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Escape from Stalag Luft III by steam train! | Nighthawk News

Escape from Stalag Luft III by steam train! | Nighthawk News | World at War | Scoop.it
Monday, 24th March 2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Great Escape, when 76 prisoners of war made a daring escape from Stalag Luft III, a prisoner of war camp situated near what is now the town of Zagan in western ...
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A German girl’s view of World War II

A German girl’s view of World War II | World at War | Scoop.it
By George Morris Most Americans remember World War II through the eyes of veterans who fought, families who awaited their return, or from movies produced from the victors’ point of view. Eva Rieseler Bardsley had a different vantage point. Bardsley grew up in Berlin and was 12 years old when Germany’s surrender in 1945 ended…
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World War II – Adolf Ehrnrooth – Inspection of the Finnish Army

World War II – Adolf Ehrnrooth – Inspection of the Finnish Army | World at War | Scoop.it
World War 2 photos - Finnish officers - Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Ehrnrooth and Major Olanterä inspect infantry from the Finnish army
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UN Holocaust files reveal Allies′ knowledge | Germany | DW.COM | 19.04.2017

UN Holocaust files reveal Allies′ knowledge | Germany | DW.COM | 19.04.2017 | World at War | Scoop.it
The UN War Crimes Commission has finally released files that show the Allies knew much more about the Holocaust during WWII than previously thought. Cold War politics kept the files locked away.
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Heroes Of The Second World War : World War II Veteran Video Interviews

Heroes Of The Second World War : World War II Veteran Video Interviews | World at War | Scoop.it
A non-profit dedicated to filming interviews with and supporting our surviving World War II veterans.
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Lost German U-Boat Off North Carolina Coast Finally Explored - 45 Bodies Still Trapped In The Hull

Lost German U-Boat Off North Carolina Coast Finally Explored - 45 Bodies Still Trapped In The Hull | World at War | Scoop.it
Lose Lips Sink Ships.
"Lose lips sink ships" is a phrase commonly used in American WWII propaganda but it held more truth than most people thought. Now many people know that the carnage of WWII actually hit the east coast of the United States. Just weeks after America declared war on Japan, Nazi Ge
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Florida man spends his one day off cleaning veterans' tombstones

Florida man spends his one day off cleaning veterans' tombstones | World at War | Scoop.it
Andrew Lumish, an owner of a cleaning service, takes a bucket and scrubs to spend hours wiping away the time on tombstones of military veterans at cemeteries around Tampa, Florida.
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Grave of Northumberland born World War 2 prisoner of war finally rededicated - GOV.UK

Grave of Northumberland born World War 2 prisoner of war finally rededicated - GOV.UK | World at War | Scoop.it
The final resting place of Private George Henry Thompson of the Green Howards, Yorkshire Regiment has been identified.
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Marine Le Pen’s Comments on the Vel d’Hiv Roundup During WWII Reawaken France’s Painful Past · Global Voices

Marine Le Pen’s Comments on the Vel d’Hiv Roundup During WWII Reawaken France’s Painful Past · Global Voices | World at War | Scoop.it
"The victims of #veldhiv have been pulled from eternal rest to serve as a tool in the electoral plot of infamous politicians without brains or morals."
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The lost letter that could prove a soldier from Nebo saved Winston Churchill's life War

The lost letter that could prove a soldier from Nebo saved Winston Churchill's life War | World at War | Scoop.it
Members of a North Queensland family believe a letter written by Winston Churchill, confirming their veteran descendant saved the former British prime minister's life, may be stuffed into a trunk of documents somewhere in the Wide Bay region.
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WORLD WAR II: The Doolittle Raid proved America and the Allies could win

WORLD WAR II: The Doolittle Raid proved America and the Allies could win | World at War | Scoop.it
The April 18, 1942, Doolittle Raid against Japan was not one of the great battles of the war. But the effect it had on the outcome of the war was
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World War II: An American Venture in Hypocrisy? - The Imaginative Conservative

World War II: An American Venture in Hypocrisy? - The Imaginative Conservative | World at War | Scoop.it
For many college-age Americans today, World War II was largely a venture in hypocrisy, as a nation founded on segregation and illegal internments vaunted its bogus moral superiority.... (essay by Philip Jenkins)
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New BBC Documentary Exposes the Genocide of Ethnic Germans After World War 2

