 | Alex Preston
    When he was 5 years old, Kevin Wheatcroft received an unusual birthday present from his parents: a bullet-pocked SS stormtrooper’s helmet, lightning bolts on the ear-flaps. He had requested it especially. The next year, at a car auction in Monte Carlo, he asked his multimillionaire father for a Mercedes: the G4 that Hitler rode into the Sudetenland in 1938. Tom Wheatcroft refused to buy it and his son cried all the way home. When Wheatcroft was 15, he spent birthday money from his grandmother on three WWII Jeeps recovered from the Shetlands, which he restored himself and sold for a...
  • German World War II Era Wehrmacht Howitzer Used By Syrian Rebels On The Battlefield In Idlib

    06/24/2015 5:17:27 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    WarLeaks ^ | June 8, 2015 | Staff
    YouTube video of German World War II Era Wehrmacht Howitzer Used By Syrian Rebels On The Battlefield In Idlib
  • FLIGHT OF THE NIGHT WITCHES: WWII'S ALL-FEMALE (Russian) FIGHTING FORCE

    06/21/2015 2:57:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | June 21, 2015
    Night Witch commemorative stamps (Photo: toysworld.od.ua)In the Nazi-occupied Soviet Union, German soldiers had a very real fear of witches.Namely the Night Witches, an all-female squadron of bomber pilots who ran thousands of daring bombing raids with little more than wooden planes and the cover of night—and should be as celebrated as their male counterparts.This month marks the 73rd anniversary of the start of their pioneering service. In June of 1941, the Axis powers pushed into the Soviet Union using the largest invading force in the history of warfare. The infamous Operation Barbarossa saw over four million troops wade into Russia from...
  • Has India's contribution to WW2 been ignored?

    06/17/2015 1:49:20 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 51 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17th June 2015 | Yasmin Khan
    'The numbers are staggering: up to three million Bengalis were killed by famine, more than half a million South Asian refugees fled Myanmar (formerly Burma), 2.3 million soldiers manned the Indian army and 89,000 of them died in military service. South Asia was transformed dramatically during the war years as India became a vast garrison and supply-ground for the war against the Japanese in South-East Asia. Yet, this part of the British Empire's history is only just emerging. By looking beyond the statistics to the stories of individual lives the Indian role in the war becomes truly meaningful. Has the...
  • Bombs away! The Blenheim's back

    06/14/2015 12:04:15 PM PDT · by DFG · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/13/2015 | SARAH OLIVER
    Beneath the panes of Perspex in her floor, the daisy-strewn runway falls away as fast as 80 years of history. The Blenheim’s snout lifts skywards, her twin engines casting a heat haze behind the propellers’ silver blur. At 200mph, she throttles towards a patchwork of cumulus and sun, quiet, quick and deft. Inside she is bare of today’s technology. Her khaki flight deck contains pedals as delicate as a piano’s, a joystick, and a small black bank of antique instruments. I am perched in the navigator’s place on a circular seat the size of a dinner plate. Above me and...
  • Magna Carta Copy Offered As Incentive For U.S. To Get Into World War II

    06/12/2015 11:38:02 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 8 replies
    Delaware Public Media ^ | June 11, 2015 | Editor
    Originally published on June 11, 2015 11:30 am Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: The Magna Carta has a big birthday coming up. That document, establishing the foundation of the modern judicial system, will turn 800 years old on Monday. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: At the British Library in London, an exhibition displays the Magna Carta alongside original copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Bill of Rights. Both of those documents were inspired by the Magna Carta. A couple of months ago, I visited the British Library for a story on the...
  • First USS Oklahoma Remains Exhumed

    06/11/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    KFOR ^ | JUNE 10, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    The Defense Department announced in April that the remains of up to nearly 400 unaccounted for service members tied to the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor will be exhumed. That process began on Monday. “This was the first set of remains from the USS Oklahoma to be disinterred,” said Jim Horton, the director of the Punchbowl cemetery. Disinterment ceremonies were held when the bones of Korean War veterans were exhumed for identification. Now, hundreds who served on USS Oklahoma during World War II may also be identified. The attacked happened at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. But many bodies...
  • The Fallen of WWII

