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Learn more about World War II in these related American Experience Web sites:

D-Day

D-Day
On June 6, 1944, Allied naval forces crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. The massive landing marked a turning point in the war. Browse a World War II timeline, learn what the "D" stands for, read remembrances of the battle from American and German participants, find out what paratroopers carried with them as they dropped into enemy territory, and see how newspapers reported on the battle.



Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge
Nearly 80,000 American soldiers died fighting to stop an overwhelming German attack in the winter of 1944-1945. Read firsthand accounts from soldiers and nurses, watch video interviews with three veterans and view photos from the battlefront.



America and the Holocaust

America and the Holocaust
America's official response to Nazi crimes committed against the European Jewish population and other hated groups was muted until 1944, when a small group of Treasury Department employees forced a response. Learn about atrocities the Nazis committed in Eastern Europe -- and the American response -- in an interactive map and follow one man's struggle to find safe passage out of Europe for his parents.



Bataan Rescue

Bataan Rescue
In early 1945, an elite battalion of U.S. Army Rangers worked with Filipino resistance fighters to liberate hundreds of prisoners of war who had been held captive by the Japanese for over three years. View video clips of ranger training, watch historic post-rescue interviews with survivors and examine drawings of POW camp life from one of the liberated men.



Victory in the Pacific

Victory in the Pacific
Explore the final months of the war in the Pacific from American and Japanese perspectives. Examine animated maps that detail American military strategy, study the number of American and Japanese casualties, and view an archival Army Air Force film about the bombing of Tokyo.



The Fight

The Fight
Seventy million Americans listened to the June 22, 1938, boxing match between African American heavyweight Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling, a rematch to their 1936 bout. The fight had escalated beyond sport into a battle of ideologies between two nations on the brink of war. Track the rise of the Nazis as reported in the American press, listen to the radio broadcasts of the Louis/Schmeling fights and trace the personal connections of the two fighters.



MacArthur

MacArthur
General Douglas MacArthur commanded the U.S. forces in the Far East in World War II. View maps that show his military strategy in the Philippines, read more about the Bataan ordeal and watch MacArthur home movies.




Truman

Truman
Harry S. Truman assumed the presidency in 1945 and oversaw the end to World War II in Europe and the Pacific. Learn about the challenges Truman faced constructing postwar foreign and domestic policy, access primary sources from his time in office and take an online poll about the aftermath of the war as factors in the 1948 election.



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