World War Two Sites | WW2 Historic Places

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Anne Frank’s House

Anne Frank’s House is a museum of the life of Holocaust victim, Anne Frank, whose diary was published to worldwide acclaim.

Anne Frank’s house was the site where German Jewish teenager and Holocaust victim Anne Frank, her family, the van Pels family and later a man called Fritz Pfeffer went into hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Although known as Anne Frank’s House, the site was originally her father’s office... Read More

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Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is an iconic burial site and a national monument.

Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is both a military burial site and an iconic monument to fallen soldiers. Initially, the site of Arlington Cemetery began as a house – Arlington House – built in memory of President George Washington. The house, which still stands today, then became the property of... Read More

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Arnhem Bridge

Arnhem Bridge was the site of a legendary battle during during WWII and was part of the biggest airborne operation ever undertaken.

Arnhem Bridge in the Netherlands was has become a timeless symbol of the bravery of airborne soldiers and was the site of a legendary battle during the Second World War. The resulting failure to capture the bridge has led it to be known as "a bridge too far". By September 1944,... Read More

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Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Auschwitz Birkenau was the largest Nazi concentration camp or death camp during World War II and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Auschwitz Birkenau was a concentration camp founded by the Nazis near the town of Oświęcim or “Auschwitz” in Poland and which became the largest and most infamous camp of them all. Opened in 1940 following the Nazi annexation of Poland, Auschwitz was originally intended to be a prison for the large... Read More

Australian 9th Division War Memorial

The Australian 9th Division War Memorial is dedicated to the Australian soldiers who fought in North Africa during World War II.

The Australian 9th Division War Memorial in Egypt commemorates those Australian troops who died between July and November 1942 during the World War II North Africa Campaign, particularly the Battle of El Alamein. Around 6,000 members of the Australian 9th Division became casualties in these battles. The Australian 9th Division War... Read More

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Austratt Fort

Austratt Fort is a World War II fort built by occupying forces at the time.

Austratt Fort is a World War II fort built by occupying forces at the time. Located just beyond Trondheim, Austratt Fort was part of the Atlantic Wall, a series of fortifications intended to protect against Allied landings. Today, Austratt Fort is open to the public who can tour its... Read More

Averof Museum

The most famous Greek warship, the Averof saw action for over 40 years including during the two world wars.

The Georgios Averof is the most famous of all Greek warships and was in service for over 40 years, including seeing action during both world wars. Today the Averof is home to a maritime and nautical museum in Athens. Launched in 1911, the warship was built at the Orlando Shipyards in... Read More

Battle of Leyte Gulf Memorial

The Battle of Leyte Gulf Memorial commemorates the biggest historic naval battle of World War II.

The Battle of Leyte Gulf Memorial commemorates what is generally known as the biggest historic naval battle of World War II. Fought in the seas around the Philippines in October 1944 between US and Japanese fleets, as well as by air, the Battle of Leyte Gulf is famed not just for... Read More

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Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum

The Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum traces the events of this famous WW2 battle.

The Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum or ‘Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie’ in Bayeux tells of the story of the World War II battle which loosened Germany’s grasp on Europe and paved the way for an allied victory. Taking a chronological approach, the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum begins... Read More

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Big Red One Assault Museum

The Big Red One Assault Museum looks at the history of the US First Infantry Division in World War Two.

The Big Red One Assault Museum in Normandy is dedicated to the efforts of the US First Infantry Division, nicknamed the Big Red One, particularly their part in the D-Day Landings on 6 June 1944. The Big Red One division were part of the infamous landing at Omaha Beach where, despite... Read More

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Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park was Station X, the central location of British code cracking operations during the Second World War.

Bletchley Park is a country estate fifty miles north of London. Originally the home of the Leon family in the late 19th century, Bletchley Park was then bought by a property developer, but in 1938 its role changed entirely from being a residential house to a vital British intelligence centre. As... Read More

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Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is a Romanesque gateway, a political symbol and one of Berlin’s most famous landmarks.

The Brandenburg Gate is a famous landmark in Berlin built between 1788 and 1791 which once served as a city gateway. Commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia it stood in the entrance to boulevard Unter den Linden, which led to the city palace. The Brandenburg Gate was designed by... Read More

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Cabinet War Rooms

The Cabinet War Rooms are part of the underground bunker complex in London where Winston Churchill and his government operated during World War Two.

The Cabinet War Rooms are part of the underground bunker complex in London where Winston Churchill and his government operated during World War Two. In the 1930’s, realising that there was likely to be a war, the government needed to build a bombproof shelter and cabinet war rooms from which to... Read More

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Canadian National War Memorial

The Canadian National War Memorial commemorates losses from World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

The Canadian National War Memorial commemorates losses from World War I and, since 2000, it has also come to represent those who fell in World War II and the Korean War. A large granite cenotaph located in Ottawa, the Canadian National War Memorial is also home to the Canadian Tomb... Read More

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Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum is the national military history museum.

The Canadian War Museum (Musee Canadien De La Guerre) is the national military history museum. With over 2,000 artefacts on display ranging from weapons to vehicles as well as photos, interactive and artistic exhibits, the Canadian War Museum looks at the military history of Canada. It focuses particularly... Read More

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Changi Museum

Changi Prison was used by the Japanese to intern prisoners of war during World War II.

The Changi Museum in east Singapore is dedicated to remembering the events surrounding the Japanese occupation of Singapore and specifically the lives and experiences of the thousands of civilian and Allied prisoners of war who were held in the Changi prison camp area. The museum contains a number of different exhibits... Read More

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Coriano Ridge War Cemetery

Coriano Ridge War Cemetery is a World War Two Commonwealth cemetery in Coriano in Italy.

