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World War II: 1939–1945 global war
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

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My dad died too soon, but a 1940 article gave me a glimpse of a man who stood up to Nazis

A story in a World War II-era newspaper gave me insight into how an Austria couple — my parents — escaped Nazis and built a home in England, America.
USATODAY.com - Published

Today in History for June 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany's troops enter Paris during World War II; TWA Flight 847 hijacked; Stars and Stripes adopted as official U.S. flag; Leftist guerrilla Che Guevara and..
USATODAY.com - Published

Videos for World War II

Grenfell Tower victims file lawsuit against US companies [Video]Grenfell Tower victims file lawsuit against US companies

Attorney Jeffrey Goodman announces a lawsuit filed by survivors and relatives of the victims of London's deadly Grenfell Tower inferno in 2017 against three U.S. companies they blame for the fire...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:38Published

Mixed reality 'escape room' recreates WW2 [Video]Mixed reality 'escape room' recreates WW2

Computer scientists in England are using augmented and virtual reality technology to recreate the lives of telegraphers so you can experience it in a "escape room" situation. Pascale Davies reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:44Published

It's The Anniversary Of D-Day [Video]It's The Anniversary Of D-Day

According to Business Insider, "It is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the seaborne invasion of Nazi-occupied France that changed the course of World War II. The Nazis suddenly had to fight a two-front..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Leaders salute Leaders salute "raw courage" of D-Day veterans

The leaders of France, Britain and the U.S. paid tribute to the sacrifice of D-Day veterans on Thursday, the 75th anniversary of the largest ever seaborne invasion that opened the way for western..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:23Published

Trump Hails D-Day Veterans As 'Among The Very Greatest' [Video]Trump Hails D-Day Veterans As 'Among The Very Greatest'

President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed D-Day veterans as "among the very greatest Americans who will ever live." In a speech laced with individual stories of extraordinary heroism and loss, Trump..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:45Published

World leaders mark 75th anniversary of D-Day landings [Video]World leaders mark 75th anniversary of D-Day landings

Western leaders and World War II veterans gather in UK's Portsmouth to join in D-Day commemoration.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:57Published

Watch: UK PM May reads WWII soldier's moving letter to family ahead of D-Day [Video]Watch: UK PM May reads WWII soldier's moving letter to family ahead of D-Day

Captain Skinner was one of the hundreds of thousands of troops to cross the Channel on D-Day. He died on June 7, 1944.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:23Published

108-year-old pianist doesn't let age stop her playing [Video]108-year-old pianist doesn't let age stop her playing

As Wanda Zarzycka's fingers move over the keys, the lines on her hands are the only thing betraying her age. Roselle Chen reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published

Donald Trump meets D-Day veterans on final leg of UK tour [Video]Donald Trump meets D-Day veterans on final leg of UK tour

US President Donald Trump joined members of the Royal Family as they met World War Two veterans on D-Day's 75th anniversary event in Portsmouth.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:32Published

Uncovering the secrets of a D-Day map [Video]Uncovering the secrets of a D-Day map

Scientists in the UK are using special cameras to try and trace hidden messages in a 1944 map of the D-Day landings. Gracie Jerome reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:42Published

Queen Gifts Trump A Rare Book By Churchill [Video]Queen Gifts Trump A Rare Book By Churchill

According to Reuters Queen Elizabeth gifted Donald Trump a book by Winston Churchill on World War Two whilst Melania received a specially commissioned silver box with enamel lid during the visit by the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

The Queen Digs At Trump's Attacks Right In His Face [Video]The Queen Digs At Trump's Attacks Right In His Face

BusinessInsider.com reports Queen Elizabeth II made a jab at Donald Trump's attacks on allies and institutions the U.S. and UK built after World War II. ...Britain and the United States worked with..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

D-Day 75: Veteran has stolen medals replaced [Video]D-Day 75: Veteran has stolen medals replaced

D-Day veteran Jim Kelly has his stolen Second World War medals replaced by the Royal British Legion ahead of the 75th anniversary commemorations.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:05Published

