A global conflict lasting from 1939-1945, World War II was the greatest and most destructive war in history. Massive battles took place in Europe, Asia, Africa, and even the far-flung islands of the Pacific. More than 17 million military men of various warring nations perished during the conflict, and approximately 57 million civilians died as war casualties or were murdered in acts of genocide, such as occurred in Nazi death camps.
In the end, WWII had strained the financial resources of major nations so much so, they teetered on the brink of collapse. As the dust settled, these nations began the arduous process of rebuilding and starting anew—the memory of hard-fought battles and lives lost never to be forgotten.
THE BATTLE OF THE DESERT – SAND, SWEAT, AND TEARS
The Western Desert Campaign, a primary operation in World War II's North African Campaign, was a continual back-and-forth struggle fraught with physical hardships in an unrelenting desert wasteland.
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN – THEY STOOD ALONE
The Battle of Britain, a conflict fought entirely in the air, was a major campaign launched by the Germans to gain control of British airspace, crush the Royal Air Force, and intimidate the country into neutrality or surrender.
THE BATTLE OF FRANCE – DEFEAT
When Germany invaded France and the Low Countries, it ended a period called the Phony War—a time when neither side of Europe's major powers had launched any significant attack. By the end of the Battle of France, Germany's armored units had outflanked the Allied's defense, resulting in a remarkable victory for the Germans.
THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC – THE SUPPLY LINE TO FREEDOM
The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuously-running military campaign of WWII, spanning from 1939 to the end of the war. Nazi U-boats engaged in bitter naval battle with North American and United Kingdom convoys; although many ships were sunk, Allied forces gradually gained the upper hand.