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Death of the Colditz cooler king: RAF hero who spent 415 days in solitary confinement and battled Nazi guards with water bombs dies aged 94

Death of the Colditz cooler king: RAF hero who spent 415 days in solitary confinement and battled Nazi guards with water bombs dies aged 94 | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Peter Tunstall, famous for his audacious escape bids from the notorious Colditz PoW camp in Germany, has died at his home in South Africa at the age of 94.
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Queen's World War 3 speech: Found in the archives, the dress rehearsal for disaster

Queen's World War 3 speech: Found in the archives, the dress rehearsal for disaster | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Deep in the corridors of Whitehall at the height of the Cold War civil servants prepared a speech for the monarch to deliver at the outbreak of World War Three between the Soviet Union and the West.
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It Ain't Half Hot Mum! Fascinating photos reveal how British soldiers turned their German PoW camp into a theatre to boost morale among troops

It Ain't Half Hot Mum! Fascinating photos reveal how British soldiers turned their German PoW camp into a theatre to boost morale among troops | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The pictures, taken at PoW camp Stalag 383, outside Nuremberg, Germany, make up a scrapbook dedicated to the 'Ofladium National Theatre Company', which was compiled by John Roberts.
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So much fortress Britain! How the nation has been invaded scores of times since the Norman invasion of 1066

So much fortress Britain! How the nation has been invaded scores of times since the Norman invasion of 1066 | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
British history may crow about the nation's ability to invade and conquer other larger countries, a book will definitely deflate the idea that Britain has not been on the receiving end of an invasion for centuries.
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Schindler's List fails to get a single bid after being put on eBay for $3million

Schindler's List fails to get a single bid after being put on eBay for $3million | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The famed Schindler's List closed on eBay yesterday after being up for sale since July 25, when experts said even then the asking price was too expensive.
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The French lieutenant who was really a woman: Mystery of officer and girl in uniform pictured in 'lost images' from World War One

The French lieutenant who was really a woman: Mystery of officer and girl in uniform pictured in 'lost images' from World War One | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
All is not as it seems in this historically-fascinating yet seemingly innocuous image, believed to have been taken in October 1916.
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How the Bank of England helped Nazis sell looted gold: Fears bullion worth £300million today was helped to fund Hitler's war machine

How the Bank of England helped Nazis sell looted gold: Fears bullion worth £300million today was helped to fund Hitler's war machine | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Archives show that the bullion, held in the Bank of England's vaults, was sold to the national banks of Belgium and Holland and buyers here.
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Fit for a king: Some royal history behind 'George,' the name of Britain's little prince - World - Times Colonist

Fit for a king: Some royal history behind 'George,' the name of Britain's little prince - World - Times Colonist | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Fit for a king: Some royal history behind 'George,' the name of Britain's little prince
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Stone coffin at Richard III site is opened to find.. ANOTHER mystery lead coffin

Stone coffin at Richard III site is opened to find.. ANOTHER mystery lead coffin | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Another mystery coffin has been found in a tomb next to Richard III's final resting place. Archaeologists discovered the 600-year-old casket yesterday morning.
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U shld cme 2 Balmoral: Queen Victoria's shortened 'txt spk' in dozens of untidy handwritten notes reveal a 'kind' monarch who was 100 years ahead her time

U shld cme 2 Balmoral: Queen Victoria's shortened 'txt spk' in dozens of untidy handwritten notes reveal a 'kind' monarch who was 100 years ahead her time | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The monarch sent a series of notes to James Forbes, commissioner of Balmoral Castle, using the short form of common words such as 'which' and 'about'.
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How long since you've done a clear-out? Anglo-Saxon gravestone is found in garage behind cardboard boxes and gardening tools

How long since you've done a clear-out? Anglo-Saxon gravestone is found in garage behind cardboard boxes and gardening tools | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Astonished auctioneers found the ninth-century relic, which is 3ft tall and bears Christian carvings, when they were called to value other items in a garage in Surrey.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau - Auschwitz Museum among the world’s top museums

Auschwitz-Birkenau - Auschwitz Museum among the world’s top museums | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Official site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum
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Heroes' send-off for World War Two RAF bomber crew laid to rest in Italy 68 years after their plane crashed during raid

Heroes' send-off for World War Two RAF bomber crew laid to rest in Italy 68 years after their plane crashed during raid | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The crew of the Boston Bomber, which crashed just weeks before the end of the war, were buried with full military honours at the Padua War Cemetery in northern Italy, watched by their families.
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How Hollywood bowed to the wishes of Hitler: 1930s studio bosses censored and dropped films at the requests of Nazis - and one MGM exec even agreed to divorce his Jewish wife

