World War 2 This war fought in Europe, North Africa and Asia started in 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and ended in 1945 with the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan. It was the largest armed conflict in history.
Normandy Invasion, June 1944: "D-Day" beach traffic, photographed from a Ninth Air Force bomber on 6 June 1944. Note vehicle lanes leading away from the landing areas, and landing craft left aground by the tide.
U.S. troops aboard a landing craft head for the beaches during Operation Torch of the North African Campaign. Operation Torch was the joint British and American planned invasion (with additional support from soldiers and sailors of Free France, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia) of Axis-held French North African territories. Oran, Algeria. 8 November 1942.
TURQUEVILLE Many 101st troopers were dropped far from their initial DZâs. Like Wilbur W. Shanklin facing, here, a German prisoner. They are on the road between Ste-Mere-Eglise and Audouville-la-Hubert. (Picture from âAt the Point of No Returnâ Book. Michel De Trez / D-Day Publishing)