WWII

Japanese soldier who surrendered after 29 years

Hiroo Onada: Japanese soldier who surrendered after 29 years

When the Japanese surrendered during WWII, one unknowing soldier spent 29 years staying true to his word until someone finally dragged him out of the jungle. Japan’s involvement in WWII came to a halt shortly after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But while peace treaties may have been signed, bringing back their soldiers was quite a challenge – …

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Adolf Hitler

How Hitler’s Manipulation of Economic and Social Chaos Brought Him to Power

Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 was fueled largely by the chaos and economic depression that plagued Germany after World War One. The onerous Versailles treaty combined with the worldwide depression resulted in mass unemployment, high inflation and a stagnant economy. Acquiring even basic necessities was often challenging. After enough Germans became dissatisfied with other …

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WWII oral history - National World War II Museum

History Speaks: Oral Histories at the National World War II Museum

World War II ended seventy-one years ago, but more than 9,000 oral and written histories are ready to invade the Internet, providing first-person accounts of the war and those who fought it online. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana has over 22,000 hours of materials, thousands of documents, and millions of …

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Nagasaki, After the bomb dropped

The Mythology Surrounding Truman’s Decision to Use Atomic Weapons

Was dropping two atomic bombs on Japan a military necessity, or a political move designed to intimidate the U.S.S.R? This question has been asked since the end of the war, with the official government narrative being that the bombs spared what would have been an extremely bloody ground invasion. This helps maintain the notion that …

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Private SNAFU - Spies (1943)

WATCH: Private Snafu – Spies

PRIVATE SNAFU: Episode 3: Spies Private Snafu was the title character of a series of American instructional cartoon shorts, ironic and humorous in tone, produced by Warner Bros., between 1943 and 1945 during World War II. The series were designed to instruct armed forces personnel about security, proper sanitation habits, booby traps and other military subjects. It depicted Private …

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