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History of World War II

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You may be surprised to discover World War II was the most expensive war in world history. Costing not only literal tons of money, but also millions of lives, destruction of property and far-reaching political issues. In fact, more than 87 percent of Soviet men born in 1923, who later served in the war, did not live to see its resolution. And while the indescribably abhorrent crux of WWII was the Holocaust, the war had many moving parts. The American atomic bombs on Japan and subsequent retaliation of Pearl Harbor. The first and only time women were allowed to play in major league baseball. Numerous unsuccessful attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

More than 65 years after the war's end, what lessons have we gained? Have we progressed in righting atrocious wrongs, or are we doomed to someday repeat a tragedy of this scale? These videos will take you from the front lines of combat to the unlivable conditions of concentration camps with real footage, survivor interviews and explorations of the war's unsolved mysteries.

Wings of Honor tells the stories of three men who fought in World War II and follows them as they fly to Washington DC to visit a monument built in their honor. They return to a celebration - and that long awaited welcome home.
Crash Course World History is now available on DVD! Visit to buy a set for your home or classroom. In which John Green teaches you about World War II, aka The Great Patriotic War, aka The Big One. So how did this war happen? And what does it mean? We've all learned the facts about World War II many times over, thanks to repeated classroom coverage, the History channel, and your grandfather (or maybe great-grandfather) showing you that Nazi bayonet he used to keep in his sock drawer and telling you a bunch of age-inappropriate stories about his harrowing war experiences. So, why did the Axis powers think forceful expansion was a good idea? (they were hungry). So why did this thing shake out in favor of the Allies? HInt: it has to do with the fact that it was a world war. Germany and Japan made some pretty serious strategic errors, such as invading Russia and attacking the United States, and those errors meant that pretty much the whole world was against them. So, find out how this worldwide alliance came together to stop the Axis expansion. All this, plus Canada finally gets the respectful treatment it deserves. Oh, and a warning: there are a few graphic images in this episode. Sensitive viewers may want to use caution, especially around the 9:15 mark. Support CrashCourse on Subbable:
From the Nazis stealing the Harvard fight song to a 12 year old soldier who won a purple heart here are 25 interesting things you didn't know about World War II. Check out the text version too! - Here's a preview: For every five German soldiers who died in WWII, four of them died on the Eastern Front Eighty percent of Soviet males born in 1923 didn't survive the war World War II was the most destructive conflict in history. It cost more money, damaged more property, and killed more people than any other war ever Max Heiliger was the fictitious name the SS used to establish a bank account in which they deposited money, gold, and jewels taken from European Jews. The original abbreviation of the National Socialist Party was Nasos. The word "Nazi" derives from a Bavarian word that means "simple minded" and was first used as a term of derision by journalist Konrad Heiden In 1935, British engineer Robert Watson-Watt was working on a "death ray" that would destroy enemy aircraft using radio waves. His "death ray" instead evolved into radar—or "radio detection and ranging. Out of the 40,000 men who served on U-boats during WWII, only 10,000 returned. More Russians (military and civilians) lost their lives during the Siege of Leningrad than did American and British soldiers combined in all of WWII. From 1940-1945, the U.S. defense budget increased from $1.9 billion to $59.8 billion. The Air Force was part of the Army in WWII and didn't become a separate branch of the military until after the war. In 1941, a private earned $21 a month. In 1942, a private earned $50 a month. More than 650,000 Jeeps were built during WWII. American factories also produced 300,000 military aircraft; 89,000 tanks; 3 million machine guns; and 7 million rifles During WWII, hamburgers in the U.S. were dubbed "Liberty Steaks" to avoid the German-sounding name The Nazis pirated the Harvard "fight song" to compose their Sieg Heil march William Hitler, a nephew of Adolf Hitler, was in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He changed his name after the war
Years after the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor, the devastation is still visible from the air. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Hawaii
After some 60 million dead, did we rid the world of fascism or racism or militarism? Not at all, the late Howard Zinn told Big Think.
Sheridan Harvey explores the evolution of "Rosie the Riveter" and discusses the lives of real women workers in World War II. Sheridan Harvey is Women's Studies Specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division and senior editor of "American Women," a resource guide for the study of women's history and culture in the United States.
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