WWII Experience and related media

History.com site visitors can become a virtual eyewitness to history with the downloadable WWII Experience. Surrounded by realistic graphics, visitors can see what it was like to escort bombers into enemy territory, defend PT boats in a naval battle and engage in tank warfare in North Africa.

System Requirements:
  • Broadband Internet Connection
  • Windows 2000/XP and/or higher
  • 2.4Ghz processor
  • 512 MB RAM (512-1024 recommended)
  • 128 MB DirectX 9 compatible video card
  • DirectX 9 compatible sound card
  • DirectX Version 9
  • 600Mb hard drive space

WWII Experience

History.com site visitors can become a virtual eyewitness to history with the downloadable WWII Experience. Surrounded by realistic graphics, visitors can see what it was like to escort bombers into enemy territory, defend PT boats in a naval battle and engage in tank warfare in North Africa.

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  • World War II in North Africa
    World War II in North Africa

    Video Clip (2:30)

    Soldiers were met with new challenges on the North African front during World War II.

    Video Clip (2:30)
  • Weapons of Patton's Armies
    Weapons of Patton's Armies

    Video Clip (2:50)

    From the deserts of North Africa to the forests of Germany, Patton's army battles it out with artillery vital to winning the war. From Patton 360.

    Video Clip (2:50)
  • North Africa Campaign
    North Africa Campaign

    Video Clip (1:42)

    After Italy declares war, the Allies fight the Axis powers in North Africa for control of the Mediterranean.

    Video Clip (1:42)
  • Concentration Camp Liberation
    Concentration Camp Liberation

    Video Clip (2:17)

    As Allied troops move across Europe, they encounter the horror of thousands of prisoners in Nazi camps.

    Video Clip (2:17)
  • World War II Soldiers Dig In
    World War II Soldiers Dig In

    Video Clip (2:50)

    American soldiers used military-issue shovels for many tasks in World War II.

    Video Clip (2:50)
  • Friend or Enemy?
    Friend or Enemy?

    Video Clip (2:09)

    During WWII, American soldiers were sometimes met by friendly German civilians and Russian allies.

    Video Clip (2:09)
  • Amphibious Assaults of World War II
    Amphibious Assaults of World War II

    Video Clip (2:16)

    The landing vehicle tank was essential to the amphibious assaults on D-Day and throughout the Pacific theater.

    Video Clip (2:16)
  • World War II Tanks
    World War II Tanks

    Video Clip (3:16)

    Armored tanks provided extra firepower and mobility during World War II.

    Video Clip (3:16)
  • Imperial Warship Yamato
    Imperial Warship Yamato

    Video Clip (2:07)

    The Imperial Japanese Warship Yamato, weighing 72,800 tons, was the largest battleship ever built. It was thought to be unsinkable, but was it really?

    Video Clip (2:07)
  • D-Day Documented by Newsreel Cameras
    D-Day Documented by Newsreel Cameras

    Video Clip (8:56)

    Footage of the historic D-Day invasion from the United News. The best known D-Day is June 6, 1944 the day on which the Invasion of Normandy began. This video clip is courtesy of The History Channel.

    Video Clip (8:56)

Related Photo Galleries (10)

  • Allied Military Leaders
    Allied Military Leaders

    11 Photos

    View photos of Allied military leaders

    (11 Photos)
  • Axis Military Leaders
    Axis Military Leaders

    12 Photos

    View images of Axis military leaders from World War II.

    (12 Photos)
  • Remembering D-Day
    Remembering D-Day

    11 Photos

    On June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, the Allies invaded Normandy, France, in the largest amphibious assault in history. View photos from this historic military operation.

    (11 Photos)
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    12 Photos

    See pictures from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.

    (12 Photos)
  • Holocaust Concentration Camps
    Holocaust Concentration Camps

    12 Photos

    View photos of the concentration camps operated by the Nazi regime.

    (12 Photos)
  • Remembering the Holocaust
    Remembering the Holocaust

    14 Photos

    View photos from the Holocaust.

    (14 Photos)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    20 Photos

    See pictures from the life and presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    (20 Photos)
  • World War II Damage and Destruction
    World War II Damage and Destruction

    7 Photos

    View photos of the damage and destruction from World War II.

    (7 Photos)

Related Speeches & Audio (10)

  • Eisenhower Broadcasts D-Day Invasion Order
    Eisenhower Broadcasts D-Day Invasion Order

    Audio Clip (1:43)

    On June 5, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower orders the massive Allied Expeditionary Force into action.

    Audio Clip (1:43)
  • Fall of Monte Cassino
    Fall of Monte Cassino

    Audio Clip (2:03)

    On location in Naples, NBC News reports the May 18, 1944, Allied capture of Monte Cassino, site of an ancient hilltop monastery that the Germans had transformed into a fortress along the Gustav Line.

    Audio Clip (2:03)
  • Reaction to North Korean Surprise Attack
    Reaction to North Korean Surprise Attack

    Audio Clip (1:57)

    On July 10, 1950, at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Warren R. Austin reports on North Korea's refusal to retreat from its armed invasion of the Republic of Korea. By the end of the session, the U.N. officially supported sending U.S. forces into Korea.

    Audio Clip (1:57)
  • FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on Japan
    FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on Japan

    Audio Clip (7:47)

    On the day after the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt tells a joint session of Congress that the United States must take up arms in response.

    Audio Clip (7:47)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt on the Liberation of Rome
    Franklin D. Roosevelt on the Liberation of Rome

    Audio Clip (1:51)

    In a broadcast to the nation, on June 5, 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt tells Americans that, with the fall of Rome, the first of the Axis capitals "is now in our hands."

    Audio Clip (1:51)
  • Franklin Roosevelt Returns From Yalta
    Franklin Roosevelt Returns From Yalta

    Audio Clip (3:41)

    In February 1945, "Big Three" leaders, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin, met at Yalta to discuss the reorganization of post-war Europe. In an address to Congress on March 1, 1945, President Roosevelt reports the achievements of the gathering.

    Audio Clip (3:41)
  • First Allied Crossing of the Rhine
    First Allied Crossing of the Rhine

    Audio Clip (1:52)

    Despite a partial news blackout, reporters are able to deliver some information about the U.S. Army's successful crossing of the Rhine on March 7, 1945, though it is not yet known whether the Allies have captured the Ludendorff Bridge from the Germans.

    Audio Clip (1:52)
  • Tuskegee Airmen Fly First Mission by Black Pilots
    Tuskegee Airmen Fly First Mission by Black Pilots

    Audio Clip (2:31)

    In an interview, 2nd Lt. William A. Campbell describes his experience flying as a wingman in the first combat mission for the 99th Fighter Squadron, which was sent to North Africa in April 1943.

    Audio Clip (2:31)
  • Germany Advances in the Battle of the Bulge
    Germany Advances in the Battle of the Bulge

    Audio Clip (3:54)

    On December 16, 1944, the Germans launched a counteroffensive attack intended to cut through the Allied forces. A dispatch describes the situation along the front as the Allies face great adversity in the ensuing battle.

    Audio Clip (3:54)
  • German V-2 Attacks on Britain
    German V-2 Attacks on Britain

    Audio Clip (0:33)

    On September 8, 1944, Germany launched an aerial attack on London with V-2 ballistic missiles. A U.S. broadcast describes the varying reports coming from Germany and England of the damage. The V-2, developed by German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, was more technologically advanced than any other rocket of the era.

    Audio Clip (0:33)
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