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10,000 evacuated after WWII dud bomb found near Berlin

Berlin - About 10,000 people had to be evacuated on Thursday after an unexploded 250-kilogramme (550-pound) World War II bomb was discovered in a city near the German capital.

China's Xi says Nanjing Massacre undeniable on 77th anniversary

Nanjing - President Xi Jinping said Saturday that no one can deny the Nanjing Massacre, as China for the first time held a national day of remembrance for the Japanese military rampage that Beijing says killed 300,000 people.

Case dropped against German over WWII French massacre

Berlin - A German court Tuesday threw out the case against an 89-year-old former soldier over the Nazis' worst atrocity on French soil, the 1944 massacre in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane.

France awards highest honour to modest WWII spy heroine

Wellington - A World War II heroine who parachuted behind German lines on "perilous" spy missions, but was so modest she only told her children about it 15 years ago, was Tuesday presented with France's highest honour.

Swiss museum accepts Gurlitt art hoard, to return Nazi loot

Berlin - A Swiss museum on Monday accepted a German recluse's bequest of a spectacular trove of more than 1,000 artworks hoarded during the Nazi era, but pledged to restitute any looted pieces.

Thousands evacuated after WWII bomb found in French city

Rennes - Three thousand people were evacuated from their homes in the centre of the French city of Rennes Sunday while a huge British bomb from World War II was defused.

Op-Ed: Red Cross volunteers in WWII 'Make the world suck less'

A picture showed up on my FaceBook page a few days after Veterans Day. The photo shows Red Cross workers striding off a landing craft. The caption read: "Red Cross workers land on the beach in France, 1944."

Belgian minister's Nazi collaboration remarks spark uproar

Brussels - Belgium's new interior minister sparked uproar Monday after saying that Flemish collaborators with the Nazi occupiers in World War II "had their reasons", touching a raw nerve in a sharply divided country.

Echoes of the past at Ukraine's rebel-held WWII monument

Snizhne - The Savur-Mohyla memorial in east Ukraine, commemorating thousands of Russian and German soldiers who perished in World War II, stood for decades as testament to the strategic hill's bloodstained history.

75 years on, Polish brothers relive Soviet invasion

Warsaw - The Soviets rode in on horseback, rifles dangling on rope. Boguslaw Kamola watched in horror from the woods as they occupied his city in eastern Poland. Then the shots rang out.

Germany charges 93-year-old over Auschwitz murders

Berlin - Germany charged a 93-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen-SS on Monday with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder over his time at the Auschwitz death camp.

Monet discovered in suitcase of 'Nazi art' hoarder

Berlin - The reclusive son of a Nazi-era art dealer who amassed a giant secret collection snuck a Monet with him into the German hospital where he died in May, investigators said Friday.

Poland on edge 75 years after Hitler and Stalin carved it up

Warsaw - Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during the war and is now throwing its weight around in neighbouring Ukraine.

Japan PM sends support message to war criminals service

Tokyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a message to a memorial service dedicated to World War II war criminals, organisers said Wednesday, in a move that could prompt anger from Asian neighbours.

Hollande to lead 'southern D-Day' tributes, 70 years on

Toulon - President Francois Hollande leads ceremonies on Friday to mark 70 years since the Allied invasion of southern France which, two months after D-Day, pushed the exhausted Nazi army back towards Germany and hastened the end of World War II in Europe.

Japanese politicians visit controversial war shrine

Tokyo - Dozens of Japanese politicians visited a controversial war shrine Friday in a move criticised by China and South Korea, which condemn it as a symbol of Tokyo's militarist past.

Nagasaki marks 69th anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing

Tokyo - Tens of thousands marked the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Saturday, as the city's pacifist mayor urged the Japanese government to listen to increasing concerns over controversial plans to expand the role of its military.

Hiroshima marks anniversary of atomic bombing

Hiroshima - Tens of thousands of people gathered for peace ceremonies in Hiroshima on Wednesday, marking the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city, as anti-nuclear sentiment runs high in Japan.

Merkel praises would-be Hitler assassins

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute on Saturday to the army officers who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler towards the end of the Second World War.

Nazi-themed Indonesian cafe reopens

Bandung - A controversial Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia that closed shop last year after sparking international outrage reopened Saturday with its walls still bearing swastikas and a painting of Adolf Hitler.

U.S. arrests alleged Auschwitz guard, 89

New York - An 89-year-old man has been arrested and denied bail in the United States for alleged war crimes as a teenage Nazi guard at Auschwitz.

Rising sea levels unearth 'WWII Japan soldiers' in Pacific

Tokyo - The skeletal remains of what are believed to be Japanese soldiers have been exposed on a remote Pacific island where rising sea levels have eroded the seashore, Japanese and local officials said Monday.

British veteran back at care home after D-Day 'Great Escape'

Hove - An 89-year-old veteran who ran away from his care home to join the D-Day commemorations in France returned to Britain Saturday, hailed as the embodiment of World War II fighting spirit.

