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‘Shot whilst trying to escape’
1/16/2013 9:17:11 PM


On 2 January 1946, as punishment for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the Second World War, National Socialist Kreisleiter Franz Strasser was hanged at Landsberg Prison. Condemned for the shooting of five downed airmen of the US Airforce in Kaplitz, a city in the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia during December 1944, Strasser contended that he had shot them to prevent their escape from German custody.

Wrecked; Shipwreck Finder for iPhone®
1/5/2013 12:20:37 AM


A recent influx in GPS mapping and digital archival app technology has allowed for the dissemination of rich and highly informative platforms for the use of institutions, organisations and social/leisure groups. Indeed, tools have been devised to suit the rather specialised and rather niche pursuit of wreck discovery, tracking and diving etc. Wreckfinder® is a new initiative designed to locate shipwrecks located around the coastal waters of the UK and off of Ireland. With over 10,000 wrecks accounted for, naval enthusiasts are able to determine a particular vessel’s approximate GPS location (in longitude and latitude), size, depth and often the circumstances pertaining to the loss. Whilst using the app, this particular author located the wreck of HMS Natal, and with it, an astonishing and tragic tale of sinking.

Bomb Sight; Mapping the London Blitz
1/4/2013 12:57:16 AM


An exciting new initiative headed by a joint collaboration between The National Archives, JISC and the University of Portsmouth has been announced, a compilation of the location and dates of all German aerial bombs deployed over London during the Blitz between 7 October 1940 and 6 June 1941 in an incredibly detailed interactive online map. Bomb Sight, the project overseeing the bomb census mapping, has uploaded data only accessible from the Reading Room of the UK National Archives into the public domain proper, including the introduction of a smart phone app with augmented reality technology.
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