History Heartwarming / WorldWarII

13th Dec '17 12:37:34 AM Mr.Bubbles
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** [[https://www.youtube.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.

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** [[https://www.youtube.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.works.
* While World War II ended on September 2, 1945, for the world, it didn't for some men. One of them was Japanese intelligence officer Hiroo Onoda. In December 1944, Onoda was stationed at Lubang Island in the Philippines alongside several other soldiers. His commanding officer, Major Yoshimi Taneguchi, had given him orders to live off the land, forbade dying by his own hand, and assured him that "it may take three years, it may take five, but whatever happens, we'll come back for you." Shortly afterward, the island was taken by American forces and Onoda and three other men fled into the mountains. It was here that they kept fighting the war, deciding that all leaflets and papers sent to them were propaganda tricks. They still carried out guerrilla warfare and lived off the land, dedicated to their order to survive. As the years went by, they died one by one. By 1972, Onoda was the only one left. Then, on February 20, 1974, Norio Suzuki, a Japanese explorer travelling the world, came across Onoda in the jungle. Onoda still refused to surrender until he was relieved of duty, so Suzuki got an idea. He went back to Japan and located Yoshimi Taneguchi, now an elderly bookstore owner. On March 9, 1974, Taneguchi flew to Lubong and relieved Onoda of duty, finally fulfilling his promise to come back for him after almost 30 years.
26th Sep '17 6:00:05 PM Kadorhal
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rabe John Rabe]]: He was a Nazi member, yet when the Japanese invaded Nanking, he, together with some other westerners who stayed in the city, set up the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Safety_Zone Nanking Safety Zone]] to safe the inhabitants of Nanking from the atrocities of the Japanese army. He was damn successful, saving an estimate of 200.000 - 250,000 people. After the war, when famine hit Germany, he and his family were partly supported by money and food packages from sent by the Kuomintang - even when their own people were starving.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rabe John Rabe]]: He was a Nazi member, yet when the Japanese invaded Nanking, he, together with some other westerners who stayed in the city, set up the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Safety_Zone Nanking Safety Zone]] to safe the inhabitants of Nanking from the atrocities of the Japanese army. He was damn successful, saving an estimate of 200.000 200,000 - 250,000 people. After the war, when famine hit Germany, he and his family were partly supported by money and food packages from sent by the Kuomintang - even when their own people were starving.



* Denmark's role in World War II. That's one of the biggest Crowning Moment of Heartwarming FULL STOPS in history. Consider this. A small country, not very powerful, shares its only land border with Germany, headquarters of the Nazi party and anti-Jewish movement. Denmark was not neutral- it was occupied, and complied peacefully with Germany to the point that Hitler declared Denmark the model that all occupied countries should aspire to. But when the police came to round up Danish Jews, the people of Denmark, including political officials and the king, banded together and made sure that ''99%'' of Danish Jews survived the Holocaust. The ones that were sent to camps were sent almost entirely to a camp in Czechoslovakia, where the Danish Red Cross was stationed to monitor the health and conditions for not just the Danish Jews, but for ''every person in the camp.'' Full. Bloody. Stop.
** The Israeli government was going to list several members of the Danish resistance as Righteous Among the Nations. The individuals requested that the honor instead be granted to the resistance as a whole. The request was granted to them, who are one of only two organizations so named.[[note]]The other being the Norwegian Underground.[[/note]]
* Shortly after midnight on November 13, 1942 (Friday the 13th, in fact), a force of US Navy cruisers and destroyers met a Japanese battleship task force in pitch-dark conditions in Ironbottom Sound off Guadalcanal. The American ships were tracking their opponents on radar, but did not exploit this advantage because the US commander, Rear Admiral Dan Callahan, didn't trust the new technology. The two fleets literally got within spitting distance of each other before a searchlight illuminated the cruiser USS ''Atlanta'', which promptly tore apart the destroyer shining the light. The resulting battle was [[BlastOut a brutal, confusing engagement of heavy naval guns and torpedoes at hand-grenade range]] with friendly fire and horrific losses on both sides. By morning, all ships of both battered fleets had withdrawn from Ironbottom Sound except for the cruiser USS ''Portland'', stuck steaming in a slow circle due to a jammed rudder, USS ''Atlanta'', dead in the water and barely afloat, and the destroyer HIMS ''Yudachi'', which was also crippled and would be sunk by ''Portland'' an hour later. As ''Atlanta'''s surviving crew tried to save their ship and pull wounded men out of the oil-slicked shark-infested sea, a motor launch came alongside, packed with American and Japanese sailors, many of them badly hurt. It took a few minutes for anyone to notice that the boat's coxswain was a Japanese petty officer (they guessed that he was a Bosun's Mate, because "the rate insignia is the same in pretty much every navy"). His ship had sunk, but his boat still floated and had fuel, and he refused to discriminate when it came to rescuing men in the water, so the men aboard ''Atlanta'' accepted his help in the rescue operation. The Japanese Bosun's Mate got as many men onto ''Atlanta'' as he could throughout the day, then assisted in evacuating them to shore when the cruiser had to be scuttled that evening, saving over a hundred lives.