Children ask D-Day veteran about wartime experience [Video]Children ask D-Day veteran about wartime experience

Research has revealed that 56% of Britons wish they had asked their grandparents more about their lives during the Second World War.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:14Published

Drone footage of key D-Day locations to mark 75th anniversary [Video]Drone footage of key D-Day locations to mark 75th anniversary

Ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Reuters filmed drone footage of key French locations linked to the invasion of more than 150,000 allied troops to drive out Nazi German forces. Rough cut (no..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:15Published

From the bridge of a British warship, an 18-year-old sailor watched D-Day chaos unfold [Video]From the bridge of a British warship, an 18-year-old sailor watched D-Day chaos unfold

Richard Llewellyn was an 18-year-old sailor during the D-Day landings, which marks its 75th anniversary this year. He recounts his experiences and excitement at the time.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:24Published

Watch: World's first Porsche expected to fetch up to €18m at auction [Video]Watch: World's first Porsche expected to fetch up to €18m at auction

This 1939 Type 64, one of three built, belonged to company founder Ferdinand Porsche. It was built for a Berlin to Rome race to take place in September 1939, which was cancelled due to WWII.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:20Published

Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, U.N. arms research chief says [Video]Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, U.N. arms research chief says

Senior U.N. security expert Renata Dwan says the risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:16Published

US Green Berets Honor Their WWII Past [Video]US Green Berets Honor Their WWII Past

According to Business Insider, US Green Berets honoring their WWII past just dropped into one of the world's most stunning places 135 US Army paratroopers with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

Nazi Salute Runs Rampant In Tennessee School [Video]Nazi Salute Runs Rampant In Tennessee School

A Tennessee elementary school will “no longer feature a student portraying Hitler or the [Nazi] salute” as part of a class project about World War II after an 11-year-old was removed from her..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:39Published

Kate visits D-Day exhibition at Bletchley Park [Video]Kate visits D-Day exhibition at Bletchley Park

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the home of the Second World War codebreakers to see a special exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Kate travelled to Bletchley Park to view D-Day:..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:41Published

Israel counters Eurovision boycott with Google ads [Video]Israel counters Eurovision boycott with Google ads

Israel has launched a PR campaign to counter calls for a boycott of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest final in Tel Aviv, using Google ads which refer to the boycott but lead to a glossy website..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:37Published

Russia displays ballistic missile launcher at WWII parade rehearsal in Moscow [Video]Russia displays ballistic missile launcher at WWII parade rehearsal in Moscow

Military vehicles carrying missile launchers and weapons paraded through the streets of Moscow on Monday as the country geared up for its annual Victory Day parade on Red Square.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:58Published

EU is 'built on anti-fascism' not Christian values, says EU top job hopeful Violeta Tomic [Video]EU is 'built on anti-fascism' not Christian values, says EU top job hopeful Violeta Tomic

"I think it (the EU) is built on anti-fascism because after the Second World War we finally find out that it is peace that we want to keep inside of Europe," Tomic told Euronews.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:23Published

Japan Emperor Gives Final Speech At Abdication [Video]Japan Emperor Gives Final Speech At Abdication

Reutes reports Japanese Emperor Akihito, in his final remarks as his three-decade reign drew to a close on Tuesday, thanked the people for their support and expressed hope for a peaceful future...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

 

He Couldn’t Talk About What He Saw in World War II. So He Painted It.

The aristocrat-turned-commando Guy de Montlaur was a hero of the French liberation. His paintings of D-Day depict scenes that haunted him his entire life.
NYTimes.com - Published

AC company convinced 103-year-old WWII vet to pay $24K, son says

World War II veteran Fred Klein thought he was fixing up the house with new air conditioning units. But $24,000 later, he had regrets.
USATODAY.com - Published

The World War II Stories I Shared With My Father

For the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a Times reporter reflects on how books about World War II brought him and his father together.
NYTimes.com - Published

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