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Inside Monopoly's secret war against the Third Reich • Articles • Board Game •
"Houdini received this sort of letter every day, but Clayton Hutton's was different. Clayton Hutton was different. By accepting his challenge - by promising Clayton Hutton the considerable sum of £100 if the packing case in question defeated him - Houdini set in motion a strange chain of events that would, in a wonderfully mad and circuitous manner, impact the course of a vast global conflict that was at the time still 26 years away." Somebody please commission Christian to write a book? Soon? Thanks! (This is great).
monopoly  ww2  history  christiandonlan  games  writing 
january 2014 by infovore
Mavis Batey - obituary - Telegraph
"Mavis Batey, who has died aged 92, was one of the leading female codebreakers at Bletchley Park, cracking the Enigma ciphers that led to the Royal Navy’s victory at Matapan, its first fleet action since Trafalgar." Today's Bletchley obituary; as expected, a completely excellent life by all accounts.
enigma  codebreaking  ww2  bletchleypark  obituary 
november 2013 by infovore
Nadezhda Popova, WWII ‘Night Witch,’ Dies at 91 -
"The Po-2 biplanes flown by the Night Witches had an advantage over the faster, deadlier German Messerschmitts: their maximum speed was lower than the German planes’ stall speed, making them hard to shoot down." Flying by night, with no radar or radio, dropping bombs on German positions; remarkable women, all.
obituary  ww2  russia  flight 
july 2013 by infovore
BBC - WW2 People's War - Personal memories
A remarkable story of commando training under Fairbairn and Sykes.
ww2  combat  closecombat  handtohand  training  story  memoir 
november 2007 by infovore

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