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Heinrich Himmler photographed only moments after he committed suicide in the hands of the British. His trademark mustache is gone; he shaved it to change his facial characteristics & pose as a farm hand. A British doctor, who examined him after his arrest, failed to discover the cyanide capsule in his mouth thus allowing one of most barbaric figures of all time to escape just punishment.

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The Start of World War 2

What caused World War 2? a hands on lesson using maps and colored pencils


Britain declared war on Nazi Germany on 3 September 1939. You can read the newspaper headlines from that day at The British Newspaper Archive.


Fallen German soldiers at Cholm. During the course of 105 day long siege, the Wehrmacht tried to break through into the pocket to relieve it on three different occasions. The first two failed and the third finally broke through. Of the 5,500 Germans initially in the pocket at the start of the siege just 1,200 remained. #war #history #vintage #retro #guns #gun #ww2 #40s #tank #tanks #1940s #military #battle #warrior #warriors #combat #campaign #battles #wwii #worldwartwo


The USS Langley was the United States first aircraft carrier. She was a converted collier (coal carrying ship) and was the first ship in the US to be propelled by electric engines. She was made in 1920. She was to be named the "Wright" after the Wright Brothers but a disagreement in the Pentagon caused the name to be changed. The Langley was bombed in the Pacific by the Japanese at the start of WW2 and had to be scuttled to prevent capture off Java. First carrier and first to be sunk in…


At the Start Of WW2, Nazi Germany Invaded Poland: These Are Pictures From That Operation

The Gloucester Citizen announces the start of WW2

German troops march into the Rhineland on 1 March 1936


Most History Books Don't Mention These 13 Women - And How They Changed Everything

"The Night Witches were Russian lady bombers who bombed German lines in WW2. Their ancient planes used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the props. The planes were also so noisy that to stop Germans from hearing them coming, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, and restart their engines in midair. Their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured."

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British sweet rationing 1940-1953 - Make your own sweets (candy) from wartime recipes.

At the start of WW2 foodstuff, clothing and many items were rationed. Sweets gave a feeling of normality as the population suffered nightly bombing raids and widespread deaths.