WWII began in Europe on 1 September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later.
Adolf Hitler was born on 20 April 1889 in Braunau am Inn, a town in Austria-Hungary, which is in present-day Austria.
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On December 11, 1941, the United States Congress declared war upon Germany after Germany declared war on the United States following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Bread was not rationed until the war ended. A bad harvest in 1946 meant that bread began to be rationed, and didn't come off ration until 1948. Meat and a few other types of rationing continued until 1954! This picture shows the weekly ration for two people in 1943.
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Women's Auxiliary Air Force
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The circle logo is the RAF logo.
British women who married American soldiers stationed in the country were called G.I. brides.
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British forces retreated back across the channel
The iconic image of the "weeping Frenchman" is sometimes thought to have been taken in Paris; in fact it was taken in Marseilles. Life Magazine published the image in March 1941, captioned "a Frenchman sheds tears of patriotic grief as the flags of his country's last regiments are exiled to Africa." The flags of fallen France were being marched through the streets of Marseilles to the port on their way to Africa.
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In the USA gas masks for children were partly designed by Walt Disney. The British versions didn't look very much like Mickey Mouse, but still had the same nickname.
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Cracking the German Enigma machine code
Bletchley park was the secret site of British codebreaking during WW2.
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Dame Vera Lynn
During WWII the "forces sweetheart" Dame Vera Lynn became incredibly well known for her music and performances for British troops serving abroad.
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FDR, Churchill, Stalin
The purpose of the 1945 conference was to discuss Europe's post-war reorganization.
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The couple, who did not know each other, were famously photographed kissing in Times Square on Victory over Japan Day in 1945. Many people have come forward claiming to be each of the people in the photograph.