World War 2 Facts

Information and Facts on the Great War

The Norden Bombsight

The Norden Bombsight Norden Sight  The Norden Bombsight

The Norden bombsight was created and used by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) and the United States Navy during WW 2. The site would also be used by the US Air Froce during the Korean and Vietnam wars to help drop bombs accurately. Also known as the “Blue Ox,” the sight relied on

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P-38 Lightning Facts

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At the time of its creation the P-38 Lightning fighter was thought of as the most advanced plane developed by Lockheed up to that point in the war. In 1937 the U.S. Army Air Corps released a request for a new plane that required climb capabilities, speed and range that weren’t possible with the single

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WW2 Army Units and Sizes

WW2 Army Units and Sizes Northcott in Japan  WW2 Army Units and Sizes

When studying World War 2, a common question that arises is what exactly each army group or unit name means? This question arises a fair bit with readers of WorldWar2Facts.org, so we have compiled a table to help explain what the unit or group names mean, what units made up larger WW2 army units,  the

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How Tall was Hitler?

How Tall was Hitler Hitler Standing 1928  How Tall was Hitler?

Adolf Hitler, as the most infamous leader in modern history and one of the most infamous in all of history has been a subject of extremely many discussions, probably more than any modern leader. Stories related to him range from conspiracy theories like that he didn’t commit suicide in his Berlin bunker in 1945 and

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World War 2 Rationing

 World War 2 Rationing

During World War II even people who had money couldn’t just walk into a store and buy as much stuff as they wanted. During that time most things were rationed, that meant that despite having enough money to buy as much as you want of something you were only allowed to buy a certain amount,

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World War 2 Tanks

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One of the biggest technological advances made during the Great War or World War 2 was in tank technology. Throughout World War 2, tanks played a major role in many of the battles that occurred throughout the war. Japan and Italy produced the greatest number of tanks throughout the war, however, the German tanks were

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Battle of the Philippine Sea Facts

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The Battle of the Philippine Sea was a result of the American invasion of Saipan, the Japanese saw it as an opportunity to attack the American fleet as it was protecting the landing of their troops onto the island. It was an aircraft carrier battle between the Fifth Fleet of the U.S. Navy and the

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Pearl Harbor Facts

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On December 7th, 1941 at 0755 local time, the Japanese commenced the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Imperial Navy forces that took part in the attack included four heavy aircraft carriers, two heavy cruisers, two light cruisers, nine oilers, two battleships, 11 destroyers, and 35 submarines. Although the attack resulted in a tactical victory for

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USS Alaska (CB-1)

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The USS Alaska (CB-1), was the first ship in the Alaska class of large cruisers that saw service for the United States Navy during World War 2. The Alaska would be the first of two ships of the class to be completed prior to the end of WW2. The second ship in the Alaska class

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Battle of Darwin

 Battle of Darwin

On 19 February 1942 the Japanese attacked the mainland of Australia for the first time consisting of two air raids on the city of Darwin. They were planned and commanded by the same commander that led the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The Battle of Darwin, or attack on Darwin was attacked using 54 bombers and

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George S. Patton

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George S. Patton, Jr. born on November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California, U.S.A. is considered to have been one of the best and most successful combat generals in the history of the United States. In World War Two, Patton was a major contributor to the Allied victory during the invasion of Sicily as well

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