    06/10/2015 8:06:40 PM PDT · by Oatka · 15 replies
    The Fallen website ^ | unknown | Neil Halloran
    casualty count of WWII in graphic format
  • D-Day lead Aircraft found (That's All, Brother)

    06/08/2015 3:17:01 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 38 replies
    AOPA ^ | 6-5-2015 | Jim Moore
    Late on the night of June 5, 1944, a Douglas C-47 Skytrain commanded by Lt. Col. John M. Donalson launched with 15 paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division on board. They were the very tip of the Allied invasion spear, leading a formation of hundreds of aircraft carrying thousands of troops. Just after midnight on June 6, That’s All, Brother navigated through intense German fire and low clouds to drop the first Allied troops to land in Normandy, France, on D-Day, commencing Operation Overlord. Seven decades later, Staff Sgt. Matt Scales of the Alabama Air National Guard was researching Donalson’s...
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb documentary[REAL TRUTH]

    06/08/2015 2:17:41 PM PDT · by StormPrepper · 89 replies
    Military Channel ^ | Nov 29, 2014 | Military Channel
    Documents recently discovered and Japanese scientist acknowledge that Japan had a nuclear weapons program in WW2. The Japanese had made big strides toward creating their own atomic bomb. Very interesting documentary.
  • Remember to remember - The Longest Day - 71 Years Ago! [Vanity]

    06/06/2015 5:38:38 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 6 replies
    On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard...
  • Restaurateur Stumbles on Hitler's Cognac Stash

    06/04/2015 9:03:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Jun 2015
    As the German army was in retreat at the end of 1944 and the country starved, Hitler stashed away his precious liquor, where it lay hidden for 76 years - until now. When restauranteur Silvio Stelzer bought a villa on the grounds of the splendid Wasserschloss Moritzburg estate in Saxony, the old seat of the royal family of Saxony, he knew he was moving into a place rich with history. What he probably didn’t expect was to find quite such a wealth of historical treasure when renovating his grounds. But Bild reported on Thursday that the well-known chef, who has...
  • WWII Veteran Denied Move from Minnesota to California

    06/03/2015 8:28:38 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    kstp ^ | 6-3-15 | kstp
    A 99-year-old World War II veteran who wants to move from a Minnesota veterans' home to one in California is frustrated by a state law that requires six months of residency first. George Vandersluis grew up in Minneapolis and eventually settled in Fresno, California, where he raised his sons after the war. He returned to Minnesota after suffering a heart attack eight years ago to live in a Veterans Affairs facility in Hastings. KSTP first introduced you to Vandersluis, who is one of the last Pearl Harbor survivors, on Memorial Day.
  • The Battle of Midway [John Ford's "The Battle of Midway" (1942) Digitally Restored]

    05/31/2015 11:19:33 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 51 replies
    U.S. Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless dive bombers from the USS Hornet about to attack the burning Japanese cruiser Mikuma for the third time on 6 June 1942 REMEMBER: June 4–7, 1942: the Battle of Midway, a turning point in World War II in the Pacific. The Imperial Japanese Navy had been undefeated until that time and out-numbered the American naval forces by four to one. Timeline of the Battle of Midway (acc. to William Koenig) 4 June 04:30 First Japanese takeoff against Midway Islands 04:30 10 planes (Yorktown) begin to search for the Japanese ships 05:34 Japanese ships detected by Yorktown...
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/25/2015 8:09:28 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 33 replies
    Self | May 25, 2015 | Self
    My greatest contact with these men started about age nine when my dad began taking me out golfing on the weekends. There was a man who used the first golf cart I ever saw, because as a brigade commander of the 41th infantry in New Guinea he was debilitated by sickness. I remember one fairly good golfer who had kind of a weird back swing, because he was crippled while serving with the Big Red One in Sicily. I often ended up as a dishwasher at Michelbook Country Club. I noticed the chef always limped as he moved around the...
  • Minnesotan Les Schrenk survived WWII. Now, he knows why.

