One of our main goals for this section was to pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives and to those who lived through the war years. Who better to tell the stories than those who were there.

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In their own words -- and some of ours, too
"Give me just one minute to tell my story. You won't be sorry."

The essentials of service
A Tampa man's diary details his World War II service, from enlisting at 17 to fighting kamikaze pilots and seeing his father return home in a casket.

People matter the most
"Not Your Grandfather's Army"

Graphic: myth versus reality in the war
Many aspects of combat and life on the homefront have taken on mythic qualities. Understanding a war in all of its dimensions gives us a much clearer picture of it. Here, then, is a look at some of the myths of World War II.

 Graphic: Geography and timeline of WWII
A world at war.

Urban warfare, then and now
Two battles are separated by six decades and a high-tech transformation. But the street fighting tactics of Iraq would be familiar to infantrymen of World War II.

A hero's hill that no one needed
So many died, but the hill's namesake lives thanks to a change in orders.

Did you know?
The immediate cost of the war was $381-billion. Only about 44 percent of the bill was paid by direct taxation. The national debt rose from $50-billion to $260-billion. It was not until 1970 that the original cost of the war was paid off.

To read more
Thousands of books have been written about World War II; a Web site devoted exclusively to the subject lists 5,203 books in stock.

Related Times coverage

NIE: Remembering WWII (PDF file)
For teachers: The Newspaper in Education guide to go with the special section.

Photo gallery: Windows into war
During World War II, Theodore Hibbs of Oldsmar served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington in the Pacific Theater. Part of his job was to sort through thousands of photos from naval intelligence and discard ones that had no intelligence value. He kept hundreds of the discarded photos, arranging them in two thick scrapbooks. On this 60th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, the photos provide a rare look at the battle in the Pacific. (August 14, 2005)

Graphic: 60th Anniversary of Iwo Jima: The struggle for Suribachi
60th Anniversary of Iwo Jima: The struggle for Suribachi (February 19, 2005)

Related Web sites

Pearl Harbor
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Photos, footage, firsthand accounts, and narration bring the attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, to life—moment by moment, target by target.
Arizona Memorial Museum Association

The place of the landing was the best-kept, most important secret of the war in Europe, and success depended on elaborate deception; but it was the individual valor of the men who went ashore in combination with the greatest marshaling of ships, planes and guns ever in history that were decisive.

Battle of the Bulge
It was the biggest and bloodiest single battle American soldiers ever fought -- one in which nearly 80,000 Americans were killed, maimed, or captured.

Victory in the Pacific
In this provocative, thorough examination of the final months of the war, American Experience looks at the escalation of bloodletting from the vantage points of both the Japanese and the Americans.

The Perilous Fight -- WWII in color
During the war, film was used by the military, not for distribution to the public, but to document the war effort for military purposes. Realistic color added a new dimension to imagery, one that proved invaluable to the United States government.

BBC: World War Two
The causes, events and people of the most destructive war in history.

The Good War & those who refused to fight it
A previously ignored part of the World War II saga - the story of American conscientious objectors who refused to fight "the good war." It is a story of personal courage, idealism and nonconformity based on both ethical and religious beliefs - about men whose love of country could not extend to killing their fellow man.

The Atomic bomb
The Truman Library: The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb.
Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Smithsonian Museum of American History: Americans at War

Allies of World War II

Franklin D. Roosevelt:
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Fireside Chats

Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

Sir Winston Churchill
The Library of Congress: Churchill and the Great Republic:
The Churchill Centre

Joseph Stalin

U.S. Generals:
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Wartime commander
Douglas MacArthur
George S. Patton

Axis leaders
Adolf Hitler
Benito Mussolini
Hideki Tojo