Coriano Ridge War Cemetery in Italy is a World War II Commonwealth cemetery located in what was a vital strategic site in 1944. Once Italy had reached an armistice with the Allies in 1943, Allied forces began to engage in fierce battles aimed at removing German forces – particularly the Gothic... Read More

Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau Concentration Camp was a Nazi concentration camp in Germany.

Dachau Concentration Camp (KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau) was one of the first of many concentration camps set up by the Nazis to imprison and murder certain groups as part of their campaign of genocide. Founded on 22 March 1933, a mere few weeks after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, Dachau Concentration... Read More

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Darwin Military Museum

Detailing Darwin's military history during WWII, this museum houses many artefacts and exhibits from the early 1940s.

The Darwin Military Museum, located in the East Point Military Museum complex of Darwin, houses exhibits and artefacts detailing the role of the city during WWII. Darwin, the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory played a crucial role in the country’s WWII involvement. At the start of the war 10,000 allied... Read More

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Dover Castle

The medieval Dover Castle is one of Britain’s most significant fortresses and has a fascinating and diverse history.

Dover Castle has been a vitally important fortress in English history, leading it to be known as 'the key to England'. Dover Castle’s location is a central aspect of this history. Perched high on the England’s coastal white cliffs overlooking the shortest crossing between the island and mainland Europe, Dover Castle... Read More

Dunkirk Cemetery and Memorial

The Dunkirk Cemetery and Memorial commemorate the commonwealth troops that fought there in both World Wars.

The Dunkirk Cemetery and Memorial are located near the site where hundreds of thousands of allied troops were evacuated as part of Operation Dynamo – the historic campaign to rescue cut off troops from advancing German forces during World War II. Dunkirk had also played an important role as an... Read More

Dunkirk War Museum

The Dunkirk War Museum or “Memorial du Souvenir” tells the story of the famous World War II allied evacuation of Dunkirk.

The Dunkirk War Museum or “Memorial du Souvenir” tells the story of the famous World War II allied evacuation of Dunkirk. The Dunkirk evacuation took place between 26 May and 4 June 1940 and was an operation - codenamed Dynamo - to rescue hundreds of thousands of British, French, Canadian,... Read More

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Dutch National Monument

The Dutch National Monument is a World War II memorial in Amsterdam.

The Dutch National Monument is an obelisk in Dam Square in Amsterdam which commemorates those who died in World War II. Germany invaded the Netherlands on 10 May 1940, bringing the formally neutral country into the war and occupying it thereafter. It would not be fully liberated again until May 1945.... Read More

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El Alamein Battlefield

El Alamein Battlefield in Egypt was the site of a crucial Allied victory in the Second World War.

El Alamein Battlefield in Egypt was the site a major victory by the Allied forces during the Second World War., known as the Second Battle of El-Alamein. Over three years, Allied and Axis forces engaged in an ongoing conflict in the North African region, with Germany’s commander, Rommel, intent on... Read More

El Alamein Commonwealth Cemetery

The El Alamein Commonwealth Cemetery is a British operated military cemetery near the site of the Battle of El Alamein.

The El Alamein Commonwealth Cemetery is the burial place of 7,240 Commonwealth soldiers who died in the course of the Western Desert campaign in Egypt and Libya during World War II, particularly those who were killed in the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. Together with the beautifully organised grave site,... Read More

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El Alamein War Museum

The El Alamein War Museum is dedicated to the Second Battle of El Alamein fought in 1942 during WW2.

The El Alamein War Museum houses a series of exhibitions about the Second Battle of El Alamein, a crucial Allied victory during World War II in which the Italian and German armies were forced out of Egypt. Housing a collection of uniforms, armed vehicles and weaponry, the El Alamein War Museum... Read More

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Ellis Island

Ellis Island is a famous island off New York City which served as an immigration centre from 1892 to 1954.

Ellis Island was the entry point into the United States of America for over twelve million immigrants between 1892 and 1954. Prior to this, Ellis Island had been owned by the state of New York and was purchased by the federal government in 1808, first for use as a fortification and,... Read More

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Enfidaville War Cemetery

Enfidaville War Cemetery is a World War II Commonwealth graveyard in Tunisia.

Enfidaville War Cemetery in Tunisia is a World War II Commonwealth cemetery housing the graves of 1,551 soldiers who died in the course of the North Africa Campaign, particularly the Tunisia Campaign. Of these graves, 88 are unidentified. The Tunisia Campaign was fought between Allied and Axis forces from 1942 to... Read More

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Fort Scratchley

Fort Scratchley in Newcastle is a 19th century coastal defence battery which now operates as a museum.

Fort Scratchley in Newcastle is a 19th century coastal defence battery and the only coastal battery in Australia to have opened fire on the enemy during World War Two. The site upon which Fort Scratchley stands was originally an early coal mine and indeed one of the earliest such mines in... Read More

Fort Vallorbe

Fort Vallorbe was a WWII artillery fort which had great strategic importance defending the Col de Jougne Pass as well as the Swiss-French border.

Fort Vallorbe was a World War II artillery fort which had great strategic importance defending the Col de Jougne Pass as well as the Swiss-French border. Construction of Fort Vallorbe, also known as Fortress Vallorbe and the Pre-Giroud Military Fort, began in 1937 and was completed in 1941. Above... Read More

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Frihedsmuseet

Frihedsmuseet in Copenhagen is a museum of the history of the Danish resistance during the Nazi occupation during World War Two.

