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Inside the Conference Room of the Berghof (Credits: Eric Abels)

Unseen pictures from inside Hitler’s Berghof ruins

The Berghof began as a much smaller chalet called Haus Wachenfeld, a holiday home built during the first World War by Kommerzienrat Otto Winter, a businessman from Buxtehude. This was located near the Platterhof, the former Pension Moritz where Hitler had stayed in 1922–23. In 1928, Winter’s widow rented Haus Wachenfeld to Hitler and his half-sister Angela …

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fairbairn-sykes fighting knife

The Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife

Perhaps nothing better symbolizes the difference between conventional and Special Operations units than that most personal of weapons, the knife. Reflecting a dual-purpose need, the conventional force standard issue knife is designated “fighting/utility” and is most famously exemplified by the Ka-Bar. While Special Operations units also carry the Ka-Bar, the knife that epitomizes them and their mission — to …

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WWI Trench Cake

Bake an authentic WWI Trench Cake for Christmas

Still looking for an original idea for a dessert these holidays? Well, why don’t you try to bake an authentic World War I trench cake? The recipe for this traditional cake has been released by the Government.  Recipe WWI Trench Cake INGREDIENTS: 225g/8oz. plain flour 2 teaspoons cocoa 110g/4oz. margarine 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vinegar 1/4 …

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German captives walk past a disabled tank as they are led into captivity by U.S. troops, on Jan. 25, 1945, north of Foy, Belgium, in the final days of the Battle of the Bulge.

Veteran’s Day – Julian Sargentini, A ‘Bulgebuster’, Remembers

In 1944, now 91 year old Julian “Sarge” Sargentini was then part of the “Bulgebusters”. Here Sarge remembers the first time he experienced the horrors of war. Along with witnessing the death of many of his fellow friends he broke his pelvis after the explosion of a mine. When was your first taste of it? …

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Staff Sgt. Rocco Moretto (left) with Tech Sgt. Bob Wright (later killed in action) at Bütgenbach, Belgium in December 1944. (Credits: Robert F. Dorr)

An Infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge

When Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945, Staff Sgt. Rocco J. “Rocky” Moretto was one of only two men in his infantry company who’d landed on D-Day and fought through to victory without being killed, wounded, or captured. Moretto belonged to Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, “The Big Red One.” …

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