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World War II

The people, places, events, and battles of the war against aggression - World War II.
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Overview of World War II
How did World War II begin? Why did America get involved? What were the major events in Europe, the Pacific, and in America at home during World War II? Read this overview to find the answer to these questions and more.

The American Home Front During World War II
Learn about key elements of the home front during World War II.

Atlantic Charter
The Atlantic Charter signed by President Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill established eight points to be followed in their vision of a post-World War II world.

Quotes about D-Day
Read these quotes about D-Day, the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944.

Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
Learn more about the Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar during World War II. View many pictures taken by Ansel Adams detailing this terrible tragedy.

Famous Americans Killed in World War II
This list highlights famous Americans who lost their lives while serving in the military during World War II.

Ansel Adams Japanese-Internment Photos at Manzanar during World War II
Original photographs from the the Manzanar Relocation Center where Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II. These photographs were taken by Ansel Adams. Find images of aerial views, buildings, daily life, work, religion, schooling, recreation, and more.

Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima Press Release - Harry Truman
Here is President Harry Truman's press release for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. It was released on August 6, 1945.

Atomic Bomb
Inventions/Inventors Guide Mary Bellis tells the fascinating story of one of the biggest milestones in civilization.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Forever linked in sorrow; these two cities destruction brought an end to World War II, and introduced the Nuclear Age. From Jennifer Rosenberg--20th Century History guide.

World War II Begins
A great article from About's 20th century history guide Jen Rosenberg. The article details the reasons for war with links to additional information.

43rd Bombardment Group
This honored group (also known as "Kens Men") consisted of the 63rd, 64th & 65th Squadrons, along with the 13th Reconnaissance Squadron. Brought to you by the 43rd Bomb Group Associates.

Atomic Bomb: Decision
Wonderful documents that help explain why the United States decided to drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. You can even hear an audio file of Truman on August 9th, the day the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.

Battle of Midway
This lengthy introduction to the battle is part of a much larger, first-rate site from Chris Hawkinson about this battle; one of the greatest in military history.

Internment Camp Locations
Another of Arthur Jacobs' Internment sites; this provides a useful map (and listing) of internment camps by states.

Nuremburg War Crimes Trials Documents
These documents are provided by the Avalon Project at Yale Law School. Testimonies, rules of procedures, trial proceedings and other key resources can be found here.

Private Art: WWII Letters To and From Home
Rose Pranger's site of her husband's (Pvt. Arthur Pranger-86th Chemical Mortar Battalion) stories and letters he wrote to and received from his family and friends during WWII. It is as she told me--a labor of love.

Women in World War II
Thousands of women served in Europe, thousands more in the Pacific, and many died. Their collective story is nicely summed up in the World War II section of the American Women in the Military site--very well done!

World War II Documents
A great collection of documents related to World War II. Read FDR's 'Day of Infamy' speech or the U.S. declarations of war on the Axis powers.

World War II Internment Documents
Many FBI memos and press clippings dealing with the internment of German, Italian, and Japanese-Americans, including discussions on the usage of Ellis Island as a detention center. From Arthur D. Jacobs, who spent seven years researching internment by the US government.

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