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  • 1944 Japanese Invasion of British India
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    1944 Japanese Invasion of British India

    World War II scholar Hiroyuki Shindo explored a key turning point of the war in Asia, a Japanese defeat largely at the hands of British and Indian forces. The fighting took place in eastern…

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  • June 6 1944  DDay
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    June 6, 1944 - D-Day

    Many people think of commanders like Eisenhower and soldiers storming the beaches of France when they think of D-Day. However, the full picture of the massive operation is much larger than that.…

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  • Nazi Execution of Canadian POWs and Saipan Suicides
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    Nazi Execution of Canadian POWs and Saipan Suicides

    Historians James Holland and Richard Frank discussed two grim events that took place in June and July of 1944; a Hitler Youth division’s execution of Canadian POW’s at an 11th century Abbey in…

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  • US World War II Bombing Operations  Matterhorn and Frantic
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    U.S. World War II Bombing Operations - Matterhorn and Frantic

    Historians Tami Davis Biddle and Alexandra Richie talked about two lesser known World War II U.S. Army Air Force initiatives: Operation Matterhorn, which targeted mainland Japan and Japanese…

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  • Planning for the Postwar Economy
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    Planning for the Postwar Economy

    Historians discussed two wartime efforts to plan for the post-World War II economy: the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference and the 1945 proposal put forth by U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morganthau…

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  • World War II Marianas Campaign of 1944
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    World War II Marianas Campaign of 1944

    The May to November 1944 Marianas Campaign played a major role in ensuring a U.S. victory in the World War II Pacific theater. Two historians who are authors of books on the Pacific war gave…

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  • Allied Soldiers on DDay
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    Allied Soldiers on D-Day

    Historian Alex Kershaw talked about his book, The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II. Using images, he described the first round of Allied soldiers,…

    293 views
  • World War II US Navy Women Code Breakers
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    World War II U.S. Navy Women Code Breakers

    Journalist Liza Mundy talked about her book, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II. She discussed the once clandestine role of women who were…

    471 views
  • Italian Campaign and Liberation of Rome 19431944
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    Italian Campaign and Liberation of Rome, 1943-1944

    This session from the National World War II Museum’s annual conference in New Orleans focused on the Italian Campaign in 1943 and 1944. Rob Citino, the museum’s senior historian, talked…

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  • 1944 Allied Air Campaigns in Europe
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    1944 Allied Air Campaigns in Europe

    Two historians presented talks in a National World War II Museum annual conference program titled, “Supremacy in the Skies: Allied Air Domination in Europe.” Donald Miller discussed the…

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  • Operation Bagration 1944 Soviet Summer Offensive
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    Operation Bagration, 1944 Soviet Summer Offensive

    Historians David Stahel and Reina Pennington presented talks on two aspects of what the 1944 Soviet summer offensive called “Operation Bagration.” In June of 1944, the Red Army launched a massive…

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  • World War II Allied Spy and Debutante
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    World War II Allied Spy and Debutante

    Howard Blum talked about the life of Betty Pack, a Washington, D.C., debutante who worked as a spy for both the British and Americans during World War II. Mr. Blum described her ability to seduce…

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  • World War II War Crimes Trials
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    World War II War Crimes Trials

    Peter Maguire talked about the legacy of the Nuremberg trials and described how, in the 1950s, the Germans questioned the validity of the sentences, which often resulted in pardons or paroles. Gerhard Weinberg…

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  • MacArthur Hirohito and Famine in Postwar Japan
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    MacArthur, Hirohito, and Famine in Postwar Japan

    Richard Frank talked about America’s post-World War II occupation of Japan. Mr. Frank spoke about General Douglas MacArthur’s relationship with Emperor Hirohito, and efforts to set up food distribution…

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  • Vatican Spies During World War II
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    Vatican Spies During World War II

    Mark Riebling talked about Pope Pius the Twelfth and the Catholic Church’s secret actions against the Nazis. He argued that, contrary to previous scholarship, the pope was involved in efforts to change the German…

    1,530 views
  • Locating and Returning Remains of US Service Members
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    Locating and Returning Remains of U.S. Service Members

    Two authors and a POW/MIA historian discussed efforts to locate and return the remains of deceased American service members in the aftermath of World War II. “Those Left Behind” was part of the…

    314 views
  • Global Perspectives on Commemorating World War II
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    Global Perspectives on Commemorating World War II

    Historians talked about the ways Germany, China, Japan, and the United States remember and commemorate their involvement in World War II. This roundtable discussion was part of the multi-day 2016…

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  • Office of Strategic Services World War II Veteran
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    Office of Strategic Services World War II Veteran

    Ninety-five-year-old Office of Strategic Services (OSS) veteran U.S. Army Major General John Singlaub (Retired) recalled some of his many missions in Europe and Asia. Following World War II, General Singlaub…

    730 views
  • Democracy During World War II
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    Democracy During World War II

    Historians talked about the influence of American democracy after World War II. Topics included the growth of America’s federal government during the war, the United Nations and human rights after the war, and relief…

    758 views
  • Origins of the Cold War in Central Europe
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    Origins of the Cold War in Central Europe

    Alexandra Richie and Conrad Crane talked about the origins of the Cold War. Professor Richie spoke about Joseph Stalin and the reasons behind Soviet expansion, while Professor Crane examined the…

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