World War 2 Facts

Information and Facts on the Great War

Battle of Savo Island

Battle of Savo Island Savo Island  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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Fighting Through From Dunkirk to Hamburg, by Bill Cheall

Fighting Through From Dunkirk to Hamburg by Bill Cheall First photo in uniform aged 22 1939  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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Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain German Planes Battle of Britain  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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Werwolf Kommandos

Werwolf Kommandos Heinrich Himmler  Werwolf Kommandos

At the start of World War II no one in the Nazi government believed that they would lose the war but according to many sources by fall of 1944 a number of Nazi officials gathered to discuss a secret plan that had the goal of keeping the Nazi regime afloat. At a meeting that was

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Battle of Corregidor Facts

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The Battle of Corregidor was a very important part of the Japanese conquest of the Philippines because of its location and Manila Bay, one of the best natural harbors in the Far East. The problem for the Japanese was that the island was basically a fortress.  That is what earned it the nickname “Gibraltar of

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Operation Overlord

Operation Overlord Approaching Omaha  Operation Overlord

Operation Overlord was an Allied landing in France that was scheduled for June in 1944. The operation had many commanders but the overall commander was General Dwight Eisenhower. Operation Overlord is not only notable for the significance it would have in World War II but also use it was an operation that required the kind

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Jimmy Doolittle Facts

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Jimmy Doolittle was born on 14th December, 1896. During his stay in Nome, Alaska he developed a reputation as a boxer and eventually became a amateur flyweight champion. He attended Los Angeles City College and later transferred to the University of California and then Berkeley in 1916. When the United States entered the First World War, Doolittle

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Hull Note

The Hull Note CordellHull  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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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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World War 2 Letters: Dearest Eleanor

World War 2 Letters Dearest Eleanor WWII 11 27 44 Burned Letter 2 Copy  World War 2 Letters: Dearest Eleanor

Lt. Gilbert Steingart served as dentist aboard the USS Ocelot in the Pacific Theater.  He promised to write daily letters to his wife Eleanor.  The following are some excerpts from his posts home during World War 2 courtesy of his family. They provide some unique insight into the common concerns, challenges, and communications difficulties that

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World War 2 Facts for Kids

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World War 2 was the deadliest conflict in modern history. The majority of the developed world was involved in the conflict to some degree, with close to 2 billion people being involved in the conflict and more than 24 million killed on both sides. The following World War 2 facts for kids can be used

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