Death of Fred Seiker

On June 2nd 2017, Fred Seiker died at the age of 101 at home. Fred has become known by publishing his book of paintings about his time in a Japanese prison camp. We wish his wife, family and friends a lot of strength with this loss.

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Largest WWII museum of Europe opened in Gdansk

The Second World War started in Gdansk, formerly known under its German name Danzig. Now an enormous WWII museum, the largest in Europe, has been opened in this infamous Polish city.

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Photoreport Carew Cheriton Control Tower

At Carew Cheriton in the south of Wales is a beautiful WWII control tower. A group of volunteers restored the derelict tower and turned it in a great museum which tells the story of this historic airfield.

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Did we finally find turret 4?

In 2007 we already investigated the turrets in the vicinity of the seven exit roads in Bastogne. It turned out to be more difficult than we thought, but with a lot of outside help we identified 10 turrets in 2009. Many of them were moved these past years. One turret we could not find: turret 4, the twin brother of turret 3, which stood at the N834 in the direction of Bertogne, close to the Bastogne Barracks.

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Amsterdam residents sue city over postcard-sized Holocaust memorial plaque

City workers dislodged and relocated a postcard-sized memorial plaque from the entrance to the former home in Amsterdam of a Holocaust victim following complaints by residents.

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Photo report Opening 'Airborne at the Bridge'

On 30 March 2017 the information centre Airborne at the Bridge opened at the new location. Guests of honour at this event were three Arnhem veterans: Arthur Letchford, David Whiteman and Geoff Roberts. Arthur is one of the few remaining veterans who reached the bridge and fought here.

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Memorial Short Stirling I N-3709 unveiled

On 26 March 1943 Short Stirling I N-3709 of RAF 7 squadron crashed near the village of Etten. The aircraft was on the return flight from a bomb raid over Germany. It was set on fire by German anti aircraft guns. It had just crossed the German-Dutch border when it was shot down by a German Messerschmitt 110 nightfighter. The seven crew members all perished.

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Train in Netherlands Honors American Sacrifice during World War II

Since American forces liberated the southern Netherlands in the fall of 1944, the Dutch have been committed to honoring their sacrifice. They have adopted every gravesite at Netherlands American Cemetery. They sponsor an annual concert to mark the anniversary of the liberation. In their most recent show of appreciation, a new train in the Limburg region of the southern Netherlands has been named in honor of the cemetery.

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A visit to Auschwitz

A visit to Auschwitz is easy to plan. The camp is not very far from the airport of Katowice. A rental car is a must, but they are not really expensive in Poland. By car it's about 35 minutes drive to Oświęcim (the town where Auschwitz is located). Moreover, the trip can be combined with other places of interest like the city of Krakow. In Krakow are several WW2 places of interest, for example the former factory of Oskar Schindler which has been converted into a modern museum of the Second World War.

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Dunkirk trailer: Christopher Nolan's epic second world war film – video

The Dark Knight director’s first film since Interstellar is a depiction of the celebrated second world war evacuation from Dunkirk, starring Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles

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Woodstock Second World War vet dies

One of Woodstock’s last remaining Second World War veterans died Saturday in his sleep at Woodstock Hospital.

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Hero pilot who took out Hitler's warship the Bismarck dies

A veteran pilot who helped to sink the Bismarck during the Second World War has died at the age of 97. Lt Cdr John “Jock” Moffat was credited with launching the torpedo that crippled the German warship in 1941. The death of the Scottish veteran has been announced by the Royal Navy. The air strike carried out by the biplanes of HMS Victorious and Ark Royal on May 26 1941 was said to have been Britain's last hope of stopping the Bismarck before it reached the relative safety of waters off the coast of France.

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Photo Report Commemoration Oosterbeek with Boris Johnson

OOSTERBEEK - On 16 September 2016 the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attended an extra commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem at the Military Cemetery in Oosterbeek. Also attending was the Dutch Foreign Secretary Bert Koenders.

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Rededication Service six Graves The Border Regiment

There are a couple of hundred graves for unknown soldiers at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek. These soldiers could not be identified when they were buried shortly after the war. Recently and with the help of modern DNA technology six soldiers of the Border Regiment could be identified, 72 years after they had passed away.

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Honorary Medal Borsele war veteran Anderson (93)

BAARLAND - Mayor Gelok of the Dutch municipality Borsele has awarded the Scottish veteran Jim Anderson on Sunday afternoon. The 93-year-old veteran was presented with the honorary medal of the municipality of Borsele.

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Founder Madurodam posthumously receives the Dutch Military William Order

George Maduro, the founder of Madurodam posthumously receives the Dutch Military William Order which was awarded to him after World War II. He received the order posthumously in 1946. But the medal itself was never given as is was given posthumously. Now after 70 years the medal will be presented to his legacy.

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Yad Vashem decoration for couple from Goes

GOES - The couple Kluiver from Goes posthumously received the Yad Vashem award last Thursday as they had have Jews in hiding during World War II.

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Video: Barbed Wire

The father of filmmaker Bob Entrop has been a prisoner between 1943 and 1945 in the camps Altengrabow and Muhlberg at the Elbe and wrote there the book BARBED WIRE about it. He belonged to the large group of soldiers to voluntarily given the choice in 1943 to report or to hide. Most of them went to work normally after the mobilization. Now, 65 years later, six men between 90 and 96 years speak, for the first time, richly illustrated with unique footage and recordings of the former camps about their captivity and why they have volunteered.

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Commemoration Ginkel Heath 2015

On Saturday 19 September 2015 the annual commemoration of the Airborne landings was held at Ginkel Heath, Ede, The Netherlands. Due to low clouds the morning para drops were cancelled.

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Three ceremonies for the interment of ashes of an Arnhem Veteran

On 18 September 2015 there were three interments of ashes at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek of Arnhem Veterans that had passed away recently.

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Funeral John Joseph Kennel

On 16 September 2015 John Joseph Kennel was buried at the Oosterbeek Airborne Cemetery. Many people attended the service despite the heavy rain.

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Flood of input WW2Awards.com

As team of volunteers working on the website WW2Awards.com, we are very pleased with the many input we receive from our visitors. For this we would like to thank you all. The amount of input we receive however is such that regulearly we receive questions why the input has not been added yet.

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