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Category: World War II

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Remembering the Battle of Okinawa, 70 Years Ago

The nearly three-month battle for Okinawa that ended on June 22, 1945 was the last—and the bloodiest—clash between Japanese and U.S. forces in the Pacific during World War II.

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Nazi Germany’s Madagascar Plan, 75 Years Ago

In the years before the beginning of the Holocaust, the Nazi government launched an audacious plan to exile European Jews to the island of Madagascar.

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Leap of Faith: A WWII Story (Video)

This Memorial Day, HISTORY salutes Sergeant Hjalmar Johansson, who volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps at just 17 and spent six months in Nazi prison camps when his B-24 bomber was shot down on its first mission.

Crowds take to the streets in New York City to celebrate. (Credit: Corbis)

V-E Day Around the World

On the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, we take a look back at how five different countries greeted the end of World War II in Europe.

A Japanese balloon bomb recovered near Milton, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1945. (Credit: Canadian Press File Photo)

Attack of Japan’s Killer WWII Balloons, 70 Years Ago

Japan’s bizarre WWII plan to bomb the continental U.S. by high-altitude balloons claimed its first and only victims, an Oregon church group, 70 years ago.

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The Allies’ Mission of Mercy, 70 Years Ago

Seventy years ago, Allied aircraft embarked on a risky mission to drop food, not bombs, onto Nazi-occupied portions of the Netherlands.

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Mussolini’s Final Hours, 70 Years Ago

On the 70th anniversary of Benito Mussolini’s execution, read about the Italian dictator’s final days and his body’s strange journey in the years after.

Gravestone identifying it as the resting place of seven unknowns from USS Oklahoma. (Credit: AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

In Reversal, Pearl Harbor Unknowns to Be Exhumed

Changing course, the Pentagon will exhume and try to identify the remains of hundreds of USS Oklahoma sailors killed during the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing.

USS Independence in 1943.

WWII Aircraft Carrier Used in Atomic Bomb Tests Found Intact on Sea Floor

Researchers have used an underwater drone to explore the wreck of USS Independence, a light aircraft carrier that served during World War II and later became a target during atomic bomb tests at the Bikini Atoll.

Excavation of the cave on Peleliu. (Credit: Steve Ballinger)

Bodies of Japanese WWII Soldiers Found in Island Caves

The remains of six Japanese soldiers killed during battle on the island of Peleliu in 1944 have been discovered after being sealed in a cave for 70 years.

Image of the Musashi captured by the underwater probe (Credit: Paul Allen)

WWII’s Largest Battleship Revealed After 70 Years Underwater

After an eight-year search, a research team sponsored by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has discovered the shipwreck of the massive Japanese battleship Musashi.

The Marine Corps War Memorial, or Iwo Jima Memorial, in Arlington, Virginia. (Credit: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Battle of Iwo Jima Begins, 70 Years Ago

Seventy years after U.S. Marines began the invasion of Iwo Jima, take a look back at one of the most hard-fought battles of World War II.

USS Arizona survivor, retired Lieutenant Commander Joseph Langdell at the 65th anniversary commemorations at Pearl Harbor, 2006. (Credit: U.S. Department of Defense)

Oldest Surviving USS Arizona Crewman Dies at 100

Joe Langdell, the oldest surviving crewman assigned to USS Arizona during the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, died last week at age 100.