12Nov

UK marks Remembrance Sunday

Politicians, members of the Royal Family and veterans are commemorating those who lost their lives in conflict as the UK marks Remembrance Sunday. A two-minute silence was held across the country and wreaths were laid at memorials. Prince Charles attended the annual ceremony at the Cenotaph in London and Big Ben chimed at 11:00 GMT. For the first time the Queen did not lay a wreath but instead watched from the Foreign Office's balcony.

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22Sep

Photo report Airborne Commemoration Wolfheze 2017

The Sunday afternoon in the 'Arnhem weekend' a commemoration is held at the memorial in Wolfheze. It is usually well attended by the veterans of the Glider Pilot Regiment. This year four Glider Pilots and a veteran of the 7th KOSB joined this service.

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28Oct

The story of the 'Nazi Titanic' Robert P. Watson had to tell

Below a Q&A with Robert Watson, author of The Nazi Titanic. The following interview with the author can help the reader to understand more of the authors research, his motivations and about the book itself.

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22Sep

Photo Report Race to the Bridge 2017

One of the events on the Saturday of the 'Arnhem weekend' is the Race to the Bridge. A long column of historic vehicles driving from the former Landing Zones at the Telefoonweg in Renkum to the Arnhem Bridge.

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21Sep

Photo Report Airborne Commemoration Ginkel Heath 2017

The Airborne commemoration at Ginkel Heath took place on 16 September 2017. Due to low clouds the early parachute drops had to be cancelled.

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21Sep

Photo Report Commemoration Airborne Cemetery 2017

On Sundat 17 September 2017 the annual remembrance service took place at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek. About 25 veterans of the Battle of Arnhem attended this service joined by another 25 World War Two veterans.

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16Sep

Watch a flypast of 14 Spitfires at the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

A flypast of 14 Spitfires will form the centrepiece of this year's Battle of Britain Air Show at Duxford. The iconic aircraft, which along with the Hawker Hurricane defended the nation from the Luftwaffe during the Second World War, will be among 40 historic aircraft taking to the skies over the weekend of September 23 and 24.

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15Sep

Photo report Veterans fly in gliders to their former landing zone

On 15 September 2017 three veterans of the Glider Pilot Regiment landed with modern gliders on former landing zone X. This landing field was one of the field used in Operation Market Garden. Hundreds of Gliders brought soldiers and equipment to the Arnhem battlefield then.

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14Sep

Last survivor of the legendary 'Great Escape' turns 100

Last survivor of the legendary 'Great Escape' turns 100: RAF navigator who fled notorious Nazi PoW camp reveals he 'had 'no idea the tunnel was there' until the fateful night on March 1944.

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13Sep

Photo Report rededication of the grave of L/Cpl William Loney

On Wednesday 13 September 2017 was a service for the rededication of the grave of L/Cpl William Loney of the 2nd Parachute Battalion at the Oosterbeek War Cemetery.

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11Sep

‘Akin to barbarity’: Moscow furious over demolition of monument to Red Army soldiers in Poland

Russia has expressed its outrage at the bulldozing of a mausoleum housing the remains of dozens of Soviet soldiers who fell battling to free Poland from Nazi German occupation, calling the move an act of vandalism that violates bilateral agreements.

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2Sep

Photospecial Airborne March 2017

On 2 September 2017 the Airborne March was held in Oosterbeek. Amongst the guests were seven veterans of the Battle of Arnhem.

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2Sep

WW2Awards.com and TracesOfWar.com merged!

In 2002 STIWOT was set up to manage the website go2war2.nl. Soon, more and more questions were being asked about visiting the war museums in the Benelux. Therefore it was decided to launch a new website with these museums. Oorlogsmusea.nl was born. In 2012 the website had grown to 30,000 articles about museums, monuments, cemeteries and other sights. Yet the name did not cover the content anymore and was replaced by TracesOfWar.com. Five years later, in 2017, the complete website has been updated to better display the 95,000 articles.

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28Aug

New website - transfer of WW2Awards.com!

Dear visitor, we are proud to announce that WW2Awards.com will merge with her sister-website TracesOfWar.com as of September 3, 2017.

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31Jul

Photoreport Carew Cheriton Control Tower

At Carew Cheriton in the south of Wales is a beautiful WWII control tower. A group of volunteers restored the derelict tower and turned it in a great museum which tells the story of this historic airfield.

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4Jun

Death of Fred Seiker

On June 2nd 2017, Fred Seiker died at the age of 101 at home. Fred has become known by publishing his book of paintings about his time in a Japanese prison camp. We wish his wife, family and friends a lot of strength with this loss.

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16Apr

Largest WWII museum of Europe opened in Gdansk

The Second World War started in Gdansk, formerly known under its German name Danzig. Now an enormous WWII museum, the largest in Europe, has been opened in this infamous Polish city.

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8Apr

Did we finally find turret 4?

In 2007 we already investigated the turrets in the vicinity of the seven exit roads in Bastogne. It turned out to be more difficult than we thought, but with a lot of outside help we identified 10 turrets in 2009. Many of them were moved these past years. One turret we could not find: turret 4, the twin brother of turret 3, which stood at the N834 in the direction of Bertogne, close to the Bastogne Barracks.

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1Apr

Amsterdam residents sue city over postcard-sized Holocaust memorial plaque

City workers dislodged and relocated a postcard-sized memorial plaque from the entrance to the former home in Amsterdam of a Holocaust victim following complaints by residents.

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30Mar

Photo report Opening 'Airborne at the Bridge'

On 30 March 2017 the information centre Airborne at the Bridge opened at the new location. Guests of honour at this event were three Arnhem veterans: Arthur Letchford, David Whiteman and Geoff Roberts. Arthur is one of the few remaining veterans who reached the bridge and fought here.

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26Mar

Memorial Short Stirling I N-3709 unveiled

On 26 March 1943 Short Stirling I N-3709 of RAF 7 squadron crashed near the village of Etten. The aircraft was on the return flight from a bomb raid over Germany. It was set on fire by German anti aircraft guns. It had just crossed the German-Dutch border when it was shot down by a German Messerschmitt 110 nightfighter. The seven crew members all perished.

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6Feb

Train in Netherlands Honors American Sacrifice during World War II

Since American forces liberated the southern Netherlands in the fall of 1944, the Dutch have been committed to honoring their sacrifice. They have adopted every gravesite at Netherlands American Cemetery. They sponsor an annual concert to mark the anniversary of the liberation. In their most recent show of appreciation, a new train in the Limburg region of the southern Netherlands has been named in honor of the cemetery.

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1Jan

A visit to Auschwitz

A visit to Auschwitz is easy to plan. The camp is not very far from the airport of Katowice. A rental car is a must, but they are not really expensive in Poland. By car it's about 35 minutes drive to Oświęcim (the town where Auschwitz is located). Moreover, the trip can be combined with other places of interest like the city of Krakow. In Krakow are several WW2 places of interest, for example the former factory of Oskar Schindler which has been converted into a modern museum of the Second World War.

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