    05/25/2015 6:15:48 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-23-15 | Bob Shaw
    Sunday night, Les Schrenk will watch a war story on TV -- about himself. The documentary "Mortal Enemies" will tell the tale of the act of mercy that haunted him for 68 years. Schrenk, 91, is alive today because a German pilot mysteriously spared his life during World War II. And he is at peace today because he finally found out why -- after an odyssey spanning seven decades of dogged research. Schrenk said that when he finally met the pilot, he called it a "reunion," as if they were long-lost friends. The meeting would be full of answers for...
  • Commemorative Battle of Britain Eurofighter Typhoon unveiled

    05/22/2015 8:18:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 May 2015
    A specially painted Eurofighter Typhoon commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain has been unveiled. The jet has been painted in the colours used at the time of the battle, which ran from July to September 1940. It also bears a red devil emblem in honour of the only RAF Fighter Command pilot awarded a Victoria Cross in the conflict. It was revealed during a ceremony at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. The Battle of Britain was the German air force's attempt to gain air superiority over the RAF. Their ultimate failure was one of the turning points of the...
  • Diary of a Nazi

    05/18/2015 10:49:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | ROGER MOORHOUSE
    Goebbels was a frustrated intellectual and brittle womanizer: “I need women . . . like a balm on a wound.”In the autumn of 1923, a melancholy young man in the German Rhineland began keeping a diary. A frustrated writer and occasional journalist, he had a Ph.D. in literature and a moody disposition. He had been given the diary by a girlfriend as a way of assuaging the crisis into which he believed his life had spiraled. He recorded his gratitude on the opening page: “My dear, kind love!” he wrote in the first entry. “You raise me up and g
  • Jewish Groups Deplore Greek Demand to Remove Star of David From Holocaust Memorial

    05/17/2015 1:26:18 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    The Algermeiner ^ | May 15, 2015
    Jewish groups expressed “shock” on Friday over news that the unveiling of a Holocaust monument in Kavala, Greece was delayed because locals reportedly sought the removal of a Jewish star. -snip- The monument in question memorializes the 1,484 Jews of Kavala who were exterminated during the Nazi occupation of Greece in World War II. The monument was set to be unveiled when, just two days before, the mayor and a majority at the city council insisted on the removal of the image of a Star of David from the memorial. Meanwhile, Greek Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture, Education,...
  • USS Indianapolis survivor Clarence Hershberger dies at 89

    05/14/2015 9:03:13 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 24 replies
    WIBC radio (Indianapolis) ^ | 5/14/14 | Ray Steele
    Another of the remaining survivors of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis has died...
  • The Forgotten Realities of World War II

    05/14/2015 4:52:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    May 8 marked the end of World War II in Europe 70 years ago -- a horrific conflict that is still fought over by historians. More than 60 million people perished -- some 50 million of them in Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and China. The prewar Soviet state in the 1920s and 1930s had killed perhaps 20 million of its own citizens in purges, exiles, collectivizations, forced famines and show trials. Then it lost an estimated 25 million soldiers and civilians to the German army on the Eastern Front. Hitler's Germany by late 1942 had occupied almost 1...
  • Speaking to WWII veterans, Netanyahu compares Iran to Nazis

    05/13/2015 8:58:43 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 10:05 AM EDT
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Wednesday that Israel would defend itself against Iran, calling an emerging nuclear pact “a mistake that will cost dearly.” Speaking at the Knesset during a discussion devoted to the victory of the Allied forces in World War II 70 years ago, Netanyahu said world powers should learn a lesson from the rise of Nazi Germany and not go ahead with an agreement that would allow Tehran to continue enriching uranium and lift sanctions. “The lesson of history is never to make concessions to a radical regime which waves the banner of genocide and expansionism,” he...
  • WWII’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together

