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World War II Chronicles is a weekly look back to 'This Week in World War II, 75 Years Ago.' Originally produced in coordination with the National Archives to mark the 50th anniversary of the war, World War II Chronicles features original newsreel reports and archival footage to tell the story as it happened, week by week. Hosted by famed World War II newsreel anchor Ed Herlihy, World War II Chronicles is produced by the American Veterans Center.
 
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June of 1944 England has been assaulted by the V1 Buzz Bomb. But only did they know, the V2 was coming their way. This bomb was invulnerable to interception. Listen to find out what happened.By Radio America.
 
In 1944, The Battle of Transportation was on the western front. In order to get supplies to the troops, America created The Red Ball Express. 6,000 trucks on August 24th revved towards the combat. Listen to find out what happens. Learn more about the American Veterans Center: http://www.americanveteranscenter.org/Support our mission: https://bi ...…
 
With the successful invasion of France, it was apparent that the end of the war was in sight. Beginning on August 21, 1944, representatives from the US, USSR, Britain, and later China, met in Washington to discuss a system for preventing another war. Named the Dumbarton Oaks Conference, after the estate in Georgetown where the diplomats met, th ...…
 
By mid-August of 1944, the Allied Armies were thundering towards the Seine River and Paris. Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French, convinced General Eisenhower to allow French troops to liberate the city. French Armored Divisions entered Paris on August 25. After more than four years, Paris and France were liberated.…
 
Ten weeks after D-Day on the beaches of Normandy, a mighty new force, poised for a landing in Southern France, assembled in the Mediterranean. Originally intended to take place simultaneously with the Overlord landings, Operation Dragoon began on August 15, 1944.By Radio America.
 
Since D-Day, the Allied forces had pounded the German Army, through brutal fighting in the Hedgerows of Normandy. But it was not until June 27 that U.S. troops captured the critical port city of Cherbourg.By Radio America.
 
Following the successful invasion of Saipan, U.S. forces readied themselves for an assault on two other islands in the Marianas in the same week. The site of the first attack was an American territory held by the Japanese since the beginning of the war: Guam.By Radio America.
 
German officers had plotted numerous attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler by the summer of 1944. Each time, the bombs had failed to explode. Their final attempt came on July 20, 1944, during a conference at Hitler's field headquarters in East Prussia.By Radio America.
 
The Roosevelt administration had been reluctant to recognize Charles de Gaulle's provisional government in France. On July 6, 1944, one month after he assumed authority in the liberated areas of France, de Gaulle came to Washington. For the US public, de Gaulle's visit was that of a popular hero.By Radio America.
 
On June 13, 1944, the German Air Force began launching one of the first guided missiles in history. In Britain, the bomb was commonly known as "the doodlebug" or the "buzz bomb," for the buzzing sound it made as it fell. The only way to combat the buzz bomb was to shoot it out of the sky with anti-aircraft guns or fighter planes.…
 
Congress passed the Serviceman's Readjustment Act in the Spring 1944 to aid veterans transitioning back home. Known as "The G.I. Bill of Rights," President Roosevelt signed it into law on June 22, 1944.By Radio America.
 
In preparation for invasion, the first bombing raids attacked the Marianas Islands on June 11, 1944. As soon as the bombing began, the Japanese fleet decided to attack the US carrier force, which was protecting the invasion of Saipan. On June 19, Japanese air & naval forces began their attack; it failed miserably. The two-day battle of the Phil ...…
 
In June 1944, the next targets for attack in the US Central Pacific campaign were the Marianas Islands. They were to be a staging area for a future invasion of Japan. Capturing the island of Saipan was the first objective.By Radio America.
 
As dawn broke on June 6, 1944, the Allied invasion force emerged from the mist along the coast of Normandy. Troops emerged along the mine-filled beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. On Omaha, American casualties were especially heavy.By Radio America.
 
Since their breakout from the Anzio beaches in Italy, General Mark Clark's forces had been driving east. Instead of continuing in that direction, General Clark chose to move west on June 4, 1944, and enter Rome.By Radio America.
 