New BBC Documentary Exposes the Genocide of Ethnic Germans After World War 2 | World at War | Scoop.it
The truth is coming out in a very big way. Less than a month after the release of Hellstorm, the
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Former Washington state lawmaker tapped to lead US Selective Service System

Former Washington state lawmaker tapped to lead US Selective Service System | World at War | Scoop.it
Don Benton, a former state lawmaker from Washington, is being tapped to oversee the U.S. Selective Service System. Benton ran President Donald Trump's Washington state campaign.
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World War II defences excavated from New Forest beach

World War II defences excavated from New Forest beach | World at War | Scoop.it
We’re back at Hordle Cliff next week 24 Apr, removing WWII anti-tank defences. Great aerial shot of works last month https://t.co/9oJ2q3QXI9 https://t.co/FFwQ97HGGq
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Gabriel

Gabriel | World at War | Scoop.it
WWII. German occupied Guernsey Island. When a mysterious man washes up on shore with no memor
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National Archives: Payments for 'great escape' families - BBC News

National Archives: Payments for 'great escape' families - BBC News | World at War | Scoop.it
Files show funds originally intended for concentration camp survivors given to families of dead PoWs.
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The Hidden Nazi Background Of Walter Hallstein, Founding President Of The Brussels EU Commission | The Dr. Rath Health Foundation

The Hidden Nazi Background Of Walter Hallstein, Founding President Of The Brussels EU Commission | The Dr. Rath Health Foundation | World at War | Scoop.it
@buddendorf @axios No mention whatsoever is given by the EU to the fact tht Hallstein was a member of official Nazi organizations...
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101-year-old D-day veteran aims to beat tandem skydive record jumping

101-year-old D-day veteran aims to beat tandem skydive record jumping | World at War | Scoop.it
RT @_BFRS_: 101-year-old D-day veteran aims to beat tandem skydive record jumping... read more follow the link... https://t.co/a4Vhl80Lf3 h…
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‘I’m just proud’: Kelowna teens forge new connection with WWII

‘I’m just proud’: Kelowna teens forge new connection with WWII | World at War | Scoop.it
It happened 60 or more years before they were born, but a group of 115 Kelowna teenagers has a new found appreciation for the sacrifices of soldiers from the past.
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Secret Nazi aerial photos show devastation caused by Britain's raids

Secret Nazi aerial photos show devastation caused by Britain's raids | World at War | Scoop.it
Extremely rare photographs taken by Nazis showing the damage wreaked by the famous Dam Busters in WWII are to be auctioned. Pictured: The Eder dam after it was breached.
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Two newly-acquired rare documentaries about Vietnam announced - News VietNamNet

Two newly-acquired rare documentaries about Vietnam announced - News VietNamNet | World at War | Scoop.it
 The Vietnam State Archives and Records Department on April 19 made an announcement in relation to two recently acquired documentary films abroad, namely "Ho Chi Minh in the Land of Lenin", and "Vietnam: 30 Days in Saigon".
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Agent Orange Veterans Hunt Through Ship Logs In Fight With U.S. Navy – gCaptain

Agent Orange Veterans Hunt Through Ship Logs In Fight With U.S. Navy – gCaptain | World at War | Scoop.it
by Mike Hixenbaugh (The Virginian-Pilot), Charles Ornstein and Terry Parris (ProPublica)  During the Vietnam War, hundreds of U.S. Navy ships crossed into Vietnam’s rivers or sent crew members ashore, possibly exposing their sailors to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange. But more than 40 years after the war’s end, the U.S. government doesn’t have a full accounting of …
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Incredible images showing World War II in colour published for the first time

Incredible images showing World War II in colour published for the first time | World at War | Scoop.it
A German heavy cruiser abandoned in a dry dock at Kiel in May 1945 (Picture: PA) An extraordinary collection of rare colour photographs from World War II have been published by the Imperial War Mus…
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Last Doolittle Raider, 101, recalls attack 75 years later

