On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched Operation Overlord by invading German-occupied France along the coast of Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history more popularly known as D-Day. This massive scale operation, which ultimately enabled the liberation of Paris, would not have been possible without the devoted service of Allied service members from all […]

As Allied forces advanced deeper into German territory, they encountered sites of unspeakable horror and human suffering: the Nazi concentration camps. On April 29, 1945, American soldiers liberated Dachau, one of many concentration camps to be liberated by the end of the war. These camps revealed to the world the scope of Nazi horrors and […]

As we prepare to close out a milestone year, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial would like to thank YOU for all you have done to help us in our efforts to honor and preserve the national memory of World War II and to renew and reinvigorate the spirit of unity and […]

Happy Halloween from your Friends at the National World War II Memorial! In the spirit of all things spooky, it feels fitting to take a look at the so-called “Ghost Army” of World War II. During World War II, the Allied Armies deployed a tactical deception unit known as the “Ghost Army.” Officially called the […]

On December 7, 1941, when the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked the U.S. Naval Station Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 12:53 p.m. EST, three scheduled NFL games were underway. The Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants were playing at New York’s Polo Grounds, where the announcer interrupted his commentary to tell all […]