World War 2 Archives


July 17, 2010

Book Review: The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

Good book, with serious caveats. It was probably a bit overpraised when it was first released over a decade ago. But no one had done it before, or as well, at least in English.

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March 28, 2010

WWII Observations: Hitler's Not-So-Evil Twin?

As part of a series of entries on World War II and its era that I am doing from a long period of research, I call your attention to a particular figure. You may know of whom I speak. Born in an Austrian town around 1890, of uncertain lineage due to paternity questions, raised by a devoutly Catholic mom, he wandered off to Vienna and then Germany in search of higher ambition. In World War One, he distinguished himself as a good soldier but grew more ambitious afterward.

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January 08, 2010

Luckiest or Unluckiest Guy Ever?

Mr. Tsutomu Yamaguchi dies at 93.

Yamaguchi, then an engineer . . . was in Hiroshima on a business trip on 6 August 1945 when an American B-29 bomber. . . dropped an atomic bomb on the city, killing 80,000 people instantly. . . The badly burned Yamaguchi . . . spent the night in an air raid shelter before returning home to Nagasaki, 180 miles away, two days later. He was in Nagasaki on 9 August when a nuclear bomb devastated [that] city, killing an estimated 70,000 people.
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September 27, 2009

World War Two Observation: Nazis Eschewed Bioweapons

Per an earlier entry in which I mentioned I would be dropping observations over here on World War II and its lead-up as derived from various research projects, here's another one.

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