World War II

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Wreck of One of WWII's 'More Horrible' Tales Found

Paul Allen's expedition finds the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis

(Newser) - On July 30, 1945, having just helped deal what would prove to be a death knell to World War II, the USS Indianapolis was fatally torpedoed by the Japanese. She sank fast—in 12 minutes, giving no time for a distress call—and only 316 of the 1,196 Americans... More »

Tunnel Used in Biggest Nazi Prison Break of WWII Found

83 German prisoners of war escaped Welsh prison camp in 1945

(Newser) - In March 1945, 83 German prisoners of war escaped a prison camp in South Wales. It was the biggest escape of German prisoners during World War II, and now—thanks to a report published earlier this month in the Journal of Conflict Archaeology —we know how they did it.... More »

On Hiroshima's Anniversary, Specter of N. Korea

72 years since US dropped first atomic bomb

(Newser) - Hiroshima's appeal of "never again" on the anniversary Sunday of the world's first atomic bomb attack has gained urgency as North Korea moves ever closer to nuclear weapons, reports the AP . "Nuclear weapons just are unacceptable for mankind," says Toshiki Fujimori, who was just a... More »

96-Year-Old Ex-Auschwitz Guard Ruled Fit for Prison

Oskar Groening was convicted of being an accessory to murder

(Newser) - German prosecutors say they consider a 96-year-old former Auschwitz death camp guard who was convicted as an accessory to murder fit to go to prison, the AP reports. Oskar Groening was convicted in July 2015 of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews and sentenced to four... More »

Poland May Demand Germany 'Pay Terrible Debt They Owe'

Analysis of whether to make reparations claim due by Aug. 11

(Newser) - Poland is looking into demanding reparations from Germany for the massive losses inflicted on Poland during World War II. Arkadiusz Mularczyk, a lawmaker with the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), said Wednesday the Polish Parliament's research office is preparing an analysis of whether to make the claim and... More »

Remains of Pilot Shot Down in WWII Finally Identified

Charles E. Carlson of NYC was shot down over Germany in 1944

(Newser) - The remains of a World War II pilot from New York City have been identified more than 70 years after he was killed in combat, the AP reports. The Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday the remains of Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson, of Queens,... More »

France Is Not Happy With Nolan's Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan's film prompts a new look at epic WWII evacuation

(Newser) - The hot movie of the moment is Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk , which retells the story of the evacuation of allied troops from the French city of that name during World War II. But this was an epic evacuation, with more than 333,000 mostly British and French soldiers rescued from... More »

After 73 Years, Remains of WWII Soldiers May Come Home

Divers retrieved possible human remains from a sunken WWII bomber

(Newser) - The bodies of three soldiers who were never recovered from a sunken WWII aircraft may finally get their homecoming. LiveScience reports that possible human remains were recovered from a B-24 bomber nicknamed the Tulsamerican that crashed off the coast of Croatia toward the end of the war, some 73 years... More »

Nazi 'Death Train' Survivors Get 'Small Measure of Justice'

Roughly 1K Iasi survivors to receive pensions from Germany

(Newser) - After years of fighting for it, about 1,000 living survivors of Nazi persecution in Romania are now eligible for compensation from the German government. The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany on Wednesday said Jews who survived the 1941 pogrom in the Romanian city of Iasi... More »

The Wreckage Was Found in 2010. Now, Bones

Discovery made near wreckage of the Tulsamerican off Croatia

(Newser) - Divers have located human bones near the wreckage of a US bomber that crashed in the Adriatic Sea in Croatia in 1944. The discovery was made last week at the site of the crash of the Tulsamerican, the last B-24 Liberator bomber built in Tulsa, Okla., near the end of... More »

Nightclub's 1985 Time Capsule Causes Evacuation in NYC

Letters to the future were stored, buried in WWII practice bomb

(Newser) - Back in 1985, the staff of famous New York City nightclub Danceteria (which was featured in Madonna's Desperately Seeking Susan, per CBS New York ) buried a time capsule that looked like a WWII bomb. "I kind of mentioned it as a joke back then," the former... More »

Prison Evacuated After 500-Pound Bomb Found

The WWII bomb was found near the prison in Germany

(Newser) - Authorities in the southeastern German city of Regensburg have evacuated a prison after discovering an unexploded bomb from World War II, the AP reports. More than 100 prisoners were taken to an undisclosed location on Saturday. Some 1,500 residents living in nearby houses were also ordered to leave their... More »

Police Find Nazi Machine Gun During Routine Traffic Stop

Officers found an MP40 sub-machine gun and 60 rounds of ammo

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 40-year-old man in Australia after they found a Nazi sub-machine gun and 60 rounds of ammunition in the car he was riding in during a traffic stop. New South Wales police say they're performing a forensic exam in order to determine whether the weapon can... More »

Army May Bring Back Uniforms of 'Greatest Generation'

Most respondents to 'Army Times' survey want to bring back WWII's 'pinks and greens'

(Newser) - Uncle Sam wants you … to look like you're a World War II soldier. Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey tells the Army Times he'll be lobbying at a meeting later this month to bring back a vintage "pinks and greens" Army uniform as regular business... More »

WWII Vet Receives Love Letter From His Late Wife

'I love you Rolf, as I love the warm sun'

(Newser) - A love letter lost in the walls of a New Jersey home reached a World War II veteran 72 years after it was written, the AP reports. Melissa Fahy and her father found the letter in a gap under the stairs while renovating her Westfield home. The letter, postmarked May... More »

How 1.3M Jews Are 'Missing' in the Holocaust

Recording names is a big focus as Israel marks its Holocaust Remembrance Day

(Newser) - It's an unforgettable number—6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust—but it's accompanied by a less known one: 4.7 million. The latter is the number of victims whose names we know thanks to the efforts the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial has made since 1954. And on... More »

Sole Survivor Marks 75th Anniversary of 1st US Raid on Japan

Dick Cole, 101, is last of Doolittle's Tokyo Raiders

(Newser) - At age 101, retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole says his memories are vivid of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders mission that helped change the course of World War II. Now the sole survivor of the original 80-member group, he plans to take part in events Monday and Tuesday at the National... More »

French Candidate Takes Flak for Comments on Jews in WWII

Marine Le Pen says France not to blame for mass arrest in Paris

(Newser) - Marine Le Pen has been accused in the past of being anti-Semitic, and her words over the weekend on a famous World War II raid didn't help put that allegation to bed. Per Reuters , the far-right French presidential contender spoke to media groups Sunday and referenced the Vel d'... More »

What WWII Bomb? UK Keeps Calm, Race Carries on

Oxford-Cambridge boat race is still happening after unexploded bomb found in Thames

(Newser) - British police say the hotly contested annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race is likely to proceed as planned despite the discovery of what police suspect is an unexploded World War II-era bomb near the start of the race on the River Thames. The suspected bomb was discovered by a member of the... More »

Poland: Minnesota Man Was Nazi Commander

The nation seeks to extradite Michael Karkoc

(Newser) - Poland will seek the arrest and extradition of a Minnesota man exposed by the AP as a former commander in an SS-led unit that burned Polish villages and killed civilians in World War II, prosecutors said Monday. Prosecutor Robert Janicki said evidence gathered over years of investigation into US citizen... More »

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