World War II Maps

Detail of SHAEF Final Plan, Operation Overlord, 6 June 1944
Detail of SHAEF Final Plan, Operation Overlord, 6 June 1944. Click on map for full image.

Today in WW II: 5 Apr 1942 Japanese Navy attacks naval base at Colombo in Ceylon [Sri Lanka] sinking two Royal Navy ships, the auxiliary cruiser Hector and the destroyer Tenedos.  More 
5 Apr 1945 Beginning of Allied operations to break out of the North Apennine mountains and surge into the Po Valley of Northern Italy.
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World War II Maps

The global scope of World War II is best understood with a good map in front of you. The two on-line maps on this page are excellent for viewing on your computer screen and can be magnified with your software to the level of detail you are interested in.

Europe

US Military Academy Map: Second World War, European Theater of Operations (ETO)
US Military Academy Map: Second World War, European Theater of Operations (ETO). Click on map for larger image.

Asia/Pacific

US Military Academy Map: Second World War, Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO)
US Military Academy Map: Second World War, Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO). Click for larger image.

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