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World War II (1936-1945)

Largest conflict in history of human kind and for many people the only war in history that could be justified. Two countries set to develop on a military basis - Germany and Japan - were overcrowded with limited sources of natural resources, so they both started to expand their territories to gain what Germans called Lebensraum (space to live). Japan have invaded China and then Malaya, Germany by ...

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Major battles of World War II

Battle of Nanking war movies

Battle of Nanking
9 December 1937

After the Manchurian Incident used as a pretext to invade China Japan army begun the offensive towards the major Chinese cities. They reached the capital city of Nanking in December 1937 and making us...

Invasion of Poland war movies

Invasion of Poland
1 September 1939

German invasion of Poland that started the World War 2 in Europe. After the annexation of Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia Hitler was looking to take over the Poland, but it wasn’t as easy as w...

Battle of Westerplatte war movies

Battle of Westerplatte
1 September 1939

On the day Germans have invaded Poland their battleship Schleswig-Holstein, that officially was on a courtesy visit in Gdansk, started to bombard the small Polish military outpost of Westerplatte. Wha...

Battle of the Atlantic war movies

Battle of the Atlantic
3 September 1939

Although known as battle in fact it was the longest campaign during the World War II (from 3 September 1939 till 8 May 1945). Allies used the naval convoys to transport goods, equipment and troops fro...

Winter War war movies

Winter War
30 November 1939

In November 1939 Soviet Union have used the shelling of small village of Mainila near Leningrad as excuse to start the war with Finland. The shelling in fact was made by NKVD - Stalin needed just the ...

Battle of the River Plate war movies

Battle of the River Plate
13 December 1939

First naval battle of World War 2 involving large warships - the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee was hunted and attacked by 3 Royal Navy cruisers: HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMS Achilles. Whi...

Battle of France war movies

Battle of France
10 May 1940

After the German invasion of Poland from formal point of view France and Great Britain were in a state of war with Nazi Germany (due to the agreements signed by Poland with both countries). But betwee...

Dunkirk evacuation war movies

Dunkirk evacuation
27 May 1940

Also known as Operation Dynamo. British Expeditionary Forces in France were forced, by dynamic German offensive towards Paris and the coast, to abandon their equipment and escape to the town of Dunkir...

Battle of Britain war movies

Battle of Britain
10 July 1940

After invading France, Belgium and Netherlands next target on Hitler’s list was Great Britain, but since for the first time they had to attack enemy on isolated island the blitzkrieg tactics were us...

Siege of Tobruk war movies

Siege of Tobruk
10 April 1941

Tobruk was strategic Mediterranean port in Libya, used to resupply the German and Italian forces in North Africa. British forces took over the town in February 1941, but when Axis units were reinforce...

Operation Barbarossa war movies

Operation Barbarossa
22 June 1941

German invasion on Russia. Both countries in 1939 have signed the treaty known as Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact that was the mutual agreement to invade Poland. Based on that treaty both armies have split Po...

Continuation War war movies

Continuation War
25 June 1941

Continuation War was conflict that broke out after German invasion on Soviet Union in 1941 (Operation Barbarossa). Finland became the ally of Nazi Germany, which was the result of Winter War from 1939...

Attack on Pearl Harbor war movies

Attack on Pearl Harbor
7 December 1941

Japanese attack on American naval base on Hawaii conducted by carrier based aircrafts. Japan was preparing for this attack for a long time. In 1936 they invaded the Chinese district of Manchuria in or...

Battle of Wake Island war movies

Battle of Wake Island
8 December 1941

After attack on Pearl Harbor Japanese fleet turned to her next target - small Wake Island on the coral atoll, where Marines garrison was located. The news about Pearl Harbor increased the alert among ...

St. Nazaire raid war movies

St. Nazaire raid
28 March 1942

Also known as Operation Chariot. British raid that aimed to put dry dock in St. Nazaire out of action so Germans could not repair their battleship like Tirpitz, Scharnhorst or Gneisenau (since it was ...

Doolittle Raid war movies

Doolittle Raid
18 April 1942

American retaliation act that aimed to boost morale of the forces on Pacific and back in the United States after the disaster at Pearl Harbor. But also the action aimed to show the Japanese that their...

Operation Anthropoid war movies

Operation Anthropoid
27 May 1942

Operation Anthropoid was the Allied organized operation in occupied Czechoslovakia, the assassination Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Reich Main Security Office and governor of of Bohemia and Moravia. ...

