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 WarII 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.
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.. CBS News - Published
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..
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..
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..
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..
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. CBS News - Published
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.. Reuters - Published
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.. USATODAY.com - Published
“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.. CBS News - Published
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.. CBS News - Published
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.. CBS News - Published
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.. CBS News - Published
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... CBS News - Published
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 CBS News - Published
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. Reuters - Published
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. CBS News - Published
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.. Reuters - Published
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.. Reuters - Published
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.. Reuters - Published
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... USATODAY.com - Published
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.. USATODAY.com - Published
"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.. USATODAY.com - Published
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.. Reuters - Published
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.. USATODAY.com - Published
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.. USATODAY.com - Published
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.. CBS News - Published
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.. CBS News - Published
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.. CBS News - Published