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Tombstone of SS officer stolen from Normandy cemetery

La Cambe - The gravestone of a formidable Nazi SS tank commander has been stolen from a German cemetery in the small Normandy town of La Cambe, municipal sources said Tuesday."The tombstone will be replaced.

China shows off victory over Japan logo

Bejing - China on Monday unveiled its official logo for the forthcoming commemorations of victory over Japan 70 years ago, invoking both peace in the form of doves and robust nationalism with Communist colours and imagery of the Great Wall.

Japan's Mitsubishi apologizes to US prisoners of war

Los Angeles - Japan's Mitsubishi Materials made a landmark apology to US prisoners of war forced to work in its mines during World War II, seven decades after the conflict.

Remains of Nazi anatomy prof's victims found at French forensic institute

Strasbourg - Remains belonging to victims of Nazi anatomy professor August Hirt have been found at a forensic medicine institute in eastern France, local authorities said in a statement Saturday.

Dread and domination in Chinese memories of war

Bejing - Almost eight decades since Yan Guiru was gripped by terror as shells rained on her Beijing neighbourhood in the opening salvos of war between China and Japan, she recalls with horror a conflict Communist leaders still use to legitimise their rule.

Veterans gather as Taiwan marks 70 years since Japan's WWII defeat

Hsinchu - War veterans gathered Saturday for Taiwan's first military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II, as the island vies with China over the history of the conflict.

'English Schindler' Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

London - Nicholas Winton, a Briton who saved hundreds of Jewish children in Prague from the Nazis in the run-up to World War II, has died at the age of 106, his family said on Wednesday.

Tensions flare in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle

Itoman - Japan's premier Shinzo Abe was heckled Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, as anger flared over the US military's continuing presence.

Defense Dept: Mustard gas experiments done on WWII soldiers

National Public Radio has announced the U.S. Department of Defense has finally admitted they carried out race-based tests on American troops during WWII as part of its research on the effects of mustard gas.

Okinawans still haunted by horror of war 70 years on

Itoman - Seventy years after the Battle of Okinawa, Yoshiko Shimabukuro still has terrifying nightmares of watching friends and Japanese soldiers die as they hid in caves to escape fierce American shelling.

Greek resistance hero to step down from European parliament

Atenas - Greek wartime resistance hero Manolis Glezos on Wednesday said he was stepping down as a member of the European parliament for the ruling radical Syriza party after a year in the post.

Luxembourg apologises to Jews for WWII 'injustice'

Luxembourg - Luxembourg apologised to the Jewish community Tuesday for its "suffering" during the Nazi occupation in World War II, in the first such gesture since the conflict ended 70 years ago.

Denying 'comfort women' stains Japan honour: Ex-deputy PM

Toukyo - Japan must face up to the truth over its wartime system of sex slavery if it is to purge the stain of its past wrongs, the man who issued a landmark apology said Tuesday.

Pope Francis expected to visit Auschwitz in 2016

Varsovia - Pope Francis will likely visit the former Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz when he comes to Poland next year for a major Catholic festival, an archbishop from the devout country said Friday.

France honours four Resistance fighters among Pantheon heroes

Paris - France inducted four Resistance fighters into the illustrious Pantheon mausoleum on Wednesday for their contributions to fighting the Nazis during World War II.

German city evacuates 20,000 people to defuse WWII bomb

Berlin - German authorities evacuated around 20,000 people from their homes in the western city of Cologne Wednesday before defusing a World War II bomb unearthed during construction work.

German police find Hitler's long-lost horse sculptures

Berlin - German police Wednesday recovered two life-sized bronze sculptures of horses worth millions that once stood outside Adolf Hitler's chancellery but vanished in the year the Berlin Wall fell.

Wiesenthal Centre urges Croatia to end pensions to Nazi allies

Zagreb - The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday urged Croatia to stop paying pensions to people who served in the country's World War II Nazi-allied armed forces, labelling the policy an insult to their victims.

Nazi letter to Soviet wartime agent found in Japan

Toukyo - A birthday letter from a Nazi foreign minister to a legendary spy credited with helping turn the tide of Germany's advance on Moscow has been found in Tokyo, a book dealer said Tuesday.

Croatian leader pays tribute to killed pro-Nazi collaborators

Zagreb - Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic paid tribute Thursday to the country's pro-Nazi collaborators and civilians who were killed by communist partisans in Austria and Slovenia after the end of World War II.

22,000 mark 70 years since Nazi camp liberated

Vienna - More than 22,000 people including around 50 survivors on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Mauthausen in Austria, one of the Nazis' biggest concentration camps, organisers said.

Putin defends notorious Nazi-Soviet pact

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the infamous pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that agreed to divide up eastern Europe, during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel urges Russia cooperation after paying respects to WWII dead

Moscow - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday paid tribute to Soviet soldiers killed in WWII as she called for cooperation with Russia amid tensions over Ukraine.

Ukraine rebels stage WWII parade as Kiev holds low-key event

Donetsk - Tanks and rocket systems rolled through the rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine Saturday as pro-Russian insurgents feted 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany in WWII.

Latvia's Russians mark 70 years since Soviet 'victory'

Riga - Latvia's large Russian minority gathered in the capital Riga Saturday to mark 70 years since the end of World War II and to commemorate the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

500,000 Muscovites march in memory of WWII victory

Moscow - Brimming with pride and clutching portraits of relatives, more than 500,000 Russians flooded central Moscow on Saturday to commemorate 70 years since Soviet victory over Nazi Germany, in the biggest march of Vladimir Putin's rule.

Putin brushes off Western snub at huge WWII victory parade

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin shrugged off a boycott by Western leaders at a huge military parade Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in WWII before joining mammoth crowds for a commemorative march.

Athens metro screens films demanding German WWII reparations

Atenas - Screens across Athens' metro, usually reserved for weather forecasts, have shown more controversial subject matter this month with the broadcast of a government-backed film demanding German reparations for World War II.

For Lithuanian resistance, Soviet WWII win meant new war

Kavarskas - Jonas Kadzionis was just 17 when the Soviet Union celebrated victory in WWII. But for him and thousands of other Lithuanians, it only marked the start of another brutal conflict.

Europe marks WWII victory under shadow of new threats

Paris - Europe on Friday marked 70 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany with sombre ceremonies overshadowed by modern day threats, such as the war in Ukraine and Islamic extremism.
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Armored reconnaissance jeep of US 82nd Airborne Division, Ardennes Forest, Belgium, Dec 1944
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A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
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Seal of the USS Atlanta
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Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
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Mustard gas was used in WWI.
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Reenactors representing WWII soldiers with guns used in the war, both German and Canadian guns.
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Reenactors at the annual WWII Weekend at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Va.
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one of the original Supermarine Spitfires, heroes of the Battle of Britain in 2005
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A German Dornier Do-17 drops its payload of bombs during WWII.
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