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  • Desert Rat’s photo album charting unit’s journey from N. Africa to Germany in WWII

    04/23/2018 7:43:01 PM PDT · by Postman Pat · 5 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 23 April 2018 | Connor Boyd
    A Desert Rat's captivating photo album charting the iconic army unit's epic journey from the North African desert to Germany in the Second World War is being auctioned off. Sergeant Ronald Jenner, of the 7th Armoured Division, fought in North Africa, the Middle East, Italy, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. His armoured car was one of the first to enter Tripoli during the North African campaign when the city was captured by the Allies in January 1943.
  • Central Berlin evacuated for World War II bomb removal

    04/20/2018 7:48:53 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 15 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | April 20, 2018 | Ben Knight
    Authorities in Berlin on Friday successfully defused a 500-kilogram (1,102-pound) British World War II aerial bomb that was found during construction work on Wednesday. Evacuations of all buildings within 800 meters of the bomb site started from 9 a.m. to allow the defusal to take place. Berlin's main train station fell within the evacuation area, potentially causing disruption for thousands of passengers. There was something of a holiday atmosphere around the station on Friday morning, as the last few passengers moving out of the station were easily outnumbered by the reporters and TV crews there to interview them, and, unusually,...
  • 4 in 10 millennials don't know 6 million Jews were killed in Holocaust, study shows

    04/12/2018 2:12:06 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 120 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 12, 2018 | Amir Cohen
    More than one-fifth of millennials in the U.S. -- 22 percent -- haven't heard of, or aren't sure if they've heard of, the Holocaust, according to a study published Thursday, on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day. The study, which was commissioned by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and conducted by Schoen Consulting, also found that 11 percent of U.S. adults overall haven't heard of the Holocaust or aren't sure if they did. Additionally, 41 percent of millennials believe two million Jews or fewer were killed during the Holocaust, the study found. Six million Jews were killed in World...
  • Hitler's Monstrous 'Jagdtiger' Tank Destroyers Were a Colossal Failure

    04/07/2018 9:25:29 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 91 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 04/06/18 | Sebastien Roblin
    To some minds, bigger is always better—but size can create is many new problems as it solves. Midway through World War II, Nazi Germany decided to take its huge 128-millimeter antiaircraft gun and stick it on its biggest, baddest tank. The result was the monstrous Jagdtiger (“Hunting Tiger”), then heaviest tank to see action in World War II—and still heavier than modern M1 Abrams and Leopard 2 tanks! But the vehicle’s terrifying bulk proved to be its own worst enemy. During World War II, German factories churned out numerous turretless assault guns (Sturmgeschutz) and tank destroyers (Jagdpanzers) based on...
  • 1945 - Nazi Concentration Camp footage (US Military)

    04/07/2018 1:05:17 PM PDT · by Moe-Patrick · 55 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1945 | US Military
    58 min. - Concentration camp footage via US Military 1945. Footage highlights many different camps, survivors, and Germans forced to tour the camps. Graphic....and sickening. Can be watched on Youtube or Netflix. This happened because of groupthink, propaganda, and cowardice. Referenced in one scene, villagers had relocated buried bodies because of the odor. After liberation, the US forced these villagers to relocate the corpses again for identification. These atrocities were known by world leaders and fellow Germans, yet it was allowed to continue. Hitler did not kill millions, groupthink did. And a population that willingly disarmed. Many don’t realize that...
  • Story of an American hero’s wife never gets old

    04/06/2018 1:36:27 PM PDT · by Mark · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 4/6/2018 | Dennis McCarthy
    PAMELA MURPHY All these years later, she’s still remembered by newspaper editors and publishers in small towns across this country wanting to know if they can reprint for their readers a column I wrote on her death. Sure, I tell them, go ahead. We had her all to ourselves out here for so long working at the Sepulveda VA, we almost took her for granted — as if that were ever really possible. There never has been a woman who commanded so much attention and respect from the first moment the veterans heard whispers in the VA hallways about who...
  • Jewish-American soldiers didn’t just fight Nazis in WWII — they endured anti-Semitism

    04/05/2018 8:32:06 PM PDT · by PA Engineer · 164 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | April 5, 2018 11:56am | Curt Schleier
    GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II” begins as many Holocaust documentaries do, with a history of the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany mixed with what is now standard archival footage of Brownshirts and Kristallnacht. Throw in interviews with some Jewish celebrities — in this case, Carl Reiner and his friend Mel Brooks wearing his old Army jacket — and it has all the workings of a typical PBS documentary. But the film, which premieres April 11, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, quickly takes an unexpected turn. Jewish-American soldiers, the viewer learns, weren’t only fighting...
  • 73 Years Ago Today the Battle for Okinawa Began. It Was Hell on Earth.

