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This week in the War, 25 Sept–1 Oct 1944: Colditz and The Red Fox

British Army lieutenant, Michael Sinclair, was killed this week in the war, on 25 September 1944. Sinclair, known to the Germans as The Red Fox, was shot and killed while attempting to scale the outer-perimeter fence of Colditz Castle, Germany’s … Continue reading

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The week in the War, 17–23 July 1944: The July Bomb Plot

This week in the war, on 20 July 1944, a German officer named Claus von Stauffenberg carried a bomb from Berlin to the Wolf’s Lair (Wolfsschanze) headquarters in Rastenburg, East Prussia, with a view to putting paid to Hitler once … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 3–9 January 1944: From the diary of Helene Pitrou

This week in the war, the fictional French schoolgirl, Hélène Pitrou, makes another entry in her journal Dans Paris occupé. The entry is dated 5 janvier 1944. As in her entry of a year earlier, she remarks that everyone is … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 10–16 May 1943: The Dam Busters

It is over fifty years since Australian-born writer, Paul Brickhill, wrote his bestselling account of the bombing raid on the dams that provided water and hydro-electric power to industries in the Ruhr valley. The book led to a movie and … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 26 April–2 May 1943: “Mincemeat swallowed rod, line and sinker”

This week in the war, in the early hours of the morning of 30 April 1943, British submarine HMS Seraph surfaced off the coast of Spain. A canister was brought on deck and opened to reveal a dead body dressed … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 15–21 February 1943: STO—le Service du travail obligatoire, Vichy’s labour service law

This week in the war, on 16 February 1943, the law concerning the Service du travail obligatoire (STO)—the compulsory labour service law—was put into action by the government of Vichy France. It applied to young French males born between 1920 and 1922 and … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 18–24 January 1943: The relief of Leningrad

This week in the war, on 18 January 1943, Soviet forces finally broke through the German lines. Troops on the Leningrad Front were united with troops from the Volkov Front. After 497 days of encirclement, a narrow corridor barely five miles wide … Continue reading

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