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World War II Chronicles

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World War II Chronicles is a weekly look back to 'This Week in World War II, 75 Years Ago.' Originally produced in coordination with the National Archives to mark the 50th anniversary of the war, World War II Chronicles features original newsreel reports and archival footage to tell the story as it happened, week by week. Hosted by famed World War II newsreel anchor Ed Herlihy, World War II Chronicles is produced by the American Veterans Center.

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During the Battle of Midway in June 1942, the Japanese had captured Attu and Kiska in the Alaskan Aleutian islands. Due to the terrible combat conditions in Alaksa, an American assault on the outposts could not be accomplished until... more

In the Spring of 1943, the German U-boat service was coming close to winning the war on its own. The German submarine campaign proved a vital threat to the Allies. Suddenly, German submarine losses began to climb, and Allied shipping... more

On May 17, 1943, the crew of a B-17 named the "Memphis Belle" flew a mission over German-occupied Europe. With the raid on Wilhelmshaven, they become the first American crew to complete the required 25 missions with the crew intact.... more

On the heels of the Allied victory in Tunisia, British Prime Minister arrived in Washington on May 12, 1943 for a meeting with President Roosevelt known as the Trident Conference. The Allies' position in the war had changed... more

In Tunisia, the Allies had severely weaked the Axis in series of battles since February 26, 1943. By the last week in March, they were preparing for the final offensive. On April 7, U.S. forces in the in east and the British Eight Army in the... more

Following the invasion of Poland in 1939, Jews living in Warsaw were forced into a walled ghetto. By July 1942, thousands were being deported to the Treblinka death camp. When the tragic news reached the Warsaw ghetto, the remaining... more

After the retreat from Guadalcanal, Japanese commander Admiral Yamamoto -- the chief architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor -- sought to shore up his defenses. He staged a massive series of air strikes at Guadalcanal and New... more

During the Spring of 1943, tensions between the Soviet Union and the Western Allies were easening. However, recent news about the disappearance of Polish soldiers in the USSR did not work to smooth this alliance. In what came to be... more

The relationship between labor and business was key to the American war effort. Yet despite patriotic efforts to maintain work, strikes continued. By 1943, workers resorted to the picket line again. Coal Miners caused most of the labor troubles... more

Yugoslavia had ostensbily surrendered to Germany in April 1941. However, two years later, a Yugoslavian resistance was being led by a partisan who went by the name of "Tito." He soon received help from both the Soviets and the Western... more