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Archdukes, Cynicism, and World War I: Crash Course World History #36. Lives of the First World War 'digital memorial' goes live. 11 May 2014Last updated at 23:53 ET An online archive remembering the millions of people from Britain and the Commonwealth who served in World War One has gone live. Four-and-a-half million British army members are already included in the Lives of the First World War project. But for many entries there is little more information than their names. Organiser Imperial War Museums (IWM) wants families to add their own photographs, stories and memories to build a "permanent digital memorial". The records of more than 4.5 million men and 40,000 women who served with the British army overseas are currently listed.

Millions of others will be added to the website in the coming months including the names of members of the Royal Flying Corp/Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy, the Canadian Expeditionary Force and the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Forces. It is hoped the archive will grow to include more than eight million stories. Famous World War I Battle Sites A Century Later. A 100-Year Legacy of World War I. Over the Top - A First World War Free Online Adventure Game. Introduction Over the Top is an interactive adventure game that allows YOU to experience life in the trenches during the First World War. As a young Canadian soldier stationed somewhere along the Western Front in the late Fall of 1916, you will live through some of the excitement, despair, brutality and sheer horror of trench warfare. Over the Top is based on the real-life experiences of Canadians who lived and died in the trenches during the First World War. Part history and part adventure story, Over the Top is divided into sections.

At the end of each section, you have to make a decision. You then click on your choice and read the outcome of your decision. A good decision will allow you to continue your adventure. Throughout the story, you will come across many words and expressions that were quite common at the time. Your goal in Over the Top is the same as that of thousands of Canadians who served in the trenches during the First World War: merely to survive.

Low-Graphics Version. A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary. 40 Maps that Explain World War I. Vox published 40 maps that explain the first world war. The map above shows the world mobilizing for war and the map below shows the Battle of Gallipoli. You can view the other 38 maps here at Vox. My thanks to my colleague, Jeff Feinstein, for sending me the link. World War I Centenary: 100 Legacies of the Great War. World War I changed everything. From new countries to literature, from tanks to treaties and from flamethrowers to fashion, the conflict is still writ large on our lives 100 years on.

It gave birth to violent dictators and their ideologies but extended the electoral franchise to millions. It ushered in the era of mechanised warfare whilst laying the foundations for modern medicine. Empires crumbled, borders were redrawn, art movements flowered and women won the vote (even if you still had to be over 30 in some countries).

Poets committed some of the most memorable imagery in modern verse to paper while a generation of writers would descend on Europe’s war-torn cities and fashion a new style of literature. After millions of men gave their lives on the battlefields of Europe, it was doubly tragic that a deadly influenza would claim up to 50 million more deaths in the conflict’s immediate aftermath. Writers Editors Multimedia Producers Designers & Developers Consultant. WWI. World War II: Crash Course World History #38. The Treaty of Versailles in 1918 and its Consequences. WWII. Free World War 2 Course | Open Harvard Course.

The course World War and Society in the Twentieth Century: World War II is a thematic exploration of the war and its time through feature films, primary sources, and scholarly interpretations. It seeks to provide a means for analyzing and evaluating what one reads or sees about World War II in terms of historical accuracy and for gaining a broader understanding of different perspectives. Themes include the impact of war on soldiers and civilians, on the home front, women in war, the Japanese and German viewpoints, and postwar issues.

Films include Mrs. Miniver, The Pianist, The Winter War, So Proudly We Hail, Taking Sides, The Hiding Place, and The Cranes Are Flying. The lecture videos The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Historical Study B-54, which was offered as HIST E-1890, an online course at Harvard Extension School. Watch the lectures as streaming video or audio. Course Introduction: How Should We Think about WWII? Hitler vs. America’s War. History: World War Two. 1900 - present: The recent past | History. Science and Technology of WWII. Denmark in World War II. During much of World War II, Denmark was occupied by Nazi Germany. The occupation began with Operation Weserübung on April 9 1940, and lasted until German forces withdrew at the end of World War II following their surrender to the Allies on 5 May 1945.

Contrary to the situation in other countries under German occupation, most Danish institutions continued to function relatively normally until 1943. Both the Danish government and king remained in the country in an uneasy relationship between a democratic and a totalitarian system until German authorities dissolved the government following a wave of acts of sabotage and labour strikes. An effective resistance movement developed by the end of the war, and most Danish Jews were rescued in 1943 when German authorities ordered their internment as part of the Holocaust.

Invasion[edit] Danish soldiers man an anti-aircraft gun. All wear the distinctive Danish helmet, 1940. Faroe Islands[edit] Iceland[edit] Greenland[edit] World War II Code Is Broken, Decades After POW Used It : The Two-Way. Hide captionAs a prisoner of war, Sub Lieut. John Pryor encrypted information and requests for supplies in letters sent from a German camp to his family in Cornwall. Plymouth University As a prisoner of war, Sub Lieut.