In late April 1944, Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold was commanding aircraft to make America's Air Force the mightiest in the world. The B-29 Superfortress was designed to be a global bomber, and around it was built an entire new Air Force. The 20th Air Force was enacted to carryout bombing operations specifically against Japan.…
 
The war of attrition in Italy continued during early 1944. After failed frontal assaults, the Allied commanders accepted the wisdom of a flanking movement. North African troops of the French Corps fought their way through seemingly impassable mountains, and by May 17, seized ground near German positions on Monte Cassino. Allied forces staged a ...…
 
By the Spring of 1944, the number of Americans in uniform had severely strained the labor force. Millions of housewives, older children, and the elderly took on work, dropping unemployment to 1.2%. Yet there was a demand for even more workers.By Radio America.
 
The Soviet offensive on the Eastern Front gained moment during the early months of 1944. In March, a sweeping offensive began in the direction of the Odessa-Lviv Railroad. The assault moved so swiftly, that by the end of March the Red Army had invaded Romania. In mid-April, the Soviets had recaptured the port city of Odessa.…
 
The Black Market was just as much a problem on the home front as it was in Europe during WWII. On the home front, it was the take of the Office of Price Administration (OPA) to stamp it out.By Radio America.
 
During the Spring of 1944, the Japanese - occupying the Dutch East Indies - anticipated an American attack from the east. However, the Japanese had little air cover and little resistance -- but they would hold out until August. Long before then, General MacArthur would prepare for his return to the Philippines.…
 
In early 1944, the sixteen major league baseball teams began spring training. By the time the season began in April, 60% of the starting players in 1941 were in the Armed Forces. With so many players drafted, the league began to fill their teams with teenagers and middle-aged men.By Radio America.
 
The Japanese offensive on the Burma-India front had reached Kohima and Imphal on April 6, 1944. A quick assemblage of British and Indian troops held out against a Japanese force six times the size, in bitter hand-to-hand combat.By Radio America.
 
To maintain neutrality during WWII was to court the wrath of belligerents on both sides. Only six nations in Europe remained neutral, and it was constantly tested. In April 1944, the Swiss were outraged when US planes mistakingly bombed a Swiss town.By Radio America.
 
During March of 1944, Allied Air Forces were engaged in massive dogfights over Axis territory. American pilots consciously attacked special targets to lure the Luftwaffe into battle.By Radio America.
 
Since American forces landed on the island of Bougainville in November 1943, they protected their newly won air fields which would enable air strikes. By early 1944, advances towards Rabaul became more intense and the Japanese realized they needed to relieve the pressure. They prepared to attack American positions during the first week in March.…
 
Until March 4, 1944, the lack of long-range fighter escort prohibited U.S. participation in bombing raids over Berlin. Over the next week, massive squadrons of bombers swarmed over the German capital. American bombing over Berlin would continue to cripple German forces.By Radio America.
 
During February 1944, officers under General MacArthur's command were counseling him to launch a reconnaissance attack against the Admiralty Islands. Their occupation would complete the encirclement against the Japanese stronghold at Rabaul. MacArthur ordered an invasion for February 29, 1944.By Radio America.
 
The Landing Ship Tank, known as the 'LST' served as the backbone of Allied landings in the Pacific and Italy throughout early 1944. The first LST was completed in December of 1942, and these vessels became critical ships in warfare over the next year. They could obtain a remarkable amount of damage and still survive.…
 
The hard fought Italian campaign of 1943 made the town of Cassino a key objective. To crack the German line, the hill of Monte Cassino was ordered to to be taken by Bernard Freyberg and the New Zealand Corps.By Radio America.
 
Truk in the Caroline islands was known as the "Gibraltar of the Pacific," and was dubbed the perfect island fortress of nature. For years, Truk's air fields were beyond the reach of U.S. planes, but an American air armada was sent on February 16, 1944.By Radio America.
 
U.S. strategists realized the need for greater air support for their upcoming offensive in the Marshall Islands. American carriers began raiding the communications center of the islands in Kwajalein. On January 31, 1944, U.S. Marines attacked Kwajalein atoll.By Radio America.
 
Stalemate had prevailed in the China Burma India theater since the Spring of 1942. Both sides prepared to launch offensives in 1944. In Early 1944, a commando unit was formed to be led by the youngest General in the U.S. Armed Forces: Brigadier General Frank Merrill, age 39. His unit was dubbed "Merrill's Marauders."…
 
In Italy during the Fall of 1943, Allied Forces under General Clark had slowly pushed back the German defenders. But by December the Allied advance had stalled. On January 22, 1944, Allied troops stormed ashore at Anzio. Ultimately, the Battle of Anzio would be a stalemate to last for months.By Radio America.
 
