Guam in World War II

On December 10, 1941, the 400-man garrison on Guam was overwhelmed by 5,000 Naval Marines of the Imperial Japanese Navy in a few hours of fighting. Guam would not be the scene of fighting again until 1944.

The Guadalcanal Campaign, August 7, 1942 - February 1943

In July 1942, the combatants in the Pacific were in a stalemate. The Japanese advance had been slowed at Midway, but they held a temporary numerical and tactical advantage. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz knew that he could not sustain an advance for at least another year.

Greece in World War II

Italy was at once awed and jealous of the German successes in 1940, and Mussolini declared war on Britain and France on June 10. Stagnated in France until the German victory, the Italians looked to the Southeast for something they could claim as their own prize.

Surrender of Germany, May 1945

German POWs in Allied Camps

Hundreds of thousands of German soldiers were captured during the war. Their fate depended on whether the Red Army or the British or Americans took their armistice. Prisoners of the Western Allies had a much better chance of survival.

Memoirs of a Geisha (Film)

This soap opera-cum-Oscar® winner hopeful isn't really about World War II. It’s about geisha in pre- and post-World War II Japan, obviously. According to several reviews, the latter part of the film deals with the American occupation. I don't know if the film will deal with things like the bombings.

France in World War II

In 1939 France's Third Republic was sixty-eight years old, despite church and state rivalries, corruption, and political factionalization. At the start of World War II every major politician and every political party had their own newspaper disseminating their own propaganda.

Emperor Hirohito

In 1926, the second “restoration” of the Imperial Japanese throne occurred. The Showa, or peace, era, would be anything but peaceful. Emperor Hirohito was a gentle man who preferred marine biology to international politics. His reign would last longer than any other national leader of World War II.

Zwartboek (Film)

Paul Verhoven directs The Black Book, the story of a Jewish German girl who loses her family trying to escape from occupied Holland, and then joins the resistance to be betrayed when trying to liberate resistance prisoners from the Gestapo.

The Soviet Offensive, 1944-1945

After the Battle of Kursk in July 1943, the Germans took up defensive positions and fell back in an orderly retreat.The Red Army, now with aggressive, confident commanders like Georgi Zhukov and Vasily Chuikov backed by increasing quantities of tanks, aircraft, planes and men, supplemented by deliveries from the United States and the U


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