Bittersweet memories as D-Day veterans 'come home'

Bayeux - "It's wonderful as an old man of 91 - it's like coming home."As he was pushed in his wheelchair past the white gravestones of the Commonwealth war cemetery in Bayeux, Australian Bob Cowper was transported seven decades back in time.

Obama, Putin join veterans for D-Day anniversary

Caen - US President Barack Obama and Russia's Vladimir Putin will be among leaders joining veterans in Northern France to mark 70 years since D-Day on Friday, with the Ukraine crisis casting a pall over the commemorations.

Veterans make emotional return to D-Day beaches

Caen - D-Day veterans marched back to Normandy's beaches and villages Thursday in an emotional return to mark 70 years since the launch of the invasion that hastened the defeat of Nazi Germany.

On the eve of D-Day, veterans take centre stage

Caen - Seventy years to the day after the first planes set off for the invasion of France, veterans gathered in Normandy on Thursday to remember the dead and be honoured for risking their lives on D-Day.

Media outlets given free access to D-Day broadcasts

Paris - Broadcast images of events marking the D-Day landings will be made freely available to news agencies and media outlets across the world at the request of the French presidency, broadcasters announced on Wednesday.

Last of original group of Navajo Code Talkers dies

The last of the original group of 29 Navajo Code Talkers of WWII has passed away. Chester Nez of Albuquerque, New Mexico, age 93, died Wednesday morning of kidney failure. Announcing his death was Judy Avila, who helped Nez write his memoirs.

World prepares to salute D-Day heroes

Caen - The flags are up, the medals have been polished and the veterans have begun to arrive: Normandy is ready to deliver an emotional salute to the heroes of D-Day.
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one of the original Supermarine Spitfires  heroes of the Battle of Britain in 2005
one of the original Supermarine Spitfires, heroes of the Battle of Britain in 2005
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The Prime Minister Winston Churchill s daughter  Mary  cuts into a cake made to celebrate her 21st b...
The Prime Minister Winston Churchill's daughter, Mary, cuts into a cake made to celebrate her 21st birthday with a midshipman's dirk on board HMS RENOWN on 15 September 1943. Her mother Clementine can be seen on the right.
War Office official photographer, Horton (Cpt)
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My father with his brother and sisters along with his Dad and Mom in 1927; immigration photo. taken in Norway before leaving.
my father s service medals from his service in the Canadian Forestry Corps during WWII. he wore thes...
my father's service medals from his service in the Canadian Forestry Corps during WWII. he wore these every Remembrance Day for the march to the cenotaph and the service. he kept them polished, unlike me.
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Picture of a forest
Jean-Pol GRANDMONT
USS Atlanta  WWII
USS Atlanta, WWII
Armored reconnaissance jeep of US 82nd Airborne Division  Ardennes Forest  Belgium  Dec 1944
Armored reconnaissance jeep of US 82nd Airborne Division, Ardennes Forest, Belgium, Dec 1944
US National Archives
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.
a view of the Orangerie Palace in Karlsaue  Kassel  Germany  showing how beautifully rebuilt the pal...
a view of the Orangerie Palace in Karlsaue, Kassel, Germany, showing how beautifully rebuilt the palace is after the complete destruction of the WWII Allied bombing campaign.
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A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
Japanese Army attacked North Point. The chimneys belong to North Point Power Station 1941
Japanese Army attacked North Point. The chimneys belong to North Point Power Station 1941
Mainichi Newpaper, Japan
Plaque at Perrache train station  Lyon France  in honor of the thousands of Jews who were deported t...
Plaque at Perrache train station, Lyon France, in honor of the thousands of Jews who were deported to Nazi death camps during WWII
While an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes and a dedicated keeper of the true essence of the Sir Conan Art...
While an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes and a dedicated keeper of the true essence of the Sir Conan Arthur Doyle series-writings, author/researcher Lauren Steinhauer has been on an investigative quest of his own researching the facts and mysteries behind the strange and dangerous association between Dr. Kersten of Finland and one of the most notorious and evil men of the Nazi regime in World War II.
Courtesy of Lauren Steinhauer
A German Dornier Do-17 drops its payload of bombs during WWII.
A German Dornier Do-17 drops its payload of bombs during WWII.
Wikipedia/Bundesarchive
Nagasaki  JAPAN
Nagasaki, JAPAN
Reenactors representing WWII soldiers with guns used in the war  both German and Canadian guns.
Reenactors representing WWII soldiers with guns used in the war, both German and Canadian guns.
Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
OSU Special Collections & Archives
This Wikipedia photo shows a scene of destruction in a Berlin street just off the Unter den Linden  ...
This Wikipedia photo shows a scene of destruction in a Berlin street just off the Unter den Linden, 3 July 1945
Wikipedia
Seal of the USS Atlanta
Seal of the USS Atlanta
Screenshot of FM 2  Wildcat  Fighter pulled out of Lake Michigan
Screenshot of FM 2 "Wildcat" Fighter pulled out of Lake Michigan
NBC News