Category Archives: World War II

This week in the War, 14–20 May 1945: Aung San helps the British

This week in the war, on 15 May 1945, Burmese revolutionary leader Aung San—who had previously sided with the Japanese—offered to help the British. The British welcomed him. Originally a communist, he changed to being a social democrat and later became Premier of the … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 7–13 May 1945: VE-Day!

This week in the war saw an end to the war in Europe with the first Victory in Europe Day: 8 May. VE-Day has been celebrated on every 8 May since then. On 8 May 1945, in a speech to … Continue reading

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Book review: A Rancher and a Warrior

In her book A Rancher and a Warrior: The life of Dale Robinson in Wyoming and WWII, Jessica Robinson describes the life of her grandfather-in-law, as a cattle rancher in Wyoming and as a soldier during World War II. Photographs, … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 30 April–6 May 1945: Death of Adolf Hitler

On the afternoon of 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler finished lunch in his bunker and, after sending everyone except Eva Braun away, he shot himself; Eva took cyanide. Hitler’s Third Reich and the program he had laid out in Mein … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 23–29 April 1945: A flying visit

This week in the war, on 23 April 1945, as Adolf Hitler took personal charge of directing Berlin’s defenses, he received a telegram from Hermann Goering advocating that he, Goering, take full control of Germany. Enraged, Hitler stripped Goering of all … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 16–22 April 1945: Birthday in the bunker

Hitler’s birthday, 20 April, was a special day in the Nazi calendar and normally a cause for parades and festivities across the German Reich. Not long before the beginning of the war, 20 April 1939, Hitler had celebrated his 50th birthday. … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 9–15 April 1945: Death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

This week in the war, on 12 April 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt died at his home in Warm Springs, Georgia—the so-called ‘Little White House.’ America had lost the man who had steered the country through the Great Depression, and the … Continue reading

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