World War II

Scuttling of the French fleet – The “suicide” of the big naval force in Toulon

  Most of the French fleet was scuttled by order of the Admiralty, in reaction to Operation Lila. The objective of operation was to capture the units

Alyosha Monument – The gigantic Russian soldier stands in Murmansk

The 35.5 meters monument is the second tallest statue in Russia after The Motherland Calls in Volgograd, and represents the figure of an unknown soldier in a

Památník Lidice – The memorial to the children victims of the war in Lidice

A sculpture from the 1990s by Marie Uchytilová, overlooks the site of the old village of Lidice. The monument comprises 82 bronze statues of children (42 girls

Mound of Glory – The memorial complex of victory in Slabada

On August 18, 1966, the government of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic decided to construct a monument, to be named the Mound of Glory, in honor of

Operation Vengeance – The end of Admiral Yamamoto in Bougainville Island

On April 14, 1943, the United States naval intelligence effort, decrypted a message containing specifics of Yamamoto’s tour, including arrival and departure times and locations, as well

Enigma – The Turing bombe rebuild project is being exhibited in Bletchley

An electro-mechanical device used by the British cryptologists to help decipher German Enigma-machine-encrypted secret messages during World War II. The British bombe was developed from a device

USS Saratoga – The aircraft carrier rests in Bikini Atoll

It built for the United States Navy during the 1920s. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted into one of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers during

Unbowed Man – The father’s grief stands in Khatyn

The Nazis destroyed the village together with its residents in the spring of 1943 killing 149 people, including 75 children. The decision to set up a memorial

“Wait for me daddy” – One of the best pictures of the 1940s was taken in New Westminster

A photo taken by Claude P. Dettloff on October 1, 1940, of The British Columbia Regiment marching down Eighth Street at the Columbia Street intersection, New Westminster,

Neretva Bridge – The bridge of the Battle for the Wounded in Jablanica

A part of the Memorial of the Battle on the Neretva dedicated to the World War II battle, fought between Yugoslav partisans and Axes forces, as part

John Frost Bridge – The final objective of the Operation Market Garden in Arnhem

In September 1944 the Allies launched Operation Market Garden. Unexpected German resistance in Arnhem meant that only a small force of some 750 men were able to

Brest Fortress – The “Hero Fortress” in Brest

A 19th-century fortress in present-day Belarus to commemorate the defense of the frontier stronghold during the first week of the German-Soviet War of 1941-1945 when Axis forces

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