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1939–1945, between Axis and Allies

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World War II: 1939–1945, between Axis and Allies
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 more than 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 70 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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11/14/19: CBSN Evening News

2 dead, several injured in Calif. school shooting; WWII's only U.S. black female Army battalion.
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All-black Women's Army Corps unit still fighting for recognition

Nearly 900 members strong, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was the first and only all-black Women's Army Corps unit deployed to Europe during WWII. They made sure soldiers received their..
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Videos for World War II


Japan's emperor spends a night with a goddess [Video]Japan's emperor spends a night with a goddess

Japan's new emperor finishes last major accession rite but critics say it recalls the country's militaristic past. Emer McCarthy reports.

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What can't you live without? Switzerland and the coffee stockpile quandary [Video]What can't you live without? Switzerland and the coffee stockpile quandary

Since the end of WW2, the Swiss have kept a strategic reserve of coffee in case of national emergency. That might be about to change. View on euronews

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Medals of bravery awarded to animals who died in wars [Video]Medals of bravery awarded to animals who died in wars

Posthumous medals were awarded to animals who died while serving in the armed forces of the United States.

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Putin: we hope Trump visits Russia for Victory Day in May [Video]Putin: we hope Trump visits Russia for Victory Day in May

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that while he hoped his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump would come to Moscow next year, he currently had no plans to meet Trump. Chris Dignam has more.

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Poland asks Netflix to make changes to documentary about Nazi death camp guard [Video]Poland asks Netflix to make changes to documentary about Nazi death camp guard

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has pressed Netflix, the U.S. streaming and production company, to make changes to a documentary that includes a map showing Nazi death camps inside the borders..

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Queen leads Remembrance Day ceremony in London [Video]Queen leads Remembrance Day ceremony in London

Britain's Queen Elizabeth led royals, leaders and war veterans on Sunday in paying tribute to those who died during World War One, World War Two and other conflicts.

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Trump says he might attend Russia's May Day parade [Video]Trump says he might attend Russia's May Day parade

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering attending Russia's May 9 Victory Day commemorative events after President Vladimir Putin extended an invitation.

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UK's Rees-Mogg says 'common sense' could have saved Grenfell victims [Video]UK's Rees-Mogg says 'common sense' could have saved Grenfell victims

Prominent Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg said Tuesday the Grenfell fire victims should have used 'common sense' and left the burning tower, despite firefighters' advice to stay put. Lucy Fielder..

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UK inquiry: cladding spread deadly Grenfell fire [Video]UK inquiry: cladding spread deadly Grenfell fire

Combustible cladding encouraged and spread the fire in London's Grenfell Tower that killed 71 people, a public inquiry said on Wednesday (October 30). Lucy Fielder reports.

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After 20-year wait, Emmerich recounts WW2 battle in drama "Midway" [Video]After 20-year wait, Emmerich recounts WW2 battle in drama "Midway"

German film director Roland Emmerich's epic war blockbuster 'Midway' set to be released in November. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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Grenfell disaster was worsened by fire chiefs: investigators [Video]Grenfell disaster was worsened by fire chiefs: investigators

Seventy-one people died in London's Grenfell fire disaster. Now a public inquiry into the blaze has found that some lives could have been saved if fire brigade chiefs hadn't made grave mistakes in..

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Uniqlo ad sparks protests and parody in S. Korea [Video]Uniqlo ad sparks protests and parody in S. Korea

A commercial by Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo has stirred a consumer backlash in South Korea amid accusations that it mocks victims of wartime forced labor and brothel workers, reopening deep wounds..

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Bulgaria's president vows to implement 'very strict measures' to curb football hooliganism [Video]Bulgaria's president vows to implement 'very strict measures' to curb football hooliganism

Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev vowed Wednesday his country would implement "very strict measures" to curb football hooliganism, following racist behaviour from fans during Monday's international..

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Froome expects an open 2020 Tour de France after route revealed [Video]Froome expects an open 2020 Tour de France after route revealed

Multiple winner Chris Froome says the 2020 Tour de France route will give all the main rivals opportunities to win the race.

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Peter Handke wins 2019 Nobel literature prize, Olga Tokarczuk wins for 2018 [Video]Peter Handke wins 2019 Nobel literature prize, Olga Tokarczuk wins for 2018

Austria's Peter Handke won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, and the postponed 2018 award went to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, the Swedish Academy said on Thursday. Rough cut (no reporter..

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Romania To Open Country's First Holocaust Museum [Video]Romania To Open Country's First Holocaust Museum

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is backing the creation of the country's first Holocaust museum. CNN reports up to 380,000 Jews were killed in Romanian-controlled territories during World War II. The..

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Vintage bomber crash red flag for older planes: lawmaker [Video]Vintage bomber crash red flag for older planes: lawmaker

A World War Two-era B-17 bomber trying to make an emergency landing at an airport near Hartford, Connecticut, crashed and burned, killing an undetermined number of people and closing the airport for..

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Vintage bomber makes fatal landing in Connecticut [Video]Vintage bomber makes fatal landing in Connecticut

A World War Two-era bomber crashed Wednesday as it attempted to land at Connecticut's Bradley International Airport. Freddie Joyner reports.