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* Denmark's role in World War II. That's one of the biggest Crowning Moment Moments of Heartwarming FULL STOPS in history. Consider this.history. A small country, not very powerful, shares its only land border with Germany, headquarters of the Nazi party and anti-Jewish movement. Denmark was not neutral- neutral - it was occupied, and complied peacefully with Germany to the point that Hitler declared Denmark the model that all occupied countries should aspire to. But when the police came to round up Danish Jews, the people of Denmark, including political officials and the king, banded together and made sure that ''99%'' of Danish Jews survived the Holocaust. The ones that were sent to camps were sent almost entirely to a camp in Czechoslovakia, where the Danish Red Cross was stationed to monitor the health and conditions for not just the Danish Jews, but for ''every person in the camp.'' Full. Bloody. Stop.
** The Israeli government was going to list several members of the Danish resistance as Righteous Among the Nations. The individuals requested that the honor instead be granted to the resistance as a whole. The request was granted to them, who are and the Danish resistance is one of only two organizations so named.[[note]]The named, the other being the Norwegian Underground.[[/note]]
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* Shortly after midnight on November 13, 1942 (Friday the 13th, in fact), a force of US Navy cruisers and destroyers met a Japanese battleship task force in pitch-dark conditions in Ironbottom Sound off Guadalcanal. The American ships were tracking their opponents on radar, but did not exploit this advantage because the US commander, Rear Admiral Dan Callahan, didn't trust the new technology. The two fleets literally got within spitting distance of each other before a searchlight illuminated the cruiser USS ''Atlanta'', which promptly tore apart the destroyer shining the light. The resulting battle was [[BlastOut a brutal, confusing engagement of heavy naval guns and torpedoes at hand-grenade range]] with friendly fire and horrific losses on both sides. By morning, all ships of both battered fleets had withdrawn from Ironbottom Sound except for the cruiser USS ''Portland'', stuck steaming in a slow circle due to a jammed rudder, USS ''Atlanta'', dead in the water and barely afloat, and the destroyer HIMS ''Yudachi'', which was also crippled and would be sunk by ''Portland'' an hour later. As ''Atlanta'''s surviving crew tried to save their ship and pull wounded men out of the oil-slicked oil-slicked, shark-infested sea, a motor launch came alongside, packed with American and Japanese sailors, many of them badly hurt. It took a few minutes for anyone to notice that the boat's coxswain was a Japanese petty officer (they guessed that he was a Bosun's Mate, because "the rate insignia is the same in pretty much every navy"). His ship had sunk, but his boat still floated and had fuel, and he refused to discriminate when it came to rescuing men in the water, so the men aboard ''Atlanta'' accepted his help in the rescue operation. The Japanese Bosun's Mate got as many men onto ''Atlanta'' as he could throughout the day, then assisted in evacuating them to shore when the cruiser had to be scuttled that evening, saving over a hundred lives.



* A HopeSpot that didn't go away: the 'the Reich's youngest Nazi' was actually a young Jewish boy who fled the destruction of his family. A kind Latvian soldier, whose unit was going to be absorbed into the S.S., dreamt up a {{Masquerade}} to keep the boy alive - [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6945847.stm as a Nazi mascot.]] The boy managed to emigrate to Australia after the war, but kept his experiences secret from his wife, family, and friends till 1997.

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* A HopeSpot that didn't go away: the 'the Reich's youngest Nazi' was actually a young Jewish boy who fled the destruction of his family. A kind Latvian soldier, whose unit was going to be absorbed into the S.S., dreamt up a {{Masquerade}} to keep the boy alive - [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6945847.stm as a Nazi mascot.]] The boy managed to emigrate to Australia after the war, but kept his experiences secret from his wife, family, and friends till until 1997.



