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V-J Day: Victory Mania!

August 15, 1945 Americans cut loose around the world as they learn of Japan’s surrender and start the countdown to a new life and a brighter future. Click to view our gallery of photos.


 

The Kissers

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Iconic Kissers:
V-J Day Sailor & Nurse

August 14, 1945 Did the sailor and the nurse in the iconic V-J Day kiss scene know each other? No. Do we know who they are today? Well, maybe… Click for the article from our archives.

US Navy/Lieutenant Victor Jorgensen photographer/National Archives photo


 

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Americans on D-Day

June 6, 1944 Follow American fighting men as they and their allies prepare for and launch the great Normandy Invasion. Click to view our gallery of National Archives photos; hover over each image for captions.

 


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Patton’s Ghost Army

The army General George S. Patton, Jr. fielded for the 1944 Normandy D-Day Invasion was unlike any other.   It was a complete and unabashed fake.

 

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Before D-Day, A Shark Hunt

While the greatest invasion force in history prepared for D-Day, US Navy sub hunters tracked down a U-boat. Their prize would become a permanent piece of WWII history.


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Iwo Jima Snapshots 

February 1945: Clearing ash-coated Iwo Jima of its grim Japanese defenders was a grind unlike anything US marines had experienced before. Click to view our gallery of National Archives photos; hover over each image for captions.