Frihedsmuseet or “The Museum of Danish Resistance” is a museum in Copenhagen dedicated to the Danish Resistance movement against Nazi occupation from 1940 to 1945. PLEASE NOTE: The current information on the official website states that the museum is currently closed.  Starting with an original armoured car belonging to the resistance... Read More

General Patton Memorial Museum - Ettelbruck

The General Patton Memorial Museum in Ettelbruck is a World War II museum focusing on the German invasion of Luxembourg.

The General Patton Memorial Museum in Ettelbruck is a World War II museum focusing on the German invasion of Luxembourg in 1940 and its subsequent liberation by US troops in 1944. With a range of weapons, equipment, information boards and over a thousand documents and photos, the General Patton Memorial... Read More

German El Alamein Cemetery

The German El Alamein Cemetery is the burial place of those German soldiers who died in the Battle of El Alamein.

The German El Alamein Cemetery is the final resting place of 4,200 German soldiers who died in the Battle of El Alamein. This battle, part of the World War II North Africa Campaign, took place in 1942 and was a major victory for the Allies against the German and Italian... Read More

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German Resistance Memorial Centre

The German Resistance Memorial Centre in Berlin commemorates those who rose up against the Nazis, particularly in the July 20 Plot.

The German Resistance Memorial Centre or “Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand” in Berlin in Germany is a monument and museum to those who fought against the National Socialist government led by Adolf Hitler – the Nazis – before and during World War II. In particular, it commemorates the attempted assassination of Hitler... Read More

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Gold Beach Museum

The Gold Beach Museum tells the story of one of the D-Day Landings.

The Gold Beach Museum, known as Musee America - Gold Beach, chronicles the landings of the 69th Brigade of the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division in Normandy on 6 June 1944 – D-Day - as part of Operation Gold Beach. Led by Major General Douglas Alexander Graham and supported by the 79th... Read More

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Green House

The Green House looks at life and history of Lithuania’s Jewish community and the devastating effects of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust exhibition, which is also called “Green House”, is located near the center of Vilnius at Pamenkalnio str. 12. It is one branch of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum. The seven rooms of the museum tell the story of the once flourishing Jewish community in Lithuania (“Litvak” community) from... Read More

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Grey Point Fort

Grey Point Fort is a WWI era coastal defence battery and one of the best preserved early 20th century coastal forts anywhere in the British Isles.

Grey Point Fort is a coastal defence battery designed to defend the entrance to Belfast Lough which now houses a museum focusing on military history. Built in 1904 and operational in both World Wars, Grey Point Fort originally housed a number of large-calibre coastal guns designed to protect against naval attack. Throughout... Read More

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Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz

Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz was the site where the Nazis planned the extermination of the Jews known as the Holocaust.

Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz was the site of the infamous Wannsee Conference in which the Nazis planned how to carry out the “Final Solution”, the plan to murder the Jewish population of Eastern Europe. On 20 January 1942, fifteen senior members of the Nazi government and of the SS met at Haus... Read More

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HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is a Royal Navy light cruiser ship that played a role in both World War Two and the Korean War.

HMS Belfast is a Royal Navy light cruiser ship that played a role in both World War II and the Korean War. It is now open to the public in London under the remit of the Imperial War Museum. Launched in March 1938, HMS Belfast was commissioned by the Royal Navy... Read More

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House of Terror

The House of Terror is a moving museum about the two extreme regimes which successively ruled Hungary in the twentieth century.

The House of Terror (Terror Haza) is a moving memorial to and museum about the two extreme regimes which successively ruled Hungary in the twentieth century. From 1937, the building of the House of Terror slowly became the headquarters of the pro-Nazi Hungarian Arrow Cross Party. When the party took power... Read More

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Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum is a London-based museum dedicated to world conflict.

The Imperial War Museum is dedicated to exploring worldwide conflicts throughout history. The exhibitions in the London Imperial War Museum cover, amongst other things, different aspects of the First and Second World Wars including military history, the Holocaust, women’s roles in the conflicts, wartime artwork and the political issues of... Read More

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Imperial War Museum Duxford

Duxford Imperial War Museum in Cambridge explores military history on land, by air and by sea.

Duxford Imperial War Museum in Cambridge is dedicated to exploring Britain’s military history, particularly as it relates to air and maritime warfare. Duxford Imperial War Museum is fittingly located at Duxford Airfield, one of the best preserved First World War airfields. Most of the exhibits at the Duxford Imperial War Museum... Read More

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Italian El Alamein Memorial

The Italian El Alamein Memorial commemorates the Italian casualties of the World War Two Battle of El Alamein.

The Italian El Alamein Memorial or ‘Sacrario italiano a El Alamein’ is a white octagonal monument to the 4,800 Italian soldiers who died in the 1942 Battle of El Alamein and those approximately 38,000 missing. There is also a nearby chapel.... Read More

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Japanese American National Museum

The Japanese American National Museum is a museum of the history, culture and heritage of Japanese Americans.

The Japanese American National Museum is a museum of the history, culture and heritage of Japanese Americans. Whilst it has several temporary and travelling exhibits, the main exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum is called "Common Ground". This tells the story of 130 years of the history,... Read More

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Jewish Museum - Berlin

The Jewish Museum in Berlin explores the history of Germany’s Jewish community.