    01/19/2014 5:43:24 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 49 replies
    War history Online ^ | January 19, 2014
    Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. Andrew Roberts on a story so wild that it has to be made into a movie. The most extraordinary things about Stephen Harding’s The Last Battle, a truly incredible tale of World War II, are that it hasn’t been told before in English, and that it hasn’t already been made into a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945—five days after...
  • World War II's Forgotten Battle [Video]

    05/10/2015 12:34:26 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | 6 May 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
    Events are being held in many countries to mark 70 years since the end of World War II in Europe on May 8, 1945, but in fact the last large-scale engagement of the conflict began three days after the Nazi capitulation. More than a thousand people, mostly German soldiers, were killed in a largely forgotten battle against U.S. and Soviet troops plus Czech irregulars on May 11-12, 1945. (RFE/RL)
  • World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together

    05/13/2013 1:16:46 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    The most extraordinary things about this truly incredible tale of World War II are that it hasn’t been told before in English, and that it hasn’t already been made into a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945—five days after Hitler’s suicide—three Sherman tanks from the 23rd Tank Battalion of the U.S. 12th Armored Division under the command of Capt. John C. ‘Jack’ Lee Jr., liberated an Austrian castle called Schloss Itter in the Tyrol, a special prison that housed various French VIPs, including the ex-prime ministers Paul Reynaud and Eduard Daladier and former commanders-in-chief...
  • World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together

    05/10/2015 1:08:52 PM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 87 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05.12.134:45 AM ET | Andrew Roberts
    The most extraordinary things about Stephen Harding's The Last Battle, a truly incredible tale of World War II, are that it hasn’t been told before in English, and that it hasn’t already been made into a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945—five days after Hitler’s suicide—three Sherman tanks from the 23rd Tank Battalion of the U.S. 12th Armored Division under the command of Capt. John C. ‘Jack’ Lee Jr., liberated an Austrian castle called Schloss Itter in the Tyrol, a special prison that housed various French VIPs, including the ex-prime ministers Paul Reynaud and...
  • World War II Victory in Europe 70th Anniversary Ceremony

    05/10/2015 7:03:22 AM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    c-span ^ | May 8 2015
    Dignitaries and veterans commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe at a ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Speakers included White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice and author and World War II historian Alex Kershaw. The ceremony was followed by a flyover by dozens of World War II aircraft. May 8, 1945, marked the formal acceptance by the Allied forces of Germany’s unconditional surrender.
  • Underwater graveyard of hundreds of World War Two planes revealed

    05/08/2015 12:36:52 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5-8-2015 | Lydia Wilgress
    A series of incredible photographs showing more than 150 lost World War Two aircraft 130-feet under the Pacific Ocean has been released. The stunning images show the planes surrounded by coral and fish as they lie - sometimes vertically - on the seabed more than seven decades after they were dumped there. The find includes historic American aircraft including Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers, F4U Corsair and TBF/TBM Avengers.Amazingly, many of the planes have remained intact, with only a few broken tails and wings littering the floor. Brandi Mueller, from Cameron, Wisconsin, discovered the planes while scuba diving around five...
  • On V-E Day, St. Paul prayed, and the bars stayed open

    05/08/2015 5:53:45 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-8-15 | Richard Chin
    When the guns finally fell silent in Europe 70 years ago today, St. Paul prayed and drank. It was called V-E Day -- Victory in Europe -- when Nazi leaders still alive in Germany agreed to unconditional surrender ending World War II on the European continent. In St. Paul, it was celebrated with a prayer service at the Municipal Auditorium attended by 6,000 people. "The audience ranged from fur-draped women to women in defense plant coveralls and bandannas, and from white-collared business executives to work-stained garage mechanics," according to the St. Paul Dispatch. The city's churches also were packed, as...
  • German-born US rocket expert Oscar Holderer dies at 95

