Eisenhower Broadcasts D-Day Invasion Order (1:43)
On June 5, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower orders the massive Allied Expeditionary Force into action.
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Eisenhower Broadcasts D-Day Invasion Order
Eisenhower Broadcasts D-Day Invasion OrderAudio Clip (1:43)
Audio Clip (1:43)
On June 5, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower orders the massive Allied Expeditionary Force into action.
Clark Gable reports on the WWII air war
Clark Gable reports on the WWII air warAudio Clip (1:35)
Audio Clip (1:35)
Clark Gable served in the U.S. Army Air Corps by dividing his time between military documentaries and combat. Gable participated in bombing raids over Nazi Germany, rose to the rank of major, and received the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross.
Paul Tibbets on Dropping the Atomic Bomb
Paul Tibbets on Dropping the Atomic BombAudio Clip (2:38)
Audio Clip (2:38)
On July 3, 1987, 42 years after dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Enola Gay pilot Paul Tibbets recalls his mindset during the fateful mission on August 6, 1945.
Firsthand Account of Hiroshima Bombing
Firsthand Account of Hiroshima BombingAudio Clip (3:33)
Audio Clip (3:33)
A Catholic missionary who had been living near Hiroshima at the time the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on the city on August 6, 1945, delivers a firsthand account to Marine Corps radio correspondent Sgt. Eddie Pendergast.
FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on Japan
FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on JapanAudio Clip (7:47)
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.
Chamberlain Secures Peace in Our Time
Chamberlain Secures Peace in Our TimeAudio Clip (1:07)
Audio Clip (1:07)
Seeking to avoid war in Europe, leaders from Britain, France and Italy signed the Munich Pact on September 29, 1938, agreeing to Hitler's demands and ceding Czechoslovakia to Germany. Upon his return to England the following day, the architect of the appeasement policy, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, declares "peace in our time."
Mussolini Declares War
Mussolini Declares WarAudio Clip (1:48)
Audio Clip (1:48)
On June 10, 1940, in a rousing speech to his country, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini declares war on France and England.
Pearl Harbor Attack
Pearl Harbor AttackAudio Clip (1:30)
Audio Clip (1:30)
Shortly after Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, NBC radio reporter H. V. Kaltenborn brings the nation up to date as the events play out in the Pacific.
World War II Rationing on the Homefront
World War II Rationing on the HomefrontAudio Clip (2:11)
Audio Clip (2:11)
To ensure that there is enough food available to reach U.S. soldiers fighting abroad, the United States enacted a canned goods rationing program in 1942. Paul M. O'Leary of the Office of Price Administration carries on a "conversation" with a housewife and grocer in a December 12 radio broadcast.
Italy Surrenders to the Allies
Italy Surrenders to the AlliesAudio Clip (3:00)
Audio Clip (3:00)
A September 8, 1943, war report from Allied Force Headquarters outlines Italy's unconditional surrender, known as a "volte-face," announced earlier that day by Gen. Dwight Eisenhower.
Germany's Surrender in WWII
Germany's Surrender in WWIIAudio Clip (2:39)
Audio Clip (2:39)
On May 7, 1945, a report from the WOR Newsroom announces the unconditional surrender of all German forces on all fronts. German Gen. Alfred Johl signed the document in Reims, France, at 2:41 a.m. local time, ending the European phase of the war.
Douglas MacArthur Receives the Japanese Surrender
Douglas MacArthur Receives the Japanese SurrenderAudio Clip (1:21)
Audio Clip (1:21)
On September 2, 1945, aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, World War II comes to a close when Japanese officials sign the unconditional surrender. Gen. Douglas MacArthur presides over the signing and delivers a short speech on the momentous occasion.
Iowa Celebrates V-J Day
Iowa Celebrates V-J DayAudio Clip (4:01)
Audio Clip (4:01)
Live coverage of the V-J Day celebration from Des Moines' WHO radio captures the excitement of revelers in the streets at the end of World War II.
Adolf Hitler on the Sudetenland Crisis
Adolf Hitler on the Sudetenland CrisisAudio Clip (3:05)
Audio Clip (3:05)
In 1938, Adolf Hitler began to support the demands of Germans living in the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia who were seeking closer ties with Germany.
