5Dec

Kriegsweihnacht 1944, Christmas and Nazi propaganda

In 1944, Christmas was celebrated for the sixth time since the Second World War had broken out on September 1, 1939. Men who often shared the same religious background fought each other to the death in sharp contrast with the old Christmas message of Peace on Earth. Christmas under Fire, 1944 tells about this last war time Christmas. Below an excerpt from this book. This part is about how Christmas was used in Nazi propaganda.

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24Nov

World War 2 Youtube Series - Cracks in the Soviet-Nazi Alliance

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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23Nov

War from the perspective of the man who did the actual fighting

Volker Griesser is the writer of The Lions of Carentan, a book about he Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6 during the period 1943-1945. We asked the author some questions by e-mail.

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29Oct

Photo Report Commemoration Liberation 's-Hertogenbosch (part 2 ceremony)

On Saturday afternoon (26 October 2019) in the one and a half weeks of commemoration of the liberation of 's-Hertogenbosch there was a ceremony and an exhibition of military vehicles at De Parade, the center of the commemorations.

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23Nov

War from the perspective of the man who did the actual fighting

Volker Griesser is the writer of The Lions of Carentan, a book about he Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6 during the period 1943-1945. We asked the author some questions by e-mail.

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19Nov

World War 2 Youtube Series - Britain shows Japan how to Attack Pearl Harbor

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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16Nov

Christmas far from home, GI’s in Europa during the Holidays of 1944

In 1944, Christmas was celebrated for the sixth time since the Second World War had broken out on September 1, 1939. Men who often shared the same religious background fought each other to the death in sharp contrast with the old Christmas message of Peace on Earth. Christmas under Fire, 1944 tells about this last war time Christmas. Below an excerpt from this book. This part is about how American GI’s shared Christmas with the Europeans that were liberated by them and about the tragedy with the Léopoldville.

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15Nov

World War 2 Youtube Series - War Exiles: Kaiser Bill, Polish Forces, and US Volunteers

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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10Nov

World War 2 Youtube Serie - Britain’s First Victory, Germany Plunders Europe & Mussolini’s Folly

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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4Nov

World War 2 Youtube Series - Mussolini plays Hitler like a Fiddle

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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29Oct

Photo Report Commemoration Liberation 's-Hertogenbosch (part 2 ceremony)

On Saturday afternoon (26 October 2019) in the one and a half weeks of commemoration of the liberation of 's-Hertogenbosch there was a ceremony and an exhibition of military vehicles at De Parade, the center of the commemorations.

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27Oct

Photo Report Commemoration Liberation 's-Hertogenbosch (part 1 parade)

On Saturday afternoon (26 October 2019) in the one and a half weeks of commemoration of the liberation of 's-Hertogenbosch there was a parade of all kinds of military material from and to De Parade, the center of the commemorations.

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27Oct

World War 2 Youtube Series - Hitler is Disappointed by his Allies - October 26, 1940

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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19Oct

World War 2 Youtube Series - Churchill Was a Drunk... or Was He?

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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14Oct

New book recounts the last Christmas of World War II

How was Christmas celebrated and experienced during 1944, the last year of World War II? This question is answered in the newly published book Christmas under Fire, 1944, written by the Dutch WW2 expert Kevin Prenger.

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13Oct

World War 2 Youtube Series - October 12, 1940 - It’s raining bombs, keep calm and carry on...

New on Youtube, from the makers and creators of Youtube channel 'The Great War', the Second World War week by week, 6 years long.

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30Sep

Photo Report Race to the Bridge 2019

On the Saturday afternoon in the weekend of the commemorations of the Battle of Arnhem, the Race to the Bridge is held. It's a convoy of historic vehicles which follows the route of the Airbornes in 1944 from the landing zones near Renkum to the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem. On the way back the column drives through Oosterbeek via the Utrechsteweg.

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26Sep

Photo Report Interment of ashes Arnhem veterans at Oosterbeek Cemetery

On Friday 20 September 2019 the interment of ashes of two veterans of the Battle of Arnhem took place at the Oosterbeek War Cemetery. First was the ceremony for private Steve Morgan of the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment. The second ceremony was for private Dennis Collier of 156 Battalion Parachute Regiment. Both veterans attended frequently the annual commemorations of the Battle of Arnhem. The Oosterbeek War Cemetery is the only location where the Commonwealth War Graves Commission allows interments of ashes.

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25Sep

Photo Report ‘Airmen in the line of fire’

On 20 September 2019 a memorial was unveiled in Opheusden to commemorate all plane crashes during World War II in the Neder-Betuwe region. The memorial ‘Airmen in the line of fire’ consists of a main element made of a column with the silhouette of an aircraft. On both sides there are two rows, 16 columns in total, each showing the silhouette of an aircraft. They symbolise the 16 aircraft that crashed in the area of Neder-Betuwe during World War II. An information panel nearby illustrates the history in brief. This panel and each column refer to a website with information on each aircraft and its crew. The combined Committees 4/5 May in Neder-Betuwe are responsible for the memorial and its unveiling.

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25Sep

Photo Report Unveiling memorial Flt David Lord VC, DFC

On 19 September 2019 a memorial was unveiled to [bioid]102,Flight Lieutenant David Samuel Anthony Lord VC DFC[/bioid] at the Reijerskamp in Wolfheze Netherlands. It was at that day exactly 75 years ago that David Lord crashed with his Dakota on Landing Zone S during a resupply flight for the 1st Airnborne Division which was fighting the Battle of Arnhem. David was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his brave attempt to drop the supplies at the right place although his aircraft was on fire.

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24Sep

Photo Report Airborne Memorial Wolfheze

The commemoration at the Airborne memorial in Wolfheze was held this year on Sunday 22 September. In this service special attention is given to the Glider Pilot Regiment, because this unit adopted this memorial as theirs. Two Arnhem veterans of the Glider Pilot Regiment, Ron Johnson and Frank Ashleigh, attended the ceremony.

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23Sep

Photo report Commemoration Mausoleum and laying of flowers Ede Cemetery

On the Monday morning after the Arnhem Airborne Commemoration weekend, is short ceremony has been held since several years. In the Mausoleum thirty resistance men are buried. After the Battle of Arnhem, the resistance played a very important part in helping Airborne soldiers in hiding. This was very dangerous to do. On monday 23 September 2019 a service was held. Around hundred people attended this in company of the Arnhem veterans John Jeffries and Sam Kendrick. Mayor of Ede mr. Verhulst held a speech.

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23Sep

Photo Report Airborne Cemetery Oosterbeek

On Sunday 22 September 2019 the annual commemoration was held at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek. Very many people came to the cemetery. Several veterans of the Battle of Arnhem were attending the ceremony.

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21Sep

Photo Report Airborne Landing and Commemoration

On 21 September 2018 the Airborne Landings and commemoration was held at Ginkel Heath near Ede, Netherlands. Very many were attending the event because it not only was the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem, but the weather couldn't have been better. British crown prince Charles and Dutch princess Beatrix attended the ceremony and talked to the veterans after the commemeration.

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19Sep

Unveiling plaque Hendrika van der Vlist

On Thursday 19 September 2019 a memorial plaque for Hendrika van der Vlist was unveiled at the Schoonoord restaurant in Oosterbeek. During the Battle of Arnhem Hendrika lived with her parents in Hotel Schoonoord. The hotel was in the frontline of the Battle and British soldiers started to use it as a dressing station. Together with other volunteers, Hendrika helped hundreds of wounded British, Polish and German soldiers. The plaque was an initiative by Michiel ter Horst and Sophie Lambrechtsen, children of Kate ter Horst.

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