----> ''During the Second World War, Canadian soldiers played a crucial role in the liberation of the Netherlands. With the donation of this monument - an expression of joy and a celebration of freedom - the Netherlands pays lasting tribute to Canada.''
----> ''A statue identical to this one stands in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. The twin monuments symbolically link Canada and the Netherlands; though separated by an ocean, the two countries will forever be close friends.''
----> ''Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveiled the monument in Ottawa on May 11, 2002, and the other in Apeldoorn on May 2, 2000.''

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----> ''During ---->''During the Second World War, Canadian soldiers played a crucial role in the liberation of the Netherlands. With the donation of this monument - an expression of joy and a celebration of freedom - the Netherlands pays lasting tribute to Canada.''
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''A statue identical to this one stands in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. The twin monuments symbolically link Canada and the Netherlands; though separated by an ocean, the two countries will forever be close friends.''
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''Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveiled the monument in Ottawa on May 11, 2002, and the other in Apeldoorn on May 2, 2000.''
26th Sep '17 5:38:45 PM Kadorhal
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gert_Fr%C3%B6be# Gert Forbe]], best known for playing {{Film/Goldfinger}}, was a former Nazi party member and as a result, his works were banned in Israel. That is, until two Jews came forward and revealed that he used his status to hide them during the Holocaust.
* In April, 1945, about 140 British Prisoners of War were being held by the SS and feared that they, like many other [=POWs=], would be executed, so they sent a delegation to contact members of the Wehrmacht and made their fears known. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichard_von_Alvensleben Wichard von Alvensleben,]] immediately mobilized his troops to move in and protect the [=POWs=], and managed to use his superior numbers to intimidate the SS into retreating. They then released the allied [=POWs=], including several high profile prisoners.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gert_Fr%C3%B6be# org/wiki/Gert_Fröbe Gert Forbe]], Fröbe]], best known for playing {{Film/Goldfinger}}, the title villain of ''{{Film/Goldfinger}}'', was a former Nazi party member and as a result, his works were banned in Israel. That is, until two Jews came forward and revealed that he used his status to hide them during the Holocaust.
* In April, 1945, about 140 British Prisoners of War were being held by the SS and feared that they, like many other [=POWs=], would be executed, so they sent a delegation to contact members of the Wehrmacht and made their fears known. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichard_von_Alvensleben Wichard von Alvensleben,]] Alvensleben]] immediately mobilized his troops to move in and protect the [=POWs=], and managed to use his superior numbers to intimidate the SS into retreating. They then released the allied [=POWs=], including several high profile prisoners.



* It may not be as important as the saving the lives of innocent described above, but there was the fact that the American Army had the Monuments Men: experts of art assigned to spare as much as the great works of art and architecture as possible from the destruction of war. Furthermore, rather than to steal it like the German and Russian armies did, the Monuments Men's purpose was to preserve this art for the proper owners. While this was an underfunded and often heartbreaking task, it did have its good moments. Namely, when they found a cache of art plundered from Florence, Italy, they returned it to the city as they were met a grand reception with cheering crowds and even a line of trumpeters in Renaissance dress celebrating a small triumph of the survival of beauty and creativity after so many years of fear and ugly destruction.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walther_Wenck Walther Wenck]], youngest German Army General, commander of the 12th Army. Ordered to assault and retake Berlin from the Soviets with remnants of the 9th Army to link up, he instead chose to disobey orders. Located between the Americans and Berlin, he ordered his men to protect and escort Civilians from Soviet grasp to American lines. Then told his men to surrender to the Americans. Not to mention, his army sheltered refugees long before the Soviets entered Berlin. In the end? Quarter of a million refugees (including 25,000 German Soldiers) escaped Soviet detention. Within a week, mind you. Not to mention part of his speech - "It's not about Berlin any more, it's not about the Reich any more."
** Wenck summed the whole thing up with these words: ''"Nicht ein schlacht, ein rettungzaktion"''--"This is not a battle, it's a rescue mission."

