History Heartwarming / WorldWarII

30th Jan '17 9:21:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_Kolbe St. Maximilian Kolbe]]: A Polish priest and monk who, during WorldWarTwo, sheltered 2,000 Jews in his monastery. He also operated an illegal underground radio station that vilified Nazism. Eventually he was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. While there, the camp commander ordered 10 prisoners from Kolbe's cell block starved to death to deter escape attempts. One of the prisoners selected cried out that he had a family, and Kolbe volunteered to take his place. Kolbe led the others in songs and prayer for three weeks, telling them they would soon be with the Virgin Mary in heaven. At the end, the guards came in to kill Kolbe. Kolbe held out his arm and prayed while he received a lethal injection. Kolbe was declared a saint in 1982. He is the patron of political prisoners.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_Kolbe St. Maximilian Kolbe]]: A Polish priest and monk who, during WorldWarTwo, World War Two, sheltered 2,000 Jews in his monastery. He also operated an illegal underground radio station that vilified Nazism. Eventually he was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. While there, the camp commander ordered 10 prisoners from Kolbe's cell block starved to death to deter escape attempts. One of the prisoners selected cried out that he had a family, and Kolbe volunteered to take his place. Kolbe led the others in songs and prayer for three weeks, telling them they would soon be with the Virgin Mary in heaven. At the end, the guards came in to kill Kolbe. Kolbe held out his arm and prayed while he received a lethal injection. Kolbe was declared a saint in 1982. He is the patron of political prisoners.



* During WorldWar2 and the London bombings, Queen Elizabeth[[note]]Not the present Queen Elizabeth II, but her mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Consort[[/note]] refused to leave Buckingham Palace, sharing the difficulties and dangers as the rest of her people, even when the Palace was being bombed. When asked why, she replied:

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* During WorldWar2 World War 2 and the London bombings, Queen Elizabeth[[note]]Not the present Queen Elizabeth II, but her mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Consort[[/note]] refused to leave Buckingham Palace, sharing the difficulties and dangers as the rest of her people, even when the Palace was being bombed. When asked why, she replied:



* What Canada did for Netherlands during WorldWar2:

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* What Canada did for Netherlands during WorldWar2:World War 2:
24th Jan '17 4:53:10 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* [[http://allday.com/post/3001-heartwarming-moments-during-the-bloodiest-wars/pages/2/ Heartwarming Moments During the Bloodiest Wars]] has some of the sweetest WW2 photos that really show that there can be kind moments in war.

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* [[http://allday.com/post/3001-heartwarming-moments-during-the-bloodiest-wars/pages/2/ [[http://www.allday.com/heartwarming-moments-during-the-bloodiest-wars-2180797176.html Heartwarming Moments During the Bloodiest Wars]] has some of the sweetest WW2 photos that really show that there can be kind moments in war.
24th Jan '17 4:48:40 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4Z0FtRI7A This was so awesome and heartwarming that Sabaton wrote a song about it.]] There's also a book about it called A Higher Call and a movie adaptation of it in the works.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4Z0FtRI7A com/watch?v=x02g4-XT_VU This was so awesome and heartwarming that Sabaton wrote a song about it.]] There's also a book about it called A Higher Call and a movie adaptation of it in the works.
24th Jan '17 4:48:06 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Brown_and_Franz_Stigler_incident The Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler Incident.]] A Nazi fighter pilot has the opportunity to shoot down a severely damaged Allied bomber without a lick of trouble. Instead, he escorts the plane back to Allied territory. After the war, the pilot of the bomber located the German fighter ace through a newspaper ad and became fast friends.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4Z0FtRI7A This was so awesome and heartwarming that Sabaton wrote a song about it.]]
** There's also a book about it called A Higher Call and a movie adaptation of it in the works.