    05/06/2015 11:59:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 6, 2015 | unattributed
    The last known surviving member of the German engineering team that designed the rocket that took US astronauts to the Moon has died in Alabama. Oscar Holderer, who was 95, suffered a stroke last week and did not recover, his son Michael said. Mr Holderer was one of about 120 engineers who moved to the US after World War Two, bringing technology used in the German V2 rocket. They played a key role in the Saturn V rocket used in the 1969 Moon landing. The team, led by Wernher von Braun, was part of a project called Operation Paperclip that...
  • USA Mutiny WWII in Townsville Australia

    05/06/2015 6:52:52 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    ABC [Australia] ^ | Dec 6, 2013 | ABC [Australia]
    ABC 7:30 Report on USA Mutiny on Australian soil. [Video]
  • 'Let's get those Nazi dogs:' How 70 years ago, enraged by the horrors they found at Dachau,

    05/05/2015 11:41:26 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 66 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/5/15 | Daniel Bates
    ..liberating US troops took revenge by executing dozens of German guards American soldiers executed dozens of German guards at the Dachau WWII concentration camp after screaming: 'Let's get those Nazi dogs!' The US troops opened fire on 50 members of the SS and the Wehrmacht with a machine gun after lining them up and saying: 'Take no prisoners!' One commander shot dead four other Germans and became so hysterical that his own colonel had to hit him with the butt of his gun to stop him battering a fifth. According to a new book, the Americans took revenge because they...
  • Adolf Hitler’s Suicide and Nazism’s Irrational Rationality

    05/05/2015 5:10:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 39 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 4, 2015 | Vladimir Tismaneanu and Marius Stan
    Adolf Hitler’s Suicide and Nazism’s Irrational RationalityPosted By Vladimir Tismaneanu and Marius Stan On May 4, 2015 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments [1]Seven decades ago, on April 30, 1945, amid the irresistible offensive of the Red Army, the man who had imagined himself anointed by History to retrace the steps of such historical figures as Friedrich the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte committed suicide in Berlin together with his partner—who on the eve of their departure from this world became his wife—, Eva Braun. An age of apocalyptic delirium and ideological trance—whose effect was a universal carnage...
  • Greek talks stall over 'red lines' as country fights to remain in eurozone

    05/03/2015 12:13:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Sunday, May 3, 2015 | Szu Ping Chan, and agencies
    Reports claimed the government was prepared to reduce at least three different VAT rates to one, and limit exemptions. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras had opposed the move, claiming that the change would hit poorer people. The country will also press-on with privatisations it had also previously vowed to block, according to reports. However, Syriza has said that demands by creditors to reverse an increase in the minimum wage and cut pensions remain "red lines" that the leftist leadership is unwilling to cross... Mr Sakellaridis said that failure to reach an "honest compromise" with creditors would most likely lead to a...
  • German economy minister calls Greek war reparations request 'stupid'

    04/07/2015 11:45:24 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 7 April 2015 | Reuters in Berlin
    ...Germany has honoured its obligations, including a 115-million deutschmark payment made to Greece in 1960.
  • Greece demands 279bn(Euros) from Germany in Nazi War Reparations

    04/07/2015 10:20:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 4-7-2015 | Mehreen Khan
    Greece has demanded nearly €279bn in reparations from Germany, more than the value of its current bail-out, as the cash-strapped country continues to pursue compensation for crimes carried out by the Third Reich. A parliamentary committee established by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras put an official number on the claim, which includes the cost of a forced Nazi loan made by the Bank of Greece and the return of archaeological treasures. Greece suffered a brutal occupation at the hands of the Third Reich in 1941, with over 40,000 people starving to death in Athens alone. SNIP--- Berlin moved to quickly to...
  • Greek minister: Evidence for massive German war reparations

