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Soldier Bear fought in WWII

Voytek was a bear who was adopted by Polish troops in Iran in 1943.

When Polish forces were deployed to Europe the only way to take the bear with them was to “enlist” him.

So he was given a name, rank and number and took part in the Italian campaign.

From BBC News, via Reddit.

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Temporary rules for golfing in war time

These rules don’t apply all the time. Just during a global military conflict.

 Temporary rules for golfing in war time

From Neatorama.

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The Nazis hated that sunglasses-wearing dog who made fun of Hitler

 The Nazis hated that sunglasses wearing dog who made fun of Hitler

During World War II, a Finnish man named Tor Borg had a dog named Jackie, who Borg’s wife nicknamed Hitler. Jackie would respond to the command “Hitler” by raising her paw, which infuriated the German government.

Mr Borg was called into the German embassy for questioning, where he admitted that his wife Josephine – a known anti-Nazi German – had called the dog Hitler, but denied being involved in anything “that could be seen as an insult against the German Reich”.

The Germans didn’t believe Borg but couldn’t get any witnesses to testify against him and his dog.

Via Wonkette.

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Germany has finally paid off World War I

Wars are expensive, and lost wars are very expensive. On October 3, Germany will finally have paid off all its reparations for World War I. Naturally, it’s complicated why it’s taken this long, and of course, the delay has mostly to do with the Great Depression and World War II.

When the Great Depression hit Germany, President Hoover and other world leaders tried a couple ways to suspend Germany’s payments, but they failed to agree on anything. And then Germany’s financial system did, so the payments stopped anyway.

In 1953, West Germany started paying again, and it paid off the principle of its reparations in 1983, leaving a whole lot of interest. Germany was excused from paying the interest until reunification. And so now, 20 years after reunification, they’re done with World War I.

All of which made me curious about World War II. I haven’t been able to find anything that says definitively whether Germany is still paying principle or interest for WWII, but this Wikipedia article makes it sound like there aren’t any lingering payments to be made. In fact, most of the WWII reparations weren’t taken in money, but by dismantling and re-appropriating Germany’s military-industrial complex. In particular, the US took “intellectual reparations” by claiming all kinds of German technology and patents. (Which was also to keep it from Russia.)

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