* A few days before Christmas, 1943, a formation of Anerican B-17 bombers hit a target in northern Germany. One of them was called ''Ye Olde Pub'' and had a brand-new crew on their first mission with a pilot named 2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown. ''Ye Olde Pub'' was shot to pieces by German fighters, but stayed (barely) in the air, with their tail gunner dead and two other men badly wounded. When they flew over a German airbase, a veteran ''Luftwaffe'' fighter pilot named 1st Lieutenant Franz Stigler took off to take them down. Stigler caught the B-17, but was surprised when they didn't shoot at him. He flew alongside the bomber, seeing wounded gunners being cared for by their terrified comrades, and realized they were completely defenseless. Stigler (a devout Catholic who'd never really bought into Nazi ideology) remembered the words of his first commander in North Africa, who had told him, "Honor is everything here. It's what keeps you human. If I ever hear that you shot a man in a parachute, I'll shoot you myself." Stigler couldn't pull the trigger. Then he realized that the B-17, flying low and slow on two engines, was heading straight for a coastal antiaircraft battery. If he couldn't shoot them down in good conscience, he certainly couldn't let that happen either. He formed up tight on the bomber's right wing in an escort position. Brown saw the Messerschmitt fighter alongside and tried not to panic, having no idea what the German was doing. Then he realized that the flak guns weren't firing as they crossed the coastline. With Brown's surviving crew safely on their way back to East Anglia, Stigler turned away and returned to his own base, never mentioning the encounter for obvious reasons. Brown's crew reported the incident in their debriefing, but were told to keep quiet about it, both to avoid generating sympathy for the enemy, and to prevent the Gestapo from going after this honorable German pilot, whoever he might be. It remained secret until Charlie Brown came out with it in the 1980s, hoping to find the man who had saved the lives of himself and his crew. Stigler, now living in British Columbia, came forward and met Brown for the second time in Seattle in 1988. The two men greeted eachother like long-lost brothers (Franz Stigler tearfully exclaimed, "I love you, Charlie!" when they told their story to a TV news crew) and remained best friends for the rest of their lives.
** Franz Stigler started receiving massive amounts of hate mail when the story broke in Germany, being called a traitor, a coward, and everything else imaginable. One day, he got a phone call from his longtime friend, war buddy, and wartime commander General Adolf Galland, perhaps the most legendary German fighter ace of the war. When Stigler admitted it was true, Galland paused for a moment, then said, "Well, it ''would'' be you, pal." Galland said that what Franz had done was treason, [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight but it was also the right thing to do]], and Galland (no huge fan of the Nazi party himself) was proud of him for doing it.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Brown_and_Franz_Stigler_incident The Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler Incident.]] A few days before Christmas, 1943, a formation of Anerican B-17 bombers hit a target in northern Germany. One of them was called ''Ye Olde Pub'' and had a brand-new crew on their first mission with a pilot named 2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown. ''Ye Olde Pub'' was shot to pieces by German fighters, but stayed (barely) in the air, with their tail gunner dead and two other men badly wounded. When they flew over a German airbase, a veteran ''Luftwaffe'' fighter pilot named 1st Lieutenant Franz Stigler took off to take them down. Stigler caught the B-17, but was surprised when they didn't shoot at him. He flew alongside the bomber, seeing wounded gunners being cared for by their terrified comrades, and realized they were completely defenseless. Stigler (a devout Catholic who'd never really bought into Nazi ideology) remembered the words of his first commander in North Africa, who had told him, "Honor is everything here. It's what keeps you human. If I ever hear that you shot a man in a parachute, I'll shoot you myself." Stigler couldn't pull the trigger. Then he realized that the B-17, flying low and slow on two engines, was heading straight for a coastal antiaircraft battery. If he couldn't shoot them down in good conscience, he certainly couldn't let that happen either. He formed up tight on the bomber's right wing in an escort position. Brown saw the Messerschmitt fighter alongside and tried not to panic, having no idea what the German was doing. Then he realized that the flak guns weren't firing as they crossed the coastline. With Brown's surviving crew safely on their way back to East Anglia, Stigler turned away and returned to his own base, never mentioning the encounter for obvious reasons. Brown's crew reported the incident in their debriefing, but were told to keep quiet about it, both to avoid generating sympathy for the enemy, and to prevent the Gestapo from going after this honorable German pilot, whoever he might be. It remained secret until Charlie Brown came out with it in the 1980s, hoping to find the man who had saved the lives of himself and his crew. Stigler, now living in British Columbia, came forward and met Brown for the second time in Seattle in 1988. The two men greeted eachother like long-lost brothers (Franz Stigler tearfully exclaimed, "I love you, Charlie!" when they told their story to a TV news crew) and remained best friends for the rest of their lives.
** Franz Stigler started receiving massive amounts of hate mail when the story broke in Germany, being called a traitor, a coward, and everything else imaginable. One day, he got a phone call from his longtime friend, war buddy, and wartime commander General Adolf Galland, perhaps the most legendary German fighter ace of the war. When Stigler admitted it was true, Galland paused for a moment, then said, "Well, it ''would'' be you, pal." Galland said that what Franz had done was treason, [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight but it was also the right thing to do]], and Galland (no huge fan of the Nazi party himself) was proud of him for doing it.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4Z0FtRI7A This was so awesome and heartwarming that Sabaton wrote a song about
it.]] There's also a book about it called A Higher Call and a movie adaptation of it in the works.
24th Jan '17 4:45:33 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_for_Castle_Itter The Battle for Castle Itter]], considered one of the most unusual battles of world war two. Occurring after Hitler's suicide but prior to Germany's surrender, a group of SS attempted to storm a prison to execute in an act of spite those that had been held there, ranging from high profile French figures to resistance members. Defending the prison was a combined force of soldiers from the US and Germany armies ''side by side'' along with the former prisoners. Outmatched, their tank knocked out and running low on ammunition, the defenders were relieved when reinforcements arrived. It was the only time in the entire war that US and German soldiers fought together as allies. Sadly, the commander of the German troops, Major Josef Gangl, was killed by a sniper's bullet while protecting former French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud during the battle. He was named a national hero in Austria. Prior to joining with US Army Captain Lee's forces to protect the castle, Gangl had been organizing his troops to try and protect local towns from reprisals by the SS.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_for_Castle_Itter The Battle for Castle Itter]], considered one of the most unusual battles of world war two. Occurring after Hitler's suicide but prior to Germany's surrender, a group of extremely overzealous SS attempted to storm a prison to execute in an act of spite those that had been held there, ranging from high profile French figures to resistance members. Defending the prison was a combined force of soldiers from the US and Germany armies ''side ''[[EnemyMine side by side'' side]]'' along with the former prisoners. Outmatched, their tank knocked out and running low on ammunition, the defenders were relieved when reinforcements arrived. It was the only time in the entire war that US American and German soldiers fought together as allies. Sadly, the commander of the German troops, Major Josef Gangl, was killed by a sniper's bullet while protecting former French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud during the battle. He was named a national hero in Austria. Prior to joining with US Army Captain Lee's American forces to protect the castle, Gangl had been organizing his troops to try and protect local towns from reprisals by the SS.
12th Jan '17 8:57:44 PM UrthWyrm
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* The entirety of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Day Elbe Day]], where the American and Russian armies met for the first time. Even before the Cold War began and both sides went back to being suspicious of each other, it's truly sweet that just for one day, the soldiers just hung out together for a few hours, forgetting the war and their own differences. If any more proof is needed, here's some of the [[http://peashooter85.tumblr.com/post/117349618997/today-in-history-april-25th-1945-elbe-day photos]] taken on that day.