    04/09/2015 5:01:52 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    AP via Yahoo! Finance ^ | April 7, 2015 11:35 AM | DEREK GATOPOULOS and FRANK JORDANS
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's defense minister said his country's government has obtained "stunning evidence" to support its claim that German World War II reparations are worth a massive 278.7 billion euros ($302 billion). ... "The evidence is so compelling that it will lead to the reopening of cases, even those that have already gone to court." ... Germany says it has already settled its reparations to Greece in post-war agreements. Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's economy minister, argued that Greece's new left-led government was attempting to use the reparations issue to influence debt negotiations. "To be honest I think it's dumb,"...
  • Greece Nazi occupation: Athens asks Germany for 279bn euros

    04/07/2015 4:29:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 7, 2015
    The Greek government says Germany owes Greece nearly €279bn (Ł204bn; $303bn) in war reparations for the Nazi occupation during World War Two. It is the first time Greece has officially calculated what Germany allegedly owes it for Nazi atrocities and looting during the 1940s. However, the German government says the issue was resolved legally years ago. The new figure given by Greek Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas includes €10.3bn for an occupation loan that the Nazis forced the Bank of Greece to pay. "According to our calculations, the debt linked to German reparations is 278.7bn euros," Mr Mardas told a...
  • Tsipras raises Nazi war reparations claim at Berlin press conference with Merkel

    03/24/2015 5:54:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 23, 2015 | Ian Traynor
    Greece’s leftwing prime minister Alexis Tsipras stood beside German leader Angela Merkel and demanded war reparations over Nazi atrocities in Greece on Monday night, even as the two leaders sought to bury the hatchet following weeks of worsening friction and mud-slinging. “It’s not a material matter, it’s a moral issue,” said Tsipras, unusually insisting on raising the “shadows of the past” at the heart of German power in the gleaming new chancellery in Berlin. It was believed to be the first time a foreign leader had gone to the capital of the reunified Germany to make such a demand.
  • Looks Like Germany May Have To Pay Up

    03/21/2015 6:58:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Automatic Earth ^ | 22 March 2015 | Raúl Ilargi Meijer
    German magazine Der Spiegel digs deep(er) into the ‘Greece question’ this weekend, and does so with a few noteworthy reports. First, its German paper issue has Angela Merkel on the cover, inserted on a 1940′s photograph that shows Nazi commanders against the backdrop of the Acropolis in Athens. The headline is ‘The German Supremacy: How Europeans see (the) Germans’. The editorial staff has already come under a lot of fire for the cover, and I’ve seen little that could be labeled a valid defense for further antagonizing both Germans AND Greeks (and other Europeans) this way. Oh, and it’s also...
  • Greece just threatened to seize German assets over World War II

    03/11/2015 9:18:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    BI ^ | 3-11-2015 | Karolina Tagaris
    Greece's justice minister said on Wednesday he was ready to implement a High Court ruling allowing Athens to seize German state-owned property to compensate victims of a Nazi massacre in a small Greek village. Nikos Paraskevopoulos' comments come against a backdrop of rising tensions between Athens and Berlin as Greece's new leftist government struggles to persuade its European Union partners to renegotiate a 240 billion euro bailout package. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday accused successive German governments of using legal tricks to avoid paying reparations for the brutal Nazi occupation of Greece and said he would support efforts to...
  • Greece says Germany owes it compensation for WWII occupation

    03/11/2015 7:17:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | March 10, 2015 | Staff
    The radical left-led Greek government insisted Tuesday that the debt-ridden country has never been fully compensated by Germany for its brutal World War II Nazi occupation, linking the issue with Greece's fraught bailout negotiations. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said a 1960 reparation deal with Germany did not cover key Greek demands, including payments for wrecked infrastructure, war crimes and the return of a forced loan exacted from occupied Greece.
  • Soviet-Nazi Collaboration and World War II

    05/03/2015 3:27:19 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    World Affairs ^ | 30 April 2015 | Alexander J. Motyl
    As May 9th, Victory Day in many post-Soviet states, approaches, decency demands that we celebrate the defeat of Adolf Hitler’s Germany and honor the millions of soldiers and civilians who gave their lives to rid the world of the scourge of Nazism. At the same time, if we truly want to honor the dead, we must take heed of the historical lies that the Kremlin, both in its Soviet and post-Soviet hypostases, promotes about the USSR’s relationship with Nazi Germany. For starters, the Moscow-controlled Communist International, and its sidekick, the Communist Party of Germany, made Hitler’s rise to power possible,...
  • Auction Sales, Christie's, Spitfire, WWII (WW II Plane!)

