It’s 1945 and World War II is over. Adolf Hitler is dead. So are his top lieutenants: Heinrich Himmler and Joseph Goebbels. But dozens of high level Nazis are still alive and in prison. What do the Allied powers do with them? They take them to court in their own backyard. The Nuremberg trials were … Continue reading WITNESS TO THE NUREMBERG TRIALS
Image credit: United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), 4 June 1942 In Hangar 2 at the National Museum of WWII Aviation sits a remarkable type of airplane: the SBD Dauntless--a plane that would turn the tide of the war. Though this plane itself did not see any combat during WWII, others like it took part … Continue reading A MAGIC WIN: BATTLE OF MIDWAY
On September 2, 1945, aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan formally surrendered to the Allies, bringing an end to World War II. More than 250 Allied warships lay at anchor in Tokyo Bay. The flags of the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, and China fluttered above the deck of the Missouri. The … Continue reading OFFICIAL SURRENDER OF JAPAN
When asked what the general public knows about the war in the Pacific, they typically know only the attack on Pearl Harbor and the atomic bomb dropping on Hiroshima. Very few know about Iwo Jima, Midway, or the thousands of other significant events that happened in the war in the Pacific Theatre. Even fewer realize … Continue reading BATAAN DEATH MARCH
Native Americans came up with a code using their language which ultimately saved thousands of lives.