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* The entirety of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Day Elbe Day]], where the American and Russian armies met for the first time. Even before the Cold War began and both sides went back to being suspicious of each other, it's truly sweet that just for one day, the soldiers just hung out together for a few hours, forgetting the war and their own differences. If any more proof is needed, here's some of the [[http://peashooter85.tumblr.com/post/117349618997/today-in-history-april-25th-1945-elbe-day photos]] taken on that day.day.
* A few days before Christmas, 1943, a formation of Anerican B-17 bombers hit a target in northern Germany. One of them was called ''Ye Olde Pub'' and had a brand-new crew on their first mission with a pilot named 2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown. ''Ye Olde Pub'' was shot to pieces by German fighters, but stayed (barely) in the air, with their tail gunner dead and two other men badly wounded. When they flew over a German airbase, a veteran ''Luftwaffe'' fighter pilot named 1st Lieutenant Franz Stigler took off to take them down. Stigler caught the B-17, but was surprised when they didn't shoot at him. He flew alongside the bomber, seeing wounded gunners being cared for by their terrified comrades, and realized they were completely defenseless. Stigler (a devout Catholic who'd never really bought into Nazi ideology) remembered the words of his first commander in North Africa, who had told him, "Honor is everything here. It's what keeps you human. If I ever hear that you shot a man in a parachute, I'll shoot you myself." Stigler couldn't pull the trigger. Then he realized that the B-17, flying low and slow on two engines, was heading straight for a coastal antiaircraft battery. If he couldn't shoot them down in good conscience, he certainly couldn't let that happen either. He formed up tight on the bomber's right wing in an escort position. Brown saw the Messerschmitt fighter alongside and tried not to panic, having no idea what the German was doing. Then he realized that the flak guns weren't firing as they crossed the coastline. With Brown's surviving crew safely on their way back to East Anglia, Stigler turned away and returned to his own base, never mentioning the encounter for obvious reasons. Brown's crew reported the incident in their debriefing, but were told to keep quiet about it, both to avoid generating sympathy for the enemy, and to prevent the Gestapo from going after this honorable German pilot, whoever he might be. It remained secret until Charlie Brown came out with it in the 1980s, hoping to find the man who had saved the lives of himself and his crew. Stigler, now living in British Columbia, came forward and met Brown for the second time in Seattle in 1988. The two men greeted eachother like long-lost brothers (Franz Stigler tearfully exclaimed, "I love you, Charlie!" when they told their story to a TV news crew) and remained best friends for the rest of their lives.
** Franz Stigler started receiving massive amounts of hate mail when the story broke in Germany, being called a traitor, a coward, and everything else imaginable. One day, he got a phone call from his longtime friend, war buddy, and wartime commander General Adolf Galland, perhaps the most legendary German fighter ace of the war. When Stigler admitted it was true, Galland paused for a moment, then said, "Well, it ''would'' be you, pal." Galland said that what Franz had done was treason, [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight but it was also the right thing to do]], and Galland (no huge fan of the Nazi party himself) was proud of him for doing it.
24th Dec '16 4:52:21 PM Shallaska
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* The entirety of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Day Elbe Day]], where the American and Russian armies met for the first time. Even before the Cold War began and both sides went back to being suspicious of each other, it's truly sweet that just for one day, the soldiers just hung out together for a few hours, forgetting the war and their own differences. If any more proof is needed, here's some of the [[http://m48patton.tumblr.com/post/117367820750/today-in-history-april-25th-1945-elbe-day photos]] taken on that day.

