World War II

  • Ukraine rebels go to museum and make off with a World War II tank and two howitzers! 5 days ago

    Donetsk: Visiting a museum may be the last thing on the minds of hardened insurgents in east Ukraine, but a group of them turned up at one in Donetsk -- only to make off with a World War II tank and two howitzers. "They had written authorisation to take them away,"...
  • 'The Imitation Game' trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch plays the WWII genius cryptographer mathematician Alan Turing July 22, 2014

    For those who have been completely charmed by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC's 'Sherlock', the latest trailer for the upcoming film 'The Imitation Game' will make your day.Cumberbatch, who portrayed the role of the socially awkward genius detective Sherlock Holmes in the critically-acclaimed series, will be seen in the...
  • Watch: 'Ideals are peaceful, history is violent', says Brad Pitt in the new trailer for 'Fury' June 26, 2014

    After shooting and scalping Nazis in 'Inglorious Bastards', Brad Pitt is back in another World War II film, 'Fury'. Along with Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, Pitt plays an army officer who leads his small crew on a deadly mission deep inside Nazi Germany. "The war will end soon, but...
  • Hitler may have married Jewish woman by mistake, claims report April 5, 2014

    In what could prove to be one of the biggest ironies of history, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, infamous for the genocide of Jews, may have unwittingly married a Jewish woman, new British research has found. The German Nazi leader known for his persecution of Jews had wed his long-term lover Eva...
  • Man known as 'kissing sailor' in WWII-era image dies March 18, 2014

    A man who became known for claiming he was the sailor kissing a woman in Times Square in a famous World War II-era photo taken by a Life magazine photographer has died. Glenn McDuffie was 86. McDuffie died March 9 in a nursing home in Dallas, his daughter, Glenda Bell, told...
  • Hiroo Onada, Japan's last World War II straggler dies at 91 January 18, 2014

    Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese imperial soldier to emerge from hiding in a jungle in the Philippines and surrender, 29 years after the end of World War II, has died. He was 91. Onoda died on Thursday at a Tokyo hospital after a brief stay there. Chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga...
  • China says Japan PM shuts door on talks with war shrine visit December 30, 2013

    China said on Monday that its leaders will not meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his visit to a shrine seen by critics as a symbol of Tokyo's wartime aggression, underscoring the deteriorating ties between Asia's two biggest economies. Abe had repeated his hopes for talks with Beijing last week,...
  • India's indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant a threat to China: Report August 21, 2013

    Describing the launch of India's indigenous aircraft carrier and Japan's biggest warship since World War II as a threat to China, a report in the state-run media on Tuesday alleged some countries are backing New Delhi to balance Beijing's power. The launch of India's INS Vikrant and Japan's helicopter carrier...
  • 'US still a long way to address large scale unemployment' July 18, 2013

    Washington: Noting that the US still has a long way to go to address large scale unemployment, the White House today said the country's deficit is declining at the fastest pace since demobilisation after World War II. "We are seeing our deficits decline at the fastest pace since demobilisation after World...
  • US finds long-lost diary of top Nazi leader and Hitler aide June 10, 2013

    Washington: The US government has recovered 400 pages from the long-lost diary of Alfred Rosenberg, a confidant of Adolf Hitler who played a central role in the extermination of millions of Jews and others during World War II. A preliminary US government assessment reviewed by Reuters asserts the diary could offer...
  • British troops used James Bond-like gadgets during WWII January 28, 2013

    London: An intelligence officer for British secret department M19 has come up with a catalogue that shows how troops used James Bond-like gadgets during the Second World War to outwit the enemy. The 79-page catalogue, designed by inventor Christopher Clayton-Hutton, offers a fascinating insight into the inventive methods British soldiers used...
  • US to search for World War II missing in Myanmar January 12, 2013

    Washington: The US military is preparing its first search in eight years for remains of American soldiers lost in Myanmar during World War II, an official said on Friday. The resumption of the search is a product of the revived US ties with the country also known as Burma after...
  • Britain: Seven-year-old finds World War II bomb December 28, 2012

    London: A seven-year-old boy in Britain left his parents dumbfounded when he discovered a buried torpedo-shaped World War II bomb, with the help of a metal detector he got as a Christmas present. Sonny Cater was exploring fields near his house when the metal detector led him to a mud-caked...
  • US: George Bush senior shifted to intensive care unit December 27, 2012

    Houston: Former President George HW Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever," but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said on December 26. Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesman in Houston, said in...
  • Postcard mailed during WW II arrives at NY home November 24, 2012

    Elmira: A postcard mailed nearly 70 years ago has finally arrived at the former upstate New York home of the couple who sent it. The postcard was sent July 4, 1943, from Rockford, Illinois, to sisters Pauline and Theresa Leisenring in Elmira. Their brother, George Leisenring, was stationed at Rockford's Medical...
  • World's oldest Ferrari, worth $ 8 mn, unveiled August 23, 2012

