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.
The size of the submarines, a lack of ventilation, and the novelty of submarine warfare led to some uncomfortable situations.
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Continents continued to shift and war went on even as people around the world celebrated.
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Meet the many men who proved the Nazis wrong and learn about the fascinating ways in which they pulled off the impossible.
By Orrin Grey
In January of 1943, Warsaw Ghetto inmates began defying their German enemies—and sparked a widespread hunger for resistance.
By Olivia Mason
The shores of Dunkirk and the Korean countryside await...
Take your mind off the current world with riveting true accounts of history's most poignant moments.
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A treasonous radio personality despised by US forces.
Individual collectives were able to organize themselves into a serious threat against the Vichy government and German forces.
Although outnumbered five-to-one, this battalion held their ground and killed more than 4,000 opposing German soldiers.
The extraordinary flier's strange tale fascinates, decades later.
By Robert Walsh
Historian Walter Lord recounts the bombing of major U.S. battleships and the heroics of the men on board.
While their men fought on the front lines, women fought their own battle at home and in the workforce—and helped bring the Allied Powers to victory.