As the war restricted automobile use, many Americans were forced to take public transportation. By December of 1943, railroads were carrying nearly two million people per month, many of which included military personnel. Threatened by a railroad strike, President Roosevelt ordered the War Department to take control of the railroads. By January ...…
 
Members of the U.S. Armed Forces dined on either garrison or field rations. Field rations were identified by letters including a, b, c, d, and k rations. The C & K rations were the most widely distributed. K rations were initially adopted for airborne units but were soon used by all forward units in emergency.…
 
By December 1943, General MacArthur was prepared to launch the final phase of Operation Cartwheel, the landings on the Island of New Britain. U.S. troops landing in mid-December 1943 were met with little resistance. On December 26, U.S. Marines landed unopposed at Cape Gloucester.By Radio America.
 
As the Soviet offensive rolled onward, the Russians were aided by Anglo-American merchant convoys. Each convoy faced its own challenges -- including weather conditions and the possibility of Germany ambush. But by 1943, convoys to Russia were achieving greater success.By Radio America.
 
Soon after entering the war, the United States began flying bombing missions over Germany without fighter protection. U.S. policy called for providing air protection -- for each other. A long-range fighter to escort the bombers on their missions was needed. The solution was the P-51 Mustang Fighter.By Radio America.
 
Command of the cross-channel invasion known as 'Operation Overlord' was the most coveted command in the war. The decision of who to lead the force would be decided by President Roosevelt. On December 24, Dwight D. Eisenhower was named Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe.By Radio America.
 
The historic first meeting for the "Big Three" -- Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin -- met in Tehran, Iran on November 28, 1943. The three pledged the destruction of the German forces, and the decision to invade France across the channel became irreversible.By Radio America.
 
In August 1943, Japan began to strategically use its fortress islands to protect the mainland from being attacked. The Gilbert Islands were vital in this defense, and they were the U.S. Marines' next target in November 1943.By Radio America.
 
Since August 1940, Berlin had been the target of sporadic Allied bombing attacks. But in November 1943, RAF Chief Arthur Harris sought approval from Churchill to make the bombing of Berlin a priority, and prove the value of his strategic bombing campaign. Known as the Battle of Berlin, the third RAF campaign of the war started on November 13.…
 
The United Nations established the Relief and Rehabilitation Administration on November 10, 1943, to help refugees displaced from the war across Europe. Known as UNRA, the organization provided food, shelter, clothing, and medical aid to displaced persons.By Radio America.
 
Following the successful conquest of New Britain in the Solomon Islands, U.S. Forces refocused its next mission on the island of Bougainville. The island was defended by more than 40,000 Japanese, but possession of an airbase there would allow U.S. forces to counter the Japanese air base at Rabaul. U.S. Marines made a surprise landing at Bougai ...…
 
Since the Soviet counteroffensive launched in August 1943, the Red Army had advanced like a steamroller. The Army broke through German defenses, as a Black Sea naval base fell back into the hands of the Soviets. At the end of October, Russian troops closed in and captured the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.…
 
Selective Service, or "The Draft" as it became known, registered men age 18-37. By September 1943, in order to meet the needs of the Armed Forces, the U.S. was in danger of having to draft men over 40. The shortage was a result of reluctance to draft fathers. Congress instituted the "Daddy Draft" in October of 1943.…
 
The war had radically altered the lifestyles of teenagers in America by the Fall of 1943. Parents were often out of the house, as fathers went off to war and mothers went to work. Some of American youth contributed to the workforce, while others misbehaved, leading to the development of community service youth programs to curb such behavior.…
 
The power of radio was at its zenith during World War II. By 1943, over 900 radio stations were broadcasting to 30 million homes. Networks began to develop into worldwide news organizations, and radio became crucial in building morale at home.By Radio America.
 
In 1943, American submarines at last began to achieve major successes in the Pacific. In the Pacific Theater, U.S. submarines sank almost 1,300 ships, representing over five million tons of cargo -- an astounding achievement considering the submarine force consisted of less than 2% of the U.S. Navy's personnel.…
 
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