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.
Jona Laks could smell the burning flesh as she walked towards death at the Auschwitz crematorium. More than 75 years later, aged 90, she has returned to what was the most notorious Nazi death camp of.. Reuters - Published
Drone footage captures the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau as the museum on the site prepares to mark 75 years since the camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army during the closing months..
More than 100 members of the public turned out to show their respects to D-Day veteran John Jenkins as his funeral procession passed the museum where he volunteered and the football club he loved. Mr..
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A gunman opened fire at Hawaii's Pearl Harbor military base on Wednesday, killing two and injuring another before fatally shooting himself, three days before the anniversary of Japan's 1941 attack of..
Archaeologists have discovered the wreck of a U.S.-made bomber flown by the Soviet Red Army in World War Two, along with the remains of four crewmen killed when it crashed in southern Poland, private.. Reuters - Published
France's hardleft trade unions on Friday threatened industrial action for months to come, as they searched for a way to force President Emmanuel Macron to ditch the biggest overhaul of the country's.. Reuters - Published
Germany has still not learned "once and for all" its lesson from the Holocaust, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday, as he expressed sorrow for his country's role in the murder of.. Reuters - Published
Lea Evron, 85, has only fragments of memories of the fur factory and the three-story apartment building her family owned before World War Two in Zywiec, a small town in southern Poland. Reuters - Published
The European Commission said on Wednesday it would not tolerate distortion of historic facts after Russia suggested Poland was partly responsible for starting World War Two and said it would challenge.. Reuters - Published
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Highlights of Today in History: WV mine blast; JFK declares he's running for President; Japan captures Manila, Philippines during WWII; Lindbergh baby trial; Annie closes on Broadway. (Jan. 2)
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Here's the latest for Monday, December 16th: Senator says President Donald Trump will announce U.S. troop drawdown; Democrats release impeachment report; Hundreds re-enact WWII battle on 75th.. USATODAY.com - Published
Side by side, the Allies and former enemy Germany together marked the 75th anniversary of one of the most important battles in World War II — the Battle of the Bulge, which stopped Adolf Hitler's.. USATODAY.com - Published
A must-pass spending bill would loosen the Feres doctrine, a bar to suing the government for injuries sustained on active duty. It is named for a heroic World War II paratrooper. NYTimes.com - Published
It was shaping up for a repeat of NATO's disastrous summit of July 2018, when U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed a tirade against European allies and threatened to pull America out of the.. Reuters - Published
Successfully marketed at parties by armies of entrepreneurial women, the "burping" plastic bowls popularized after World War II are being forced to redefine themselves in a new era, even via pop-up.. CBS News - Published
Successfully marketed at parties by armies of entrepreneurial women, the "burping" plastic bowls popularized after World War II are being forced to redefine themselves in a new era - even via pop-up.. CBS News - Published
Japanese Christians lined up before dawn on Sunday to get seats at a Mass being said by Pope Francis in Nagasaki, where 27,000 people were killed instantly when the United States dropped a second.. Reuters - Published
Pope Francis on Sunday called for the abolition of nuclear weapons during a visit to Japan's western cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the only two cities in the world subjected to atomic bombing.. Reuters - Published
Pope Francis, a passionate anti-nuclear campaigner, brings his message that nuclear weapons should be abolished to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the two Japanese cities devastated by atomic bombings in World.. Reuters - Published
Japan's foreign minister agreed on Friday to visit Russia next month for talks about a formal World War Two peace treaty, a ministry official said, following a decades-old dispute that has prevented.. Reuters - Published
From an Oslo forest comes the Christmas gift Norway gives Britain every year - a towering tree for London's Trafalgar Square, a token of gratitude for British support during World War Two. Reuters - Published
For five decades journalist and storyteller Tom Brokaw served as a pillar of NBC News, reporting from such hotspots as Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall. His 1998 book, "The Greatest Generation,".. CBS News - Published
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
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
“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