WORLD WAR II

  • China to hold a massive military parade to 'frighten Japan', says report January 27, 2015

    Beijing: China will this year hold its first large-scale military parade since 2009 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, reports said on Tuesday, with one key goal described as being to "frighten Japan". Communist China generally shies away from the vast annual demonstrations of military...
  • Benedict Cumberbatch in no hurry to marry fiancee Sophie Hunter; says he wants to focus on 'Sherlock' for now January 5, 2015

    Los Angeles: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is not in a hurry to marry fiancee Sophie Hunter. Cumberbatch made this confession to popsugar.com, reports dailymail.co.uk. When asked about his plans to marry, 'The Imitation Game' star said: "One thing at a time. I'm playing Sherlock now, just about to start, so my main focus...
  • 'Mary Kom' director Omung Kumar to start shooting 'War' by October December 22, 2014

    Mumbai: 'Mary Kom' fame director Omung Kumar says he will start shooting his next film, based on World War II, by mid-October 2015. Kumar told IANS: "It's a period film and I feel their stories haven't been told on screen. I will shoot in some real locations and also create a...
  • Angelina Jolie kidnapped me to write a song for 'Unbroken', says Coldplay frontman Chris Martin December 21, 2014

    Los Angeles: Singer Chris Martin jokes he was kidnapped by actress-director Angelina Jolie to write a song for her forthcoming film 'Unbroken'. The Coldplay frontman, who contributed the track 'Miracles' for her second directorial venture, says Jolie was so desperate to get him on board that she went to extreme lengths,...
  • Angelina Jolie involved in car crash? December 1, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actress Angelina Jolie was reportedly involved in a car crash after her vehicle skidded in the rain here. The 39-year-old was returning from a screening for her new film 'Unbroken' Sunday, when the car reportedly skidded, hit a curb, and two of its tyres burst, reports mirror.co.uk. As per reports...
  • Benedict Cumberbatch hails unsung hero in 'The Imitation Game' November 26, 2014

    New York: Like many people, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch knew very little about Alan Turing, the genius mathematician he portrays in 'The Imagination Game,' who helped to hasten the end of World War Two by cracking Germany's wartime communications code. Turing's top-secret work with cryptologists and math wizards at Britain's decryption...
  • Japan developing first fighter since World War II September 22, 2014

    Tokyo: The Japanese government has begun working on a jet fighter, the first such aircraft to be built in the country since World War II, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday. The prototype is a joint venture between the Japanese government and defence contractors Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI. It is still...
  • Japan's World War II film idol Rikoran dies at 94 September 14, 2014

    Tokyo: Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan's wartime dreams of Asian conquest, has died at age 94. Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the US and one of biggest Japanese film stars during and after World War II, Yamaguchi died of heart failure September 7,...
  • Polish president commemorates WWII in Germany September 10, 2014

    Berlin: Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has commemorated the outbreak of World War II in a speech to the Germany parliament. Komorowski spoke at a ceremony Wednesday marking 75 years since Germany's attack on Poland on September 1, 1939. He recalled the incredible sufferings World War II brought to millions of people in...
  • Ukraine rebels go to museum and make off with a World War II tank and two howitzers! July 27, 2014

    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 criticallyacclaimed 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 staterun 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 longlost diary of top Nazi leader and Hitler aide June 10, 2013

    Washington: The US government has recovered 400 pages from the longlost 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 Bondlike 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 Bondlike gadgets during the Second World War to outwit the enemy. The 79page catalogue, designed by inventor Christopher ClaytonHutton, 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: Sevenyearold finds World War II bomb December 28, 2012

    London: A sevenyearold boy in Britain left his parents dumbfounded when he discovered a buried torpedoshaped 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 mudcaked...
  • 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 Abomb 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 Germanborn 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...