World War History Online - World War II

  • 'There are NO buried Spitfires in Burma!' - archaeologists claim
    'There are NO buried Spitfires in Burma!' - archaeologists claim Archaeologists digging for a squadron of Spitfires in Burma have hit a blank and do not believe there are any planes to be found, it is said After digging for almost two weeks and speaking to the British architect of the extraordinary hunt, David Cundall, the experts have concluded that there is no evidence that as many as 124 Spitfires were buried at the end of World War II, it has been reported. A defiant Mr Cundall insists that the dig is still alive and says that the archaeologists are…
  • WWII lard washes up on beach at Angus nature reserve
    WWII lard washes up on beach at Angus nature reserve Storms over the east coast have resulted in several unusual relics from World War II washing up on an Angus beach Staff at St Cyrus nature reserve said four large, barrel-shaped pieces of lard have appeared on the shore. The fat is believed to have escaped from the wreck of a merchant vessel that was bombed in WWII. Scottish Natural Heritage said the lard was still a brilliant white and smelled "good enough to have a fry up with." The lard would have originally been stored in wooden barrels, which…
  • World War II: The U.S. military's top-secret 'tsunami bomb' - New Zealand Tests
    World War II: The U.S. military's top-secret 'tsunami bomb' - New Zealand Tests "If you put it in a James Bond movie it would be viewed as fantasy," says filmmaker Ray Waru. "But it was a real thing" The United States and New Zealand conducted secret tests of a "tsunami bomb" designed to destroy coastal cities by using underwater blasts to trigger massive tidal waves. The tests were carried out in waters around New Caledonia and Auckland during the Second World War and showed that the weapon was feasible and a series of 10 large offshore blasts could potentially create a 33-foot tsunami…
  • From the Archive: Silver-Laden World War II Shipwreck Discovered
    From the Archive: Silver-Laden World War II Shipwreck Discovered The long-lost wreck of the British cargo ship SS Gairsoppa, which sank after a German U-boat attack in 1941, has been located and identified in international waters, underwater archaeologists announced yesterday. The vessel went down while carrying an estimated $210 million in silver, meaning that the largest precious metal hoard ever found at sea might soon emerge from the North Atlantic’s icy depths. In December 1940, a British steamship bound for Liverpool left Calcutta laden with precious cargo, including up to 240 tons of silver worth an estimated $210 million…
  • World War II After the War - IMAGES Part 1 of 2
    World War II After the War - IMAGES Part 1 of 2 At the end of World War II, huge swaths of Europe and Asia had been reduced to ruins. Borders were redrawn and homecomings, expulsions, and burials were under way. But the massive efforts to rebuild had just begun. When the war began in the late 1930s, the world's population was approximately 2 billion. In less than a decade, the war between the Axis the Allied powers had resulted in 80 million deaths -- killing off about 4 percent of the whole world. Allied forces now became occupiers, taking control of…

World War History Online - World War I

  • First World War anniversary - we must do more than remember
    First World War anniversary - we must do more than remember Breaking ranks with the Government’s centenary advisory board, Hew Strachan argues that our commemoration of World War One is in danger of becoming sterile and boring The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is only 20 months away. The clouds of the media blizzard are forming. Publishers have planned their lists – many hoping to pre-empt the market by bringing out books this year. The theme of much of this, as it was of the Prime Minister’s announcement on October 11, 2012 of his plans for the…
  • WWI Christmas card: Museum reveals festive mail from trenches
    WWI Christmas card: Museum reveals festive mail from trenches Above: Embroidered Christmas postcard, sent to Ada by Holly Chrismas A set of postcards sent to a “Darling Sweetheart” from the trenches of the First World War reveal some of the solace a soldier in the trenches found at Christmas through his letters to family and loved ones. Museums tend to provide plenty of visitors with cards during the festive season. The National Army Museum, though, has received a sackful from the grandson of the festively named Holly Chrismas and his sweetheart Ada Manley, bolstered by the couple’s tendency to…
  • Beatrice MacDonald: “I’ve Only Started Doing My Bit”
    Beatrice MacDonald: “I’ve Only Started Doing My Bit” Recently, an especially fragile scrapbook, created by the World War I nurse Beatrice MacDonald, came to Schlesinger Library’s conservation department The scrapbook is part of the Ann Fraser Brewer Papers. MacDonald served in northern France during World War I. Through this modestly displayed gathering of clippings, photographs, letters, and travel passes, we learn of her extraordinary story. In 1915, MacDonald went to France to volunteer with the ambulance service at the American Hospital of Paris. She returned to the United States for a couple of years, where she continued her…

