World War II

Photo Of The Day

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.



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 JaĹşwiecki, 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
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Photo Of The Day

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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Wednesday nightCap

Union ratbags from when Adam was a boy

Regular readers know my pathological loathing of unions, new reader probably not so much, but given that just 7% of the private sector workforce is unionised then there is a good change you don’t like them either.

There is a reason I study and watch unions…so I can know and understand their plays in order to defeat them. They are a cancer on society and the cancer has been growing for many years.

Have a look at what they have been up to in Australia recently and have a look at what they have done in the past. Know you enemy for they seek to do you harm.

AS the Abbott government begins to take on union power and corruption, a timely new book reveals the union movement’s role in one of the most shameful periods of Australian history.

What the wharfies did to Australian troops – and their nation’s war effort – between 1939 and 1945 is nothing short of an abomination.

Perth lawyer Hal Colebatch has done the nation a service with his groundbreaking book, Australia’s Secret War, telling the untold story of union bastardry during World War 2.

Using diary entries, letters and interviews with key witnesses, he has pieced together with forensic precision the tale of how Australia’s unions sabotaged the war effort, how wharfies vandalised, harassed, and robbed Australian troop ships, and probably cost lives.   Read more »

Map of the Day



A Video map World War II in Europe showing the changes in the front lines.

Some of them aren’t cheese eating surrender monkeys, not many mind

Normally the French march backwards faster than Argentinians, but occasionally a Frenchman shows a little bit of spine.

One such Frenchman who wasn’t a cheese eating surrender monkey was Count Jacques le Bel de Penguilly:

Count Jacques le Bel de Penguilly, who has died aged 93, was parachuted into enemy-occupied France in August 1944 and was one of the last surviving French members of the Jedburgh special forces.

The Jedburghs were a unit of volunteers trained to parachute behind the enemy lines in small, mixed-nationality teams. Their home base was Milton Hall, near Peterborough. There they underwent rigorous training in ambushes, sabotage, explosives, close-quarter combat, weaponry and the techniques of calling in and receiving air drops while operating in enemy-held territory.

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August 1 – Warsaw Uprising

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Warsaw was the center of a Polish rebellion against Nazi occupation during the summer of 1944, late in World War II. The Warsaw Uprising, as it’s known, was timed to weaken Nazi forces ahead of a scheduled Soviet advance on the city, but the Soviet Red Army’s offensive toward the city was blocked, leaving the rebellion to fend for itself.

Polish rebels fought for more than two months, sustaining heavy casualties among both fighters and civilians. Approximately 200,000 were killed during the uprising while the city itself was left in ruins.

Warsaw and its citizens were eventually able to rebuild — but they never forgot the Warsaw Uprising. On Aug. 1 of every year, Warsaw residents pay homage to those lost during the siege by holding a city-wide moment of silence.

6 June, 1944

At 06:30am on this day 68 years ago the Normandy landings commenced to begin the liberation of Europe.

The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord, during World War II. The landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 am British Double Summer Time (GMT+2). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval.

The landings were conducted in two phases: an airborne assault landing of 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France starting at 6:30 am. There were also decoy operations under the codenames Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable to distract the German forces from the real landing areas.

Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces was General Dwight Eisenhower while overall command of ground forces (21st Army Group) was given to General Bernard Montgomery. The operation, planned by a team under Lieutenant-General Frederick Morgan, was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea, and air elements under direct British command with over 160,000 troops landing on 6 June 1944, 73,000 American troops, 61,715 British and 21,400 Canadian. 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved. The invasion required the transport of soldiers and material from the United Kingdom by troop-laden aircraft and ships, the assault landings, air support, naval interdiction of the English Channel and naval fire-support. The landings took place along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.