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TAG: World War II archaeology

  • Features May 01, 2011

    The Pacific Theater

    On June 15, 1944, a massive U.S. invasion fleet stormed the beaches of Saipan, the largest of the Mariana Islands.

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  • Features May 01, 2011

    London's Air-Raid Shelters and Lost Homes

    During the Spanish Civil War, German and Italian forces had used aerial bombing raids to aid Francisco Franco's Nationalist side. In the run-up to WWII, British officials were frightened by the prospect of those very same tactics, so the U.K. passed legislation to begin digging air-raid shelters.

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  • Features May 01, 2011

    The Archaeology of Internment

    Archaeology, with its unique ability to discover details of daily life often left out of personal journals and official histories, is now being used to document the lives of WWII's interned, among them more than 100,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese, and millions of Jews, Gypsies, Communists, criminals, homosexuals, and political prisoners.

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  • Features May 01, 2011

    The POW Camp Made Famous by The Great Escape

    Designed to contain those who had already fled previous detainment, the German POW camp Stalag Luft III was built in the woods of modern-day Poland as far as possible from non-Axis territory.

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  • Features May 01, 2011

    The Early Days of Nuclear Warfare

    One of WWII's most infamous legacies is that it is the only war to have involved nuclear weapons.

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  • Features May 01, 2011

    Gearing Up at the Desert Training Center

    he Mojave Desert was once the largest training ground in the history of warfare. In 1942 and 1943, a million soldiers passed through the Desert Training Center (DTC), or California/Arizona Maneuver Area, 28,000 square miles where an inexperienced American military learned to operate in a harsh environment...

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  • Features May 01, 2011

    Cracking the Code

    Originally used to encode business transactions and ward off corporate espionage, during WWII the Enigma machine became a powerful and widely used weapon employed by the Nazis for encryption and decryption of military secrets.

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  • Features May 01, 2011

    World War II Aircraft Crash Sites

    In World War I, planes were primarily used for reconnaissance missions—though early dogfights took place between aircraft outfitted with machine guns. In World War II, in addition to recon and air fights, aerial bombing was a major activity.

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