Monthly Archives: August 2016

PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT MOVES THE NATION’S TREASURES When Germany declared war on the United States on December 8, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt worried about the nations treasures. England had been bombed by the Nazis and bombs […]

GERMAN CIVILIANS BURY MURDERED JEWISH SLAVE LABORERS – YANK MAGAZINE German woman, as well as men, were unwilling pallbearers at the mass burial of 161 Jewish slave laborers who were killed by Nazi guards at Neunburg, Bavaria. […]



Posted on August 28th, 2016 by:

WWII FIGHTER PLANE WRECK FOUND OFF JAPAN The wreck of a fighter plane shot down during World War II was discovered in the Oshima Strait off the coast of Setouchi, Kagoshima Prefecture. The area used to be […]

WITH THE CANADIAN FORCES IN FRANCE – YANK MAGAZINE By Pvt. Ben Frazier YANK Staff Correspondent WITH THE CANADIAN FORCES IN FRANCE—It was the week of the big squeeze play to crush and annihilate the German Seventh […]

LONG LOST LIFE JACKET REUNITED WITH OWNER By Henry Sakaida Extreme curiosity, a challenge, and a quest for answers. This is an affliction I contracted as a kid and there is no cure. It has led me […]

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Posted on August 26th, 2016 by:

FRITZ NILAND THE REAL “SAVING PRIVATE RYAN” The 1998 Steven Spielberg movie Saving Private Ryan was loosely based on the real life story of Fritz Niland, a paratrooper who jumped into Normandy and lost his brothers […]

64,000 U.S. POWS SENT HOME, REMAINING 20,000 AWAITING SHIPS From the June 6, 1945 edition of Stars and Stripes Except for a few stragglers, all of the 84,000 U.S. prisoners-of-war taken by the Germans have been […]

AMERICAN RETURNS CHERISHED FAMILY SAMURAI SWORD TO OWNER’S SON By Henry Sakaida      There are collectors and there are historians. Sometimes, they can be both. A true historian is someone who understands the value of history and […]



Posted on August 23rd, 2016 by:

WAR IN THE HURTGEN FOREST FROM YANK MAGAZINE War in the Forest By Sgt. Mack Morriss YANK Staff Correspondent WITH THE 4TH INFANTRY IN HURTGEN FOREST, GERMANY—The firs are thick and there are 50 square miles […]

GERMAN SUBMACHINE GUN (MP 38 and MP 40) – FROM YANK MAGAZINE Material for this article on enemy weapons was prepared by the War Department’s Military Intelligence Service with the assistance of the Ordnance Intelligence Unit. Although […]

DORIS ARLENE SHARRAR – OSS SPY – PASSES AWAY Doris Arlene Sharrar became an employee of the Office of Strategic Services when she was just 20 years old. Starting out as a typist, she eventually spied […]

MURDER OR ACCIDENT? THE DEATH OF A JAPANESE FIGHTER PILOT 65 YEARS LATER, THE VERDICT IS IN By Henry Sakaida      For 65 years, the family of Japanese fighter pilot Jiro Funakoshi lived with belief that […]

Four Men on a Walkie-Talkie Direct Fire From Nazi Rear By Robert Miller United Press Correspondent From the July 17, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes WITH U.S. FORCES IN NORMANDY – Four men with a […]

BRUNHILDE POMSEL: 105 YEAR OLD FORMER SECRETARY TO JOSEPH GOEBBELS Brunhilde Pomsel is 105 years old. Besides a long life she has another small claim to fame. During World War Two she was one of six […]

NICHOLAS ALKEMADE, RAF GUNNER WHO FELL 18,000 FEET WITHOUT A PARACHUTE AND SURVIVED RAF gunner Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade was in the tail of his Lancaster, named Werewolf, when it caught fire and began to drop. He […]

GREECE DEMANDS $260 BILLION IN WAR REPARATIONS FROM GERMANY Greece could take legal action to recover more than $260 billion from Germany for reparations from WWII. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who leads the left-wing Syriza […]

THE AIR FORCE STORY: SEPTEMBER 1943 – JUNE 1944 The Air Force Story chronicles the USAAF’s contribution to the Italian Front from the beaches of Salerno to the Liberation of Rome. From September 1943 to June […]

General Dahlquist ’s Estimate of “Fighting 36th” Division From the November 25, 1944 edition of the “T-Patch 36th Division News” The “Fighting 36th” Division was all Texan when it went into training at Camp Bowie some months […]

CHINA’S LITTLE DEVILS WWII ERA ANTI-JAPANESE WAR FILM By Henry Sakaida When I was a kid growing up during the era of black & white television, I saw the movie China’s Little Devils. It was produced […]

PAINTING SENT HOME BY WWII AMERICAN GI UP FOR AUCTION A painting taken by an American soldier at Hitler’s headquarters in the Bavarian Alps will be up for auction in the United Kingdom. The painting, by […]

‘UP FRONT’ BILL MAULDIN AWARDED LEGION OF MERIT FOR CARTOONS From the June 6, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes ROME, June 5—Sgt. Bill Mauldin, whose cartoons appearing in the Stars and Stripes Mediterranean and European […]

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