Luftwaffe X-Planes

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Showcases more than 200 innovative aircraft designed and tested by the Luftwaffe but never put into production.

By Manfred Griehl

From jet planes and high altitude aircraft to radar-equipped fighters configured to deliver chemical weapons, numerous Luftwaffe planes reached the prototype stage but never made it into mass production or battle. Luftwaffe X-Planes reveals the remarkable range of secret craft that the Third Reich failed to complete, including the BV 239 flying boat, the remote-controlled “Fritz X”, and variants of such famous planes as Messerschmitt Bf 109.

The 200-plus aircraft showcased here in more than 340 images represent a high point in aviation technology as envisioned by such makers as Focke-Wulf, Junkers, and Heinkel. Had these innovative projects ever been realized, the course of the World War II could have been dramatically different.

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Race to the Rhine

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Charts the Allies’ push to the Rhine through modern aerial photography, contemporary illustrations, diagrams, and maps.

By Leo Marriott
    

The Allies’ campaign to wrest Western Europe from the Nazis’ grasp was one of the most complex military endeavors ever undertaken. Using a mix of powerful media, Leo Marriott and Simon Forty offer a detailed breakdown of the battles that took the Allies from Normandy to the threshold of the Reich.

Linking modern aerial photography with contemporary illustrations, Race to The Rhine provides a new interpretation of the battles, replete with maps, diagrams and photos. For those interested in visiting the sites, it also supplies a guide to the places that best represent the battles today.

Seventy years after the end of World War II, this volume reveals that there are still fresh insights to be gained from re-examining these epic clashes.

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Have Treasure Hunters Found Missing Nazi Train Stuffed with Gold?

Książ castle in Wałbrzych, Poland.
Książ castle in Wałbrzych, Poland.

Credit – CNN

Could two treasure hunters have found a legendary Nazi train packed with gold that vanished 70 years ago? It’s a question authorities in Poland’s mountainous southwestern Walbrzych district are taking seriously.

The train reputedly went missing in 1945 at the end of World War II, when the Soviet Red Army was closing in on the forces of Nazi Germany.

As legend has it, it left Wroclaw, then part of Germany and known as Breslau, for Walbrzych — but never reached its destination.

Now two people, a German and a Pole, say they have found a 150-meter long (492 feet) train that they claim contains Nazi treasure that could be worth “well over a million dollars,” said Marika Tokarska, an official at Walbrzych district council.

Through a local law firm, they contacted the Walbrzych district council with news of their find a week ago.

However, they won’t reveal the location of the train until they are given a guarantee that they will be awarded 10% of the value of the treasure inside, she told CNN.

One of the two has a background in excavation projects and has equipment that can detect objects beneath the surface of the Earth, Tokarska said.

Gold and bombs
It’s thought the ghost train could be in one of many railway tunnels built in the area around Walbrzych, near the border with Czech Republic, during World War II and sealed off at the end of the conflict.

Authorities are taking the pair’s claim so seriously that the leader of Walbrzych district council has already met with the heads of the local military, police and fire service, as well as the prosecutor’s office, to discuss their next steps, said Tokarska.

Authorities say that before they can make any guarantees, they need to know where the train is and what’s inside it.

As a military train, it is sure to contain weapons, potentially including unexploded bombs and, according to local authorities, there is even the possibility that it could be carrying early Nazi research into nuclear technology.

To add to the potential risk, if the train has been sealed into an underground tunnel then methane could have built up, creating the risk of an explosion if it’s disturbed by excavators.

Once the authorities know the location, they’ll secure it and make sure investigations are carried out in the safest possible manner, said Tokarska.

If the treasure hunters’ claim should prove to be true, a decades-old mystery will have been solved.

And if they get the 10% share they have demanded, they stand to profit handsomely from their discovery.

Local media outlets are reporting that the train could hold up to 300 tons of gold.

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