2020 News Reports

May 08, 2020

The last recorded Nazi message intercepted and decoded by Britain in World War II has been revealed for the first time to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. This note, written by GCHQ Analysts at Bletchley Park in WWII, shows the final message from the German BROWN network: "Closing down for ever -- all the best -- goodbye." The message, released by the UK's intelligence and security organization Government Communications HQ (GCHQ) shows the final words broadcast by a German lieutenant just before surrendering to British forces outside...

May 05, 2020

You may not be able to get to the Library of Congress these days, but that hasn’t stopped the library from celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. The library’s Veterans’ History Project announced Tuesday the launch of “End of World War II: 75th Anniversary,” an online collection of video and audio interviews with World War II veterans about their experiences and what the end of the war meant to them. The library said in a statement that many of the oral histories are being put online for the first time. The storytellers include: Jerome Yellin, of the 78th Fighter...

April 24, 2020

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day (May 8, 1945) the Arsenal of Democracy (AOD), in conjunction with the WWII 75th Commemoration Committee, will produce an online video tribute titled VICTORY IN EUROPE – VE DAY 75 YEARS LATER. The live-stream video tribute will honor this historic anniversary and pay homage to those who served on the frontlines and on the home front during World War II. Award-winning broadcast journalist David Hartman and renowned aviation production expert Scott Guyette, have...

March 20, 2020

When Adair Archer’s country needed him the most. the soldier answered the call. The 26-year-old sergeant lost his life in October 1918 during World War I. His death made front page news in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The University of Virginia graduate did not die from wounds on a battlefield, however... Errol Somay, with Virginia Newspaper Project, says Archer died at the hands of an invisible enemy... "Exactly 100 years ago was one of the greatest plagues of our time. Maybe in recorded history," Somay said: The Spanish Flu. An influenza...

February 23, 2020

The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, has been renovated just in time for the 75th anniversary of the famous flag raising above Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. The Japanese island, located in the Pacific Ocean between the U.S. territory of Guam and the Japanese mainland, was the location of a five-week World War II battle during the spring of 1945. President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the memorial, which depicts 32-foot-high figures raising a 60-foot flagpole, on Nov. 10, 1954...

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