The Jewish Museum in Berlin in Germany chronicles the history of German Jews over the course of two millennia. Housed in an incredibly modern building, the Berlin Jewish Museum displays historical objects, documents, photographs, multimedia presentations and even computer games relating to different periods of Jewish history and culture. The exhibitions... Read More

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Kastellet

Kastellet in Copenhagen is a seventeenth century fort used by the Germans during the Second World War.

Kastellet in Copenhagen was constructed in 1663 under King Frederik III, after the original fort on the site was compromised by a Swedish attack in 1658. It was partially rebuilt again in the nineteenth century when the distinctively star-shaped building, flanked by a moat, served as a prison. During the Second... Read More

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Konigstein Fortress

Konigstein Fortress in Dresden has been everything from a stronghold to a WW2 prisoner of war camp.

Konigstein Fortress or Festung Königstein is a famous fortified structure near Dresden, Germany which has never been taken. It is unclear when Konigstein Fortress was first constructed, but mentions of a castle on the site go back to 1233. As a castle, Konigstein was used as a stronghold and a sixteenth... Read More

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Krakow Ghetto Wall

Krakow Ghetto Wall is the last remaining wall of the Krakow Jewish ghetto created by the Nazis in during their occupation of Poland in World War II.

Krakow Ghetto Wall is a stark reminder of the Krakow Ghetto, established by German Nazi forces in March 1941 as part of their campaign to persecute the Jews. Much of the Jewish population had already been conscripted to carry out forced labour since 1939, when the Nazis occupied Poland. Further forms... Read More

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Kranji War Cemetery

Kranji War Cemetery is a veterans’ cemetery and the burial place of two of Singapore’s presidents.

Kranji War Cemetery was founded as a hospital burial place during the Japanese occupation of Singapore in World War II. Following the war, it became a veterans’ cemetery and today Kranji War Cemetery in the northern Singapore region of Kranji is home to 4,458 marked graves. These graves belong to the... Read More

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Kranji War Memorial

Kranji War Memorial is a monument commemorating soldiers who died in WW2.

Kranji War Memorial (Tanah Perkuburan Perang Kranji) is a monument in the northern Singapore region of Kranji in honour of the men and women who lost their lives defending Singapore from Japanese invasion during World War II. Made up of twelve columns, representing the formation in which the military marches, a... Read More

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Kristiansand Canon Museum

A huge defence battery in Norway, built by the Germans in 1941, the Kristiansand Canon Museum contains one of the largest land-based guns in the world.

The Kristiansand Canon Museum stands at the site of the Møvik Fort, a huge defence battery built by the Germans during their occupation of Norway and Denmark in WWII. Today the site operates as a museum and contains one of the largest land-based guns in the world. Construction of this fortified... Read More

Kvalvik Fort

Kvalvik Fort is a well preserved World War II fort and onetime submarine station in Norway.

Kvalvik Fort is a well preserved World War II fort and onetime submarine station in Norway. In fact, Kvalvik Fort is considered to be one of the best kept fortifications of its kind. Open to the public, Kvalvik Fort has a range of items and weapons on display with plenty... Read More

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KZ Majdanek

KZ Majdanek was a Nazi concentration camp near Lublin in Poland, operational from 1941 to 1944.

KZ Majdanek was a Nazi concentration camp established near the city of Lublin in Poland in September 1941. From October 1941, KZ Majdanek began accepting prisoners, most of whom were Polish and other European Jews as well as Soviet prisoners of war. By the end of its period of operation,... Read More

Lascaris War Rooms

War Headquarters from where the defence of Malta and the invasion of Sicily were conducted during the Second World War.

The Lascaris War Rooms in Malta were important military headquarters during World War II and the setting from which the invasion of Sicily as well as many other operations and Malta’s air defences were coordinated. Located underground and comprised of a complicated web of tunnels, the existence of the Lascaris... Read More

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Le Memorial at Caen

Le Memorial at Caen is a history museum dedicated to World War Two and other conflicts.

Le Memorial at Caen is a museum of history based in northern France, not too far from the locations of the beaches where the Normandy Landings took place. Le Memorial at Caen explores the events which led up to the Normandy Landings of World War II, the Landings themselves, also... Read More

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Leyte Landing Memorial

The Leyte Landing Memorial commemorates a vital point in the World War II Battle of Leyte, when American forces landed.

The Leyte Landing Memorial commemorates a vital point in the World War II Battle of Leyte, when American forces landed. Indeed, the Leyte Landing Memorial is located at the very place where General Douglas MacArthur led American liberation troops onto Red Beach in Palo in the Philippines. Part of the... Read More

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Longhua Martyrs Cemetery

The Longhua Martyrs Cemetery commemorates those communists who died under the Kuomintang and was a WWII Japanese internment camp.

The Longhua Martyrs Cemetery in Shanghai is a memorial to those who died under the regime of the Kuomintang, led by Chiang Kai-shek. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, the site of the Longhua Martyrs Cemetery was a Kuomintang prison where hundreds of communists were executed in an attempt to obliterate the... Read More

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Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery

The Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery was a World War II German defensive battery.

The Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery, also known as ‘Batterie Allemande’, was a German defensive battery in Normandy which played a big part in the German defence efforts during the Normandy Landings on D-Day, 6 June 1944. Made up of four 150mm guns, the Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery is located between the vital allied... Read More

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Luxembourg National Museum of Military History

The Luxembourg National Museum of Military History focuses particularly on the WW2 conflict known as the Battle of the Bulge.