Austria Capitulates to Hitler
Austria Capitulates to HitlerAudio Clip (1:47)
Audio Clip (1:47)
A news reporter reads the resignation of Austrian Chancellor Kurt von Schuschnigg, who had struggled to prevent a Nazi takeover of his homeland. Schuschnigg's resignation came two days before Adolf Hitler's troops marched unopposed into Austria on March 12, 1938.
Marshall Plan Announced
Marshall Plan AnnouncedAudio Clip (1:58)
Audio Clip (1:58)
On June 5, 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall gives a speech at Harvard University initiating the postwar program to rebuild the economies of western Europe, known as the Marshall Plan.
Winston Churchill Rallies British Citizens
Winston Churchill Rallies British CitizensAudio Clip (1:36)
Audio Clip (1:36)
In one of his greatest speeches, delivered first before the House of Commons on June 18, 1940, and then broadcast to the nation, Winston Churchill inspires his countrymen to soldier on after the fall of France, assuring them that if Great Britain upholds its duty to fight, "men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.' "
Churchill Calls for Britain to Meet Nazi Threat
Churchill Calls for Britain to Meet Nazi ThreatAudio Clip (4:52)
Audio Clip (4:52)
In a speech delivered on November 16, 1934, Winston Churchill questions his country's policy of appeasing Hitler and raises concerns over the rising power of Nazi Germany.
Conditions at Japanese Internment Camps
Conditions at Japanese Internment CampsAudio Clip (3:47)
Audio Clip (3:47)
In a 1943 radio broadcast, Dillon S. Meyer, director of the War Relocation Authority, conveys his disapproval of the Japanese internment camps, which he has been overseeing since they were instituted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942.
Tuskegee Airmen Fly First Mission by Black Pilots
Tuskegee Airmen Fly First Mission by Black PilotsAudio Clip (2:31)
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.
Fall of Monte Cassino
Fall of Monte CassinoAudio Clip (2:03)
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.
U.S. Celebrates Liberation of Paris
U.S. Celebrates Liberation of ParisAudio Clip (1:29)
Audio Clip (1:29)
On August 25, 1944, Germany surrenders Paris, ending four years of occupation. In a radio broadcast, Jennings Randolph, a West Virginia congressman, sends his congratulations to the French people.
Allied Progress in the Battle of the Bulge
Allied Progress in the Battle of the BulgeAudio Clip (2:32)
Audio Clip (2:32)
A report delivered in late 1944 offers cautious hope that, with Gen. Patton's Third Army making their way to Bastogne and rescuing American troops in Belgium, the Battle of the Bulge may turn in favor of the Allies.
Battle for Iwo Jima
Battle for Iwo JimaAudio Clip (3:38)
Audio Clip (3:38)
Two war correspondents deliver a dramatic account of the U.S.'s hard-won battle for Iwo Jima in March 1945.
Easter on Recently Captured Iwo Jima
Easter on Recently Captured Iwo JimaAudio Clip (3:21)
Audio Clip (3:21)
A chaplain's service for U.S. troops on Iwo Jima is broadcast live. On March 26, 1945, after 36 days of bloody battle, the United States took control of the strategically important Japanese island.
Report on the Battle of Okinawa
Report on the Battle of OkinawaAudio Clip (1:50)
Audio Clip (1:50)
On April 1, 1945, the U.S. 10th Army under Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner began the invasion of Okinawa, a Japanese-held island in the Pacific considered the final stepping stone in an advance toward the Japanese mainland. Two days into the invasion, a news report relays the story of the U.S. Army's fast-paced advance.
Meeting of U.S. and Soviet Forces on the Elbe River
Meeting of U.S. and Soviet Forces on the Elbe RiverAudio Clip (2:17)
Audio Clip (2:17)
NBC News war coverage details the Allied success at the Elbe. On April 25, 1945, American and Russian troops converged at the Elbe River in Germany. By joining forces, the American and Soviet troops dealt a damaging blow to the Germans by cutting their army in two.
Reports of Adolf Hitler's Death
Reports of Adolf Hitler's DeathAudio Clip (0:38)
Audio Clip (0:38)
An American news report describes the Allies' skepticism over Hamburg Radio's claim that Hitler had died on May 1, 1945, while fighting with his troops. Later, it was revealed that Hitler, along with his wife Eva Braun, had committed suicide the previous night.
Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech
Churchill's Iron Curtain SpeechAudio Clip (0:21)
Audio Clip (0:21)
On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill receives an honorary degree from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. In a speech delivered on the occasion, Churchill introduces the phrase "Iron Curtain" to describe the division of power between the Eastern Bloc and the West, and warns against Soviet designs for expansion.
U.S. Goals in World War II
U.S. Goals in World War IIAudio Clip (0:31)
Audio Clip (0:31)
In his speech delivered July 23, 1942, Secretary of State Cordell Hull explains the aims of the United States in World War II.
Attack on Pearl Harbor
Attack on Pearl HarborVideo Clip (1:49)
Video Clip (1:49)
On December 7, 1941, Japan launches a surprise attack on American soil at Pearl Harbor.
D-Day InvasionVideo Clip (3:07)
Video Clip (3:07)
On June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and turned the tides of World War II.
D-Day Invasion of Normandy
D-Day Invasion of NormandyVideo Clip (3:19)
Video Clip (3:19)
On June 6, 1944, Allied troops invade German-occupied France and face near certain death on the beaches of Normandy.
Hitler's Military Blunders
Hitler's Military BlundersVideo Clip (3:27)
Video Clip (3:27)
During WWII, Hitler's decentralized and paranoid military command structure spells disaster on the battlefield.
WWII Spy Strategy
WWII Spy StrategyVideo Clip (2:37)
Video Clip (2:37)
The Allies use double agents, code breakers and spies to undermine the German military throughout WWII, but cracking the Enigma code proves to be their greatest breakthrough.
D-Day DeceptionVideo Clip (3:24)
Video Clip (3:24)
During WWII, a shrewd deception dubbed "Operation Fortitude" convinces the German military command that Allied forces will land at Pas de Calais rather than Normandy.
Allied Advance Stalls at Normandy
Allied Advance Stalls at NormandyVideo Clip (3:33)
Video Clip (3:33)
After the D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944, the Allied advance is mired in the thick hedgerows of Normandy's bocage country.
Motorcycle MPVideo Clip (3:18)
Video Clip (3:18)
Rick Conte was surprised to find out that his father--an Army MP during World War II-- appeared briefly in a television documentary some 60 years after the war.
War PhotographerVideo Clip (3:00)
Video Clip (3:00)
Albert Fagler's grandfather was an Army Air Corps photographer during WWII and left behind film reels featuring dogfights and his own wedding.
FDR: A Voice of Hope
FDR: A Voice of HopeVideo Clip (4:06)
Video Clip (4:06)
Elected in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was a reassuring presence for many Americans through the trials of the Great Depression.
Charles ScheffelVideo Clip (2:44)
Video Clip (2:44)
Born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, Captain Jack Scheffel enlisted in the army in order to continue his family's strong tradition of military service. He soon learned that, in war, every decision you make can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Submarine ShooterVideo Clip (3:20)
Video Clip (3:20)
Tom Southwick's father caught amazing moments of life on a submarine on film as a naval photographer during World War II.
Women in the Cockpit
Women in the CockpitVideo Clip (3:52)
Video Clip (3:52)
Dawn Letson befriended a World War II veteran who was a member of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, and shares her films from WASP training camp.
Flying in the South Pacific
Flying in the South PacificVideo Clip (3:31)
Video Clip (3:31)
Fred Linden's father was a PBY naval aviator during World War II and left behind two reels of film documenting his service in the South Pacific.
Jack YusenVideo Clip (2:20)
Video Clip (2:20)
Raised in Queens, Navy Seaman 1st Class Jack Yusen enlisted in the navy in 1943. In 1944, his ship was sunk off the coast of the Philippines, but he managed to survive the harrowing ordeal.
Battle of Okinawa
Battle of OkinawaVideo Clip (2:30)
Video Clip (2:30)
On April 1, 1945, Allied forces invade the island of Okinawa and engage the Japanese in the bloodiest battle of the Pacific War.
Coroner's Report: Atomic Bomb
Coroner's Report: Atomic BombVideo Clip (2:17)
Video Clip (2:17)
In August 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What happened to people on the fringes of the blasts?
Japanese Internment in America
Japanese Internment in AmericaVideo Clip (2:47)
Video Clip (2:47)
In 1942, thousands of Japanese Americans living in the United States are forced into war relocation camps.
