World War II

Dunkirk and D-Day | ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

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Explore Dunkirk and D-Day, two historic battles of World War II, with this collection of artifacts featured in a video excerpt from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. Remarkably, a British soldier experienced both battles. His legacy includes map and handwritten instructions for crossing the English Channel to rescue stranded British troops at Dunkirk, and a rare U.S. Legion of Merit award to a British serviceman for service during D-Day.

Chapter 2 | Pearl Harbor USS Oklahoma: The Final Story

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Historians go through the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack. On December 7, Americans dismissed the radar readings showing the Japanese approachas other American planes and the first wave Japanese fighters caught Pearl Harbor by surprise.

Truman and the Atomic Bomb — World War II

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Through newsreel footage, archival photos, and interviews, this video segment adapted from American Experience traces the decision-making process that led President Harry Truman to order the dropping of atomic bombs on two Japanese cities in August 1945. Contributing to his decision were the belief that the Japanese were unwilling to surrender, a concern for American lives, a limited knowledge of the atomic bomb's devastating effects, and a failure to consider other options that might bring the war to a close. This resource is part of the American Experience Collection

Sex Discrimination | Crash Course Government and Politics

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In this episode, we discuss employment discrimination, primarily against women in the workforce. Discrimination against women tends to be handled somewhat differently in the courts, as they are not a minority. Even so, the courts need a method for challenging issues to help further important government interests - this is called intermediate scrutiny. (If you'll remember, strict scrutiny is the most rigorous form of judicial review, and rational basis review is the least rigorous.)

The Costs of War for Bedford, Virginia | D-Day 360

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Understand the cost and consequences of World War Two for the town of Bedford, Virginia, which lost more soldiers per capita during the invasion of Normandy than anywhere else in the United States. Meet Lucille Boggess, who lost two brothers during the invasion, and understand how she and other surviving relatives coped with the loss of loved ones during war.

The Blitzkrieg Machine in Action - The Invasion of France | Nazi Mega Weapons: Blitzkrieg Part 4

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After defeating Poland in just a few weeks, Hitler decided to use the new Blitzkrieg technique against France. His attack in May 1940 involved striking behind British and French defences with a large force of fast moving tanks led by Guderian. The plan worked brillantly and the lightning advance across France by Guderian's panzers is still regarded as one of the most successful operations in the history of warfare.

Last Hours of Battle | D-Day 360: Chapter 4

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American forces had moved off Omaha Beach and outflanked and overwhelmed the German troops firing on the beach by 1:30pm on June 6, 1944, forcing a surrender. Understand the last hours of the battle through an exploration of military tactics, and a look into one of the last Nazi gun bunkers to remain firing on the beach.

Rabbit in the Moon | Fred T. Korematsu Institute

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In this clip from Rabbit in the Moon, Japanese Americans talk about being incarcerated by the U.S. government during World War II. They discuss government tactics to remove first-generation Japanese Americans, the “Issei,” from power and give leadership positions to their children, the American-born “Nisei.” This included promoting the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), which advocated cooperating with the government to prove their loyalty. Ernest Besig of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says he offered assistance to the JACL to resist, but the JACL refused. Intergenerational tensions within the camps exploded into protest and violence in some instances.

The Fred T. Korematsu Institute educates to advance racial equity, social justice, and human rights for all.

Hitler's Deady U-Boat Fleet | Nazi Mega Weapons: Hitler's Killer Subs Part 1

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During the first three years of the Second World War, Hitler’s U-Boat fleet proved deadly to Allied ships and convoys. The main attack vessel was the Type 7C. Today, Dr. Nick Bradbeer gets on board to explain the secrets of the ship’s success to the Nazi war effort.

Powering the Blitzkrieg Machine | Nazi Mega Weapons: Blitzkrieg

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In the 1920s, Germany imported most of its oil from America. In times of war, this resource could easily be cut off. Learn more about Germany's revolutionary development of synthetic fuel to power the Blitzkrieg machine.

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