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World War II: Aftermath Facts

World War II: Aftermath Facts


The cost of World War II is uncalculable in human or financial terms. estimates indicate that about 55 million people died in Europe during the World War II; of these, about 8 millions were German. Death was not for soldiers  – civilians died in their millions too, and came from many different  directions through these cruel years. In the opening stages of the war, as the German armies invaded Poland, Adolf Hitler wasted little time in organizing the killing of large numbers of non-combatants.

On This Day: Victory Day in Europe

On This Day: Victory Day in Europe

On 8th of May 1945, Germany officially ceased military operations, ending the European conflict of World War II and prompting massive celebrations in Allied countries. By 1945, Germany was on the retreat and Allied forces were closing in on Berlin from the east and west. German capitulation was imminent. On April 30, Adolf Hitler committed suicide, leaving Karl Doenitz in power.

Book Review: The Legacy of the Italian Resistance by Philip Cooke

Book Review: The Legacy of the Italian Resistance by Philip Cooke

The Legacy of the Italian Resistance
Philip Cooke
Palgrave Macmillan

263pp £52.25

Between 1943 and 1945 thousands of Italian men and women took part in what became known as ‘The Resistance’. Many were extremely young and most of those who died at the hands of the Italian Fascists and the Nazis were in their teens or early twenties.

Hitler’s bloody swastika

Hitler’s bloody swastika

The Blutfahne or Blood Flag was one of the most sacred relics of nazi Germany. Originally the banner of the fifth Sturm of the Munich SA, it was soaked with the blood of the fallen when the Munich Putsch (“Beer Hall Putsch”) was crushed in November 1923. The blood was primarily from party member Andreas Bauriedl who was shot by Munich police and then fall on top of the flag.

General Masaharu Homma and Manila, the open city

General Masaharu Homma and Manila, the open city

The day after Christmas 1941, when his forces left, US Army General Douglas MacArthur had declared Manila an open city and retired to the Bataan and Corregidor Island. Darkened windows were in lights again, and nightclubs were filled with frantically cheerful people. The same day the huge warehouses of oil burned, to prevent the fuel fall into Japanese hands.