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World War II History

World War II was the largest war in history involving most of the population of the world in one way or another. The major conflict went on from the German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939 through the surrender of the Japanese on 2 September 1945, but the war was actually in progress for years before 1939. The Timeline provides a listing of all the major dates during The War.

Today in WW II: 24 Oct 1944 US 7th Fleet units block southern approaches to Leyte while 3rd Fleet aircraft attack Japanese task forces in the Sibuyan Sea [Center Force] and Sulu Sea [Southern Force].  More 
24 Oct 1944 Battle of Surigao Strait: last battleship vs battleship action in history; Japanese Navy Southern Force ambushed by US Navy 7th Fleet; heavy Japanese losses [Leyte, 24-25 Oct].
24 Oct 1945 United Nations organization officially comes into existence.
Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.

Major World War II History Sections of Olive-Drab

There will never be one source with a full history of WW II since there are millions of stories to be told and many ways to tell those stories. In this section of Olive-Drab.com the major dimensions of the conflict are outlined and links provided to many more sources. The narrative is written from the perspective of the Allied forces, the United States in particular, although with recognition that much can be learned from other views as well.

Each of the above sections has many sub-sections, so please explore them in depth. If the link is not active, the section is still in preparation.

Members of the first class of WAVES to graduate from the Aviation Metalsmith School, at the Naval Air Technical Training Center, Norman, Oklahoma, 30 July 1943
Members of the first class of WAVES to graduate from the Aviation Metalsmith School, at the Naval Air Technical Training Center, Norman, OK, 30 July 1943. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph, Donation of Shirley Feldstein Bell (seated, 2nd from left).

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