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Purple Heart was created by George Washington 235 years ago

Exactly 235 years ago on August 7, 1782 General George Washington – then the Commander-in-chief of the Continental Army – created the “Badge for Military Merit”, also referred to as Badge for Merit, by order at his New Burgh, New York Headquarters. The decoration consisted of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding …

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Bunker SK1 in which the museum is located

Visiting Bunker Museum Antwerpen – Atlantikwall Museum

Many people don’t know this, not even much Belgians, however there’s something unique to be found in Wilrijk, Belgium. In Park den Brandt (Wilrijk, Antwerp) a whole bunker village can be found and every first week-end of the month one of them opens up. The museum is to be found in one of SK1 Bunkers and …

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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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Theft of WWII Paratrooper’s Medals seeking Public Assistance

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance related to the theft of a number of war medals and other personal property from a home in northwest Calgary. The medals belonged to Sgt. Daniel Hartigan, who parachuted into Normandy ahead of the Allied D-Day invasion of 1944 while part of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion. He died …

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Rare WWII German Enigma machine sold for £149,000

A rare German World War II Enigma encryption machine has been sold at Sotheby’s for a total amount of £149,000 (ca. $232,000), doubling the estimated price of £50,000 – £70,000. The auctioned Enigma was produced by Heimsoeth & Rinke in 1943 bearing serial number A16422. Its the second Enigma sold this year as in April another Enigma machine, manufactured in 1944, was …

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Kevin Wheatcroft – The man who sleeps in Hitler’s bed

When he was five years old, Kevin Wheatcroft received an unusual birthday present from his parents: a bullet-pocked SS stormtrooper’s helmet, lightning bolts on the ear-flaps. He had requested it especially. The next year, at a car auction in Monte Carlo, he asked his multimillionaire father for a Mercedes: the G4 that Hitler rode into …

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Exceptional WWII items to be auctioned incl. Germany’s surrender order

Bonhams will hold its third annual World War II auction on April 29 to offer artefacts, documents and memorabilia relating to historic events of World War II. To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the ending of World War II in 1945, the sale at Bonhams focuses on material from battlefields. One of the top lots is …

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