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The Kakute were rings that the kunoichi wore that were dipped in poison. The rings could be made out of metals, and tempered wood. The ninja would quietly strangle enemies with the ring stuck in their neck. It was far less messy then using a sword, and left very little evidence on how the victim died. 
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Text: We will protect our land. Death to Bolshevism!”
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A new TV documentary will this week reveal details of Adolf Hitler’s secret plans to use Nazi experiments to bring seven feet beasts back from the dead – 350 years after they became extinct.
The documentary claims that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis planned to recreate aurochs, an ancestor of domestic cows, that stood seven feet tall with giant horns. The massive animals, which weighed more than a ton, once roamed the forests of Europe and are often depicted in ancient cave paintings in France and Spain.

Aurochs became extinct in the 17th century when the last known creatures died out in Poland. But Nazi experimenters planned to revive them, using an animal agricultural technique known as breeding back, to add a propaganda boost.
Breeding back is a process of selective breeding, whose ultimate aim is to create animals with predefined traits, even though the animal that the selective breeding produces may not be genetically related to the original.
The auroch experiments were masterminded by Hermann Goering, a key figure in the SS hierarchy and a keen hunter. Dr Toby Thacker, senior lecturer in modern European history at Cardiff University, told the Daily Mail: “For Goering, hunting was one of the greatest human activities and he believed there would be a special quality to these wild and ferocious animals. It was the ultimate hunting challenge.”
The documentary – Hitler’s Jurassic Monsters — will air on National Geographic on Tuesday. But it is not the only attempt that scientists have made to recreate the mysterious aurochs.
In 2010 a Dutch preservationist group began a project to use breeding back to produce an animal that looks like an auroch. They say that if their attempts are successful the aurochs could return the European countryside to a more natural state, and may even eventually replace cows as domestic cattle.
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A World War II wreck, which has been laying on the bottom of an Italian lake for 70 years, has revealed a forgotten story of love during wartime.




The wreck, a B-17 &#8220;Flying Fortress&#8221; bomber, crashed in Lake Bolsena on Jan. 15, 1944.




Divers from the Research Center of the Scuba School of Lake Bolsena and the Fire Department of Viterbo identified several pieces of the plane scattered on the bottom of the lake.
From a depth of 300 feet, they recovered the largest piece, the Sperry ball turret &#8212; an enclosed capsule that protected the bomber at the belly of the craft.





The recovered turret featured the intriguing hand-painted words: &#8220;Ileen Lois.&#8221;
"The words were still visible after 70 years underwater on the right and left side of the turret," said Mario Di Sorte, a historian who pieced together the plane&#8217;s history.




t turned out the words referred to Lois Eileen, the young wife of gunner Sgt. Ralph Truesdale. He was one of the 10-man crew aboard the four-engine aircraft B-17 USAF serial no. 4124364.
Ralph Truesdale (R) and his wife, Lois Eileen, are shown here. Lois is holding their five-month-old child.





Writing a lover&#8217;s name on the plane wasn&#8217;t just Truesdale&#8217;s idea. When it came to name their plane, the entire crew agreed to call it &#8220;Ethel,&#8221; after the girlfriend of right waist gunner, Anthony Brodniak.
The B-17 plane is shown at left. At right Antony Brodniak poses with his girlfriend, Ethel.





"Ethel" flew for the last time on Jan. 15, 1944. The final flight was part of a mission which involved the use of 38&#160;B-17 Flying Fortresses divided into two waves.
The primary target was the railroad bridge in the town of Certaldo, south of Florence. The alternate target was a marshalling yards at Poggibonsi, near Siena.




Once near Perugia, the group encountered heavy fire from German anti-aircraft. Seven B-17s in the first wave and 18 in the second suffered serious damage. &#8220;Ethel&#8217;s&#8221; two engines were struck and damaged and the bomber spun out of control.





The plane crashed into Lake Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe. All 10 men parachuted to the ground.





Of the wrecked bomber&#8217;s 10 men, three were captured by the Germans and finished out the war in a POW Camp. The remaining seven were saved and hidden from the Germans by Italian families.
Truesdale also left his turret and let the name of his wife plunge in the water with the plane. Truesdale was among the crewmen captured by the Germans and taken in a POW camp. He managed to escape and remained hidden for three months until the arrival of the Allies.





Despite the romantic wartime tale, love did not last for Ralph and Lois. The couple divorced in 1947.
All that remains is the wreck of the turret, now on display at a local museum in Bolsena, Italy.
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U.S. F105 Thunderchief bomb targets in North Vietnam. The effectiveness of the kind of large-scale bombing campaign waged by the United States was called into question in the aftermath of the war.
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Then and now in pictures: 70 years later, Normandy’s beaches retain memory of D-Day invasion:


Bunker, Omaha beach:




U.S. Army troops congregate around a signal post used by engineers on the site of a captured German bunker overlooking Omaha Beach after the D-Day landings near Saint Laurent sur Mer June 7, 1944, in this handout photo provided by the US National Archives. 70 years later, tourists walk past the same bunker. 
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Then and now in pictures: 70 years later, Normandy&#8217;s beaches retain memory of D-Day invasion:



Beachfront, Juno beach:



A crashed U.S. fighter plane is seen on the waterfront some time after Canadian forces came ashore on a Juno Beach D-Day landing zone in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France, in June 1944 in this handout photo provided by the National Archives of Canada. Today, tourists enjoy the sunshine in August, 2013. British and Canadian troops battled reinforced German troops holding the area around Caen for about two months following the D-Day landings. 
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Julie Allen&#8217;s Story:

&#8221;I was only an infant (4 years old) when the war started. When gas masks were introduced I prayed that we would never have to use them as I hated having it on my face and felt I would not be able to breath properly. We were all given small cardboard boxes in which to carry the gas masks, but my mum managed to get me a special black case, which was roughly the shape of the gas mask, in which to keep mine. It was stronger and weatherproof.
One memory I have was that every so often we had to have the gas masks tested at School. I hated this exercise. There were two people testing them and we had to queue up in two rows. When we got to the front the tester yanked the gas mask over our heads, which quite often pulled my hair and hurt, as the gas mask was made of rubber and clung to your hair. They held a piece of cardboard underneath the gas mask and you had to breath in so that the cardboard would cling to the bottom of the mask. Then they would pull the mask off, which again hurt my head.
We had to take the gas masks with us everywhere, my mother took the attached photo of me with my gas mask on in Kelsey Park, Beckenham with her little Box Brownie camera as a memory of what it was like.&#8221;
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Close-up of Sgt. Loel Putnam in gas mask and protective cloth permeable helmet at Chemical Warfare decontamination demonstration at Fort Bliss, Tx.  (7 Sep 44)