World War Two

All category topics on the military, political, social, and cultural aspects of the Second World War.

All category topics on the military, political, social, and cultural aspects of the Second World War.


nazi germany

Nazi Germany: Politics, Society, and Key Events

Nazi Germany is a reference for the twelve-year period in German history (1933-1945) during the totalitarian dictatorship of Adolf Hitler through the Nazi Party, which was founded in 1919 as the German Workers' Party. The group grew in retaliation to the terms of the Treaty of Versailles and promoted German…

general patton

General Patton: “Old Blood and Guts”

Famed World War Two general George S. Patton commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean and European theaters of World War II. General Patton is best known for leading the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany in the wake of the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. This article contains stories, quotes, timelines, and other pieces of information…

winston churchill

Winston Churchill: His Childhood, Life, and Memorable Speeches

Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) was a British politician, army officer, writer, and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, famous for his rousing speeches to strengthen England at the lowest point of World War Two. He was prime minister again for the Conservative Party from 1951 to 1955.…

adolph hitler

Adolph Hitler: His Life, Ideology, Rise, and Downfall

Adolph Hitler, German politician, leader of the Nazi Party, and by near-universal accounts the most monstrous and terrifying leader in the twentieth century, led his nation into a disastrous war and triggered the extermination of millions of his own citizens due to his anti-Semitic ideology. This page features a comprehensive…

pearl harbor

Pearl Harbor: The Ultimate Guide to the Attack

The attack on Pearl Harbor ranks as the most successful military surprise attack in the early years of combined naval/aerial combat. On December 7, 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service struck the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. The attack directly led to the United States'…

germany road to war

The Road to War: Germany: 1919-1939

The Weimar Republic WWI fighting ended with the armistice of November 11, 1918. Post-war peace was achieved with the abdication and exile of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the creation of the Weimar Republic, and German acceptance of the Treaty of Versailles. The Weimar constitution created a semi-presidential system in which power…

reasons against dropping the atomic bomb

Reasons Against Dropping the Atomic Bomb

Note: This section is intended as an objective overview of reasons against dropping the atomic bomb. For the other side of the issue, go here. Reasons Against Dropping the Atomic Bomb -- Argument 1: The Bomb Was Made For Defense Only The origins of the Manhattan Project go back to 1939,…

reasons against dropping the atomic bomb

The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb: Arguments in Support

Note: This section is intended as an objective overview of the decision to use the atomic bomb for new students of the issue. For the other side of the issue, go here.   Argument #1: The Bomb Saved American Lives The main argument in support of the decision to use the…

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