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John Henry Stephen Dimmer (Credits: Andy Arnold)

This officer served his machine gun.. until he had been shot five times – Jack Dimmer VC

A few years ago I worked for the London Borough of Merton. Based at the Civic Centre in Morden, for nearly two years every day I walked past a small plaque in the foyer to Lieutenant Colonel John Dimmer, VC. I was recently reminded of this when I picked up a set of VC winner …

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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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REVIEW: Ypres 1914: Langemarck by Jack Sheldon & Nigel Cave

These three Battleground Europe books on Ypres 1914 mark the centenary of the final major battle of the 1914 campaign on the Western Front. Although fought over a relatively small area and short time span, the fighting was even more than usually chaotic and the stakes were extremely high. Authors Nigel Cave and Jack Sheldon …

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Skorzeny with the liberated Mussolini on 12 September 194. (Credits: Bundesarchiv - 101I-567-1503C-15 - Toni Schneiders)

Otto Skorzeny’s Rescue of Mussolini – 12 September 1943

On the morning of July 25, 1943, King Victor Emmanuel who had backed Benito Mussolini ever since his March on Rome in 1922 told Il Duce, “The game is over, Mussolini . . . you’ll have to go.” Upon leaving the king’s villa, a carabinieri captain arrested Mussolini who took him to a secret location in Rome “for …

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Brass fittings from a Pattern 37 Haversack found with the remains of an Australian soldier who died in West Timor in February 1942. (Credits: Australian Department of Defence)

Unknown Australian WWII soldier laid to rest in Indonesia

Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, has led tributes for an Australian soldier, who has been farewelled in Indonesia more than 70 years after giving his life in World War Two. The remains of the unknown soldier were buried with military honours in an Australian Army ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Ambon, …

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Studio portrait of Major (Maj) Henry William Murray VC DSO and bar DCM (Credits: AWM)

Medals of WWI Hero, LtCol Henry William Murray, on Display

Australia’s most decorated soldier of the First World War will have his medal group – including the revered Victoria Cross – on display at the Australian War Memorial. Lieutenant Colonel Henry William Murray VC CMG DSO & Bar DCM was described by historian Charles Bean as the most distinguished fighting officer of the Australian Imperial Force. …

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German U-boot U-505 at Museum

WATCH: German U-505 at Museum of Science and Industry

Watch a video ‘walkthrough’ from the World War 2-era German Submarine U-505 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Thanks to Youtube user Joebot2003. Read also: U-155 submarine wreck, discovery of U-155 by Innes McCartney. U-2511 submarine wreck, stunning pictures made by Innes McCartney. U-570 capture, Capture of the submarine and its Enigma Cipher …

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