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RARE color photos from #WW2 offer a chilling look at evil that should inform the way we see #China’s modern-day #ConcentrationCamps in #EastTurkistan (what Communists call “#Xinjiang”).

True evil isn’t some distant black & white memory; it’s alive today, in living color.
… I see only two key differences between what #Nazi Germany did to Jews, Catholics, Roma, LGBT people, disabled people, & so many others, and what Communist #China‘s doing to #Uyghurs, #Kazakhs, #Kyrgyz, #Uzbeks, #Tatars, #FalunGong, & so many others…
… (1) #Nazi Germany forced people to outwardly identify themselves w/ symbols (inc. the Yellow Star of David), whilst #China’s authorities seem to prefer secret digital records; & (2) the #Nazis killed quickly, whilst China’s authorities appear to be killing slowly… for now.
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#DDay75: the role of the Royal Engineers (RE) on D-Day & in the #Normandy campaign is another aspect of the #WW2 British & Commonwealth story that deserves more focus. On most beaches the RE were among the first to land, clearing the beaches making the assault possible. 1/14
#DDay75: Assault Engineers hit the beaches in LCAs & cleared smaller obstacles, also supported by Assault Squadrons RE equipped with Churchill Tank Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers (AVRE) designed to destroy obstacles & bunkers with their Petard Mortar. 2/14
#DDay75: the Churchill AVRE were equipped with fascines to fill in bomb craters or anti-tank ditches. Others had drop-bridges which could then be used to get over the sea wall. This initial aspect of bridging on D-Day would become of the key roles of RE in 1944-45. 3/14
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I've wanted to write this [THREAD] for a long time.
After mentioning it to @mountainherder and @pptsapper , I can't back down. This is the story a #woman, a #soldier, a #hero.
I would like to take the time to tell you about the life of an unlikely and forgotten hero.
A mixed race, #Muslim woman who took on the most dangerous job of #WW2 to defend a certain idea of freedom. Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan.
But before I tell you about her, I need to tell you about her father because I do think that his life had a part in the courageous choices that his daughter would make.
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#OTD #OnThisDay from Himmler's Appt Book, June 8, 1941: Himmler arrived at the office this Sunday morning and had an intriguing meeting with SS-Obersturmbannführer Bender at 1145.
Bender was the Superior SS- and Police Judge on Himmler's staff. Himmler in particular was interested in a penal unit of the SS-Totenkopf Division.
This had been established as a punishment unit by Theodor Eicke the first Commander of the concentration camps to avoid incarcerating them in the camps themselves.
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#NikoliTesla is an extraordinary story. 1 story is quite unusaul in regards 2 his illegal immigrant {German} born accountant George H. Scherff, Sr or [Prescott S. Bush]😳.
Scherff's son George Jr according to friends of #NikoliTesla said he always complained because he always curiously went through his lab & his notes. He caught him stealing from the lab as well. He actually gave him the name #CuriousGeorge which was inspired by Nikoli.
Above was an account given by #OttoSkorzeny a former SS bodyguard of #AdolphHitler 2 #EricBerman while on his deathbed. He told Eric a lot & it only gets stranger.
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📋Info

‘M31’ Zeltbahn thread inspired by @History1History

The Zeltbahn was one of the most utilitarian items of field equipment used by Germany during #SWW #WW2.

Translating as ‘shelter quarter’ or ‘groundsheet’ it fulfilled a variety of functions for a Landser

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The triangular waterproof canvas was reversible camouflaged, (Splintertarn for Heer) for use in spring/summer/autumn.

1 Zeltbahn, 1 wooden pole, 2 steel/bakelite pegs & rope were issued per man.

Primary purposes being groundsheet/tent qtr/rain cape for the individual.

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4 men with equipment could then construct a tent.

4 Zeltbahn, 4 wooden poles, 8 pegs & ropes.

Buttoned together it should be taut, with correct buttoning/roping enabling an ‘apron’ to prevent water gathering at the bottom.

A Stahlhelm is used to prevent incoming water.