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* The entirety of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Day Elbe Day]], where the American and Russian armies met for the first time. Even before the Cold War began and both sides went back to being suspicious of each other, it's truly sweet that just for one day, the soldiers just hung out together for a few hours, forgetting the war and their own differences. If any more proof is needed, here's some of the [[http://m48patton.[[http://peashooter85.tumblr.com/post/117367820750/today-in-history-april-25th-1945-elbe-day com/post/117349618997/today-in-history-april-25th-1945-elbe-day photos]] taken on that day.
5th Nov '16 7:31:40 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* The entirety of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Day Elbe Day]], where the American and Russian armies met for the first time. Even before the Cold War began and both sides went back to being suspicious of each other, it's truly sweet that just for one day, the soldiers just hung out together for a few hours, forgetting the war and their own differences. If any more proof is needed, here's some of the [[http://ww2.peashooter85.com/post/117349618997/today-in-history-april-25th-1945-elbe-day photos]] taken on that day.

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* The entirety of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Day Elbe Day]], where the American and Russian armies met for the first time. Even before the Cold War began and both sides went back to being suspicious of each other, it's truly sweet that just for one day, the soldiers just hung out together for a few hours, forgetting the war and their own differences. If any more proof is needed, here's some of the [[http://ww2.peashooter85.com/post/117349618997/today-in-history-april-25th-1945-elbe-day [[http://m48patton.tumblr.com/post/117367820750/today-in-history-april-25th-1945-elbe-day photos]] taken on that day.
31st Oct '16 10:08:51 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* The entirety of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Day Elbe Day]], where the American and Russian armies met for the first time. Even before the Cold War began and both sides went back to being suspicious of each other, it's truly sweet that just for one day, the soldiers just hung out together for a few hours, talking and chatting despite their vast differences. [[http://ww2.peashooter85.com/post/117349618997/today-in-history-april-25th-1945-elbe-day Just look at the photos]].

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* The entirety of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Day Elbe Day]], where the American and Russian armies met for the first time. Even before the Cold War began and both sides went back to being suspicious of each other, it's truly sweet that just for one day, the soldiers just hung out together for a few hours, talking forgetting the war and chatting despite their vast own differences. If any more proof is needed, here's some of the [[http://ww2.peashooter85.com/post/117349618997/today-in-history-april-25th-1945-elbe-day Just look at the photos]].photos]] taken on that day.
31st Oct '16 10:06:49 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* [[http://allday.com/post/3001-heartwarming-moments-during-the-bloodiest-wars/pages/2/ Heartwarming Moments During the Bloodiest Wars]] has some of the sweetest WW2 photos that really show that there can be kind moments in war.

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* [[http://allday.com/post/3001-heartwarming-moments-during-the-bloodiest-wars/pages/2/ Heartwarming Moments During the Bloodiest Wars]] has some of the sweetest WW2 photos that really show that there can be kind moments in war.war.
* The entirety of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbe_Day Elbe Day]], where the American and Russian armies met for the first time. Even before the Cold War began and both sides went back to being suspicious of each other, it's truly sweet that just for one day, the soldiers just hung out together for a few hours, talking and chatting despite their vast differences. [[http://ww2.peashooter85.com/post/117349618997/today-in-history-april-25th-1945-elbe-day Just look at the photos]].
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