    05/02/2015 1:10:54 PM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    neveryetmelted.com ^ | 4/30/2015 | unknown
    One of the first Spitfires ever made has gone up for sale for a staggering Ł2.5 million after spending 40 years buried in sand at the French beach it crashed on. The iconic Mark 1 plane was among the first built in March 1940 as Britain scrambled to ready itself for the epic battle that took place in the skies just a few months later. But Spitfire P9374 never made it to the Battle of Britain as it crash-landed in May 1940. The fighter plane was being piloted by Flight Officer Peter Cazenove over Dunkirk when it was hit by...
  • 7,377 Built, Two left flying...The Lancaster Bomber

    05/01/2015 11:27:45 AM PDT · by Doogle · 31 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 01/21/15 | CWHMuseum
    It has been 50 years since two Avro Lancaster bombers flew side by side. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster, VeRA, flew from Hamilton, Ontario to meet her British counterpart, Thumper—the only other surviving flight worthy Lancaster bomber in the world—the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's (BBMF) Lancaster in England. Suddenly SeeMore...Productions Inc's specialty is reality adventure television and the people who make it. REUNION OF GIANTS documents this historic mission as it unfolds, through the eyes of the flight crews, veterans, friends and family—all part of the bombers’ history, including this new chapter as VeRA crosses the...
  • Japan Prime Minister Gives Speech at Stanford Amid Protests Over "Comfort Women" During WWII

    04/30/2015 11:53:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Japan Prime Minister Gives Speech at Stanford Amid Protests Over Country's Use of "Comfort Women" During WWIIJapan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a speech at Stanford University Thursday amid demands by Korean-Americans and others that he apologize for the use of sex slaves by Japan's military during World War II. Abe's speech focused on innovation and partnerships between his country and Silicon Valley, which was followed by answering submitted questions, according to Stanford spokesman Brad Hayward. "I want the best, brightest Japanese talent with superb technology and high motivation to dive themselves into Silicon Valley," Abe said. "I also want...
  • Read an Eye-Witness Account of Mussolini’s Final Moments

    04/28/2015 9:51:02 AM PDT · by Borges · 35 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 4/28/2015 | Lily Rothman
    Seventy years ago on this day, April 28, 1945, the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was executed after a failed attempt to flee Italy with his mistress.
  • Norman Rockwell’s ‘Rosie The Riveter’ Dies, Mary Doyle Keefe Was 92

    04/23/2015 6:16:26 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | 4-22-15 | The Inquisitr
    Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell’s Rosie The Riveter painting, which was used to help inspire American women to work on U.S. soil throughout World War II, has died at the age of 92. Mary Ellen Keefe, Mary Doyle’s daughter, confirmed that her mother died after a brief illness in Simsbury, Connecticut, on Tuesday. Keefe, who grew up in Arlington, Vermont, which is where she first met Rockwell, posed for the image when she was just 19 years old. At the time of the painting, she was working as a telephone operator. However she became immortalized when the...
  • Back in the Day (Photos)

    04/19/2015 12:13:50 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 43 replies
    Imgur ^ | 4/19/2015 | Dallas59
    Just ads and pictures mostly from the 50's and 60's.
  • Father dies

    04/18/2015 8:40:50 PM PDT · by School of Rational Thought · 156 replies
    self
    Father died a few hours ago. Veteran of Saipan. It has not quite hit me yet. I was care giver 24/7 for both my parents for seven years. My mother went two years ago. Just drinking.