A dentist, a bus driver and a surgeon pop open a manhole cover and shimmy into the opening, abseiling into the depths of London’s sewer system. They’re not authorized to do this, mind you, but they’re determined. You see, they, and about a dozen other regular urban spelunkers, are on a pursuit to explore the world underneath the city, full of abandoned bunkers, shuttered tube stations and miles and miles of subterranean treasures. Continue reading
It was a military assault unlike anything the world had ever seen: In 1944, well over 150,000 allied troops landed in France to fight the Nazis. On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, President Obama and other world leaders gathered at Normandy to salute the U.S. troops who stormed the shore and changed the course of the second World War. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Seventy years after Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Barack Obama returned Friday to this hallowed battleground in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation. Continue reading
A day before the anniversary of D-Day, 89-year-old Jock Hutton recreated the parachute jump he made into a field in Normandy 70 years ago. Continue reading
World War II veterans Tuesday sat alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron aboard the HMS Belfast as a C-75 Dakota aircraft flew above the vessel on the river Thames. Veterans who served aboard the Belfast were joined by veterans from The Royal Hospital Chelsea and the Normandy Veterans Association as part of 70th anniversary commemorations of D-Day in London.
People on the beach watched the detonation of a World War II-era airplane bomb in Wassenaar, Netherlands Monday.
After World War II, the government recruited dedicated Nazis — the scientists behind Hitler’s formidable war machine — to come to the U.S. to protect American interests during the Cold War. Jeffrey Brown talks to journalist Annie Jacobsen about her new book, “Operation Paperclip,” which sheds light on this veiled national security program and confronts the moral conundrum of whitewashing the past. Continue reading
The Kiev uprisings tapped into a division in Ukraine that’s rooted in memories of World War II, when soldiers in Eastern Ukraine fought with the Soviet Army, while some in Western Ukraine may have collaborated with Nazis. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner reports from Donetsk on the ways that historic strife is being revisited in the current hopes and worries of the people in that region. Continue reading
According to the Associated Press reports, police in southern Germany raided the homes of nine elderly men suspected of serving as Schutzstaffel, or SS for short, guards at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during World War II. Three men were arrested … Continue reading
During World War II, the Nazis systematically looted art works from all over Europe, while combat and aerial bombing unintentionally destroyed major landmarks. The story of the quest to protect, rescue and restore Europe’s cultural treasures is told in a new movie, “The Monuments Men.” Robert Edsel, author of the book that inspired the new film, joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation. Continue reading