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Category: World War II

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The Real-Life Story Behind “The Monuments Men”

Find out more about the unlikely World War II heroes who saved Europe’s art treasures and inspired the film.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Winston Churchill

Exploring some surprising facts about the British wartime leader.

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The Struggle to Bring WWII Veterans Home

Recent cases have highlighted the difficulties facing families of U.S. servicemen killed in World War II and buried as “unknowns” thousands of miles from home.

Items relating to the 1944 POW escape from Stalag Luft III on display at London's Imperial War Museum. (Credit: Graeme Robertson/Getty Image)

Remembering “The Great Escape,” 70 Years Ago

Ceremonies are marking the 70th anniversary of “The Great Escape” of 76 Allied airmen from a Nazi prisoner of war camp.

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Bill Guarnere, Member of World War II “Band of Brothers,” Dies

The South Philadelphia native and highly decorated veteran was 90 years old.

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Legendary Admiral’s WWII Diary To Be Released Online

The newly digitized 4,000-page diary chronicles the daily operations of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific during World War II.

Pisces V submersible at the deck of the I-400 submarine (Credit: NOAA HURL Archives)

Japanese Mega-Submarine From WWII Discovered off Hawaii

Researchers find a giant aircraft-carrier sub that was captured and sunk by the U.S. Navy nearly 70 years ago.

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A Calamity at Sea, 70 Years Ago

The sinking of the HMT Rohna 70 years ago today resulted in the greatest loss of troops at sea in U.S. history.

An exterior view of Cornelius Gurlitt's apartment building. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Getty Images)

$1.35 Billion in Nazi-Looted Art Found in Munich

German authorities report that 1,400 artworks thought looted by the Nazis have been discovered in a squalid Munich apartment.

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Chamberlain Declares “Peace for Our Time,” 75 Years Ago

On September 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain received a rowdy homecoming after signing a peace pact with Nazi Germany.

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After 69 Years, Daughter of WWII Soldier Receives His Letter

A Nevada woman finally receives a letter written to her by the father she never met, along with his Purple Heart medal.

Wreckage of WWII DUKW on the floor of Italy's Lake Garda. (Credit: Voluntary Association of Lake Garda)

Search for Long-Lost World War II Dead Heats Up in Italy

A volunteer group may have located the remains of U.S. servicemen in Italy’s largest lake.

David Cox, Jr holds a replica ring (right) and the original (left) that belonged to his father, U.S. Army Air Corps member David Cox. (Credit: Norwood McDowell)

WWII POW’s Lost Ring Recovered After 68 Years

In early 1945, U.S. 2nd Lt. David C. Cox traded his gold signet ring to a fellow POW in Germany; now, after 68 years, it has been returned to his family.