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This week in the War, 24–30 July 1944: Heil Hitler salute is made compulsory for the German armed forces

To confirm their loyalty following the 20 July bomb plot, from 24 July 1944 onwards, members of the German armed forces were required to use the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute, the  Hitlergruss. The salute had long been a common form of greeting throughout … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 21–27 June 1943: Baldur von Schirach falls from grace

This week in the war, on 24 June 1943, the one-time Hitler Youth Leader (Reichsjugendführer) Baldur von Schirach quarreled with Hitler over the need to make peace with the Allies. Although Hitler did not dismiss him from his post of … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 5–11 April 1943: Hitler and Mussolini meet in Salzburg

This week in the war, on 7 April 1943, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met in Salzburg to discuss the military situation. Axis forces had suffered major defeats and were on the defensive both in Tunisia in North Africa following … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 15–21 March 1943: Trying to kill Hitler

This week in the war, on 21 March 1943, Wehrmacht colonel, Rudolf Christoph von Gersdorff attempted to blow himself up beside Hitler, and alongside Goering, Himmler and Doenitz, too. It was not the first attempt on the Fuehrer’s life, and … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 14–20 July 1941: Barbarossa 3—Hitler turns south

This week in the war, on 19 July 1941, Hitler ordered Panzergruppe II and the German Second Army to  turn south and link with Panzergruppe I in a pincer movement to surround Kiev and the Soviet 5th Army. The manoeuvre … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 16–22 June 1941: Barbarossa!

On 22 June 1941, Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa. Over three and a half million troops with 3,600 tanks and 2,700 planes invaded the Soviet Union on a front that extended from the Baltic coast to the shores of the Black … Continue reading

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Vignette: If Hitler had a Facebook page…

The American Civil War felt the impact of photography, and much of the Second World War was reported through motion pictures in the form of newsreels. For Vietnam, it was television. For modern day conflicts, it will likely be social media. … Continue reading

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