WWII

90 Year Old Concentration Camp Guard To Stand Trial.

March 23, 2014

      Gisela S. is her nom de prison.  In the camp, her name was Demming. She is 90. And in her youth she was a vicious Nazi guard at Auschwitz-Birkenau who beat prisoners, or made them stand in a crammed cell for days or until death for minor infractions. This die hard supporter […]

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The Ostwind Germany’s Last Anti Aircraft Gun.

March 21, 2014

    The Ostwind or “East Wind” was a 20 ton anti aircraft gun built by Germany on an old panzer chassis. Production started very late in early 1945. Only 37 of the lanned gun were finised and only a handful ever made it into the field. The 37mm gun came with 1000 rounds and […]

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The Wirbelwind AAA Gun.

March 15, 2014

      It was late when the Wirbelwind was deployed. German was already on the way to a disastrous finale. That said, the German war machines moved forward to the bitter end. Only 100 of these capable gun platforms were made. The old Pz Kmpf IV chassis with 4 20mm guns and a 7.62mm […]

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Spotter Cards. ClickTo Enlarge.

February 17, 2014

    The British and the Americans realized that just having citizens report on what they see and hear is a tremendous flow of useful intelligence. One of the more important things to know might be exactly which combatant’s aircraft are flying overhead. And one of the coolest and most efficient ways this was accomplished […]

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The Mobelwagen. A Desperate Attempt To Counter Allied Bombing.

February 1, 2014

              Mobility as it turns out is just as important for anti aircraft guns as it is for tanks. By the middle of 1943, the Allies were bombing Germany round the clock. Cities and neighborhoods were suffering the dubious policy of strategic bombing and the Nazis of course were […]

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Damn Near Pornographic Nose Art II

January 22, 2014

        Related Posts:And Even More Nose ArtMore Nose ArtGermany In Denmark Was All Business.The German War, A Nation Under Arms, 1939 – 1945. Nicholas StargardtThe Lookout Air Raid. The Only Time In World War II When We Were Actually Bombed.

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Berga. Where American POWs Were Treated Exactly Like Jews In World War II.

January 11, 2014

        .Berga was a concentration camp where Nazis held Allied POWs. In the camp of 5,000, Tony Acevedo, a Hispanic medic who was captured with thousands of others at the Battle of the Bulge kept copious diaries about the camp and how they were treated. The Germans saw his swarthy complection and thought […]

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Almost Half A Million Axis POWs Were Kept In The United States.

January 1, 2014

      Button On New Shirt Hid A Compass For POWs   . The Germans were surprised at how many Russian POWs they had in such a short interval of time. Almost 3,000,000 people suddenly fell into their responsibility in just four months after Barbarossa. Like the Japanese and in fact just like the […]

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Trapped In The Sorbe Peninsula, Hitler Refused To Allow Them To Retreat.

December 27, 2013

    Sorve or Sworbe Peninsula It’s only 32 kilometers long by 10 kilometers wide. It is the best way to access the Gulf of Riga, and it lies east of Estonia in the Baltic Sea. It is, by it’s very location, strategic. So it is not surprising that the Tsars placed large defensive naval […]

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Bloody Sebastopol.

November 17, 2013

. .   Hitler was planning his massive invasion of the Soviet Union for June 1941. The invasion itself would be an immense success, with panzer divisions cutting hundred mile swathes into Western Russia, overwhelming the inexperienced Red Guard officer Corps whose order of battle was a gallimaufry of tanks and infantry and horse drawn […]

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The Danes Resisted The German Occupation, Nonetheless.

November 2, 2013

      Demark was an aberration in the national history of Nazi Germany. It became a client state after a brief and mostly well-planned and bloodless invasion.  German planning put Wehrmacht and commando forces overnight into a dozen places where the Germans could bring the entire country to shutdown. Resistance was light and one […]

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Wojtek, The 500 Pound Brown Bear That Fought For The Polish Army.

November 1, 2013

          The 22nd Transport Company, Artillery Division Polish II Corp, was a unit that fought for the Soviet Union. Previously they were prisoners of war, but with the German invasion of Russia, the Poles were set free and re formed into combat units to join with the British Expeditionary Force.   […]

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The Fritz X. The Germans Invented The JDAM Decades Before We Did.

August 24, 2013

. . The Fritz X   Ruhrstal created in my estimation, the world’s first JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition). The JDAM was a gravity bomb with fins/wings that literally fly the bomb to the target from the bomb bay. The Germans used the radio-controlled bomb to hit ships, as they discerned that perfectly timing a […]

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Churchill’s Address to the Congress of the United States (December 26, 1941)

August 7, 2013

This is one of the greatest speeches ever delivered to Congress.     Members of the Senate and of the House of Representatives of the United States, I feel greatly honored that you should have thus invited me to enter the United States Senate Chamber and address the representatives of both branches of Congress. The […]

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The Joseph Stalin IS-2 Tank.

July 8, 2013

The IS-2         The Soviets built 3800 IS-2 tanks. They built IS-3s and IS-4s, but not until after the war. This tank was created to stop German pillboxes, AFVs or any kind and any combat engineered obstruction created for the Red Army. The 122mm gun of the IS-2 could penetrate the glacis […]

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Sergeant Marvin Edward Russ In England.

June 16, 2013

My father served in The United States Army Air Force In England serving in the 8th Air Force. Happy Father’s Day Dad . Related Posts:Germany In Denmark Was All Business.The German War, A Nation Under Arms, 1939 – 1945. Nicholas StargardtThe Lookout Air Raid. The Only Time In World War II When We Were Actually […]

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The Kovno Ghetto.

June 2, 2013

    The Kovno Ghetto, Lithuania . Lietukis Garage, Death Dealer of Kaunas . The Kovno ghetto was created by Nazis to hold the Jews who lived in Lithuania’s second largest city Kaunas. The Nazis did not have to round up the Jews of Lithuania. No, local anti-Semitic partisans performed that task themselves. So their […]

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The Fliegende Panzerfaust (Flying Armored Fist). Another Desperate Attempt To Stop The Inevitable.

May 8, 2013

Fliegende Panzerfaust (flying armored fist).            During the Summer of 1944, ever more desperate for breakthrough weaponry that would stem the tide of the Allies, Hitler ordered the Flugzeugbau Zeppelin company at Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance, to develop the Fliegende Panzerfaust (flying armored fist). The single-seat heavily armored parasite interceptor was to […]

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US War Time Rationing Posters

March 19, 2013

        Source: SCRATCH MAGAZINE     Related Posts:The German War, A Nation Under Arms, 1939 – 1945. Nicholas StargardtThe Amazing World War I Propaganda Art Of Louis Raemakers.British World War II War PostersGerman World War II Propaganda Posters.World War I Propaganda Poster In Yiddish.

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World War II War Rationing Ads.

February 2, 2013

            Source: Vintage Ads     Related Posts:Germany In Denmark Was All Business.The German War, A Nation Under Arms, 1939 – 1945. Nicholas StargardtThe Lookout Air Raid. The Only Time In World War II When We Were Actually Bombed.Georgy Zhukov Didn’t Just Survive The Worst Of Hitler. He Survived The […]

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