Attack on Pearl Harbor
[TEXT] Pearl Harbor Remembered as ‘Example of Our Vulnerability’


Author: Herb Huseland As I sit contemplating the memories of Pearl Harbor, I realize that from baby boomers on down, this was history, not a life experience. Those born after World War II were for the most part unaffected by those experiences. I was born in March of 1938 and … Continue reading

Winston Churchill
Churchill’s ‘Finest Hour’ Speech

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Winston Churchill delivered his “This Was Their Finest Hour” speech to the to the House of Commons in the United Kingdom on  June 18, 1940 during World War II’s Battle of France when Germans had successfully invaded France and British and French forces were in retreat to the sea. In … Continue reading

Anne Frank
The Stepsister of Anne Frank

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Eva Schloss, Auschwitz survivor and stepsister of Anne Frank, reflects on the lively personality that Frank had while growing up. She explains Frank as a vivid storyteller that would sometimes even get in trouble at school for talking too much. Schloss then goes on to compare and contrast her experience … Continue reading

Adolf Hitler
Testimonies from Hitler’s Army

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German veterans in Adolf Hitler’s army explain how they understood the events that led to World War II: “We wanted to defend our empire, which we had been wonderfully but purposefully misled about.” One former supporter of Hitler, Herr Joe Hermann, goes into why many Germans–including himself–believed Hitler’s invasion of … Continue reading

Invasion of Normandy
Canadians Take Juno Beach

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World War II veterans from various branches of the Canadian military give their personal accounts of the events that occurred when landing on Juno Beach during D-Day on June 6, 1944. The men reflect on the harsh weather obstacles, their various responsibilities, and their emotional state as they entered the … Continue reading

Invasion of Normandy
Photo Galleries: Invasion of Normandy in 1944

These two Canadian soldiers raise a Nazi flag which they captured in a quarry south of Hautmesnil, France. (August 10, 1944). Source: National Archives of Canada.

Please select one of the following photo albums: Preparing for D-Day June 6, 1944: The Normandy Landings Featured Images All Photos on the Invasion of Normandy  

Invasion of Normandy
Germans & Americans Recall the ‘Hell’ That Was Omaha

National Archives and Records Administration

In this fascinating compilation of interviews, both German and American veterans from World War II describe their experiences of warfare on Omaha Beach during D-Day. Franz Gockel and Bruno Plota were German soldiers responsible for shooting U.S. soldiers as they dispatched from their boats onto the beach. Plota says, “The … Continue reading

Winston Churchill
Churchill’s ‘We Shall Fight on the Beaches’ Speech

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This is the audio of Winston Churchill’s “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” speech delivered to the English House of Commons on June 4, 1940 during the Battle of France when Germans had successfully invaded France and British and French forces were in retreat to the sea. At the time, … Continue reading