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* It may not be as important as the saving the lives of innocent innocents described above, but there was the fact that the American Army had the Monuments Men: experts of art assigned to spare as much as the great works of art and architecture as possible from the destruction of war. Furthermore, rather than to steal it like the German and Russian armies did, the Monuments Men's purpose was to preserve this art for the proper owners. While this was an underfunded and often heartbreaking task, it did have its good moments. Namely, when they found a cache of art plundered from Florence, Italy, they returned it to the city as city, and they were met with a grand reception with cheering crowds and even a line of trumpeters in Renaissance dress celebrating a small triumph of the survival of beauty and creativity after so many years of fear and ugly destruction.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walther_Wenck Walther Wenck]], youngest German Army General, commander of the 12th Army. Ordered to assault and retake Berlin from the Soviets with remnants of the 9th Army to link up, he instead chose to disobey orders. Located between the Americans and Berlin, he ordered his men to protect and escort Civilians civilians from Soviet grasp to American lines. Then he told his men to surrender to the Americans. Not to mention, his army sheltered refugees long before the Soviets entered Berlin. In the end? Quarter of a million refugees (including 25,000 German Soldiers) soldiers) escaped Soviet detention. Within a week, mind you. Not to mention part of his speech - "It's not about Berlin any more, it's not about the Reich any more."
** Wenck summed the whole thing up with these words: ''"Nicht ein schlacht, ein rettungzaktion"''--"This rettungzaktion"'' -- "This is not a battle, it's a rescue mission."



* [[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 ''[[EnemyMine 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 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 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.

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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 to, in an act of spite spite, execute 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 ''[[EnemyMine 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 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 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.
24th Sep '17 12:38:01 AM BobbyMartnen
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rabe John Rabe]]: He was a Nazi member, yet when the Japanese invaded Nankin, he, together with some other westerners who stayed in the city, set up the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Safety_Zone Nanking Safety Zone]] to safe the inhabitants of Nanking from the atrocities of the Japanese army. He was damn successful, saving an estimate of 200.000 - 250,000 people. After the war, when famine hit Germany, he and his family were partly supported by money and food packages from sent by the Kuomintang - even when their own people were starving.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rabe John Rabe]]: He was a Nazi member, yet when the Japanese invaded Nankin, Nanking, he, together with some other westerners who stayed in the city, set up the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Safety_Zone Nanking Safety Zone]] to safe the inhabitants of Nanking from the atrocities of the Japanese army. He was damn successful, saving an estimate of 200.000 - 250,000 people. After the war, when famine hit Germany, he and his family were partly supported by money and food packages from sent by the Kuomintang - even when their own people were starving.
24th Sep '17 12:37:27 AM BobbyMartnen
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rabe John Rabe]]: He was a Nazi member, yet when the Japanese invaded Nanjing, he, together with some other westerners who stayed in the city, set up the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Safety_Zone Nanjing Safety Zone]] to safe the inhabitants of Nanjing from the atrocities of the Japanese army. He was damn successful, saving an estimate of 200.000 - 250,000 people. After the war, when famine hit Germany, he and his family were partly supported by money and food packages from sent by the Guomindang - even when their own people were starving.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rabe John Rabe]]: He was a Nazi member, yet when the Japanese invaded Nanjing, Nankin, he, together with some other westerners who stayed in the city, set up the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Safety_Zone Nanjing Nanking Safety Zone]] to safe the inhabitants of Nanjing Nanking from the atrocities of the Japanese army. He was damn successful, saving an estimate of 200.000 - 250,000 people. After the war, when famine hit Germany, he and his family were partly supported by money and food packages from sent by the Guomindang Kuomintang - even when their own people were starving.
19th Sep '17 10:31:10 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** This showed remarkable GenreSavvy by the Allies, as the crippling sanctions laid on Germany after World War I led directly to the rise of Nazism.
10th Sep '17 2:29:09 AM Ciara25
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* Bulgaria managing to save nearly ''its entire Jewish population'' - around 48, 000 people - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_Bulgaria#Bulgarian_Jews_during_World_War_II from the Holocaust.]]
10th Sep '17 2:26:42 AM Ciara25
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* Bulgaria managing to save ''its entire Jewish population'' - around 48, 000 people - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_Bulgaria#Bulgarian_Jews_during_World_War_II from the Holocaust.]]

