Latest World War II News

Deep-sea explorers seek out sunken World War II ships

Oct. 18, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Deep-sea explorers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are focusing in on debris fields deep in the Pacific, in an area where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place. Hundreds of miles off Midway Atoll, nearly halfway...

Marines correct ID of second man who raised flag at Iwo Jima

Oct. 17, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Marine Corps on Thursday corrected the identity of a second man in the iconic photograph of U.S. forces raising an American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. After questions were raised by private historians who studied photos and film of the event, it determined that one of...

French court refuses to surrender US art dealer to Poland

Oct. 14, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A lawyer for a New York art dealer said Monday his client is back in the United States after a French court ruled against surrendering him to Poland. Jean-Jacques Neuer said the Court of Appeals in Paris turned down Poland's request for the return of Alexander Khochinskiy. Khochinskiy was...

George Clooney calls Trump's quip on Kurds 'pretty shocking'

Oct. 10, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — George Clooney said on Thursday he was appalled U.S. President Donald Trump partly justified the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria by stating Kurds "didn't help us with Normandy" during World War II. The politically active Hollywood actor, director and producer told a business...

2 Polish soldiers killed while trying to defuse explosives

Oct. 8, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Authorities in southern Poland say two skilled army soldiers have been killed and four have been injured while trying to defuse World War II explosives recently found in the forest near the town of Kuznia Raciborska. Alina Kucharzewska, the spokeswoman for provincial governor in...

Japan reopens exhibit shut over 'comfort woman' statue

Oct. 8, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese exhibit dedicated to censored art reopened Tuesday after being forced to close because of threats over a statue symbolizing World War II Korean "comfort women" sexually abused by Japanese soldiers. The exhibit, part of the Aichi Triennale 2019 art festival, features a "comfort...

Woman helps Japanese World War II diary find way home

Oct. 7, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Judy Reitz was making turkey suppers in the kitchen at St. Paul's UCC in Amityville when she got a call on her cellphone a couple months ago. Not recognizing the number, she hesitated to answer. She's not sure why, but something made her take the call. "I have good news for you,"...

B-17 crash raises questions about vintage plane safety

Oct. 4, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

The roar of its four engines, the plexiglass nose, the bristling machine guns — for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts, few thrills compare with that of a flight aboard aircraft like the B-17 Flying Fortress, the World War II bomber that helped smash the Nazi war machine. "It made you feel like you...

Abe wants summit with North Korea, keeps distance from South

Oct. 4, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he wants to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un even though he keeps testing missiles. At the same time, Abe gave a cold shoulder to South Korea amid tensions over wartime history. In a policy speech opening the parliamentary session,...

Putin rejects blaming Stalin for start of World War II

Oct. 3, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected claims that Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union share responsibility for starting World War II. Two weeks after Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east, with Adolf Hitler and Soviet dictator Josef...