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Ceremony honours fallen US soldiers in all-but-forgotten WWII battle [Video]Ceremony honours fallen US soldiers in all-but-forgotten WWII battle

It might have been forgotten if it wasn't for some painstaking research.

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Russia And Poland Engage In Twitter Battle Over Who Started WWII [Video]Russia And Poland Engage In Twitter Battle Over Who Started WWII

The Russian Embassy in South Africa revisited an 80-year-old conflict with Poland on Tuesday, with a tweet. It was a denial of responsibility for the 1939 invasion of Poland, which started World War..

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WWII veteran prepares to run across the country a second time

In 2016, Ernie Andrus became the oldest person to run across the country, from California to Georgia. Now at 95, he will start a new journey. Steve Hartman has his story on the road.
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Chinese land deal in Solomon's Guadalcanal disrupts access to WWII site

The battle fields of Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, draw visitors from the United States and its war allies, as well as those from Japan, decades after the bloody campaign in the South Pacific..
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Today in History for November 12th

Highlights of this day in history: Josef Stalin consolidates power in USSR; World War II's naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins; Women's rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Actress-turned-royalty..
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Anti-Trump protesters clash with WWII vet at NYC Veterans Day Parade

As President Trump spoke before the parade, protesters outside blew whistles and shouted "Traitor" — and even clashed with a World War II veteran in the parade.
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Missing for 75 years, WWII submarine found after translation error discovered

The USS Grayback, a World War II sub, sank in February 1944 and had been missing ever since. A team of explorers just found it off the coast of Japan.
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WWII sub missing for 75 years is discovered: "We just found 80 men"

According to the Navy​, the USS Grayback was one of the most successful submarines in the war, sinking a total of 14 ships
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Reading my parents' World War II diary, written in a broken time, helped heal my broken life

I saw a side of my parents I never knew, and a journal about a war that tore the world apart helped me piece myself back together again.
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"Mobituaries": Marlene Dietrich goes to war

During World War II the German-born Hollywood film star fought for her adopted country
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Fact-checking 'Midway': How accurate is Roland Emmerich's WWII movie starring Nick Jonas?

The World War II Battle of Midway gets the Hollywood treatment in Roland Emmerich's new movie starring Nick Jonas and Darren Criss. Is it accurate?
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U.S. Navy Destroyer Sunk in World War II Is Found 20,000 Feet Under the Sea

Researchers say they believe the debris field off the Philippines is from the U.S.S. Johnston DD-557, which played a pivotal role in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
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The capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann

“Operation Finale” is a travelling exhibition that tells the story of the pursuit of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, who made his way to Argentina after World War II. At his trial, Eichmann..
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Almanac: Gen. Douglas MacArthur

On July 8, 1950, President Truman named World War II hero General Douglas MacArthur the commander of U.S. and other forces in Korea. Lee Cowan reports.
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Almanac: The day Japan bombed Oregon

On September 9, 1942, the U.S. mainland was firebombed by an enemy pilot. Jane Pauley reports on a little-known chapter of World War II history.
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President George H.W. Bush: Remembering 41

Rita Braver looks back at the life and career of President George Herbert Walker Bush, who spent most of his life in service to his country, and who is remembered for his sense of honor, decency and..
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A WWII-era veteran returns to the air

A World War II-era Douglas C-47 military transport plane dubbed "Miss Montana" had been parked in a museum for nearly two decades after a career transporting firefighters in Montana. Now, with its..
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From 2013: "Star Trek"'s George Takei: A sci-fi icon

George Takei became a star voyaging through the galaxy on board the Starship Enterprise. But the actor and activist's journey began at an Arkansas internment camp at the dawn of WWII. He described his..
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Survivor, part one

Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell recalls the 2005 battle in Afghanistan he alone survived -- a fire fight that at the time, resulted in the largest loss of life for Naval Special Warfare since WWII...
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Billion-dollar art battle steeped in WWII history

Morley Safer reports on the discovery of the largest cache of missing art since WWII -- including some pieces looted by the Nazis -- and the battle over its ownership.
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A Survivor's March

Veteran Ben Skardon survived the Bataan Death March that killed thousands of American and Filipino soldiers during WWII. Now, at nearly 100, he's still marching -- to pay tribute.
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A WWII soldier remembers fellow POWs who didn't survive

How did Col. Ben Skardon survive beriberi and malaria in a POW camp? Two fellow Americans saved his life, and Skardon honors them by leading the charge every year in the Bataan Memorial Death March
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Do You Have a Living Relative Who Served in World War II? Help Us Tell Their Story.