Battle of Peleliu
Battle of PeleliuVideo Clip (2:09)
Video Clip (2:09)
In a costly battle, U.S. forces assault Peleliu in the Palau Islands to diminish its potential threat to their future invasions in the Pacific.
MacArthur and Me
MacArthur and MeVideo Clip (3:44)
Video Clip (3:44)
Judy Kent's neighbor, George Dibbs, was a combat photographer follwing General MacArthur during WWII and shared his films with her.
Manhattan ProjectVideo Clip (3:09)
Video Clip (3:09)
Explore the top-secret American project to build the world's first atomic bomb.
Concentration Camp Liberation
Concentration Camp LiberationVideo Clip (2:15)
Video Clip (2:15)
As Allied troops move across Europe, they encounter the horror of thousands of prisoners in Nazi camps.
Battle of Stalingrad
Battle of StalingradVideo Clip (2:21)
Video Clip (2:21)
In July 1942, the Nazi Army bombs the Soviet city of Stalingrad, launching one of the bloodiest battles in history.
North Africa Campaign
North Africa CampaignVideo Clip (1:41)
Video Clip (1:41)
After Italy declares war, the Allies fight the Axis powers in North Africa for control of the Mediterranean.
Battle of Guam
Battle of GuamVideo Clip (2:35)
Video Clip (2:35)
On July 21, 1944, U.S. forces advance in the Mariana Islands to capture the former American territory of Guam from the Japanese.
At the Battle of the Bulge
At the Battle of the BulgeVideo Clip (3:34)
Video Clip (3:34)
Jim Banks' neighbor, Herm Graebner, shared with him the films of his journey through Germany and France during WWII.
Battle of the Bulge
Battle of the BulgeVideo Clip (2:50)
Video Clip (2:50)
In December 1944, a major German offensive is launched against the Allies in the Ardennes Mountains region on the Western Front.
Chaplain G.I.Video Clip (3:57)
Video Clip (3:57)
The experiences of Bob Marken's father as a chaplain during WWII are preserved on films he left behind for his family.
French ResistanceVideo Clip (3:15)
Video Clip (3:15)
David Keran's grandfather was an OSS agent working with the French Resistance during WWII and left behind films of his experiences.
From Farm to Flyer
From Farm to FlyerVideo Clip (3:36)
Video Clip (3:36)
Kay Nehring's father was a pilot in the Pacific during WWII and Kay has found a home for his films shot during the war.
Battle of Saipan
Battle of SaipanVideo Clip (2:17)
Video Clip (2:17)
On June 15, 1944, the U.S. launches a critical attack on Saipan in the Mariana Islands.
Battle of Kwajalein
Battle of KwajaleinVideo Clip (2:04)
Video Clip (2:04)
The U.S. invades Kwajalein on January 31, 1944, breaking the outer ring of the Japanese Pacific territory.
Battle of Iwo Jima
Battle of Iwo JimaVideo Clip (3:38)
Video Clip (3:38)
On February 19, 1945, American soldiers make their first strike on the Japanese Home Islands at Iwo Jima.
Shelby WestbrookVideo Clip (2:20)
Video Clip (2:20)
First Lieutenant Shelby Westbrook enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and joined the nation's first all-black air corps shortly after Pearl Harbor. There he not only fought the enemy abroad, but worked hard to set an example for other African Americans struggling for equal rights.
Rockie BluntVideo Clip (2:05)
Video Clip (2:05)
Born in 1925 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Army Infantryman Rockie Blunt battled his way across Europe and into the heart of Hitler's Third Reich. What he saw and experienced during the war continues to impact his life today, over 60 years later.
Jimmie KayanaVideo Clip (2:39)
Video Clip (2:39)
The son of Japanese immigrants, Army Medic Jimmie Kanaya joined the U.S. Army in 1941. Although his family was relocated to an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor and he himself was treated as an enemy for some time, he eventually volunteered for America's first all-Japanese Regiment.
Jack WernerVideo Clip (2:41)
Video Clip (2:41)
U.S. Army Sergeant Jack Werner was born in Austria in 1920 to a middle class Jewish family. in 1939 he fled Austria to escape Nazi persecution and soon joined the U.S. Army so he could help fight Hitler.
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