Latest World War II News

Wolfgang Petersen, blockbuster filmmaker of 'Das Boot,' dies

Aug. 16, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wolfgang Petersen, the German filmmaker whose World War II submarine epic “Das Boot” propelled him into a blockbuster Hollywood career that included the films “In the Line of Fire,” “Air Force One” and “The Perfect Storm,” has died. He was 81. ...

Estonia removes Soviet-era monument, citing public order

Aug. 16, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Estonia's government started removing a Soviet World War II monument Tuesday from near a city on the Russian border as part of a wider effort, prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, to dismantle remaining Soviet-era symbols. Crews removed a replica...

S Korea offers North economic benefits for denuclearization

Aug. 15, 2022 05:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol offered “audacious” economic assistance to North Korea on Monday if it abandons its nuclear weapons program, while avoiding harsh criticism of the North days after it threatened “deadly” retaliation over a COVID-19 outbreak it...

Japan marks WWII's end, Kishida doesn't mention aggression

Aug. 15, 2022 02:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida renewed Japan's no-war pledge at a somber ceremony Monday as his country marked the 77th anniversary of its World War II defeat, but he did not mention Japanese wartime aggression. In his first address as prime minister since...

Today in History: August 15, Woodstock opens

Aug. 15, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2022. There are 138 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 15, 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York. On this date: ...

80 years later, Navajo Code Talker marks group's early days

Aug. 14, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — It’s been 80 years since the first Navajo Code Talkers joined the Marines, transmitting messages using a code based on their then-unwritten native language to confound Japanese military cryptologists during World War II — and Thomas H. Begay, one of the last living members of...

Preserving a WWII tail-gunner’s harrowing story in a comic

Aug. 14, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — World War II veteran Russell L. Scott, comic book hero. Well, sure, why not? The late Scott, a B-25 tail gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps who was held as a prisoner of war, certainly had a story to tell. To sum up, as he told me in 2014, seven...

Today in History: August 10, Ruth Bader Ginsburg sworn in

Aug. 10, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2022. There are 143 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 10, 1945, a day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Imperial Japan conveyed its willingness to...

Rhode Islanders returning from summer hotspot brawl on ferry

Aug. 09, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islanders who flocked to a summer hotspot on Monday for the Victory Day holiday got into brawls at a resort and on a ferry ride home, leading to eight arrests. The fighting started at a beach resort on Block Island that was hosting a reggae festival....

Man killed at Pearl Harbor was Navy sailor from California

Aug. 08, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Remains of a man killed in the attack at Pearl Harbor have been identified as a Navy sailor from Southern California. Shipfitter 2nd class Claude Ralph Garcia was 25 years old on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese forces bombed the military installation in Hawaii,...