Germany

Larry Thorne: Finnish Officer, Nazi Soldier, US Green Beret Larry Thorne was born Lauri Allan Törni  in the Viipuri Province of Finland on May 28th, 1919. In 1938, Törni joined the military and was assigned to the 4th […]

106th Infantry Division Private First Class, Kurt Vonnegut’s War: It was raining when Private First Class Kurt Vonnegut Jr. arrived at La Havre, France in December. 1944. The men around him joked about how sunny France […]

  Christmas wishes from the 2nd Infantry Division, Second to None: By Jonathan Abbott It seemed like the fighting in Europe was almost finished. The American Army was in Germany. In the east, the Red Army was […]

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Walter Gerhard Martin Sommer, the Face of Evil

Posted on April 25th, 2016 by:

Walter Gerhard Martin Sommer, the Face of Evil Of all the brutal and inhumane guards who served at Buchenwald, one of the most cruel and evil was a man named Walter Gerhard Martin Sommer. Gerhard Martin […]

Norbert Hecker, 28th Field Artillery “Gunshot on the way!” By Jonathan Abbott The war was almost over. Germany in March 1945 was cold and crisp, with a pale gray tint over the ruined countryside. It was […]

The Memphis Belle: The Dramatic, Fictionalized 1990 Film The Memphis Belle: The Story of a Flying Fortress by Hollywood director William Wyler was a 1944 released documentary film which followed a B-17 Flying Fortress named the Memphis […]

B-24 Liberator Pilot Bill Getz of the “Phantom Renegade” By Jonathan Abbott The first puffs of flak appeared at 20:00 hours, thirty minutes to target. The explosions were far away and sporadic. There were no enemy fighters, […]

The story of the Bloody 100th Bomb Group, by one who was there A Wing and a Prayer is the story of the 8th Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group. It was written by Harry Crosby, an […]

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Varian Fry: Saving the Brains of Europe

Posted on April 17th, 2016 by:

Varian Fry: Saving the Brains of Europe By 1940, the Jews of Europe were running out of places to go. After Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, many German Jews fled to Austria to escape […]

The Memphis Belle and William Wyler, the Story of the Story In 1943, Wilhelm Wyler returned to his native Germany flying at 25,000 feet in a B-17 Flying Fortress named the Memphis Belle. As a Major […]

Lutz Heck, Nazi Scientist Brought Extinct Animals Back to Life: The Dream The aurochs, a bull that stood taller than a man was the most feared animal in the primeval forests of Ancient Germania. It had long […]

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M1 Garand Rifle, A Soldier’s Best Friend

Posted on April 9th, 2016 by:

M1 Garand Rifle, A Soldier’s Best Friend: In the years following WW1, the US Army became interested in equipping its soldiers with a self-loading rifle. In 1931, after years of competitive testing, a .276 caliber rifle […]

Greetings from the Mighty 8th Air Force: Written by Jonathan Abbott On Monday, August 17th 1942, twelve American bombers took off for Rouen, France. They were the main force of eighteen bombers sent under Royal Air […]

The 90th Infantry Division in Normandy at St. Germain-sur-Seves In July 1944, the 90th Infantry Division, after a month of fighting in Normandy had lost a commanding general, seven regimental commanders and suffered over a 100% […]

Kari Rosvall, Irish Woman Discovers Her Nazi Past Kari Rosvall never felt she fit in. She lived in Malexander, Sweden with an adopted family and knew nothing about her real parents. Her classmates were kind but […]

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Albert Göring, the Nazi’s Brother

Posted on March 28th, 2016 by:

Albert Göring, the Nazi’s Brother: When Germany lost WWII and those related to famous Nazi’s were being arrested and questioned, Albert Göring, the younger brother of Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, was sent before the Nuremberg tribunal. Albert […]

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“Lucky” Luciano and Operation Underworld

Posted on March 27th, 2016 by:

“Lucky” Luciano and Operation Underworld: By 1942, Charles “Lucky” Luciano had been behind bars more than six years. Prison was far from the high society life he had enjoyed as the head of organized crime. In New […]

Fraternization in Germany from YANK Magazine

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by:

FRATERNIZATION By YANK Staff Correspondents: The recently deceased and little-mourned Non-Fraternization Act probably set off the loudest and most engaging international discussion of sex since Adam discovered Eve had not been placed in the Garden purely […]

Refugees of WWII reach out to Syria

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by:

WWII Refugees reach out to Syria Refugees from an old war are reaching out to new ones thanks to CARE, a humanitarian organization fighting poverty. CARE which stands for Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere was […]


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