3/
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Travelling to France for #DDay75? Fancy seeing some lesser-known locations connected to #DDay & the Battle of #Normandy? Then I hope this is of interest!
No 1: 50th (Nortnumbrian) Division Memorial, Bayeux. This division landed on Gold Beach on D-Day & pushed inland, fighting at Tilly and Hottot. The memorial is on an old convent wall, opposite the cathedral & easily missed. #DDay75
No 2: The church at Saint Côme du Mont. Inland from Utah Beach, Fallschirmjager Major von Der Heydte famously watched the Allied landings from the spire. US Para Joe Beyrle was taken POW here after landing on the roof, sent to Poland, escaped & fought alongside the Russians!
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#videoverbrennung-53.
was burnt (allegedly because the author(s) "#VertigoPolitix" closed down the account themselves). It was entitled "The #emasculation of White Male #Identity". It argued that ALL major movements and decisions in the past 100 years ..
.. had one ultimate goal: to make European White males become powerless and, eventually, extinct. As the interesting narration appears to be available in text-form on the web, I will transcribe the entire narration here. I repeat that the author is "VertigoPolitix", not I.
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.. Beginning of my transcription.
»[Voice of Noel #Ignatiev (no picture of his shown):] "The task is to bring this minority together in such a way that it makes it impossible for the legacy of #Whiteness to continue to reproduce itself." [Voice of narrator:] With only
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Erebus class monitor HMS Terror (I03), seen here in 1933.
Launched May 1916, commissioned August 1916, sunk February 1941.
(Long-ish thread - sorry!) #royalnavy #warship #history #navalhistory #WW1 #WW2 #worldofwarships #bigguns #navalwarfare #waratsea
Armed with 2 x 15" BL Mk1 guns in a single twin turret mounted on a high barbette to increase range, the monitor's primary role was gunfire support; a shallow draft permitted her to get in close to shore, providing heavy fire up to a theoretical distance of 40,000 yards.
Terror was fitted with anti-torpedo bulges, which proved quite effective when she was hit by three 17.7" tin fish in an encounter with German torpedo boats near Dunkirk in October 1917. She was initially beached, before being towed back to Blighty for repairs.
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There are so many misunderstandings about the issue of restitution in Poland that arise either from ignorance or ill will. I will try to shed some light on it [THREAD] jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/jewish-peer-cl…
1) #TerezinDeclaration is a non-binding political document and it cannot be perceived as creating rights and obligations under international law; it's a set of good practices regarding "Holocaust Era Assets and Related Issues";
2) After #WW2 Poland did not close the legal path to compensation for eligible persons, anyone who has lost his property had and has the opportunity to assert his property rights by way of civil claims;
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[THREAD]
I twit this as a thread but a PC, more academic in tone, refined version will probably be offered for publication as an article to whoever wants to it.
4 days ago, @troop_bell told me of some kind of healthy living/fitness initiative and it was called 'Warrior Something'
Do you remember when Zack Snyder’s take on Frank Miller’s take on an old sword & sandal’s take on Ancient Greek propaganda’s take on actual events hit the screens?
Every soldier and his dog went crazy over this story of 300 hipster/crossfiter hybrids kungfuing the hell out of legions of decadent, effete hajis-eh-Persians in a Huntingtonian wet dream. There was an epidemic of ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ patches down to the REMFiest RAF bod in Akrotiri
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1/ Featured today: RuSHA trial prosecution doc NO-1615: decree signed by Ulrich Greifelt re obtaining Polish children for Germanization. "It is necessary that they are subjected to a racial & psychol process of selection; those considered racially valuable will be Germanized..."
"age 6-12 will be sent to German Folkschools, age 2-6 boarded with families designated by Lebensborn." Childless SS families preferred. "Special attn to be given that the phrase 'Polish children suitable for Germanization' not reach the public."
3/ Children spent 6 weeks at Brockau (Bruczkow), in a palace taken over for this purpose. Later they were housed in a convent in Kalisz. Those who passed selection sent on to Germany. Other sources say remainder sent to concentration or labor camps, most died. (Pic: Brockau)
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@Spychacz2 Sorry, I got late...I thought a bit about things since the 1930s😓.
@Spychacz2 1. An agenda that harasses other countries by extremely malicious assaults are bringing about almost simultaneously in East Asia (Korea) and Europe (Israel).
@Spychacz2 2. IMO, I think that to be extension of the attack on our homeland who were regarded as enemies to overthrow by the Communist jews in 1935. I want to tell you about that. I don't know if I can convey this difficult matter accurately. But I'll try🤠.
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#mondaythoughts

following my #BlackHistoryMonth tweets?

