Modern history has been indelibly shaped by World War II, and its importance cannot be overstated. Involving the vast majority of the globe’s nations, it was the deadliest conflict in human history, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.
While World War II remains one of the most studied and talked-about historical fields, there’s so much to unpack that it seems like a truly endless subject. We’re here to break down every angle of the conflict.
Want to learn more about the Holocaust? Discover the courageous acts of Jewish resistance fighters, or the best nonfiction books, ranging from eyewitness accounts to sweeping historical studies of the genocide. Curious about the experience of soldiers? Dive into our military history coverage, including everything from the attack on Pearl Harbor and torpedo-fueled conflicts in the Pacific to the bravery of the Purple Heart Battalion, a segregated regiment of Japanese-Americans. Then there’s the question of women’s involvement in the war, from daring female spies to battlefield nurses to those who entered the workforce for the first time and held the economy together on the homefront.
Wherever your WWII interest lies, we have a story for you—and many more to come.
These three battles shaped the fate of the world—especially because their results were so shocking.
By Orrin Grey
Once one of America's most noted enemies, Fuchida converted to Christianity in later years and spent decades preaching across the United States.
By Robert Walsh
From 1200 to 2020, soldiers in the Northern reaches of Europe have strapped on uniforms, guns ... and skis.
World War II extended beyond Europe, northern Africa, and the Pacific Theater...
Referring to the empty seat at the dinner table, Churchill's daughter asked, “If you could seat anyone there, whom would it be?” He replied, without hesitation, “My father.”
In October 1943, 300 Jewish prisoners escaped the heavily guarded walls of the Sobibor extermination camp.
By Kara Brand
These documentaries provide insight into the political and daily realities of war.
Lord’s unique combination of historical insight and readability make him the perfect writer for historians of all backgrounds.
These less widely read World War II stories offer readers a meaningful and moving look into the global conflict.
By Kara Brand
Jeeps come by their rugged reputation honestly—after all, they were created to assist troops in WWII.
Oak Ridge, established in 1942, was a key production site of uranium during World War II that fed the labs in Los Alamos.
By Orrin Grey
Examine the world's most influential battles from all angles.
During the Battle of Villers-Bocage, tanks went head-to-head.
The children's author's macabre sense of humor and appreciation of darkness were likely sharpened by his combat history.
Prepare for lift-off.
Much of mainland Asia in the 1930s faced an unappealing choice: Western imperialism or Japanese imperialism.
After facing racism in America, Bullard made a home in France, where he became the first African American military pilot during World War I.
Operation Iceberg was a hugely costly battle for America during WWII. Explore the scene through these historical photos.
Chiune Sugihara is believed to have saved five times as many lives as his more famous counterpart, Oskar Schindler.
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