World War 2 Facts

Information and Facts on the Great War

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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Military Alphabet of World War 2

The military alphabet of World War 2, which is more commonly known as the NATO standard military alphabet today, is a means to pronounce the English language alphabet in a manner to ensure clarity during voice transmission over radio telephone. During World War 2, English speaking militaries such as the United States and the United

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World War 2 Quotes

This compilation of World War 2 quotes has been a long time in coming to the website. Due to the far-reaching impact of the war, there were a large number of quotes recorded which are of interest still to this day. The problem with trying to put together a comprehensive article on WW2 quotes is

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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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Battle of Singapore

The fall of Singapore is, even today considered one of the biggest defeats of the British Army and it is the worst defeat that it suffered during World War II. The Japanese army “took” Singapore on February 15th 1942. The battle for Singapore also showed the battle style the Japanese intended to use in the

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Casablanca Conference

The Casablanca Conference was held from January 14th through January 24th, 143 in Casablanca, Morocco at the Anfa Hotel. The primary goal of the meeting between U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Generals Charles de Gaulle and Henri Giraud from the Free French Forces was to discuss and plan the

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When is VJ Day?

V-J day, or Victory over Japan Day is the name selected for the date that the Empire of Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers effectively ending World War 2. The date is celebrated in the United States on the anniversary of the signing of the Japanese surrender document occurred on September 2nd, 1945. V-J Day

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Dunkirk Evacuation

The evacuation of Dunkirk, also known by the British code name Operation Dynamo, occurred between May 26th and June 3rd 1940 from the harbor and beaches of Dunkirk, France. The evacuation removed Allied soldiers, primarily Belgian, French, and British, who had been cut off by the German army during the Battle of Dunkirk. The evacuation

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Axis Powers

The Axis Powers were the countries that fought against the Allies in World War II. The alliance had its start in 1936 when treaties were signed between Germany, Italy and Japan. In 1939 the so called “Rome-Berlin Axis” turned into a military alliance and in 1940 with the Tripartite Pact they set their military aims.

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Battle of Normandy Facts

The Battle of Normandy refers to the Invasion of Normandy by Allied Forces in Normandy, France during World War 2 from June 6th, 1944 until the Allied breakout in July, 1944. The invasion was part of Operation Overlord during World War 2 and was the largest amphibious operation in the history of modern warfare. The

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