World War 2 Facts

Information and Facts on the Great War

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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U-99

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The U-99 was a German Type VIIB U-Boat that saw service in the Nazi German Kriegsmarine during World War 2. The boat is known as being one of the most successful U-Boats during the war attributed with sinking a total of 38 ships for a summary tonnage of more than 244,000 GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage)

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How to Replace World War II Medals?

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Through World War 2 and at the end of the War, the various American personnel who fought in the conflict were awarded various medals for their participation in the War. These awards range from ribbons or medals with accompanying ribbons that signify either an individual’s or a unit’s participation in various campaigns of the conflict

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When is VJ Day?

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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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Battle of Wake Island Facts

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Wake Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean, it was annexed by the US in 1899. The island didn’t really have a population until Pam American Airways built a town and hotel there. Wake Island actually has three parts consisting of smaller islets, Wake, Peale and Wilkes. The significance of Wake Island in

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Stimson Doctrine

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In 1931, Mukden a Chinese city was part of a conflict between China and Japan, the confrontation resulted in the Japanese invasion and conquest of Manchuria. In response to this the U.S. Secretary of State Henry Stimson issued a note which would later be known as the Stimson Doctrine. The note stated that the U.S.

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M4 Sherman Tank Facts

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The U.S. M4 Sherman Tank, formally known as the Medium Tank M4 was the main tank used by the U.S. and some of its allies during the Second World War. Despite being inferior to the heavier German tanks it was a reliable and capable tank and would play a part in winning the war. Other

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British Spitfire

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The British Spitfire is a British fighter plane that was used by the RAF (British Royal Air Force) as well as other Allied countries during World War II. It was a single-seat aircraft which continued to see action even after WWII, well into the 1950s until it was retired for good in 1961. More Spitfires

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Harry Truman

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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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