The Battle of El Alamein

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August 1942. German General Erwin Rommel’s unstoppable Afrika Corps has pushed the British 8th Army back into Egypt. Rommel now is poised to capture the Suez Canal and the entire Middle East with it. After three years of hard desert fighting the British are weary and at the end of their ropes. But a maverick general called Montgomery has a plan! Monty, as he is nicknamed by the troops, sweeps through the 8th Army like a tornado, exhorting the men, initiating training, and badgering British Prime Minister Winston Churchill for more men, planes, tanks and supplies..In turn, Churchill cajoles his …

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Everything To Know About Stalingrad

Operation Barbarossa is winding down. Hitler’s vow to be in Moscow by Christmas 1941 has been proven a blunder by the Russian winter. The mad German leader now begins a plan to renew his fortunes which had been riding high since 1939. Instead of a grinding war to the north where Stalin, Russia’s own all powerful dictator, is strongest,, he will launch his armies to the south, with its rich oil reserves. The objective is to cut the Soviet Union in two. In his way is the major industrial city of Stalingrad. Hitler plans to reduce this namesake of the …

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Human Guinea Pigs

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Although their role is underplayed in most World War II histories, tens of thousands of Indian soldiers fought and died fighting for the British, against the Germans and the Japanese. They did not exactly have a choice: after all, they were subjects of the mighty British Empire. However, many of them were willing conscripts and played an important – if unsung – role in British victories in Burma, Malaya and Indonesia. By and large, the Indian soldiers were treated fairly by their British superiors, but there were lapses. One of the most serious was using them as human guinea pigs …

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The Great History Passed Through Monte Cassino

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Monte Cassino and the surrounding area were often the protagonists of important historical moments, since ancient times. One of the highlights was the famous battle of Monte Cassino. When speaking of the Battle of Monte Cassino, in fact it refers to a series of four battles fought during the Second World War by the Allied forces with the intention to breach the Gustav Line, besiege Rome, and link to allied forces which remained confined in the area of Anzio. The theater of operations, involving the two armies from January to May 1944, included the town of Cassino and the Liri …

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Hiroo Onoda: The One Man Army

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The day was August 6th 1945. An atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima. Three quarters of the city was destroyed and almost 80,000 people were dead. Four days later, a similar fate awaited Nagasaki as it succumbed to another atomic bomb explosion. On August 14th, Japan surrendered and World War 2 came to an end. Soldiers of all nations who had faced deprivation and danger for many years, returned to their homes and their family. But all over the Pacific, on tiny remote islands, pockets of Japanese soldiers fought on, unaware that the war had ended. One of these soldiers was Hiroo Onoda, age 23, who in 1944, had been sent …

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The Woman Who Could Have Prevented World War II

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Angelika Raubal, also called Geli, was born in Linz, Austria in 1908. She only lived to the age of 23, but it is possible that had she lived she might have held the key to preventing World War II. One of the most influential figures of World War II was in love with her, and had she married him it is possible that her influence could have changed the course of history. There were a few complicating factors, however. The man that loved her was her uncle. His name? Adolf Hitler. Geli’s mother and Hitler’s half-sister, Angela, became Hitler’s housekeeper in …

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World War 2 Facts about Hitler You must Know

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Adolf Hitler, the chief of the Nazi army and an ardent supporter of the concept of Nazism, had a significant role in World War II. Hitler was a high school drop out who originally belonged to Austria. As a young man, Hitler opted to fight for Germany in World War I. It is astonishing that Hitler, who had no family or contacts in initial years in Germany, rose to such a level of popularity in German politics. Read more on Adolf Hitler biography. The track of events of Hitler’s life in World war II have been presented here: Adolf Hitler proclaims himself the ‘Fuehrer …

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World War 2 Facts You Must Know

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The 20th century witnessed two of the deadliest and scariest world wars, that are no less than scars on the face of humanity. World War 1 was fought between 1914 to 1918, and it was dominantly participated by various European countries. World War II was fought between the years 1939 to 1945. Many countries fought in the World War II and it is believed to be one of the deadliest wars in terms of causalities. Read more on facts about World War 2. Facts About The Second World War The 2nd World War was fought in Africa, Asia, Europe and Russia. Most of the greatest powers …

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Everything To Know About World War II

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World War II shook the foundations on which human civilizations thrived on this planet. This event, marred by death and destruction, crippled the world economy. The Second World War serves as a lesson for generations to come, that aggression and violence of any kind is certainly not the way to win the world. The economical, social and political situation in Europe during the early decades of the 20th century was the main cause of a widespread conflagration which resulted in a global conflict. Aggressive nationalism, extreme patriotism and the belief that one’s race and country has the moral right to rule the …

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World War 2: Planes, Tanks and Weapons

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World War 2 had the inclusion of countries like Great Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, Germany, Italy, Japan and some others. These had designed, developed and mass produced a large number of planes, tanks and weapons with which they fought the war. Amongst the British collection, Armstrong Whitley was a bomber and could achieve a maximum speed of 230 mph at 17700 feet. It had five 7.7 mm Browning machine guns and 6985 lb bombload. Avro Lancaster was the main aircraft that was put into use during night. It was a seven seat heavy bomber. It could achieve …

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