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Top U.S. diplomat arrives in Japan for talks with G-7 nations

Tokyo - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Japan today for meetings with G-7 nations in the highest-level U.S. visit to the site of the world's first nuclear bombing.

Hitler had tiny penis say historians

This latest news may be slight consolation for the millions in Europe and around the world who suffered during World War II. But some historians think Adolph Hitler had a small deformed penis and just one testicle.

Op-Ed: Novel spurs author on an unexpected 'Liberation Tour' Special

Redwood City - When food and travel writer Carole Bumpus met a French woman to talk about recipes she did not anticipate that their meeting would take her upon an unexpected journey to the past — and subsequently open another door.

Op-Ed: Travel writer finds a story of food, family and survival in WWII Special

Redwood City - The BBC series "Home Fires" now airing on PBS tells about the role of women, food and family during war time. Set in an English village just at the beginning of WWII, the captivating period-piece drama can pull an audience right to it.

Inside the civil rights movement for people with disabilities Special

One in six children in the United States will have a developmental delay or disability. Developmental disabilities begin during the developmental period of life, either prior to birth or during infancy.

Heritage site honoring 'Flying Tigers' opened in China

Guilin - With this year marking the anniversary of the end of World War II, many nations are commemorating the occasion. In China's Guilin, situated on the west bank of the Li River, a heritage site has opened dedicated to the "Flying Tigers."

Band of Brothers cast to mark 70th anniversary of VE Day

Colleville-sur-mer - Cast members from the popular World War II drama, ‘Band of Brothers’ are planning a reunion in Normandy, France during 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II.

Review: Brothers in Arms 3 brings the war to the mobile device Special

One thing that never gets old in video games is killing Nazi and now gamers could once again fight histories greatest villain on the go with Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War.

Review: Nothing artificial about ‘The Imitation Game’ Special

‘The Imitation Game’ is the fascinating story of Alan Turing (played by an indelible Benedict Cumberbatch) and his contributions to a top secret military project that turned the tides in WWII.

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.
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Screenshot of FM 2 "Wildcat" Fighter pulled out of Lake Michigan
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The Mark I Spitfire had a maximum speed of 362 mph (583 km/h) at 18,500 ft (5,600 m), with a maximum rate of climb of 2,490 ft/min at 10,000 ft (3,000 m).
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The Battle of Stalingrad was a major and decisive battle of World War II. After the battle German forces never recovered their earlier strength
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Scene from USS Alabama
A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
The memorial to Pvt. James McRacken who died the Saviour of Mayenne in his birthplace of Red Springs...
The memorial to Pvt. James McRacken who died the Saviour of Mayenne in his birthplace of Red Springs, NC.
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Reenactors portray German soldiers on horseback
Reenactors portray German soldiers on horseback
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Hap Halloran's son Dan talked to my dad Lt. Col. James R. Farrell at the memorial Mass for Hap. Over 100 people attended.
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.
Scene from USS Alabama
Scene from USS Alabama
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CJ Miller
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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Remains of a World War II "spy pigeon"
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The thick wings of the Short Sunderland carried the four nacelle-mounted Pegasus engines and accommodated six drum fuel tanks with a total capacity of 9,200 litres (2,025 Imperial gallons, 2,430 U.S. gallons).