How Hollywood bowed to the wishes of Hitler: 1930s studio bosses censored and dropped films at the requests of Nazis - and one MGM exec even agreed to divorce his Jewish wife | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
A Harvard film scholar has revealed in terrifying detail how Hollywood was at the whim of the Nazis throughout the 1930s - censoring films and dropping others in a sinister collaboration with Hitler.
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Finally laid to rest 95 years on, 21 German soldiers found perfectly preserved in trench where they were buried alive by Allied shell

Finally laid to rest 95 years on, 21 German soldiers found perfectly preserved in trench where they were buried alive by Allied shell | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The soldiers were buried alive in 1918 when a huge Allied shell exploded above the shelter causing it to cave in. The soldiers have been laid to rest in at a German war cemetery at Illfurth.
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Wooden waggonway built more than 200 years ago discovered near former colliery is 'oldest example of standard gauge railway ever found'

Wooden waggonway built more than 200 years ago discovered near former colliery is 'oldest example of standard gauge railway ever found' | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
An excavation on the banks of the Tyne unearthed a stretch of waggonway which is more than 200 years old, making it the earliest surviving example of the standard-gauge railway.
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Beat the morning commute with your own Tube station: Secret command centre used by Winston Churchill goes up for sale

Beat the morning commute with your own Tube station: Secret command centre used by Winston Churchill goes up for sale | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The Ministry of Defence is selling off the 28,000 sq ft Brompton Road 'ghost station' in London in a bid to raise up to £60million for frontline troops.
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Unearthed, the ancient 'halls of the dead' that are 1,000 years OLDER than Stonehenge

Unearthed, the ancient 'halls of the dead' that are 1,000 years OLDER than Stonehenge | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Archeologists at the University of Manchester have discovered communal halls that were ritually burned and buried after the death of the head of a family that date to about 3,800BC.
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Before the bikini: Fascinating photographs shows how bathers used to cover up on the beach 100 years ago

Before the bikini: Fascinating photographs shows how bathers used to cover up on the beach 100 years ago | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Incredible pictures of sea-side holidays 100 years ago shows how people used to frolic in the sand in near head-to-toe outfits, complete with hats and shoes.
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Revealed: Hour by hour the FULL story of the most infamous and bloody bank raid in American history and the Wild West manhunt that ensured the legend of Jesse James...and sealed his fate

Revealed: Hour by hour the FULL story of the most infamous and bloody bank raid in American history and the Wild West manhunt that ensured the legend of Jesse James...and sealed his fate | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Jesse James was a ruthless robber and murderer yet his crimes brought him the respect of the men who hunted him down.
Now a new book reveals how a career of fear, deception and violence began to unravel with the very job that cemented his legend.
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Lost Civil War battleground where Charles I slept under hedge before defeating Parliamentarians discovered by researchers

Lost Civil War battleground where Charles I slept under hedge before defeating Parliamentarians discovered by researchers | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The battlefields, at Lostwithiel, Cornwall, have been added to an English Heritage register, which protects them against future developments.
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Regal elegance: New exhibition shows the sumptuous clothes worn at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth

Regal elegance: New exhibition shows the sumptuous clothes worn at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The show features the young monarch’s breathtakingly beautiful Norman Hartnell-designed gown, her 21-foot purple velvet, Ermine-trimmed Coronation Robe and Queen Victoria’s dazzling diamonds.
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A stricken Allied bomber, the German ace sent to shoot it down and a truly awe inspiring story of wartime chivalry

A stricken Allied bomber, the German ace sent to shoot it down and a truly awe inspiring story of wartime chivalry | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
A new book tells the incredible story of how a German Luftwaffe ace took pity on a near-destroyed Allied bomber and helped it's journey out of harms way...
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Hitler Youth member and ex-POW Bert Trautmann, made famous by playing in goal for Man City in the FA Cup final despite a broken neck, dies aged 89

Hitler Youth member and ex-POW Bert Trautmann, made famous by playing in goal for Man City in the FA Cup final despite a broken neck, dies aged 89 | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The German Football Association announced that Trautmann, who played more than 500 times for the Manchester club after arriving in the UK as a prisoner of war, died at his home in Spain this morning.
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Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding band to be auctioned by his ex-wife as she breaks ties with 'worst day of her life' ahead of 50th anniversary of JFK assassination

Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding band to be auctioned by his ex-wife as she breaks ties with 'worst day of her life' ahead of 50th anniversary of JFK assassination | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Marina Oswald Porter has given the band up to be auctioned in New Hampshire after it was returned to her after being lost for 50 years among a lawyer's papers.
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