John Pryor encrypted information and requests for supplies in letters sent from a German camp to his family in Cornwall. It's been 70 years since the letters of John Pryor were understood in their full meaning. Pryor's letters served their purpose in World War II, as Britain's MI9 agents decoded the messages hidden within them — requests for supplies, notes about German activities — before sending them along to Pryor's family in Cornwall. "There were two types of information buried in these letters," Pryor's son, Stephen, tells Weekend Edition Saturday's Scott Simon. After the war, Pryor lived a long life; he died in 2010 at age 91. The passage contains coded information about a submarine, the HMS Undine, Pryor says. World War II Uniforms - A-Z | Stukas Over Stalingrad.

The following lists the uniforms of every country that participated in World War II. It is an ongoing list and will be re-posted every time it is updated.Abyssinia - 1941, Ethiopia, Private, Abyssinian Patriot ArmyAustralia - 1941 Jan., North Africa, Private, 6th DivisionAustralia - 1941 Mar., Syria, Private, 7th DivisionAustralia - 1941 May, Tobruk, Private, 9th Division Australia - Sergeant of the 47th Battalion, 2nd Australian Imperial Force Source Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum Australia - 1941 Oct, Tobruk, Private, 9th Division Australia - 1943 May, Sydney, Leading Seaman, Task Force 44, RANBelgium - 1940 Apr., Belgium, Colonel, 1st Inf. RegimentBelgium - 1940 May, Belgium, Major, 1st Regiment, Belgian AF Brazil - 1st Division of the FEB Bulgaria - Cavalry Colonel Finland - A Finnish trooper assigned to the KevOs 2 Infantry Regiment in late 1941 German Afrika Korps uniform and equipment featured here Germany - 1944, Oberst Hermann Buchner, Luftwaffe Fighter IV.

Hungary - Infantry. The Corpse That Fooled Hitler. On the morning of April 30, 1943, a fisherman working off the coast of Huelva, Spain found a body floating in the water. The corpse, an adult male, was badly decomposed and wearing a military uniform, trench coat, and boots. Floating nearby, and attached to the man’s trench coat belt with a chain, was a briefcase. The fisherman alerted the authorities and the body was retrieved. The contents of the briefcase, a mix of military documents and personal effects, identified the man as Major William Martin of the Royal Marines. Spain was a non-belligerent in the war, but Franco’s government supported the Axis Powers ideologically and materially, and German agents were able to get the Spanish to give them a peek at the case before it was returned to England. The German agents slid a thin metal rod through a hole in the side of the envelope, wound the letter around it and then pulled it out without breaking the envelope’s seals.

“Swallowed Whole” The Real Major Martin. Theresienstadt concentration camp. Coordinates : 50°30′48″N 14°10′1″E  /  50.51333°N 14.16694°E  / 50.51333; 14.16694 The (2005) , also referred to as Theresienstadt Ghetto, [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] was established by the SS during World War II in the fortress and garrison city of Terezín (German name ), located in what is now the Czech Republic. During World War II it served as a Nazi concentration camp staffed in equal numbers by German Nazi guards and their ethnic Czech collaborators. Tens of thousands of Jews were murdered there and over 150,000 others (including tens of thousands of children) were held there for months or years, before then being sent to their deaths on rail transports to Treblinka and Auschwitz extermination camps in Poland, as well as to smaller camps elsewhere. [ edit ] History The fortress of Terezín was constructed between the years 1780 and 1790 by the orders of the Austrian emperor Joseph II in the north-west region of Bohemia.

. [ edit ] Command and control authority [ edit ] Used as propaganda tool. Rescue of the Danish Jews. The rescue of the Danish Jews occurred during Nazi Germany's occupation of Denmark during World War II. On October 1, 1943 Nazi leader Adolf Hitler ordered Danish Jews to be arrested and deported. Despite great personal risk, the Danish resistance movement, with the assistance of many ordinary Danish citizens, managed to evacuate 7,220 of Denmark's 7,800 Jews, plus 686 non-Jewish spouses, by sea to nearby neutral Sweden.[1] The rescue allowed the vast majority of Denmark's Jewish population to avoid capture by the Nazis and is considered to be one of the largest actions of collective resistance to repression in the countries occupied by Nazi Germany.

As a result of the rescue, and the following Danish intercession on behalf of the 464 Danish Jews who were captured and deported to Theresienstadt transit camp in Bohemia, over 99% of Denmark's Jewish population survived the Holocaust.[1] Memorial in "Denmark Square", Jerusalem The "model protectorate" (1940–1943)[edit] Military History (20th Century) World War 2. WORLD WAR 2.