The surrender is signed

This United News newsreel puts you aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, as a witness to Japan’s official surrender.




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


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




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.




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.