Latest World War II News

A man walk past portraits of former United Nations Secretary-Generals, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 at United Nations headquarters. In 2020, which marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the annual high-level meeting of world leaders around the U.N. General Assembly will be very different from years past because of the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders will not be traveling to the United Nations in New York for their addresses, which will be prerecorded. Most events related to the gathering will be held virtually. No access to world leaders on the U.N. grounds will be possible, therefore, and access to most anything will be extremely curtailed. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Born to prevent war, UN at 75 faces a deeply polarized world

Sep. 21, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary Monday with its chief urging leaders of an increasingly polarized, go-it-alone world to work together and preserve the organization’s most important success since its founding: avoiding a military confrontation between the major...

Flying Officer James Buckingham salutes The Battle of Britain memorial window inside Westminster Abbey, the stained glass window by Hugh Easton that contains the badges of the fighter squadrons that took part in the Battle, during a service to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey, London, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (Aaron Chown/Pool Photo via AP)

Abbey service, flypast mark 80 years since Battle of Britain

Sep. 20, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Military jets flew over central London and a memorial service was held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a major air campaign against Nazi Germany during World War II. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson led the service, which was attended...

Remains of sailor killed in 1941 buried in North Dakota

Sep. 19, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The remains of Navy sailor who was killed during Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been buried at a military cemetery in his hometown of Mandan. Navy Fireman 2nd Class Albert Renner was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia that was hit by two bombs and at least seven...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020, file photo, Japan's outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media as he arrives at the prime minister's office for a cabinet meeting in Tokyo. Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe says he has visited a shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression. Abe's visit Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, which he announced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It is his first visit in nearly seven years. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Former Japanese PM Abe visits controversial Tokyo shrine

Sep. 19, 2020 5:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he has visited a shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression. Abe's visit Saturday to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which he announced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It was his first visit in nearly seven...

Letters connect man to father’s life as young man, soldier

Sep. 19, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — In a folder labeled “dads letters” pulled from a box of the same name, George Pfister has a nearly complete record of his father’s life as a young man and soldier. From leaving his Terre Haute home in search of something more in California, to Africa, Italy and...

National memorial to President Eisenhower to be dedicated

Sep. 17, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) — After several delays, a national memorial to President Dwight Eisenhower will open in Washington D.C. The memorial to the nation's 34th president and Supreme Allied Commander in World War II will open to the public Friday after a dedication ceremony on Thursday. While Eisenhower's...

Today in History

Sep. 17, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 17, the 261st day of 2020. There are 105 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. ...

An image on a sonar screen shows a silhouette shape of a submarine lying on the ocean floor somewhere in the Strait of Malacca on Oct. 21, 2019. Divers have found what they believe is the wreck of a U.S. Navy submarine lost 77 years ago in Southeast Asia, providing a coda to a stirring but little-known tale from World War II. (Jean Luc Rivoire via AP)

Divers in SE Asia may have found US submarine lost in WWII

Sep. 16, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Divers have found what they believe is the wreck of a U.S. Navy submarine lost 77 years ago in Southeast Asia, providing a coda to a stirring but little-known tale from World War II. The divers have sent photos and other evidence from six dives they made from October 2019 to March this year...

Remains of sailor killed in 1941 returning to North Dakota

Sep. 15, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The remains of a Navy sailor who was killed during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified and will be returned to his home state of North Dakota. Navy Fireman 2nd Class Albert Renner was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia that was hit by two bombs and at...

Germany taps UAE-owned Haenel for new assault rifle contract

Sep. 15, 2020 5:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has chosen arms manufacturer Haenel, which is owned by a company in Abu Dhabi, to make assault rifles for the military, sidelining long-time supplier Heckler & Koch. Germany's Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that C.G. Haenel GmbH, based in the central...