World War 2 Facts

Information and Facts on the Great War

P-38 Lightning Facts

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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United States Declaration of War upon Japan

After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, the United States Congress declared war upon the Empire of Japan on December 8th, 1941. The declaration was created and voted upon just one hour after U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, delivered his now famous “Day of Infamy” speech. During the speech, the President formally

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Battle of Savo Island

After their victory at Midway in 1942, the Allies chose Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands as their next target. Guadalcanal is located in the eastern part of the islands and was occupied by some Japanese forces that were building an airfield on the island. The Battle of Savo island took place on August 8-9, 1942 and was

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Battle of the Kasserine Pass Facts

In November 1943 as part of Operation Torch, Allied troops landed in Algeria and Morocco. Together with Montgomery’s victory at the Battle of El Alamein these two operations put the Axis forces in Libya and Tunisia in a uncertain position. To prevent the troops under the command or Field Marshal Erwin Rommel from being cut

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Battle of Monte Cassino Facts

The Allies had come to a halt in their advance towards Rome, 100 miles on the south of Rome at the town of Cassino the Axis blocked their advance. Despite the Allies’ superior numbers the terrain and winter weather allowed the Germans to hold their ground. The Allies tried to break through three times in

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Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain is also known in German as the Luftschlacht um Großbritannien or Luftschlacht um England took place from July 10th 1940 to October 31st 1940 by the German Luftwaffe against the United Kingdom. The primary objective of the Luftwaffe was to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force (RAF) and would

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Battle of Tarawa Facts

The Battle of Tarawa occurred between November 20th and November 23rd, 1943 in the Pacific Theater of World War 2. This battle was the first in the series of the American offensive island hopping attacks in the central Pacific. Tarawa would be the first time in World War 2 that the United States Marine Corps

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Harry Truman

Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States of America.  He became President of the United States with the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt just less than 3 months into his 4th term.  Although he was the only president who served after 1897 without a college degree, he was responsible for many

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Hull Note

The Hull Note, or the Outline of Proposed Basis for Agreement Between the United States and Japan as the communication is more formally known, was the last proposal that the United States delivered to japan prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The note was an effort to avoid hostilities between the two nations,

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James Forrestal

James Forrestal was born on February 15, 1892 in Matteawan, New York. In his early life he attended local schools and at the age of 16 joined Matteawan Journal. After finishing his main education he quickly realized that he would have a hard time getting forward in life without a college education. In 1921 he

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Fighting Through From Dunkirk to Hamburg, by Bill Cheall

When I was asked to do a guest spot for WorldWar2 Facts, I wondered what people would want to hear about my Dad’s war. Pen and Sword have recently published my late Dad’s memoirs after I’d spent three years researching and editing them. My late Dad, Bill Cheall, was first and foremost a proud Green

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