There’s no accounting for the missing

An item from the Legion Magazine.

Front Lines
There’s no accounting for the missing

There’s no accounting for the missing

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

The Second World War set a new standard for disappearances. Unprecedented millions simply vanished during the maelstrom in Europe and the Far East, many under genocidal conquests by Japanese forces in China and Nazis on the continent.

The German penchant for detail and meticulous record-keeping answered the questions of many who suspected Jewish and other relatives had been shuttled off to concentration camps, only to die by gas or gun.

Still, millions more family members have lived out their lives never knowing what happened to loved ones who vanished without a trace between 1939 and 1945.


World War II Collection (Deluxe Edition)
Military Milestones
The sinking of U-484

The sinking of U-484

Story by Sharon Adams

Commissioned on Jan. 19, 1944, the German submarine U-484 travelled to Norway to join the German 3rd flotilla in early August under command of Korvettenkapitän Wolf-Axel Schaefer.

Its first and only patrol began on Aug. 18. The sub passed through a gap separating Iceland and the Faroe Islands and headed for the Hebrides, where it was sunk on Sept. 9. All 52 aboard perished.

Who sank the sub?


This week in history
This week in history

September 9, 1939

Canada declares war on Germany.


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