The Luxembourg National Museum of Military History (Musee National d'Histoire Militaire) in Diekirch focuses particularly on the World War II conflict known as the Battle of the Bulge. Using a combination of life-size dioramas and its comprehensive collection of US and national items, weapons, equipment, photos and maps, the Luxembourg... Read More

Malta at War Museum

It stands to document for posterity the great ordeal which the brave people of Malta and their defenders endured during the dark days of the Blitz

The Malta at War Museum looks at the Second World War period in Malta, offering visitors a fascinating insight into the history of the country during this period and the experiences of its people, particularly in the Blitz. There is also the opportunity to enter a subterranean bomb shelter.... Read More

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Mamayev Hill

Mamayev Hill in Russia is a dramatic memorial to the Battle of Stalingrad of World War II.

Mamayev Hill or “Mamayev Kurgan” in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) in Russia is a memorial complex dedicated to the Battle of Stalingrad. This battle was considered to be a defining moment in World War II in which the Russians defeated German forces, turning the tide of the war and starting a... Read More

Mauthausen Concentration Camp

Mauthausen Concentration Camp was a notorious Nazi internment camp in northern Austria.

Mauthausen Concentration Camp or ’KZ Mauthausen’ was a vast Nazi concentration camp in northern Austria. First established in 1938, Mauthausen Concentration Camp was built through the slave labour of prisoners from another such camp, Dachau. Over time, it grew to encompass a number of sub-camps, such as Gusen Concentration Camp. Prisoners... Read More

Memorial des Camps de la Mort

The Memorial des Camps de la Mort commemorates the suffering of those persecuted by the Nazis in Marseille during World War Two.

The Memorial des Camps de la Mort in Marseille is a Holocaust memorial and museum which commemorates the Nazi occupation of the city during World War II between November 1942 and August 1944. During this time, the Jews of Marseille were transported out of the city and into concentration and extermination... Read More

Mgarr Second World War Shelter

The Mgarr Second World War Shelter in Malta is one of the largest of its Second World War bomb shelters.

The Mgarr Second World War Shelter in Malta was one of a number of subterranean bomb shelters used by the population during the Siege of Malta. The Siege of Malta saw the island of Malta being subjected to an intensive aerial bombing campaign by the Italians and then the German Luftwaffe... Read More

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Mont Orgueil

Mont Orgueil is a medieval castle with an historic role in the defence of Jersey as well as having been a prison and a German base.

Mont Orgueil (Gorey Castle) has had an important historic role in the defence of Jersey as well as having been a prison and a German World War II base. Medieval Castle Construction of Mont Orgueil can be traced back to circa 1204, at around the time that the French King Phillip... Read More

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Monte Cassino War Cemetery

Monte Cassino War Cemetery is the biggest British and Commonwealth war cemetery from WW2 in Italy.

The Monte Cassino War Cemetery is the burial site for thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers who died during the Italian Campaign in World War Two. Also on the site stands a memorial to those soldiers whose graves are not known. The Battle of Monte Cassino was part of the Italian... Read More

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Musee Airborne

Musee Airborne is a World War Two museum dedicated to the Normandy Landings of 1944.

Musee Airborne in St-Mère-Eglise in Northern France is dedicated to the role played by the American 82nd and 101st airborne divisions during the Normandy Landings of World War Two or "D-Day". Taking place in June 1944, the Normandy Landings were a collaborative effort between British, American and Canadian troops, who... Read More

Musee de la Reddition

Musee de la Reddition is the site where Germany surrendered in World War II.

Musee de la Reddition (Museum of the Surrender) in Reims is the location where the German Third Reich officially surrendered to Allied forces in World War II. At the time, the building of Musee de la Reddition, once a school, acted as the European headquarters of US General Dwight D Eisenhower... Read More

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Museum of the Slovak National Uprising

The Museum of the Slovak National Uprising is dedicated to the history of Slovakia's resistance against the Nazi government.

The Museum of the Slovak National Uprising (Muzeum Slovenskeho narodneho povstania) is dedicated to the history of Slovakia's resistance against the Nazi government. Before the outbreak of the Second World War, much of the western part of Czechoslovakia was annexed and then occupied by Nazi Germany, which then allowed the eastern... Read More

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National Museum of American Jewish Military History

The National Museum of American Jewish Military History is dedicated to exploring the roles of Jewish Americans in US military history.

The National Museum of American Jewish Military History is dedicated to exploring the roles of Jewish Americans in US military history. This includes their contributions in the armed forces and in the fight against prejudice, particularly anti-Semitism. Amongst the galleries within the National Museum of American Jewish Military History is... Read More

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Normandy American Cemetery

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War Two graveyard with a visitor centre.

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is the burial site of 9,387 US military personnel who fought and died in World War Two. Most of the graves at the Normandy American Cemetery belong to participants in the Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944, also known as D-Day. The Normandy Landings were a... Read More

Norway Resistance Museum

The Norway Resistance Museum is dedicated to the country’s national history during World War Two.

The Norway Resistance Museum (Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum) is dedicated to the country’s national history during World War II. In particular, it looks at the period of occupation between late 1930 and 1945, displaying a range of exhibits from original items and documents to posters, films to photos.... Read More

Omaha Beach Museum

The Omaha Beach Museum chronicles the events of the largest of the D-Day Landings in Normandy in WW2.

The Omaha Beach Museum (Musee Memorial Omaha) tells the story of the D-Day Landings on Omaha Beach in Normandy on 6 June 1944 during World War II. Spanning an area of 10km, the Omaha Beach assault was the largest of the Normandy Landings and included, amongst others, the US 29th Division,... Read More

Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge in Normandy was captured by British forces at the start of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France.

