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The strange tanks that helped win D-Day

When we in the States remember D-Day, we conjure images of Saving Private Ryan–of thousands of young American men, pouring out of landing craft, charging headlong into Nazi machine gunfire. We tend to forget the assistance of our allies in the UK and Canada–and their eccentric (and equally brilliant) hardware.

When allied forces landed on the Normandy beaches on D-Day, they did so alongside a fleet of bizarre tanks with very special roles – brought into life by an eccentric British commander

Source: BBC – Future – The strange tanks that helped win D-Day

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Barack Obama says memory of Hiroshima ‘must never fade’

The first sitting president to visit the Hiroshima memorial reminds us how far we’ve come since the first and (hopefully) only nuclear war.

President lays wreath at memorial and embraces a survivor of the US atomic bombing that killed 140,000 people

Source: Barack Obama says memory of Hiroshima ‘must never fade’ | World news | The Guardian

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The Cannons on the B-29 Bomber Were a Mid-Century Engineering Masterpiece

Five remote-controlled cannons with computer-aided aiming made the Superfortress way, way ahead of its time.

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Why The Nazis Believed They Could Win the Battle of Britain

I wouldn’t say “agonizingly close”. Upon reading the details, it’s arguable to say that the Germans got their collective asses handed to them and the Battle of Britain was an exercise in how an offensive air war is probably not a good idea.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the first time in history that one nation tried to defeat another using airstrikes. Here’s how the Nazis thought they could do it—and how agonizingly close they actually came to achieving victory.

Source: Why The Nazis Believed They Could Win the Battle of Britain

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Japan emperor ‘remorseful’ over WW2, as 70th anniversary marked

Japanese Emperor Akihito expresses “deep remorse” over Japan’s role in World War Two on the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict.

Source: Japan emperor ‘remorseful’ over WW2, as 70th anniversary marked – BBC News

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The last kamikaze: two Japanese pilots tell how they cheated death

As the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war looms, two would-be suicide pilots described how they prepared to die for their emperor and country.

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History: From blackboards to bombs

Seventy years after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by nuclear weapons, David Kaiser investigates the legacy of ‘the physicists’ war’.

Source: History: From blackboards to bombs

The First Light of Trinity

Happy Trinity Day? Happy Boomsday?

Seventy years ago, the flash of a nuclear bomb illuminated the skies over Alamogordo, New Mexico. What did it look like?

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Trump puts Nazi soldiers on campaign graphic

This is why we need history teachers.

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20 maps that never happened

Maps are a powerful way of illustrating not only the world that is, but worlds that never have been. What follow are not fictional maps — there’s no Westeros or Middle Earth — but plans and hypotheticals that never came to pass. You’ll see military plans for invasions that didn’t happen or conquests that were hoped-for and never achieved. You’ll also find daring infrastructure schemes that would have remapped cities and even whole continents. There are proposals for political reform — some serious and some more fanciful — as well as deeply serious plans for entire independent nation-states that have never been brought to life. Welcome to maps of worlds that don’t exist — but might.

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