Hard Times in Hürtgen Forest

View World War II combat photos of American GIs fighting the grueling Battle of Germany’s Hürtgen Forest (often spelled Huertgen or Hurtgen) in 1944.


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.