Pegasus Bridge, originally known as Caen Canal Bridge, in Normandy, France, was a vital strategic position during Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of France. On 6 June 1944, Allied forces landed on Normandy’s beaches, an event known as the Normandy Landings or “D-Day”. Sword Beach was to be a landing point for... Read More

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Pointe Du Hoc Memorial

The Pointe Du Hoc Memorial is located on one of the sites of the Normandy Landings of World War Two.

The Pointe Du Hoc Memorial in Normandy, France commemorates the American Second Ranger Battalion who fought there on 6 June 1944 as part of the D-Day landings in World War II. The D-Day attack was a pivotal offensive which allowed the Allies to gain a foothold in Nazi-occupied France and begin... Read More

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Porthcuno Telegraph Museum

The Porthcurno Telegraph Museum examines the history of telegraphic development as well as housing Britain’s vital WWII underground communications centre.

The Porthcurno Telegraph Museum is a museum dedicated to the history of telegraphic development and is the site of one of the most historically important communications centres in the UK. In what would become one of the most ground-breaking events in modern communications, the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cables were laid in... Read More

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Reichstag

The Reichstag Building was the seat of the German Government from 1894 to 1933 and is now the seat of the German Bundestag.

The Reichstag Building started its life in 1894, when it served as the seat of the German Parliament, then known as the Reichstag. Designed by architect Paul Wallot during the reign of Emperor Wilhelm I, the Reichstag building contained several pioneering architectural elements, including a steel and glass copula... Read More

Rimini Gurkha War Cemetery

The Rimini Gurkha War Cemetery is a World War II graveyard for Commonwealth forces in Rimini.

The Rimini Gurkha War Cemetery in Italy is a World War II Commonwealth cemetery housing the graves of 618 soldiers from the Indian forces. Rimini became the site of fierce clashes between Allied and German forces in 1944. By this time, Italy had entered into an armistice with the Allies (3... Read More

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Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Home of the WWII submarine HMS Alliance, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum is a family-orientated, interactive museum detailing the history of British submarine warfare.

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is located a stone’s throw away from the busy historic Portsmouth docks. As home to HMS Alliance and four other submarines including the Royal Navy’s first submarine, Holland I, the museum takes an interactive approach to history; visitors can walk in and around the five... Read More

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Sachsenhausen was a Nazi concentration camp 35km outside of Berlin during the Second World War.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp (KZ-Sachsenhausen) was used by the Nazis between 1936 and 1945. Its primary function was for the imprisonment and execution - or extermination - of Jews and political dissidents, including many Dutch freedom fighters, Russian prisoners of war and even some political leaders from invaded countries. Its prime location... Read More

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Schoenenbourg Maginot Line fort

The Schoenenbourg Maginot Line fort was one of a network of forts built on the France-Germany border following World War One.

The Schoenenbourg Maginot Line fort was one of a series of forts constructed by the French to defend their border with Germany following the First World War. Named after the then defence minister, Andre Maginot, the Maginot Line forts were a series of heavily defended subterranean fortifications. The Schoenenbourg Maginot Line... Read More

Stalingrad Battlefield

Stalingrad Battlefield was the site of the bloodiest battle in WW2 and a major Soviet victory.

Stalingrad Battlefield was the site of one of the most important and bloodiest battles of the Second World War. In the spring of 1942, Hitler’s forces were involved in heavy fighting in Soviet territory. However, rather than try to hold their ground, Soviet troops were instructed to keep fighting whilst... Read More

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Sword Beach

Sword Beach was one of the five landing beaches of the Normandy D-day Landings during World War II.

Sword Beach (Ouistreham) in Normandy, France was one of the sites of the Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944, D-day. Assigned to units of the British 3rd Division, the landings at Sword Beach were the most eastern part of Operation Overlord, the allied offensive which led to the liberation of German-occupied... Read More

The Atomic Testing Museum

The Atomic Testing Museum tells the story of the atomic age and of the more local National Testing Site.

The Atomic Testing Museum tells the story of the atomic age and of the more local National Testing Site (NTS). From 1951 to 1992, the NTS in downtown Las Vegas was the US’s main nuclear testing area. From technical items such as Geiger counters and atomic age paraphernalia to timelines,... Read More

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The Berlin Flak Tower

The Berlin Flak Tower is a WWII bunker and anti-aircraft tower built under Hitler’s orders.

The Berlin Flak Tower in Humboldthain Park is a seven storey bunker originally built under Hitler’s orders to protect Berlin from aerial attacks during the Second World War. In fact, in 1940, Hitler planned to build six such flak towers. Three flak towers were constructed and, after the war, the only... Read More

The Brest-Hero Fortress

The Brest-Hero Fortress played an important role in 20th century military history.

The Brest-Hero Fortress, also known simply as the Brest Fortress (Bresckaa krepasc), played an important role in 20th century history. Begun in 1830, the Brest-Hero Fortress became an active military site on 26 April 1842. Since then it has played important roles in several conflicts including both World Wars... Read More

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is the site of the only building left standing following the explosion of the atom bomb in 1945.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the A-Bomb Dome or the Genbaku Dome, in Hiroshima in Japan was the only building in the city which survived following the first ever explosion of an atomic bomb. On 6 August 1945, US forces dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of... Read More

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The Holocaust Memorial - Berlin

The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin commemorates the European Jews murdered under the Nazis.

