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YouTube Bans Anti-Nazi Documentary From 1938 For Violating Hate Speech Policy

“Inside Nazi Germany” is one of the most important anti-Nazi documentaries in history. First released on January 20, 1938, the 15-minute movie became one of the first explicitly anti-Nazi newsreels to play in U.S. cinemas and provided an early glimpse into the Nazi atrocities that would only become fully known to Americans years later. The film, part of the legendary “March of Time” newsreel series, was even chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress in 1993 because it played such an important part in U.S. history. But YouTube recently deleted my upload of the video because the company says it’s in violation of their hate speech policy. Seriously. Read More >>

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95-Year-Old Bletchley Codebreaker Still Saying Nothing, Just in Case

Margaret Wilson is one of the remaining few who manned the wires at Bletchley Park during WWII, where she worked as a radio operator listening to German broadcasts for clues and encoded messages. And she's still not saying anything about it because her boss said not to. Read More >>

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The House of the Future in 1945 Included a Rotisserie and Built-In Waffle Maker

“What’s tomorrow going to be like?” the opening of this 1945 newsreel asked. For many Americans who were watching, the answer was “a better life than my parents had.” World War II was winding down, the postwar boom was just around the corner, and planners were promising incredible things ahead – incredible things like affordable and efficient housing, a sci-fi dream for many of us living in the year 2018. Read More >>

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WWII-Era Time Capsule Found in US Home, and the Contractor Wants Internet Sleuths’ Help

Do you know WWII veteran Richard Silagy or his family? Silagy lived in the city of Cleveland in the US state of Ohio, sometime after World War II and hid a time capsule filled with personal items in his home. The time capsule was recently discovered by a housing contractor doing improvements on the house, but a search online for Silagy or any living relatives has been a failure. The contractor is now turning to the public for help. Read More >>

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Family Domestic Among Spies Nearly Scuppered WWII D-Day Plans

Juan Pujol, a double-agent who operated under the codename Agent Garbo and was instrumental in putting the Nazis off the scent when it came to working out where the D-Day landings would take place, very nearly had his cover blown thanks to a heated domestic with his wife. Read More >>

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WWII Ad Promised That TV Was Just Around the Corner

I came across this fantastically modern ad in the April 1945 issue of Radio-Craft magazine and just had to share it with you as we all slowly slide into the summer. Read More >>

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Police Found a Pair of Live WWII Missiles at an Essex Bus Stop

Were you in Essex on Tuesday, transporting your extensive collection of Nazi memorabilia and other wartime artifacts about the place? If so, you may have left some of your live anti-tank missiles at a bus stop. Easy mistake. We've all carelessly abandoned live ordnance. Read More >>

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Clapham Common’s WWII Shelter is Being Turned Into a Café and Exhibition Hall

A World War II shelter on Clapham Common will be transformed into a tourist attraction next year, with TfL set to convert the underground bunker into an exhibition space, and its surface building into a -- presumably heavily-overpriced -- café. Read More >>

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What WWII’s Top Secret British Spy Manual Can Teach You About Wilderness Survival

As WWII heated up, England’s Special Operations Executive put all of its secret spy training collective tradecraft knowledge into a single training manual. And, it turns out that training spies to operate behind enemy lines is often good training for going outdoors, too. Read More >>

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Watching a WWII Bomb Detonated in Hackney is Surprisingly Underwhelming

The Germans are still raining death down on the capital, with a newly discovered WWII bomb being detonated in Hackney. No wonder so many people are voting Ukip. Read More >>

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A 220-Kilo Bomb from World War II Caused a Mass Evacuation in France

A weapon from seven decades ago created a crisis in France this week. A team digging out a new metro line in Rennes, France found an enormous 226-kilo bomb from World War II lodged in the ground near City Hall. Over 3,000 people had to evacuate their homes. Read More >>

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How a Secret Squad Saved London From Devastating Flooding During the Blitz

When bombs rained down on London during the Blitz, they fell on houses, on churches, and, less famously, on embankments along the River Thames. The damaged embankments could have sent devastating floods through London, but they didn't. That's all thanks to a group of engineers who worked secretly and at night. Read More >>

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Why Camouflage Wasn’t Used Until the First World War

The general idea behind visual camouflage, which is to make distinctive, recognisable shapes difficult to pick out against a background, was nothing new in 1914. The point of camouflage isn't necessarily to make oneself totally invisible, which isn't practical for a large army. Read More >>

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The Supersonic Nazi Rocket Concept Designed to Bomb Any City in One Hour

When WWII ended, American engineers examined a trove of Nazi concepts for rocket-powered weapons and aeroplanes. One of the most terrifying was Eugen Sänger's antipodal bomber, a manned supersonic plane designed to reach any city on Earth in one hour. Thank heavens it never worked. Read More >>