Category Archives: World War II

This week in the War, 28 May–3 June 1945: Shuri Castle

This week in the war, in early June 1945, after a three-day bombardment by the battleship USS Mississippi, American troops occupied the site of Shuri Castle, which had served as Japanese headquarters in Okinawa. In one form or another, the castle … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 21–27 May 1945: British troops arrest Grand Admiral Doenitz

This week in the war, on 23 May 1945, British troops arrested Grand Admiral Doenitz, who had been leader of Germany since the death of Hitler on 30 April. Doenitz and cabinet members of his government—known as the Flensburg government—were … Continue reading

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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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