Battle of Midway war movies

Battle of Midway
4 June 1942

Naval battle near the Midway Island was turning point in World War 2 on Pacific - after Doolittle Raid Admiral Yamamoto was determined to knock out the remaining American aircraft carriers that still ...

First Battle of El Alamein war movies

First Battle of El Alamein
1 July 1942

After defeat in Battle of Gazala, in which Allied have lost 50,000 men and over 1,000 tanks, British Eight Army had to retreat towards Egypt and prepare for German offensive. Erwin Rommel, the Desert ...

Kokoda Trail campaign war movies

Kokoda Trail campaign
21 July 1942

Series of battles fought between July and November 1942 between Allied forces (mostly Australian) and Japanese army in New Guinea. Japanese were trying to take the control of Port Moresby, the biggest...

Guadalcanal Campaign war movies

Guadalcanal Campaign
7 August 1942

Guadalcanal Campaign started on 7 August 1942, when American forces landed on the islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and Florida in the southern Solomon Islands. The aim of the operation was to take over...

Battle of Stalingrad war movies

Battle of Stalingrad
23 August 1942

After success of the Operation Barbarossa Germans have gained vast areas of Soviet Union and thye prepared plans for further moves. Stalingrad was one of their main targets for few reasons - it was im...

Second Battle of El Alamein war movies

Second Battle of El Alamein
23 October 1942

After the retreat to Egypt British forces held Germans during First Battle of El Alamein, but since General Montgomery took over Eight Army he was preparing a counter-offensive that would push Afrika ...

Operation Torch war movies

Operation Torch
8 November 1942

In 1942, while being still under threat from German army, Stalin pressured Americans and British to start second front in western Europe as soon as possible, and thus take the strain from Red Army. Am...

Battle of the Kasserine Pass war movies

Battle of the Kasserine Pass
19 February 1943

Battle that took place during the Tunisia Campaign of World War 2 - after the landing of American forces in Northern Africa (Operation Torch) the first goal was to take out the Axis forces under the c...

Battle of the El Guettar war movies

Battle of the El Guettar
23 March 1943

After defeat in the Battle of the Kasserine Pass General Patton was appointed the head of U.S. II Corps and Battle of the El Guettar was the first effect of that change. Patton restored the morale in ...

Invasion of Sicily war movies

Invasion of Sicily
9 July 1943

Also known as Operation Husky, was an Allied amphibious and airborne landing on the shores of Sicily that started the offensive towards Rome. The invasion was answer to Stalin’s requests that Allied...

Battle of Lenino war movies

Battle of Lenino
12 October 1943

Polish-Russian offensive north of the village of Lenino in the Mogilev region of today Belarus. The battle itself was a part of a larger Soviet Spas-Demensk offensive operation that aimed of clear the...

Battle of Tarawa war movies

Battle of Tarawa
20 November 1943

Large American landing operation on island held by Japanese forces. US Navy prepared impressive fleet that included 17 aircraft carriers and 90 other warships. Small Tarawa (with area of 15 km2 / 6 sq...

Battle of Monte Cassino war movies

Battle of Monte Cassino
17 January 1944

After Allied forces landed on mainland Italy the offensive was halted on German Gustav Line fortificated positions near Naples. The line was based on Rapido-Gari, Liri, and Garigliano valleys, also th...

Raid on Drvar war movies

Raid on Drvar
25 May 1944

Raid on Drvar was a part of Operation Rosselsprung, a German combined operation of paratroop landing and grounds units offensive in occupied Yugoslavia. The aim of the operation was to destroy the hea...

D-Day war movies

6 June 1944

D-Day was the codename of Normandy landings, the Allied amphibious assault on the beaches of France. Since 1942 Stalin was pressuring Allies to start the second front in the west and thus divert some ...

Battle of Saipan war movies

Battle of Saipan
15 June 1944

American invasion on Saipan, the largest island in the Mariana archipelago. The island played important part in plans of American forces since the long range bombers B-29 Superfortress would be able t...

Operation Bagration war movies

Operation Bagration
22 June 1944

Soviet major offensive on the Eastern Front. The operation took it’s name from 19th century Georgian Prince Pyotr Bagration. Operation Bagration aimed to push Germans out of Belarus and eastern part...