World War History Online - Reviews

  • The mice who helped defeat Hitler - A SHORT HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II BY NORMAN STONE
    The mice who helped defeat Hitler - A SHORT HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II BY NORMAN STONE In all the books about World War II, this must be one of the most unexpected. Norman Stone, a master historian, has elected to tell the whole story in 200 pages Reading it is like being taken up in an all-seeing satellite to observe massive movements on the ground, or the woods without any trees to get in the way. It is illuminating, concentrating on what mattered most psychologically, ignoring confusing detail. Stone asks the really big questions. Did the war need to be fought? Why did Hitler topple Western…
  • Battle Academy Operation Husky - First screenshots
    Battle Academy Operation Husky - First screenshots Slitherine might have begun tooling up for Battle Academy 2, but that doesn’t mean that they’re done with Battle Academy, the Pocket Tactics Readers’ Choice Game of the Year for 2012 The venerable wargaming house have sent along word that they’re working on a new expansion for BA entitled Operation Husky, modeled after the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943. If you’re like me and your favourite part of Battle Academy was the Italian tankers yelling “maledictione!“, this is good news. In what I believe is a first for Slitherine,…
  • Battle of the Bulge is released in December
    Battle of the Bulge is released in December When it rains, it pours. 7th December saw the release of Baldur’s Gate, and the following week we see Battle of the Bulge arrive for iPad Many suggest Shenandoah’s WWII operational-level wargame is going to set a new high water mark. If BotB is everything the devs have promised, it will be one of the most memorable games of the year. Wargames have been so stagnant for so long, a fresh design like this is just what the genre needs. Source: http://pockettactics.com/2012/12/07/battle-of-the-bulge-is-coming-next-thursday/

World War History Online - Press Releases

  • KC to play key role in WWI centennial observance
    President Barack Obama has signed a bill placing Kansas City's World War I Museum and the Liberty Memorial at the center of the nation's observation of the upcoming World War I centennial A blue-ribbon Centennial Commission to figure out how to mark the anniversary will be headquartered in Kansas City and the nation's only monument and museum to the war. "We have the best collection in the United States. We have the best scholars here. We have so much happening here," said Denise Rendina of the World War I Museum.…
  • New World War II Holocaust museum opened
    New World War II Holocaust museum opened Belgium’s newly-opened Holocaust and human rights museum stands symbolically on the site of a barracks commandeered by the Nazis as a wartime transit centre for Jews and Gypsies being sent to the death camps The new “Kazerne Dossin” in the Flemish town of Mechelen, comprising a museum, memorial and documentation centre, is located at the site of an 18th century barracks that officials dub “a silent witness to the greatest war crime, in the form of genocide, in Belgium.” The new World War II remembrance complex some 30 kilometres from…
  • WWII-era ordnance found in Md. neighborhood
    HARWOOD, Md. — Army specialists removed what was believed to be a World War II-era munition from an Anne Arundel County neighborhood. County firefighters were called after the 2-foot-by-10-inch shell was found near Gray’s Road in Harwood about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Battalion Chief Steve Thompson told The Capital of Annapolis that emergency crews were on the scene until about 7 p.m. Thompson said Army specialists from Fort Belvoir, Va. took possession of the ordnance and rendered it safe.