World War 2 Facts

Information and Facts on the Great War

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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Battle of Peleliu Facts

The Battle of Peleliu occurred between September and November of 1944 on the island of Peleliu . The battle was also known by the name, Operation Stalemate II, by the United States and took place between the United States Marine Corps (initially) and later joined by the U.S. Army 81st Infantry Division against the Japanese

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The P-51 Mustang in Europe, The need for and effects of the P-51 Mustang in the skies over Europe

On September 1, 1939, the German military forces invaded Poland to begin World War II. This invasion was very successful because of its use of a new military strategic theory – “blitzkrieg”. Blitzkrieg, literally “lightning war,” involved the fast and deadly coordination of two German forces, the Wermacht (army) and the Luftwaffe (airforce). The Wermacht

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Anti-Comintern Pact

The Anti-Comintern Pact was signed between Germany and Japan on November 25th, 1936 and was focused against the Communist International or Comintern. The pact agreed that in the event of an attack by the Soviet Union against Japan or Germany, the two countries would consult each other on what the appropriate measures would be to

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Alsos Mission

In the final months of the Second World War, while the forces of the Allies battled the last of the Nazi forces in Germany, two teams of scientists were leading a very different kind of battle. One of the teams, based in a desert in New Mexico, worked on completing the atomic bombs that were

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Tripartite Pact

The Tripartite Pact was signed on September 27th, 1940 between Germany, Japan, and Italy. It was the document which formally created the Axis Powers of WW2 and is also known as the Axis Pact, Three-Power Pact, and the Tripartite Treaty. Representing each country during the signing of the document in Berlin, Germany were Foreign Minister

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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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Brooklyn Navy Yard Memorial

The Brooklyn Navy Yard was originally built in 1801. The shipyard played a critical role in the United States’ national security and U.S. Navy building plans for more than 150 years until it was closed in 1966. Today, the Brooklyn Yard has become even more famous for the adaptive reuse of a historic site as

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