World War II

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CASCADE NEWS PIX - PIC shows Eileen Burgoyne, whose death ended up sparking a bomb scare after weapons and ammunition were discovered at her home in Twickenham, Surrey,including a fully operational Sten sub-machine gun. Now personal effects detailing some of her career in the Second World War have been sent to her cousin, Georgina Wood, detailing some of her work. But it is believed the full extent will never be known because it was classified.

CASCADE NEWS PIX – PIC shows Eileen Burgoyne, whose death ended up sparking a bomb scare after weapons and ammunition were discovered at her home in Twickenham, Surrey,including a fully operational Sten sub-machine gun. Now personal effects detailing some of her career in the Second World War have been sent to her cousin, Georgina Wood, detailing some of her work. But it is believed the full extent will never be known because it was classified.

You have got to love Eileen Burgoyne, she appears to have been an awesome granny, keeping a perfectly working order Sten gun in her house along with ammunition and other explosives until her death at 99 years of age.

A suburban pensioner has been revealed as being involved in Nazi interrogation during the Second World War after a bomb scare following her death.

The fascinating life of Eileen Burgoyne, described by neighbours as shy and retiring, was disclosed after her quiet street was evacuated and cordoned off as police carefully explored the house she had previously occupied.

People living nearby always heard the rumours that she had something to do with the Second World War and that she could have been a spy.  Read more »

Now that’s classy

The Queen Mother was always all class.

The latest revelation that she prepared for an invasion of the filthy Hun by practising shooting rats is just awesome however.

The late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was so frightened of being kidnapped by Nazi parachutists that she learned to shoot by practising on rats flushed out of Buckingham Palace.

The disclosure was made by Margaret Rhodes, the current Queen’s cousin, who said her late aunt wanted to protect her family because she feared parachutists dropping into the grounds and “whisking them away”.

The numerous rats scared out of their homes by bombs made the perfect target practice, Rhodes added. Queen Elizabeth was celebrated for her refusal to leave London – even after the palace was bombed during the Blitz – or allow her daughters to be evacuated.

She said: “I would not send the children away without me, and I cannot ever leave the king.”

Rhodes, now 89, was interviewed by the BBC as part of its Greatest Generation series, detailing the lives of those who lived through World War II.    Read more »

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Joseph Stalin 1949

Joseph Stalin 1949

Stalin Liked To Deface Pictures

Of Nude Men

Josef Stalin defaced classical nude drawings with macabre messages ridiculing political opponents that he had executed.

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Tightrope walker

High-Wire Circus Artist

Heumarkt, Cologne, 1946

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Dambusters medals to stay in NZ thanks to Tory bogeyman

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Everyone on the left likes to hate Lord Ashcroft, except yet again he has come to the aid of New Zealand to retain medals won in World War 2.

Les Munro, the last surviving Dambusters pilot, has spoken of his delight at raising more than $160,000 for a memorial dedicated to his fallen World War II mates, while also being able to keep his historic war medals in New Zealand.

Mr Munro, 95, had planned to sell his medals at auction this week in order to make a donation to London’s Bomber Command Memorial for its ongoing upkeep.

There was concern from New Zealand museums, the Government, and the RSA at the possibility of losing such treasured historical objects overseas. But the medals will be kept in the country after Mr Munro accepted a $150,000 donation by British billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft.

Lord Ashcroft, who owns the world’s largest collection of Victoria Cross medals, will donate the money to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, which looks after the memorial. In return, Mr Munro has agreed to donate his medals, including the Distinguished Service Order and Distinguished Flying Cross, along with logbooks and associated memorabilia, to the Museum of Transport and Technology (Motat) in Auckland.   Read more »

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Image Credit : WikiPedia/Balloon Bomb

Image Credit : WikiPedia/Balloon Bomb

The Deadly Japanese Weather Balloons of World War II

 Although it’s sometimes said there were no enemy-inflicted deaths on the US mainland during World War II, that’s not actually true. In fact, six civilians were killed in Oregon by a bomb that infiltrated the States by hitching a ride on a beefed-up weather balloon. This “balloon bomb” was one of about 9,000 that were launched from Japan with the intentions of floating across the Pacific and wreaking havoc on the US.

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Photo: NBC News

Photo: NBC News

Auschwitz Survivor Gena Turgel Walked Out of Gas Chamber Alive

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Faces of the day

Lest we forget, today’s faces of the day will remind us. These are powerful images drawn by artists who experienced the horrors of Auschwitz themselves.

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The Nazis did all they could to make their Jewish captives faceless, dressing them in uniforms and tattooing them with numbers that would become their new identities.

In the midst of that horror — indeed, in perhaps the most horrific place a Jew could land at the time — prisoners sought to take their images back and made sure that art was still present.

Franciszek Jaźwiecki, a Polish artist and political prisoner at Auschwitz, made portraits of fellow prisoners. Though the portraits portrayed prisoners of various nationalities and ages, they shared the same haunting quality, according to Agnieszka Sieradzka, an art historian at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

“The most interesting in these portraits are eyes — a very strange helplessness,” she says. “Prisoners created portraits because the desire to have an image was very strong.”

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Eleven things a 16 year old learned about World War 2 and The Holocaust

Jews in The Grove at Auschwitz awaiting their turn to walk into the gas chambers

Jews in The Grove at Auschwitz awaiting their turn to walk into the gas chambers

Miss 16 is studying history and after a week or so looking into the Second World War and the Holocaust these are the 11 things she came up with as lessons we can all learn from.

Why 11? Because.

The question she was asked was: What did studying the history of WWII teach you?

1. Hitler was a dictator
2. Appeasement doesn’t work
3. When someone says don’t invade or there will be war you should listen to them.
4. When the Americans get involved serious stuff goes down
5. Backstabbing is a bad strategy
6. Media can influence people even if it’s false information
7. If you don’t know who is good or bad you can’t really do anything to stop the bad
8. It’s easier to lie and trick people than it is to force them to do things
9. Give people hope and they will follow you even if you’re an asshole
10. Most soldiers will follow orders even if they are against their beliefs
11. War is expensive  Read more »

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Photo: Fred Morley A man carries the milk over rubble in the streets of London while firefighters battle the aftermath of the 32nd straight night of bombing.

Photo: Fred Morley
A man carries the milk over rubble in the streets of London while firefighters battle the aftermath of the 32nd straight night of bombing.

The Milk Must Get Through!!

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