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Category: World War II

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Last of Polish Pilots Who Defended England During Battle of Britain Dies

A World War II flier thought to have been the last surviving Polish veteran of the Battle of Britain died last week at 97.

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The National WWII Museum Commemorates 70 Years Since Pearl Harbor

Find out more about the museum and how you could win free passes to an upcoming conference and a stay in New Orleans.

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Silver-Laden World War II Shipwreck Discovered

SS Gairsoppa sank while carrying a fortune in silver, estimated to be worth $210 million in today’s dollars.

Albert Brown

Albert Brown, Oldest U.S. Survivor of Bataan March, Dies at 105

Told he wouldn’t live past 50, the oldest known American survivor of the brutal Bataan Death March during World War II, died Sunday at 105.

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Reflecting on the Berlin Wall, 50 Years After Its Construction

An expert on the Berlin Wall answers questions about its history as the 50th anniversary of its construction approaches.

Nancy Wake

World War II Resistance Heroine, Savior of Thousands, Dies at 98

Nancy Wake, who fled Australia to see the world at 16, ended up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list for her leading role in the French resistance.

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Japan Pledges to Find Remains of Iwo Jima Dead

Japan has vowed to locate the remains of an estimated 12,000 troops still missing since the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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World War II Memo Cracked by Allies Found

Volunteers at the former codebreaking center Bletchley Park have found a memo proving the success of the Allies’ game-changing deception campaign during World War II.

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World War II Hero from “Band of Brothers” Dies

Dick Winters, whose bravery and heroism during World War II were chronicled in the book and television series “Band of Brothers,” has died at 92.

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Inspiration for Iconic Rosie the Riveter Image Dies

Geraldine Hoff Doyle, the model for an iconic poster associated with Rosie the Riveter, died on December 26 at the age of 86.

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World War II Bombs Force Evacuations in France

World War II’s remnants still pose a threat to cities like Rennes, France, where 10,000 people were evacuated on October 24 after the discovery of a live bomb.

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Study Suggests Adolf Hitler Had Jewish and African Ancestors

Adolf Hitler may have had Jewish and African ancestors, according to a recent DNA study by Belgian researchers.