1945

Crossing the Rhine February - April 1945

After the Battle of the Bulge, Germany herself was the next target. It was clear to everyone but the most fanatical Nazis, including Hitler, that Germany was finished. The war was over except for the final body count.

Battle of Okinawa Video

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Kamikaze suicide planes attack the US Fleet off Okinawa, April 1945. Movie

 

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Battle of Okinawa April 1 - July 2, 1945

In March, 1945, the last of the great amphibious operations of the War was being planned. Okinawa, in the Ryukyu Islands, was considered part of the Japanese Home Islands. Its proximity to Japan meant that it could not be bypassed.

Battle of Iwo Jima Video

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Marines land on Iwo Jima, but find they are stuck in black volcanic sand. February 1945. 56K or T1

Atomic Bomb Video

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Scientists come from all over the world to work on the American Atomic Bomb, then test it in New Mexico. July 1945. (1:07, 1.8 MB)

1945

The Horror of Total War

At the start of 1945, it was obvious to most people on both sides that the war would end in the Allies' favor. As the war ends, the true scope of the Nazi horrors are discovered. True to the Allied close cooperation throughout the war, the “Big Three” meet in Yalta to discuss the postwar world. The Allies cross the Rhine as the Soviets drive on Berlin. After the surrender, the victors hold the Nazi leadership for trial.

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