    04/01/2018 8:30:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 98 replies
    http://nationalinterest.org/ ^ | 4/1/18 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    As we celebrate Easter Sunday and the Jewish Passover, we should keep in our prayers and remembrances the many Americans who fought and sacrificed during that same time 73 years ago in the Battle of Okinawa. The event was Operation Iceberg. It was the bloodiest battle and the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater of World War II. On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, the Navy’s Fifth Fleet under Admiral Raymond Spruance attacked the Japanese-held island. They were joined by a British, Canadian, New Zealand, and Australian naval task force and more than 180,000 Army soldiers and Marines. This...
  • CHURCHILL was a WAR CRIMINAL - BBC historian David Olusoga in astonishing attack

    03/30/2018 6:11:49 AM PDT · by granada · 45 replies
    the Express UK ^ | March 20, 2018 | CIARAN MCGRATH
    David Olusoga has claimed Winston Churchill was a war criminal. And David Olusoga, who co-presents the BBC’s new Civilisations series, said those who criticised tributes to various historical figures should not be derided as “snowflakes”. Mr Olusoga made his sensational claims during a speech to the Oxfordshire Literary Festival. Suggesting that "almost all historical figures did good and bad", Mr Olusoga said academics were entering a period of ‘history wars’ in which accepted versions of Britain’s past are being challenged. He explained: “So while I’m personally glad that Churchill overcame Halifax in early 1940 and it was Churchill who faced...
  • North Carolina City Officials Reject Plan For Monument Honoring Soviet Aviators

    03/29/2018 11:06:58 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 54 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Mar 2018 | Associated Press
    The Russian Ministry of Defense is looking to install the 25-ton monument in Elizabeth City, which is the near the headquarters of a secret WWII mission called "Project Zebra," in which hundreds of Soviet aviators were trained at a time when U.S. and Soviet forces were allied in the fight against the Nazis. But the Elizabeth City council voted 5-3 on March 23 against a previously signed memorandum of understanding. If the plan had come to fruition, the Russian Defense Ministry would have paid for the monument, with the city then covering some $228,000 for improvements to the park where...
  • The Strange Story of How Nazi Germany Surrendered (and Then Kept Fighting)

    03/19/2018 3:12:06 PM PDT · by BBell · 85 replies
    It was said on May 8, 1945, that some of the victors wandered around in a daze. They were puzzled by a strange silence. The guns were no longer firing the permanent barrage, their constant companion, during those last months since they had crossed the Rhine. Some could not quite believe it was all over. They had longed for an end to the war in Europe for years. “Then suddenly it was upon them all and the impact of the fact was a thing that failed to register–like the death of a loved one,” the historian of the U.S. 3rd...
  • Sunken World War II Aircraft Carrier Found by Deep-Sea Expedition

    03/07/2018 9:43:26 PM PST · by bitt · 36 replies
    NaTIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ^ | 3/6/2018 | Elaina Zachos
    Known for deep-sea exploration efforts uncovering military ships in the past, Paul Allen's personal search team has helped to discover a lost aircraft carrier. The U.S.S. Lexington has finally been found, decades later and thousands of feet underwater. The crew of Research Vessel Petrel (R/V Petrel), the exploration ship of billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, discovered the wreckage of the World War II-era aircraft carrier Monday. It was found about two miles below the surface of the Coral Sea and more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia. The Lexington is one of the first aircraft carriers...
  • USS Lexington discovered by billionaire Paul Allen's crew 76 years after WWII sinking

    03/06/2018 6:07:03 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 6, 2018 | Frank Miles
    Billionaire Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner, has made another huge nautical find: the USS Lexington, which was lost at the Battle of Coral Sea 76 years ago. The fleet aircraft carrier, the first to be sunk by opposing carrier aircraft in World War II, was found near Australia below Coral Sea in a remarkably well-preserved condition, news.com.au reported.
  • USS Lexington: Lost WW2 aircraft carrier found after 76 years