last week, i tweeted "what you didn't learn in school" it was a harsh & realistic look at what our enslaved ancestors suffered

today ** different focus

#DidYouKnow
#BlackHistoryMonth

100 years ago, the black 369th infantry regiment w/patriotism & love of country, led UAS into #WW1

they spent more time in combat than any other american unit but when back in #USA faced #racism & #segregation from white americans

but, of course?
notable:

AKA: #Harlem Hellfighters, Men Of Bronze, Black Rattlers, #15th #NewYork National Guard

engagements:
#WW1
#WW2
#NewGuinea
Meuse-Argonne Offensive
2nd battle of the marne

branches: #USArmy, #FrenchArmy

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#Ukrainian police commanders launch "I am Bandera" flesh mob in honor of leader of ultranationalist and semi-fascist OUN, which collaborated with #Nazi Germany at beginning & end of #WW2 & was involved in mass murder of Poles, #Jews, Ukrainians & #Russians pravda.com.ua/news/2019/02/1…
Bandera flesh mob is launched after neo-Nazi C14 attacked #Kyiv district #Police headquarters following detention of C14 activists with knives & other weapons at Tymoshenko eection rally. Prosecutor General Office of #Ukraine investigates police for detaining neo-Nazi activists.
Detention of neo-Nazi C14 activists, who admit collaboration with SBU, at Tymoshenko election rally is another evidence of Avakov defection to Tymoshenko. But Bandera flesh mob shows that regime & far right are united in worshiping Nazi collaborator & mass murderer.
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Die Auffassung, der Erste #Weltkrieg sei Ursache aller folgenden Übel des 20. Jh., ist selbstverständlich älter als G.F. Kennans Buch von 1979. Z.B. sagt #BertrandRussell etwas Ähnliches im berühmten #BBC-Interview von 1959.

#Freimaurerei: #freemasonry (vexmansthoughts.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/was…)
Needless to say, the machine-generated #subtitles are obviously not free of errors; for completeness, I here transcribe the excerpt perfectly:

[Russell:] [...] ivory tower; this world is too bad. We must notice it.
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[Freeman:] 'Were you a moral pacifist or was it more that that the war seemed to you inexpedient and unnecessary?
[Russell:] I thought(as a politician), and I still think, that it would have been very much better for the world if #Britain had remain neutral and the #Germans
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#germanculture
Today is the 124th #birthday of #German #mathematician Karl August Reinhardt (1895-1941) who(for all I know) was the first human being to describe a transitive convex pentagonal #tiling(despite #tilings having been known in several cultures since time immemorial,..
.. it seems to no one had found (or even looked for) for such tilings. (Here, 'convex pentagonal' means that the #polygon tiling the plane is a convex pentagon; 'transitive' means that the symmetry group of the tiling acts transitively on the set of tiles.)
Reinhard found five..
..distinct TYPES of such tilings. I did not read his work sufficiently closely to be able to tell whether Reinhardt claimed to have found ALL. Anyways, it took 50 years till more types were found(by the #American Kershner in 1968 who found three more types). The search for more..
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Below is an interesting #statistics on the number of #Germans killed in #WW2;I do not retweet this to proclaim this as the truth, but rather as a proposal which has to be corroborated or refuted. I don't know who created this statistics, or how.
My translation:
'The casualties..
.. of the German People during and after the Second World War

Deaths:

