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Category: World War II

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Notes by Alan Turing’s Team Found in the Walls of Code-Breaking Hut

Papers used by Alan Turing’s cryptologists for their World War II-era work breaking the “Enigma” code have been found being used to line the roof of a drafty hut at Britain’s Bletchley Park.

Speaker John Boehner presents the Congressional Gold Medal to American Eugene Gutierrez and Canadian Charles Mann, members of the 1st Special Service Force. (Credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

WWII “Devil’s Brigade” Honored by Congress

The elite WWII commando unit nicknamed the “Devil’s Brigade” has received the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honor.

Production still from the filming of "Fury." (Credit: Columbia Pictures)

The Final Push to Berlin: The History Behind “Fury”

Learn more about the last days of World War II in Europe that serve as the backdrop to the war drama “Fury.”

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Audie Murphy’s World War II Heroics, 70 Years Ago

Seventy years after U.S. soldier Audie Murphy went “To Hell and Back” and earned the Medal of Honor, learn the story behind one of the most astonishing battlefield actions of World War II.

Joseph Shambrey and Clarence "Buddy" Huntley Jr. (Credit: AP Photo/Tim Shambray/ Bruce Talamon

Two Tuskegee Airmen Die on Same Day in Los Angeles

Two members of the famed World War II African-American flying squadron passed away on the same day last week at their respective homes in Los Angeles.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Louis Zamperini

With the new film “Unbroken” about to hit theaters, learn eight fascinating facts about one of the most celebrated American servicemen of World War II.

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8 Things You May Not Know About the Battle of the Bulge

Seventy years after the start of Nazi Germany’s last gasp attack at the Battle of the Bulge, learn eight surprising facts about the fight Winston Churchill called “undoubtedly the greatest American battle” of World War II.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Erwin Rommel

On the 70th anniversary of his death get the facts on the famed “Desert Fox.”

World War II intelligence files released by Britain's National Archives in September, 2014. (Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

British Files Reveal Secrets of WWII Spies, Traitors

Newly released WWII files confirm the existence of a legendary seductive spy and reveal more about one of Britain’s most notorious traitors.

Polish soldiers captured by the Germans during invasion of Poland, August 1939. (Credit: Hugo Jaeger/Timepix/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

World War II Begins, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland, look back at the Nazi offensive that launched World War II.

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The Secret Hitler-Stalin Pact, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of the German-Soviet nonaggression pact, look back at the secret agreement that set the stage for World War II.

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Port Chicago Disaster Stuns the Nation, 70 Years Ago

70 years after the worst home front disaster of World War II, learn how an explosion at a California port sparked a Naval mutiny and led to an influential debate on civil rights.

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Landing at Normandy: The 5 Beaches of D-Day

Get the facts on the five D-Day beaches—code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword—that the Allies invaded 70 years ago today.