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* Bulgaria managing to save nearly ''its entire Jewish population'' - around 48, 000 people - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_Bulgaria#Bulgarian_Jews_during_World_War_II from the Holocaust.]]
10th Sep '17 2:23:21 AM Ciara25
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* The Righteous Among the Nations in general were decent human beings who did the right thing during the Holocaust and sheltered Jews from German persecution or deportation. Most notable among their number is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Schindler Oskar Schindler]], whose exploits are well known. A less well-known one is Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who served as a consul in Lithuania. During the Holocaust, he issued transit visas to thousands of Jews to assist them in reaching safety to Japan, risking his career, his life, and that of his family. It's disputed how many Jews he saved; the accepted range seems to be between 6,000 and 10,000. When asked why he did it, he said the following:

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* The Righteous Among the Nations in general were decent human beings who did the right thing during the Holocaust and sheltered Jews from German persecution or deportation. Most notable among their number is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Schindler Oskar Schindler]], whose exploits are well known.
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A less well-known one is Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who served as a consul in Lithuania. During the Holocaust, he issued transit visas to thousands of Jews to assist them in reaching safety to Japan, risking his career, his life, and that of his family. When he was forced to return to Japan, he was still frantically handwriting visas on the way to the train station and throwing them into the crowd as the train pulled away. It's disputed how many Jews he saved; the accepted range seems to be between 6,000 and 10,000.10,000, since some people who received his visas were unable to escape before the Nazis invaded Lithuania. When asked why he did it, he said the following:



** Frank Foley was a simple passport control officer at the British embassy in Berlin during the 1930s - though this was in fact a cover for his ''real'' role as a British Secret Intelligence Officer. As the conditions for the Jewish population in Nazi Germany became unbearable, he bent several rules concerning immigration in order to help thousands of Jewish people "legally" escape to Britain and Palestine, issuing visas that allowed whole families to get out of the country and advising them on where they could feasibly be accepted. Not only that, but he actually went into concentration camps to get Jews out, hiding them in his house and obtaining forged passports and travel documents for them. He put his own life at risk in the process, as he had no diplomatic immunity and could have been arrested at any time, and when he was finally forced to return to Britain he left behind documents to allow others to continue his work. It's estimated that he saved ''at least'' ten thousand people, and probably a lot more.

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** Frank Foley was a simple passport control officer at the British embassy in Berlin during the 1930s - -- though this was in fact a cover for his ''real'' role as a British Secret Intelligence Officer. As the conditions for the Jewish population in Nazi Germany became unbearable, he bent several rules concerning immigration in order to help thousands of Jewish people "legally" escape to Britain and Palestine, issuing visas that allowed whole families to get out of the country and advising them on where they could feasibly be accepted. Not only that, but he actually He also hid numerous people in his house, particularly during Kristillnacht, openly went into concentration camps to get Jews prisoners out, hiding them in his house and obtaining obtained forged passports and travel documents for them. He put his own life at risk in the process, as he had no diplomatic immunity and could have been arrested at any time, and when he was finally forced to return to Britain he left behind documents to allow others to continue his work. It's estimated that he saved ''at least'' ten thousand people, and probably a lot more.
31st Aug '17 10:27:43 PM YT45
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* Shortly after midnight on November 13, 1942 (Friday the 13th, in fact), a force of US Navy cruisers and destroyers met a Japanese battleship task force in pitch-dark conditions in Ironbottom Sound off Guadalcanal. The American ships were tracking their opponents on radar, but did not exploit this advantage because the US commander, Rear Admiral Dan Callahan, didn't trust the new technology. The two fleets literally got within spitting distance of each other before a searchlight illuminated the cruiser USS ''Atlanta'', which promptly tore apart the destroyer shining the light. The resulting battle was [[BlastOut a brutal, confusing engagement of heavy naval guns and torpedoes at hand-grenade range]] with friendly fire and horrific losses on both sides. By morning, all ships of both battered fleets had withdrawn from Ironbottom Sound except for the cruiser USS ''Portland'', stuck steaming in a slow circle due to a jammed rudder, USS ''Atlanta'', dead in the water and barely afloat, and the destroyer HIMS ''Yudachi'', which was also crippled and would be sunk by ''Portland'' an hour later. As ''Atlanta'''s surviving crew tried to save their ship and pull wounded men out of the oil-slicked shark-infested sea, a motor launch came alongside, packed with American and Japanese sailors, many of them badly hurt. It took a few minutes for anyone to notice that the boat's coxswain was a Japanese petty officer (they guessed that he was a Bosun's Mate, because "the rate insignia is the same in pretty much every navy"). His ship had sunk, but his boat still floated and had fuel, and he refused to discriminate when it came to rescuing men in the water, so the men aboard ''Atlanta'' accepted his help in the rescue operation. The Japanese Bosun's Mate got as many men onto ''Atlanta'' as he could throughout the day, then assisted in evacuating them to shore when the cruiser had to be scuttled that evening, saving over a hundred lives.
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