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Curation of OER on "WW2 in Europe"

The History Place - World War II in Europe Timeline

Complete World War II in Europe timeline with photos and text. Over 100 links!

World War II Photos

General Douglas MacArthur wades ashore during initial landings at Leyte, P.I., October, 1944. Cropped from Select List number 150. National Archives Identifier: 531424

World War II Stories, Alphabetical by Last Name

World War II Veterans Stories, Listed Alphabetically by Last Name (Experiencing War: Stories from the Veteran's History Project of the Library of Congress, American Folklife Center)

World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939

Color pictures, made by Hitler's personal photographer, of a vanquished Poland in the fall of 1939

6 Videos That Help Students Understand World War II

For history teachers, videos can be a powerful tool to contextualize events that seem intangible, or too far distant in the past. When it comes to World War II,

World War II - Battles, Facts, Videos & Pictures -

Explore the history of World War II, including pivotal battles, milestone events, and cultural figures, only on


Students can explore primary sources, oral histories, images, and documents about World War II and the Holocaust

World War II in Europe: Every Day

WW2 in the Pacific Every Day: WW2 in Europe & The Pacific Every Day:

World War II

World War II (often abbreviated to WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of "total war", the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust (in which approximately 11 million people were killed)[1][2] and the strategic bombing of industrial and population centres (in which approximately one million were killed, and which included the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki),[3] it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history.[4]