    London: The world's oldest Ferrari which won the 1947 Turin Grand Prix has been unveiled for the first time after restoration and is now believed to be worth a whopping $8 million. The 166 Spyder Corsa built by manufacturer Enzo Ferrari just after the World War II is believed to be...
  • Hiroshima marks 67th anniversary of A-bomb attack August 6, 2012

    Tokyo: Hiroshima marked the 67th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack on Monday with a call for the elimination of nuclear arsenals. About 50,000 people gathered in Hiroshima's peace park near the epicentre of the 1945 blast that destroyed most of the city and killed as many as...
  • On this day: Anne Frank received the famous diary June 12, 2012

    New Delhi: On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank, a German-born Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, received a diary for her 13th birthday; in it, she wrote, "I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to with anyone, and I hope you...
  • AP apologises for firing reporter over WWII scoop May 4, 2012

    New York: In World War II's final moments in Europe, Associated Press correspondent Edward Kennedy gave his news agency perhaps the biggest scoop in its history. He reported, a full day ahead of the competition, that the Germans had surrendered unconditionally at a former schoolhouse in Reims, France. For this, he...
  • Kohima: Prince Andrew pays homage at WW II cemetery May 1, 2012

    Kohima: Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, on Tuesday paid homage to the hundreds of soldiers of the Allied Forces who fell in the fierce battle of Kohima in 1944 in the Second World War, at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Kohima. Prince Andrew, who is visiting India to commemorate the...
  • 'Hitler had planned to set up headquarters in UK' February 20, 2012

    London: German dictator Adolf Hitler had plans to set up his headquarters in the English Midlands if the Nazi invasion of Britain had been successful during World War II, say historians. According to them, Hitler had, in fact, chalked out the "top secret" plan to use Apley Hall, near Norton, in...
  • Nazis 'planted spy in MI5 during World War II' February 18, 2012

    London: German dictator Adolf Hitler managed to plant a Nazi agent in British spy agency MI5 during the initial years of the Second World War, but failed to utilise him, de-classified documents have revealed. According to the documents, Dutchman Folkert Arie van Koutrik was the first German agent ever to infiltrate...
  • Tom Hanks to star in World War II drama November 29, 2011

    Los Angeles: Hollywood star Tom Hanks is producing a World War II drama based on Erik Larson's book, which is set in the world of Hitler's Germany. Universal studio and Hanks' Playtone have bought the rights of Larson's non-fiction best-seller 'In the Garden of Beasts' to produce. Hanks is also...
  • Army's help sought to defuse WW-II era bomb October 25, 2011

    New Delhi: Mumbai Police have sought the Army's help to defuse a 45 kg live bomb shell that was discovered by a dredging ship off the coast of Mumbai on October 20. The shell termed 'dangerous' by the police is believed to be part of the cargo of a...
  • Machine that sent Nazi messages up for sale September 19, 2011

    London: A machine used by the Nazis for sending coded messages during World War II will be sold at an auction here this month. It could fetch thousands of pounds at Christie's September 29. The Enigma machine was used by the German military to send messages before the code was...
  • Biography claims Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy August 17, 2011

    New York: A new book about the life of Coco Chanel published in the United States on Tuesday aims to strengthen claims the French designer collaborated with the Nazis during World War II as a spy code-named "Westminster." The book, "Sleeping With The Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War," by Paris-based...
  • Hitler ordered sex toys for troops during WW-II July 11, 2011

    London: Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler had ordered sex toys for his troops as many of them were contracting sex diseases from French prostitutes, records have revealed. While researching the history of Barbie, which was based on a post-war German sex doll, author Graeme Donald uncovered Hitler's secretive 'Borghild Project'. Under the World...
  • Stilwell Road: Indo-China road to peace? June 30, 2011

    Kunming, Yunnan province: Bilateral relations between India and China have often been a bumpy ride. But these days, the Chinese are pinning their hopes on the reopening of a road to improve their relations with India. The Stilwell Road was built during World War II and the Indo-China relations can...
  • Hitler tried to build flying saucers during WWII April 27, 2011

    London: Adolf Hitler tried to build a fleet of flying saucers to attack London and New York, a media report said. The Sun reported that one alleged site of production of the Nazi UFOs is a series of tunnels buried under the Jonas Valley in Thuringia, central Germany. Under the command of...
  • Hitler's men used poisoned chocolate to kill April 4, 2011

    London: Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's henchmen got so desperate in the dying months of World War II that they planned to use poisoned chocolate, coffee and whisky to assassinate Allied leaders, de-classified documents reveal. The Nazi henchmen also planned to create a "Fourth Reich" by sending secret agents to start unrest...