The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, also known as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, is an installation commemorating the genocide of the Jewish people perpetrated under Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. The Holocaust was an attempt by Hitler to exterminate the Jews and any other people who he considered... Read More

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The Juno Beach Centre

The Juno Beach Centre explores the history of the Canadian forces in World War II.

The Juno Beach Centre, also known as the Normandy Canadian Museum, chronicles the Canadian contribution to the war effort during World War II. Based in the location assigned to the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division in the D-Day Landings, the Juno Beach Centre focuses especially on the events which took place on... Read More

The Kasserine Pass

The Kasserine Pass in Tunisia was the site of a major US defeat during WW2.

The Battle of the Kasserine Pass was a World War II battle which formed part of the clash between Allied and Axis forces to gain control of Tunisia, known as the Tunisia Campaign. It would be the worst defeat the US had yet experienced in the course of the war. In... Read More

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The London Royal Air Force Museum

The London Royal Air Force Museum offers a great overview of the history of aviation in combat as well as housing over 100 aircraft from around the world.

The Royal Air Force Museum (RAF Museum) in Hendon in North London has a series of exhibitions dedicated to the history of the RAF and aviation in general. Housing a fantastic collection of over 100 aircraft, the RAF museum has an impressive selection of planes including some of the most... Read More

The Malta Aviation Museum

The Malta Aviation Museum houses numerous aircrafts and other interesting objects, mostly relating to World War II.

The Malta Aviation Museum in Takali houses an impressive collection of aircrafts, military uniforms and related equipment. The main focus of the Malta Aviation Museum is World War II, particularly the important role played by Malta between 1940 and 1943. The main World War II exhibit can be seen in the... Read More

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The Merville Gun Battery

The Merville Gun Battery is a former German World War II fortification neutralised by the Allies on D-Day.

The Merville Gun Battery was a German held fortification in Normandy which the Allies captured in the course of Operation Overlord in World War II. Operation Overlord was the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, in June 1944. This hinged on the ability of Allied troops to land at various beaches... Read More

The Nagasaki Peace Park

The Nagasaki Peace Park commemorates the atomic bombing of this Japanese city by American forces in World War Two.

The Nagasaki Peace Park commemorates the atomic bombing of this Japanese city by American forces in World War II. This occurred on 9 August 1945, three days after the bombing of Hiroshima. Approximately 74,000 people were killed and 30% of the city was devastated, with many more suffering the effects of... Read More

The Nanjing Memorial

The Nanjing Memorial commemorates the 1937 massacre of Nanjing’s population by Japanese forces.

The Nanjing Memorial, also known as the “Memorial for compatriots killed in the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Forces of Aggression” is a monument commemorating the horrific Nanjing Massacre. This massacre took place in 1937 when the Japanese captured the city. Rather than advising their citizens to flee, as they did, the... Read More

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The National Liberation Museum

The National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 shows the history of the Interbellum (1918-1939), liberation of the Netherlands and Europe over the period 1944 to 1945 and also the post-war period 1945-1955.

The National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek examines the history of the occupation of the Netherlands during World War Two, as well as the events leading up to this period and the legacy and reconstruction of the post-war era. Designed to describe the history of the period and challenge visitors to understand... Read More

The National World War II Memorial

The National World War Two Memorial in Washington DC is a civilian and military memorial.

The National World War II Memorial in Washington DC is a US monument commemorating the Second World War, particularly those who fought in the US armed forces and those civilians who assisted in and were affected by the conflict. World War II was a multi-national conflict initially prompted by Germany’s invasion... Read More

The North Africa American Cemetery

The North Africa American Cemetery is a World War II military graveyard in Tunisia.

The North Africa American Cemetery in Tunisia is a military cemetery and memorial site, mostly for casualties of World War II. In particular, the North Africa American Cemetery houses the graves of those who were killed in campaigns in North Africa and the Persian Gulf. Located in Tunisia, which was the... Read More

The Pacific Aviation Museum

The Pacific Aviation Museum tells the story of US aviation in this region during World War Two.

The Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island in Hawaii is dedicated to telling the story of US aviation in the Pacific during World War II. As part of Pearl Harbor, it particularly focuses on the fateful day - 7 December 1941 - when Japanese forces launched a surprise attack on... Read More

The Paneriai Memorial Museum

The Paneriai Memorial Museum in Lithuania is dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.

The History of Paneriai: Before the Second World War the beautiful forest area around Paneriai was a very popular recreational area for residents of Vilnius and its surroundings. In 1940 and 1941 Red Army soldiers established a military base in Aukštieji Paneriai and set up fuel tanks and ammunition warehouses.... Read More

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The Pegasus Bridge Museum

The Pegasus Bridge Museum in Normandy is dedicated to the British 6th Airborne Division, the first Allied troops to land on D-Day.

The Pegasus Bridge Museum, officially known as Memorial Pegasus, in Normandy houses the famous Pegasus Bridge, which was captured by British forces on the night of 5-6 June 1944 during World War II. The capture of Pegasus Bridge was carried out in order to protect the eastern flank of the landing... Read More

The Warsaw Ghetto Fighters Monument

The Warsaw Ghetto Fighters Monument commemorated those who fought in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

The Warsaw Ghetto Fighters Monument (Pomnik Bohaterow Getta) commemorates those who fought and perished in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Beginning on 19 April 1943 and lasting almost a month, this dramatic, ultimately thwarted, insurgency took place as Nazi forces went to liquidate Warsaw’s ghetto. The monument itself, which was... Read More

Theresienstadt Concentration Camp

Theresienstadt Concentration Camp was operated by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Terezin in the Czech Republic was a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust. Theresienstadt was originally a stronghold known as Terezin Fortress built in the eighteenth century to protect Prague from the possibility of invasion by Prussia. It then became a prison in the 1880’s before being... Read More

Umschlagplatz

Umschlagplatz was the place from which the Jewish community of Warsaw were sent to death camps in World War II.