Warsaw Uprising war movies

Warsaw Uprising
1 August 1944

While the Soviet army was closing on Polish capitol city local resistance groups under command of Armia Krajowa (Home Army) decided to start the uprising in Warsaw. Mostly young students and even smal...

Operation Dragoon war movies

Operation Dragoon
15 August 1944

Operation Dragoon was the landing of Allied forces on southern France, which was part of the larger offensive started by Operation Overlord in northern France 2 months earlier. Opening front in southe...

Slovak National Uprising war movies

Slovak National Uprising
29 August 1944

Slovak National Uprising was an armed insurrection organized by the Slovak resistance against German occupation. The uprising has started on 29 August 1944 in Banska Bystrica, few days later on the re...

Operation Market-Garden war movies

Operation Market-Garden
17 September 1944

In 1944, after breaking out of Normandy, Allied forces were planning to quickly reach the pre-war borders of Germany. Americans, under general Patton, were rushing through the France, while at the sam...

Battle of Huertgen Forest war movies

Battle of Huertgen Forest
19 September 1944

Battle of Huertgen Forest wasn’t a single battle, but rather series of attacks made by American troops to break through German defence lines in Huertgen Forest. Allies were trying to reach the Ruhr ...

Battle of Leyte war movies

Battle of Leyte
20 October 1944

In October 1944 Philippines were the last stronghold of Japanese army and their last hope to maintain supply of oil and rubber to their homeland. Americans prepared the operation to land on Philippine...

Battle of the Bulge war movies

Battle of the Bulge
16 December 1944

In December 1944 American soldiers were concentrated more on the preparations to return home for Christmas than on pressing on towards Berlin. German army seemed to be in pieces and it was matter of w...

Vistula-Oder Offensive war movies

Vistula-Oder Offensive
12 January 1945

Red Army (assisted by 1st Polish Army) offensive through Poland from River Vistula to River Oder and into the German territory. Nazi forces were in retreat after the Operation Bagration pushed them ou...

Raid at Cabanatuan war movies

Raid at Cabanatuan
30 January 1945

Raid at Cabanatuan was special forces operation, with the aid of local resistance, to free 500, mostly American, soldiers held in Japanese POW camp in the middle of Philippine island of Bataan. While ...

Battle of Iwo Jima war movies

Battle of Iwo Jima
19 February 1945

One of the biggest land battles of American forces in Pacific Theatre - the landing operation on the heavily fortified island of Iwo Jima was part of the final push towards Japanese main islands. The ...

Operation Lumberjack war movies

Operation Lumberjack
1 March 1945

Operation Lumberjack was Allied operation that aimed to capture the cities along Rhein River with a fast offensive move and thus cut off the German armies from retreating across the river. Rhein is wi...

Battle of Okinawa war movies

Battle of Okinawa
1 April 1945

During the "island hopping" operations that were aiming to retake the Pacific islands from Japan, US Marines landed on Okinawa on 1st April 1945. The island had strategic value for Americans in their ...

Battle of Berlin war movies

Battle of Berlin
16 April 1945

After breaking the defence lines on the Oder River Soviet army pushed forward towards Berlin. Strategically they aimed to knock out the German headquarters as quickly as possible and avoid any delay i...

War movies about World War II

Wake Island 1942 war movie

Wake Island 1942

Based on true events - at the beginning of World War 2 on Pacific Japanese fleet attacks small outpost on Wake Island, where US Marines prepare few surprises for the invaders.

Flying Tigers 1942 war movie

Flying Tigers 1942

American volunteers of the Flying Tigers squadron fight the Japanese airforce over China.

Alfa Tau! 1942 war movie

Alfa Tau! 1942

Tension raises in Italian Navy submarine base when the loses are getting higher. Filmed during the war on board of active submarine.

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War games about World War II

Tigers in the Snow 1981 war game

Tigers in the Snow (1981)

Early strategy game about one of the key battles of World War 2, Battle of the Bulge, the famous last offensive of Germany that took place in December 1944.

Silent Service 1985 war game

Silent Service (1985)

First ever real submarine simulator, Silent Service, built the very basic rules of the genre that were in use for next 20 years.

Ace of Aces 1986 war game

Ace of Aces (1986)

British multi-purpose fighters de Havilland Mosquito in missions over occupied Europe - from bombing vital train to attacking V-1 rockets.

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