If a relative or friend of yours served, help us get in touch with them. Or, if you served during World War II, tell us about your experience directly.
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Lost WW2 British submarine found sunk off the coast of Malta

The wreck of a British submarine, which vanished at the height of World War Two, has been discovered lying at the bottom of the sea off Malta, university marine archaeologists said on Thursday.
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How a Japanese medic and American soldier became linked by WWII's Battle of Attu

A small Alaska island was the site of the only North American ground campaign during WWII. Though not well-known, the battle featured some of the war's most brutal fighting. Jon Wertheim reports.
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Andy Rooney on D-Day: "A day unlike any other"

Back in 2004, the 60 Minutes commentator, who had been a war correspondent during WWII, remembered what he saw on Utah Beach 75 years ago
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Japan, South Korea reject report of WWII forced labor economic plan

Japan and South Korea on Tuesday rejected a media report that the two governments were studying plans for a joint economic program that aims to ease strains over the issue of forced Korean labor in..
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Japan, South Korea to study fund to ease wartime forced labor issue: Kyodo

The South Korean and Japanese governments are studying plans for a joint economic program involving companies from both countries which aims to ease strains over the issue of forced Korean labor in..
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Meet the Marine the world just learned helped raise the flag at Iwo Jima in World War II

Harold Keller never talked about his war experiences and never mentioned being in one of the most iconic images of World War II
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Some Japanese welcome emperor's proclamation, others shrug

Japanese Emperor Naruhito, 59, the nation's first monarch born after World War Two, officially proclaimed his enthronement to the world on Tuesday in a centuries-old ceremony attended by hundreds of..
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Deep-sea explorers find Battle of Midway warships

Deep-sea explorers scouring the world’s oceans for sunken World War II ships have found a second Japanese warship deep in the Pacific where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place...
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Wrecked Japanese Carriers, Lost in WWII, Are Found in Pacific Depths

Deep sea explorers aboard a research vessel have used sonar images to pinpoint the location of the Akagi and Kaga, two carriers that took part in the Battle of Midway in 1942.
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Researchers find second warship from iconic WWII battle

Researchers used an autonomous underwater vehicle to find the ship more than 1,300 miles northwest of Pearl Harbor
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Deep-sea explorers hunt for sunken WWII ships

Deep-sea explorers scouring the world’s oceans for sunken World War II ships are honing in on sonar readings of debris fields deep in the Pacific. They recently discovered a Japanese aircraft carrier..
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Marine Corps admits misidentifying another WWII hero in iconic, flag-raising Iwo Jima photo

Three historians using film footage from Mount Suribachi identified one of the six flag-raisers as Cpl. Harold 'Pie' Keller - not Pfc. Rene Gagnon.
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'Jojo Rabbit' director felt shame dressing as Hitler

"Jojo Rabbit" writer-director Taika Waititi says he felt "shame and embarrassment" seeing himself for the first time in costume as Adolf Hitler. In the World War II satire, Waititi plays a boy's..
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This 85-year-old cowgirl is still herding cattle across Wyoming: 'We will age together'

Shay Pendray, a former host of a PBS show on needle arts, has been riding since her father returned home from World War II and bought her a horse.
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Trump Says the Kurds ‘Didn’t Help’ at Normandy. Here’s the History.

Kurds may not have been present at the D-Day landings, but there is evidence some fought for the Allies during World War II.
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Francis Currey, Who at 19 Was a Hero in Battle, Dies at 94

Days after a massacre of G.I.s, he was a one-man onslaught in the face of German tanks, earning a Medal of Honor. Only two other honorees from World War II now survive.
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As Turkey pounds Syria, Trump downplays ties to Kurds: 'They didn't help us in the Second World War'

Amid Turkey's attacks on northern Syria, Donald Trump played down the alliance with the Kurds, saying they didn't help with Normandy in World War II.
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Overlooked No More: Mitsuye Endo, a Name Linked to Justice for Japanese-Americans

She was the lead plaintiff in a Supreme Court case that successfully challenged mass internment of American citizens during World War II.
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Romania gives green light for Holocaust museum

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis gave the green light on Tuesday for the creation of the country's first national Holocaust museum in Bucharest, more than seven decades after the end of World War..
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Fiery B-17 plane crash has people asking: Are vintage bomber rides dangerous?

The World War II-era B-17 bomber that crashed Wednesday was never designed to carry passengers. Yet seven died. Should historic flights end?
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B17 victim's wife: I was just 'shaking and crying'

The wife of a man who died in a WWII bomber crash says she had "a really bad feeling" the plane was going to go down. Debra Riddell says she was at the airport to video her husband, as he took a..
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Passenger describes ride aboard downed WWII plane

A Massachusetts woman says she was stunned by the news of a World War II-era B-17 bomber that crashed this week. She was aboard one of the last successful flights of the aircraft, and says she was..
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Wife of victim "sensed" something was wrong before WWII-era plane crash

Tragic new details are emerging about the deadly crash of a World War II-era bomber. One woman watched her husband board the plane, but said she had a bad feeling. As Kris Van Cleave reports, her..
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America's Missile Fields, Saving the Children

Lesley Stahl gets rare access inside an American nuclear control center and meets the young airmen who watch over some of the world's deadliest weapons; and,in one of the more remarkable humanitarian..
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Three Years Later, The Health Wagon, Discovered

Bob Simon reports on the aftermath of the disaster in Fukushima, Japan, and finds toxic ghost towns frozen in time; then, nurse practitioners are providing badly needed healthcare to the uninsured..
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