Umschlagplatz was the square from which Warsaw’s Jewish community were sent to death camps during World War II, particularly to Treblinka. Today, a monument marks this tragic "assembly point", from where thousands of people were transported. Submitted by Dr. G A Sivan, Jerusalem... Read More

United States Holocaust Museum

The United States Holocaust Museum commemorates the Holocaust and explores the issue of genocide as a whole.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC is dedicated to commemorating the Holocaust. The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. "Holocaust" is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire." The Nazis, who... Read More

US National Museum of the Pacific War

The US National Museum of the Pacific War is a World War II museum focusing on the story of the Pacific theatre.

The US National Museum of the Pacific War is a World War II museum focusing on the story of the Pacific theatre. Artefacts, information panels, interactive exhibits and recreations all come together in the National Museum of the Pacific War to chronicle this conflict, from the build up to its... Read More

US National World War II Museum

The US National WW2 Museum in New Orleans tells the story of the war, focusing particularly on amphibious attacks.

The US National World War II Museum in New Orleans tells the story of the war, focusing particularly on amphibious attacks. Using a combination of artifacts, photos, documents, information panels, stories and films, the National World War II Museum looks at everything from the Pacific to the African and European... Read More

USS Arizona Memorial

The USS Arizona Memorial is a monument to the American service people who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The USS Arizona Memorial is a monument to the American service people who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. It is located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. This surprise attack has become one of the most infamous in US history, particularly as it led... Read More

USS Missouri Memorial

The USS Missouri Memorial was a World War II battleship and the site where Japan officially surrendered to the Allies.

The USS Missouri Memorial was a World War II battleship and the site where Japan officially surrendered to the Allies by signing the 'Instrument of Surrender' on 2 September 1945. Today, it is docked at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Launched on 29 January 1944, the USS Missouri (BB-63) - often known... Read More

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Utah Beach Memorial

The Utah Beach Memorial commemorates the Normandy Landings at Utah Beach on D-Day.

The Utah Beach Memorial is an American monument in Normandy which commemorates the World War II D-Day Landings. On 6 June 1944, as part of the Allied invasion of German-occupied Normandy known as Operation Overlord, the US 4th Infantry Division, part of the VII Corps, landed on Utah Beach. Comprised of... Read More

War in the Pacific National Park

The War in the Pacific National Park in Guam commemorates the efforts of this region in WWII.

The War in the Pacific Park in Guam is dedicated to exploring the role of the Pacific in World War II and to commemorating those who fought in the conflict. Until 1941, Guam had been an American colony. However, in December 1941, the Japanese attacked the island and the US was... Read More

Warsaw Ghetto

The Warsaw Ghetto was established by the Nazis to forcibly house the Jewish population of the city.

Warsaw Ghetto (Getto Warszawskie) was established by the Nazis to forcibly house the city’s Jewish population, with up to 400,000 people confined here from October 1940. Conditions were dire and gradually became worse with the official implementation of the "Final Solution", the Nazi plan to annihilate the Jewish people. In... Read More

Warsaw Rising Museum

The Warsaw Rising Museum focuses on the Polish insurgency against Nazi German forces in 1944 during World War Two.

The Warsaw Rising Museum is a Second World War Museum in Poland’s capital city, dedicated to the insurgency of the Polish population against its Nazi German occupiers. It is particularly focused on the Warsaw Uprising, an operation carried out by Polish freedom fighters in August 1944. The Warsaw Uprising should not... Read More

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Western Approaches Museum

Take command of the British Navy with a visit to the Western Approaches Bunker and submerse yourself in the history of the decisive Battle of the Atlantic.

The Western Approaches Museum in Liverpool allows you to step back in time and undertake a completely unique experience, where you don’t just see the history but can actually venture inside to experience it first-hand. The Western Approaches Museum sits within a World War II bunker complex which served as the... Read More

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Wolf’s Lair

The ‘Wolf’s Lair’ is the name given to Hitler’s headquarters in Poland during World War II and the site of Claus von Stauffenberg’s assassination attempt.

The Wolf’s Lair in Gierloz in Poland was Adolf Hitler’s base on the Eastern Front during World War Two. The Nazi leader often called himself “the Wolf” and thus the Wolf’s Lair, also known as ‘Wilczy Szianiec’ or ‘Wolfsschanze’ is named after him. At one point housing 2,000 people, the Wolf’s... Read More

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Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem is the museum of the Holocaust in Jerusalem.

Yad Vashem in Jerusalem is a museum and a memorial of the Holocaust, in which over six million Jews, and at least five million from other ethnic groups, were murdered in an act of genocide perpetrated by the German National Socialist Party (the Nazis) under Adolph Hitler. Beginning with the persecution... Read More

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Yasukuni Shrine

The Yasukuni Shrine is a sacred temple in Kudan erected by Emperor Meiji in 1869 coupled with a military museum.

The Yasukuni Shrine was originally established by the first emperor of modern Japan, Emperor Meiji in 1869 in honour of those who fought and died for the country. Approximately 2,500,000 names are enshrined at Yasukuni, amongst them the casualties of wars since 1853, including the Boshin War, the Seinan War,... Read More