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10 Celebrities Who Served in the Second World War [Part 2]
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Julia Child   Denied entry into the Woman’s Army Corps because of her height, Julia Child joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a typist. Because of her education and experience, she was soon promoted to the role of a top-secret researcher, working directly under the head of the OSS. She focused on the development of a shark repellent to deter the predators attacking shipwrecked seamen and bailed-out pilots. Child’s experiments were successful and her repellant is still used to this day. In a way, the development of the repellant was Child’s first entry into the world of cooking.   Tony Bennett Anthony Dominick Benedetto, known to the world as Tony Bennett, was drafted into the U.S. Army in November 1944. He was an infa...
10 Celebrities Who Served in the Second World War [Part 1]
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10 Celebrities Who Served in the Second World War [Part 1]

Bob Barker Before solidifying his legacy as the host of “The Price is Right”, Bob Barker served in the United States Navy as a fighter pilot. He enlisted after attending Drury College on a basketball scholarship, but the war ended before he was assigned to a sea-going mission. Mel Brooks It’s hard to think that famous funnyman Mel Brooks was a battle-hardened veteran of the Second World War. Brooks was drafted while studying psychology at Brooklyn College and served as a corporal in the 1104 Engineer Combat Battalion, 78th Infantry Division, defusing land mines. James Doohan Famous for his role as the chief engineer of the starship Enterprise, James Doohan enlisted in the Royal Canadian Artillery and was a member of the 14th Field Battery, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. Doohan wa...
4 novels where the Axis won the Second World War
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4 novels where the Axis won the Second World War

Fatherland by Robert Harris   Set in 1964, this alternate-history spy thriller takes place in a world where Nazi Germany launches a massive U-boat attack that eventually leads to British surrender. Meanwhile, the United States continues to defeat Imperial Japan by use of atomic bombs. The threat of mutually assured destruction leads to a peace treaty between the United States and Germany, with these two competing superpowers then finding themselves in a Cold War-type scenario two decades later. The novel follows Xavier March, a former German SS detective investigating a plot to cover up the events of the Holocaust (which most of the world is unaware of). In the hope of improving relations with the United States, March begins eliminating high-ranking Nazi officials. ...
11 iconic weapons of the Second World War
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11 iconic weapons of the Second World War

M1 Garand rifle   The M1 Garand was the standard U.S. service rifle during the Second World War and the Korean War and saw limited use during the Vietnam War. Named for its Canadian-born designer John Garand, the weapon was the first standard-issue semi-automatic military rifle; replacing the bolt-action M1903 Springfield rifle. The .30 caliber gas-operated rifle weighs around 9.5 pounds and is just over a metre long. It has an eight-round clip which ejects from the rifle when empty, creating a distinctive metallic “pinging” sound. Roughly 5.4 million of these rifles were made during the Second World War and were used by all branches of the United States military.   M1 Carbine rifle   Often mistaken for a shorter version of the M1 Garand, the M1 Carbine...
5 Canadian-made military vehicles of the Second World War
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5 Canadian-made military vehicles of the Second World War

Ram The first tank designed and built in Canada, the Tank, Cruiser, Ram was created to help solve the insufficient production of tanks in the United Kingdom. The Ram was based on the American Medium Tank M3 rather than a British tank. This allowed for a more consistent supply of imported parts, which proved critical in the production of the vehicle. Canadian engineers, inexperienced with tank production, were also reliant on the engineering skills of their more experienced American allies. More than 2,000 Rams were produced by Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW), but the standardization of the Sherman tank resulted in the Ram never being used outside of training exercises.   Grizzly This Canadian-built version of the M4A1 Sherman was unique compared to its American va...

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