[ca.] 3.250*10^6 German soldiers,
[ca.] 1.000*10^6 women, children and eldery fell victim to terror bombings in violation of international law,
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[ca.] 3.242*10^6 German soldiers died as prisoners of war of the allied forces,
of which [ca.] 2*10^6 died in Soviet camps, [ca.] 1*10^6 died in American camps, [ca.] 1.2*10^5 died in French camps, [ca.] 1*10^5 died in Yugoslav camps,
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My grand dad escaped Hungary while his family got deported to #Auschwitz.
Then he entered in the Légion étrangère in France and burnt his ID mentioning JEW, got new one where he lied about the religion, and changed his name from Tivadar Kántor to Théodore Kantor. 1/4
This thread shows a picture of his Czech maternal family Neumann with his mother Bertha, all men gone.
She sent her son away to protect him. She rescued a dozen of Jews by hiding them in her business basement. 2/4
My grand mother got expelled from home Alsace in France because she was not German enough.
In her refugee camp in Lyon, French citizens complained that they would have more food without all those refugees. 3/4
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06/01/2019 - 78 years ago today, the longest-serving #UnitedStates #President, #Franklin D. #Roosevelt (#FDR) addressed the 77th #Congress with his "#Four #Freedoms" speech with the intent to shift #US #foreign #policy from that of #neutrality to #interventionist.
#FDR promoted the idea that the people of the world, in all nations, shared entitlement to four freedoms: that of the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want and the freedom from fear.
#FDR is arguably one of the most 'successful' #US Presidents. Some would argue that on the basis of his numerous social policies such as 'the New Deal'. Others, however, would argue that his role during the second world war was more prevalent to his success & everlasting legacy.
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For those interested about propaganda. Let me introduce you to this story from WW2 and why what’s currently happening (on a small scale) is not something new, or even remotely state-of-the-art. Thread (1/17) 👇 #psyops #WW2
Let’s go back in late 1943. German soldiers deployed in the western front listened to Soldatensender Calais (Soldier’s Station Calais), which was believed to be a Nazi operated radio station from the official military broadcasting network. (2/17)
It indeed used the same frequencies associated to known German stations. It was regarded as a reputable source of information among soldiers and it played decent music between news coverage and sports events. Nothing unusual, the soldiers liked it 🎶 (3/17)
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1)I don't have too many followers but I would appreciate if you could RT.

My Great Uncle Eion passed away a fortnight ago, when sorting his things we found his #WW2 diary. From 17yo he fought across Europe and Africa. A true #British hero who gave my generation lasting #peace.
2) Jan 27th was the first time he was wounded. Less than a year after joining the Para's.

By the end of April he was on the front lines at the infamous battle for Monte Cassino. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of…
3) I've been told by those who have served in different branches of the military that one of the toughest things they have to deal with is when the promise of being relieved from the front line is cancelled. It happened to my Uncle. A lot.
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Hitler had planned for his invasion of #Poland to start #OTD on this day in 1939 - however he was momentarily spooked by the Anglo-Polish alliance and the prospect of Mussolini's arbitration and so decided to rescind the invasion order... #WW2
One detachment of #German soldiers, however, had already left their starting positions when the halt order came through, and could not be reached by radio. The group under Lt. Hans-Albrecht Herzner was invading Poland on their own.
Herzner's task was to capture and hold the strategically important rail tunnel beneath Jablunka Pass on the Polish frontier, and wait for the arrival of the German 10th Army, which he assumed would be following hard on his heels. #WW2
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On this Day - 1939, the #Nazi-#Soviet Pact was announced in Moscow. As well as a 10-year Non-Aggression Pact, Stalin and Hitler agreed to divide central Europe between them. Here, Stalin toasts the pact with Hitler's photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann.
The Nazi-Soviet Pact gave #Hitler the green light for his plans to invade Poland: a week after its signature, German forces invaded their eastern neighbour. Poland's allies - Britain and France - responded by declaring war on Germany on 3 September. #WW2 in Europe had begun.
Two weeks later, on 17 September, #Stalin's Red Army also invaded #Poland, to claim the spoils promised by the Pact with Hitler. The two invading forces met at Brest-Litovsk, where a joint Red Army/Wehrmacht parade was held, with German and Soviet troops happily fraternising.
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