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World War II plane that crashed in Canada in 1940 recovered

A World War II era plane that crashed in Canada's Lake Muskoka in 1940 has been hauled up from the depths of the lake. The plane was brought up piecemeal over the past 10 days and most of it was recovered and is now on land.

Photo Essay: Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio Special

Toledo - The Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio, shows the importance of the five Great Lakes in World War II, American Independence, commerce in the United States and throughout the world and recreation. Digital Journal took a tour of the museum.

Op-Ed: Behind enemy lines — World War II Special

I could see them scurrying in utter confusion, trying to escape being killed or captured. Others avoided capture by holding grenades to their chests and blowing themselves up. ~CJ Miller on PTSD

Op-Ed: Remembering my Grandfather on Memorial Day Special

Memorial Day in the United States has two distinct identities. Back yard barbecues and parties are had by most to celebrate a free weekend, but for some the more somber undertone takes the forefront and they remember fallen American Warfighters.

Op-Ed: Author and Sherlock researcher skeptical about TV series Special

San Francisco - The recent resurgence in Sherlock Holmes on Television, has author and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle researcher Lauren Steinhauer, skeptical.

German prosecutors charge ex-SS soldier over 1944 French massacre

Cologne - Prosecutors in Germany have charged an unnamed 88-year-old man, identified only as Werner C., with participating in one of the worst World War II atrocities, which saw almost the entire population of a sleepy French village massacred.

Review: 'The Book Thief' — War is a crime Special

It is undeniable that Nazi Germany had one of the worst, if not the worst, government in history. This is not a movie about the German Government. "The Book Thief" is an honest look at the human spirit that will grip your heart from start to finish.

Video: 'The Book Thief' international trailer

An international trailer has been released for the World War II drama called "The Book Thief" which is adapted from the book of the same name.

WWII veteran helps Roger Waters document his father's final hours

Rome - A foxhole roughly 12 miles inland in a place the Royal Fusiliers had dubbed "the wadi" during the Battle of Anzio became the final resting place of 2nd Lt. Eric Fletcher Waters on February 18, 1944.

Op-Ed: An alternative American letter to Vladimir Putin

In the fallout from Russian President Vladimir Putin's open letter to Americans and U.S. Senator John McCain's response, I would like to offer an alternative letter to President Putin.

Former Nazi guard goes on trial for murder of resistance fighter

Former SS officer Siert Bruins, 92, will go on trial in Germany Monday on charges of killing a Dutch resistance fighter during World War II by shooting him in the back.

U.S. apologizes for Japanese incarceration 25 years ago

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Japanese-American community celebrated a revolutionary victory relating to its own struggles for equality.

Op-Ed: Father's Day memories of 'the smartest man I have ever known'

Chicago - It's Father's Day, and I have been reminiscing about my late father, Robert Smith Jr., the smartest man I have ever known. It is because of him that I became an educated woman and know, undoubtedly, lifelong learning can take place outside a classroom.

Netanyahu: Israel to defend Jewish people from another Holocaust

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened a Holocaust exhibition at the site of the WWII Auschwitz death camp in Poland and declared that, "The State of Israel will do whatever is necessary to prevent another Holocaust."

French champagne seized by Nazis in 1940 set to be auctioned off

Two rare bottles of French champagne are set to be auctioned off in the United Kingdom. These bottles have a bit of an unusual history. They were confiscated by the Nazis in France in 1940 during World War II.

Novelist A.J. Sidransky on his work: Forgiving Maximo Rothman Special

New York - AJ Sidransky's Forgiving Maximo Rothman reminds us that 'life is too short to make enemies of those we love,' and I connected with the novelist to learn more.

D-Day veterans protest after tourist boards exclude Sword Beach

French organisers of the annual commemorations of the World War II, D-Day Normandy landings have launched a protest and petition after six local tourist boards unveiled a new D-Day tourist initiative which ignores Sword Beach, one of the Normandy Beaches.

Review: Polanski tells his own story in slanted but fascinating doc Special

How do we reconcile that a man who could drug and violate a 13-year-old girl could also make undeniably great films like “Chinatown”, “Tess” and “The Pianist”? Unfortunately, “Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir” doesn't answer that question.

Louvre returns Nazi looted art

The Louvre museum has returned seven paintings to surviving relatives of Jewish families. The paintings were confiscated by the Nazi Party in the 1930s.

Op-Ed: UK sailors cannot accept medals from Russia for Arctic Service

London - During World War II, 3,000 British sailors in the Arctic Convoy braved arctic conditions, German U boats, and bombers to deliver absolutely vital supplies to the eastern front through northern Russian ports.

