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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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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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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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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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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14Dec

Dunkirk trailer: Christopher Nolan's epic second world war film – video

The Dark Knight director’s first film since Interstellar is a depiction of the celebrated second world war evacuation from Dunkirk, starring Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles

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13Dec

Woodstock Second World War vet dies

One of Woodstock’s last remaining Second World War veterans died Saturday in his sleep at Woodstock Hospital.

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13Dec

Hero pilot who took out Hitler's warship the Bismarck dies

A veteran pilot who helped to sink the Bismarck during the Second World War has died at the age of 97. Lt Cdr John “Jock” Moffat was credited with launching the torpedo that crippled the German warship in 1941. The death of the Scottish veteran has been announced by the Royal Navy. The air strike carried out by the biplanes of HMS Victorious and Ark Royal on May 26 1941 was said to have been Britain's last hope of stopping the Bismarck before it reached the relative safety of waters off the coast of France.

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Sep2016

Photo Report Commemoration Oosterbeek with Boris Johnson

OOSTERBEEK - On 16 September 2016 the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attended an extra commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem at the Military Cemetery in Oosterbeek. Also attending was the Dutch Foreign Secretary Bert Koenders.

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Sep2016

Rededication Service six Graves The Border Regiment

There are a couple of hundred graves for unknown soldiers at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek. These soldiers could not be identified when they were buried shortly after the war. Recently and with the help of modern DNA technology six soldiers of the Border Regiment could be identified, 72 years after they had passed away.

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Aug2016

Honorary Medal Borsele war veteran Anderson (93)

BAARLAND - Mayor Gelok of the Dutch municipality Borsele has awarded the Scottish veteran Jim Anderson on Sunday afternoon. The 93-year-old veteran was presented with the honorary medal of the municipality of Borsele.

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