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Japanese holdout

{ Article added: 04/25/2009 }
Japanese holdout refers to the soldiers of the Empire of Japan who continued to fight after the end of World War II, some not surrendering themselves until the 1970s. Some had never established communication with their superiors and therefore ...Read More »

Pykrete

{ Article added: 04/23/2009 }
Invented by Geoffrey Pyke, the composite material pykrete is a mixture of sawdust or wood pulp and ice that was initially developed as part of Project Habakkuk to be used to build an unsinkable aircraft carrier for use by the ...Read More »

Malmedy massacre

{ Article added: 04/16/2009 }
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The Malmedy massacre was a World War II crime where approximately 90 American prisoners of war were killed by German soliders from the 1st SS Panzer Division. The incident occurred on December 17, 1944, during the Battle of the ...Read More »

Nero Decree

{ Article added: 04/05/2009 }
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The Nero Decree was a scorched earth policy issued by Adolf Hitler in the days leading up to Germany's defeat in World War II. Hitler's intent with the order -- officially known as "Demolitions on Reich Territory" -- was ...Read More »

Double Cross System

{ Article added: 04/04/2009 }
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The Double Cross System was an anti-espionage and deception operation conducted by the British Military Intelligence, Section 5 (MI5) in World War II where Nazi agents were captured and used to filter disinformation back to their superiors. The operations ...Read More »

Witold Pilecki

{ Article added: 04/04/2009 }
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Witold Pilecki was the founder of the Secret Polish Army, which would become the Home Army, and gained notoriety for voluntarily entering Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II in order to gather intelligence and organize revolts and escape attempts. ...Read More »

Anti-tank dog

{ Article added: 04/04/2009 }
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Anti-tank dogs were dogs used during warfare and specifically trained to run underneath an enemy tank while carrying a box packed with explosives. The underside of a tank was its most vulnerable point and thus an explosion in this ...Read More »