Last Doolittle Raider, 101, recalls attack 75 years later | World at War | Scoop.it
CINCINNATI (AP) — At age 101, retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole says his memories are vivid of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders mission that helped change the course of World War II. Now the sole survivor of the original 80-member group, Cole recalls the excitement of learning the bombing target they had been secretly training for was Japan itself. He remembers the eerie quiet as they neared their target, not knowing whether anti-aircraft firepower was ready for them; the precise series of orders, from open bomb bay doors to prepare to bail out, from mission leader Jimmy Doolittle as Cole flew alongside him as his co-pilot; parachuting into darkness, then being helped by Chinese villagers to stay one ahead of vengeful Japanese troops. Three of his comrades were executed. Cole plans to take part in events Monday and Tuesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton, Ohio, marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that rallied America and jarred Japan. It will be "a somber affair," Cole said in a recent telephone interview with The Associated Press, when he fulfills the long Raider tradition of toasting those who have died in the past year, using goblets engraved with their names. In a private ceremony, he will offer tribute to retired Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, who died last year at age 94 in Missoula, Montana. Sometimes chuckling, sometimes reflective, Cole sounded clear and military officer-courteous during an AP telephone interview, with his daughter Cindy sometimes repeating the questions if he didn't fully hear them in his home in Comfort, Texas. Cole is sorry he won't have any of his mission comrades with him to share stories and joke with as they did in annual reunions that began after World War II. He didn't expect to be the last one standing, since he was older than many others on the mission. "I never thought in that vein," Cole said. "We all know that somewhere along the line, you have to drop out." The Raiders launched their assault April 18, 1942, in B-25 bombers not built to fly off an aircraft carrier at sea. Suspecting they had been detected by Japanese patrols, they left sooner than planned from the USS Hornet, utilizing their mission training in Florida on short-runway takeoffs. "Everybody thought that the takeoff would be the most challenging thing, but as a matter of fact, it turned out to be easiest thing," Cole said. The crews of the 16 planes were "very quiet" as they neared Japan, he recalled, saying his role next to Doolittle was to "be seen, not heard. ... You didn't speak until spoken to." But the country song "Wabash Cannonball" started running through his head and he unconsciously began tapping his toe, which caught Doolittle's attention. "He gave me a look which didn't need any conversation," Cole said with a laugh. Doolittle soon ordered bomb bay doors opened, and the attack was on against what turned out to be limited anti-aircraft fire. "The enemy was doing something else and surprised that we were there, and then I just thought, 'So far, so good,'" Cole said. They then headed to China, running out of fuel. Cole said Doolittle gave the command to prepare to bail out as they neared the coast, adding: "I wish you all good luck." Cole said it was scary to parachute into a dark "unknown" in rough weather. His parachute caught in a tree, leaving him dangling but safe. Three Raiders died trying to reach China, and eight were captured by Japanese soldiers. Three were executed, and a fourth died in captivity. Their attack inflicted scattered damage, but more important, stunned Japan's people. Its military diverted resources to guard their homeland, while news of the raid lifted U.S. morale after the Dec. 7, 1941, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and a string of Japanese victories in the Pacific. "Seven decades later, we are still awed by the sheer audacity of the Doolittle raid and the incredible men whose grit and bravery made it possible," Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi of California said when the Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the Raiders in a 2015 ceremony. "Though time has thinned their ranks, it will never dim the daring of their deeds." Cole, a Dayton-area native, has been to the Ohio museum for reunions and other special events. He and Thatcher were there in 2015 for events highlighting the Gold Medal. Cole also led a special public "final toast" ceremony at the museum in 2013, when four Raiders were still alive, saying of the departed: "May they rest in peace." Cole attended Thatcher's funeral last June in Missoula. Being an optimist and living his life in "moderation" probably has contributed to his longevity, Cole said, adding that he can't really say for sure. Asked about historical legacy, Cole replied that he believes he speaks for his late comrades in saying they considered themselves no more special than anyone else who served. "We don't want to be remembered any more than the rest of the people who took part in beating the Japanese," Cole said. "They started it, and we finished it." ___ Follow Dan Sewell at http://www.twitter.com/dansewell. For some of his other recent stories: http://bigstory.ap.org/content/dan-sewell
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Local legend of Canadian entombed at WWII airfield in U.K. a roadblock for housing development

Local legend of Canadian entombed at WWII airfield in U.K. a roadblock for housing development | World at War | Scoop.it
For decades, staff the Dunsfold Aerodrome in southern England talked of the dead Canadian beneath the
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