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The Man Who Live-Tweets World War II

@RealTimeWWII spent the last six years chronicling the violent conflict online—and now it’s starting all over again.
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In one corner of the internet, World War II is just getting started.

The battle is unfolding at, a Twitter account that “live-tweets” the events of each day of the war, hour by hour, as they happened more than 70 years ago. Here, the conflict that ensnared most of the world’s nations and claimed the lives of millions is broken down into 140-character dispatches. Right now, it’s September 1939, and German bombs are shattering Warsaw. The city is. Its residents are. “Human wreckage is laid of the scene.

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