WWII Medal of Honor hero Daniel Inouye, dead at 88

Bethesda - Senator Daniel Inouye, Pearl Harbor survivor, Medal of Honor recipient and member of the "Greatest Generation", has passed away at the age of 88.

World War II fighter plane retrieved from Lake Michigan

Waukegan - A World War II fighter plane has been pulled from the bottom of Lake Michigan. Now that the relic has been extracted, it is hoped the plane will go on public display in Chicago.

WashPost runs Pearl Harbor account deemed too graphic in 1941

In 1941, Elizabeth P. McIntosh reported on the attack at Pearl Harbor. Her editors said it was “too upsetting.” On Thursday, after 71 years, the Washington Post ran her first-hand account.

WWII 'spy pigeon' coded message leaves decoders stumped

The coded message found attached to the remains of a "spy pigeon" has left British intelligence agency decoders stumped.

Dozens of WW II-era love letters soaked by Sandy are preserved

A stack of World War II era love letters written by a New Jersey woman to her boyfriend washed up on shore after Superstorm Sandy tore through the northeast. Another family is carefully preserving old WWII-era letters they found during flooding.

Japan's Sendai Airport closes, workers find unexploded WWII bomb

Sendai - A major airport in Japan closed today after construction workers found what is believed to be a WWII-era bomb that had not been detonated.

Review: Kraftwerk biography offers a glimpse behind the machine Special

A new biography of the band Kraftwerk offers a fascinating history of the influential German band and their work, while painting an incredible portrait of the cultural scene that helped create their unique sound.

Video: Huge blast as WWII bomb detonated in Munich, Germany

Munich - On Tuesday evening in central Munich, Germany, explosives experts detonated the remains of a 550-pound (250 kg) bomb, left over from World War II.

Family informed of soldier's D-Day death - but 68 years later

Twenty-one year-old British soldier Pvt. Gordon Heaton was killed on D-Day, June 6, 1944, but his family was never informed of his fate. For 68 years they heard no official word but have now finally found out, though only through mostly luck.

The search to preserve a Polish World War II hero

Warsaw - Unless you are from Poland or a World War II history buff, you may have never heard of Witold Pilecki. Oftentimes we revel in the escapades of military heroes for a while, only to allow their memory and legacy to fade slowly from our minds.
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U.S. Army Paratroopers doing a reenactment of actions following their landing on D-Day.
U.S. Army Paratroopers doing a reenactment of actions following their landing on D-Day.
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Reenactors at the annual WWII Weekend at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly  Va.
Reenactors at the annual WWII Weekend at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Va.
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WWII U.S. Paratroopers
WWII U.S. Paratroopers
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Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signs the Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the Japan...
Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signs the Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the Japanese Government. At 9:04 a.m. on Sept. 2,1945, aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, World War II ended.
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CJ Miller
CJ Miller
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Remains of a World War II  spy pigeon
Remains of a World War II "spy pigeon"
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The Normandy beaches as portrayed by six tourist boards in Normandy - but where is Sword beach?
The Normandy beaches as portrayed by six tourist boards in Normandy - but where is Sword beach?
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Berthold Beitz photographed in 1972  as Chairman of the Krupp Group
Berthold Beitz photographed in 1972, as Chairman of the Krupp Group
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Photo of Raymond  Hap  Halloran from his web site. Halloran died this past June 7  2011.
Photo of Raymond "Hap" Halloran from his web site. Halloran died this past June 7, 2011.
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Scene from USS Alabama
Scene from USS Alabama
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Operation Overlord - Normandy Landings:D-Day 6 June 1944. The British 2nd Army: Commandos of 1st Spe...
Operation Overlord - Normandy Landings:D-Day 6 June 1944. The British 2nd Army: Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade landing on 'Queen Red' Beach, SWORD Area, at la Breche, around 8.40 am, 6 June. The soldier nearest the camera is the brigade's bagpiper, Piper Bill Millin.
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Over 1 km (1 100 yd) of tunnels were completed. After the liberation of the Channel Islands  the com...
Over 1 km (1,100 yd) of tunnels were completed. After the liberation of the Channel Islands, the complex was converted into a museum detailing the occupation and remains a visitor attraction.
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Scene from USS Alabama
Scene from USS Alabama
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A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
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The names of over 400 servicemen lost during WWII are inscribed upon the granite wall that overlooks...
The names of over 400 servicemen lost during WWII are inscribed upon the granite wall that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
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