    03/06/2018 6:11:05 AM PST · by George - the Other · 58 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 6, 2018 | BBC News
    The wreck of a US aircraft carrier that was sunk during World War Two has been found off the coast of Australia. The USS Lexington was found 3km (2 miles) underwater in the Coral Sea, about 800km off Australia's east coast. The ship was lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea, fought with Japan from 4-8 May 1942. More than 200 crew members died in the fighting. The US Navy confirmed the ship had been discovered by a search team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
  • non-Jewish WWI German flying ace who painted a Star of David on plane to annoy Hermann Goering

    03/01/2018 6:13:51 PM PST · by SJackson · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3-1-18
    The non-Jewish WWI German flying ace who painted a Star of David on his plane just to annoy Hermann Goering after he made Photos showing how a German fighter pilot painted a Jewish Star of David on his First World War plane just to annoy a racist Hermann Goering have come to light. Leutnant Adolf Auer wasn't Jewish himself but was upset when commanding officer Goering made anti semitic remarks about his own wingman, Willi Rosenstein. In revenge, Lt Auer painted the six-pointed Jewish symbol on the side of his Fokker biplane for Goering to see. Lt Auer painted a...
  • Pearl Harbor survivor and American hero Jim Downing passes

    02/14/2018 8:03:25 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 21 replies
    KKTV Colorado Springs | Feb 13, 2018 | KKTV
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The second oldest known Pearl Harbor survivor and original member of The Navigators passed away on Tuesday. Lt. James Downing passed away at the age of 104. His heart function declined following surgery in recent weeks, and he was unable to rally. Lt. Downing was a gunner's mate 1st class and postmaster on the USS West Virginia. "December 7th, my job was to do what I could after the attack," Lt. Downing told Dianne Derby in a previous interview. "Monday I had a new job, so I concentrated on that." Downing spent 24 years serving...
  • On this date in 1945

    02/11/2018 12:44:35 PM PST · by Bull Snipe · 63 replies
    The Yalta Conference wrapped up. American President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Churchill and Soviet leader Stalin came to agreement on several important issues regarding the outcome of the War. The leaders agreed that the unconditional surrender of German would be the way the war ended. Germany and Berlin would be divided into four occupation zones after the war ended. There would be international trials of German war criminals. In addition the Soviets agreed to declare war on Japan within three months after the war in Europe ended. They would join the UN. The Soviets would also retain possession of that...
  • [VIDEO] Two WWII Bombs Found on Hong Kong Construction Site

    02/09/2018 4:22:05 PM PST · by beaversmom · 18 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | February 8, 2018
    Police have diffused two AN-M65 model 450kg bombs left over from World War II which were discovered by Hong Kong's railway agency MTR Corporation. The bombs were found stuck int he mud at a Wan Chai construction site where MTR is constructing a rail link for the Sha Tin-Central line. Five thousand people in the area were evacuated overnight so police bomb disposal officers could cut through the bombs' casing and burn off the explosives inside.
  • The 'Black Sheep' of the Pacific War in color (TR)

    02/08/2018 8:07:10 AM PST · by DFG · 109 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 02/08/2018 | ALASTAIR TANCRED
    Fascinating pictures of America's famous WW2 Black Sheep Squadron whose efforts helped win the war in the Pacific have been released in vibrant color. The series shows the squadron's commanding officer, Colonel Gregory 'Pappy' Boyington who received the Medal of Honour and the Navy Cross, briefing his men on strategy and tactics before the 17 October 1943 attack on Kahili airdrome at Bougainville island, Papua New Guinea. In this raid 'Pappy' and 24 fighters circled the field where 60 enemy aircraft were based to goad them into sending a large force. In the ensuing air battle, 20 enemy aircraft were...
  • 74 years since Siege of Leningrad

    01/29/2018 9:42:23 PM PST · by beaversmom · 2 replies
    The Tribune of India ^ | January 29, 2018
    World War II guns fire a salute during celebrations of the 74th anniversary of the battle that lifted the Siege of Leningrad in St. Petersburg, on Saturday. The city of St. Petersburg, known as Leningrad until the name was changed back in 1991, is celebrating the Soviets’ victory over the devastating Nazi siege. The city was besieged by German, Finnish and Spanish troops on September 8, 1941, when the Nazis launched Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union. The blockade was broken on January 18, 1943 but finally lifted on January 27, 1944. Over 1 million people died mainly from starvation...