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This American comedy legend defused land mines in World War II

Long before he was making everyone laugh with classic films like “Blazing Saddles” and “Spaceballs,” comedy legend Mel Brooks was defusing land mines in World War II. After graduating high school in 1944, Brooks — real name Melvin Kaminsky — enlisted in the Army Reserve, where he was picked for the Army Specialized Training Program at the Virginia …

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The Japanese “Kill 100 People with Sword” Contest in 1937

It’s one of the lesser known facts of history but did you know that in 1937, two Japanese officers named Toshiaki Mukai and Tsuyoshi Noda held a contest over who was the first to succeed in killing a 100 people with his sword (Magoroku)? Mukai and Noda were both two young second lieutenants in the Katagiri Regiment’s Toyama Battalion and …

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The identification papers for “Maj. William Martin,” a fictional Royal Marine.

6 of the wildest top secret spy missions of World War II

Spy novels are filled with over-the-top missions and unlikely operations, but some of the wildest spy stories are the real ones. 1. A Polish spy bluffs her way into a Gestapo prison while surrounded by her own wanted posters. Christine Granville was known for a bunch of exploits in World War II, but her ballsiest was a rescue mission. …

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Horrors of World War 2 depicted by horrifying Photographs

Argunners Magazine published a series of amazing WWII photographs recently uncovered from the archives of General Charles Day Palmer, who was a four-star General. Most of the photographs were confidential photographs taken by the U.S. Signal Corps not fit for publication, Brig. Gen. was allowed to have them for private use after censoring (names of places etc.). …

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A knocked out Panzerkampfwagen IV in front of the Church of Foy.

Foy, Belgium in 1945 – Then & Now with Easy Company

In the wood behind this monument, on 18 December 1944 “E” Company of the 506th P.I.R. 101st Airborne division U.S. Army dug their foxholes in the Bois Jacques Woods as part of the defence perimeter of Bastogne City that was soon to be surrounded by several enemy divisions. The circumstances were dreadful with constant mortar, …

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US Medics attend to a wounded GI following the liberation of the village of La Haye-du-Puits in Normandy by the U.S. 79th Infantry Division from German occupation on 9 July 1944. 

Stunning Normandy 1944 Photographs brought in Color

World War 2 comes alive when following stunning black and white photographs from Operation Overlord, Normandy 1944, are colorized and depict the true colors of Happiness, Horror and Fatigue of the Second World War. The following featured photographs, colorized by Dave Ford, Doug Banks, Gisele Nash, Jordan Lloyd, Paul Kerestes, Paul Reynolds and Royston Leonard, capture in …

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Unseen Horror Pictures of Bergen-Belsen after Liberation

Unseen Horror Pictures of Bergen-Belsen after Liberation

Bergen-Belsen (or Belsen) was a concentration camp in what is today Lower Saxony in northern Germany, southwest of the town of Bergen near Celle. Originally established as a prisoner of war camp, in 1943, parts of it became a concentration camp. Initially, this was an “exchange camp”, where Jewish hostages were held with the intention …

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Colorized WWII Photos make Allied Troops come to life

The following featured photographs, colorized by Allan White, Benjamin Thomas, Doug Banks, Jared Enos, Johhny Sirlande, Tom Thounaojam, Olga Shirnina, Paul Reynolds and Royston Leonard, capture in vivid detail the Allied Troops on the battlefields of World War II. Their photos are also featured among the hundreds of colored photos on the WW1 Colourised Photos and WW2 Colourised Photos Editor’s …

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