World War II war movies
World War II war movies

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 ...

Major battles of World War II

Battle of Nanking 9 December 1937

Battle of Nanking - World War II

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 1 September 1939

Invasion of Poland - World War II

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 wit...

Battle of Westerplatte 1 September 1939

Battle of Westerplatte - World War II

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 3 September 1939

Battle of the Atlantic - World War II

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 30 November 1939

Winter War - World War II

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 13 December 1939

Battle of the River Plate - World War II

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 10 May 1940

Battle of France - World War II

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 coutries). But between...

Dunkirk evacuation 27 May 1940

Dunkirk evacuation - World War II

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 10 July 1940

Battle of Britain - World War II

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 usel...

Siege of Tobruk 10 April 1941

Siege of Tobruk - World War II

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 22 June 1941

Operation Barbarossa - World War II

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 splitted...

Continuation War 25 June 1941

Continuation War - World War II

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 7 December 1941

Attack on Pearl Harbor - World War II

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 8 December 1941

Battle of Wake Island - World War II

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

St. Nazaire raid 28 March 1942

St. Nazaire raid - World War II

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

Doolittle Raid 18 April 1942

Doolittle Raid - World War II

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...

Battle of Midway 4 June 1942

Battle of Midway - World War II

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 1 July 1942

First Battle of El Alamein - World War II

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 21 July 1942

Kokoda Trail campaign - World War II

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 7 August 1942

Guadalcanal Campaign - World War II

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 23 August 1942

Battle of Stalingrad - World War II

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 23 October 1942

Second Battle of El Alamein - World War II

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 8 November 1942

Operation Torch - World War II

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 19 February 1943

Battle of the Kasserine Pass - World War II

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 23 March 1943

Battle of the El Guettar - World War II

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 9 July 1943

Invasion of Sicily - World War II

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 s...

Battle of Lenino 12 October 1943

Battle of Lenino - World War II

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 20 November 1943

Battle of Tarawa - World War II

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 17 January 1944

Battle of Monte Cassino - World War II

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 25 May 1944

Raid on Drvar - World War II

Raid on Drvar was a part of Operation Rösselsprung, 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 6 June 1944

D-Day - World War II

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 15 June 1944

Battle of Saipan - World War II

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 22 June 1944

Operation Bagration - World War II

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 o...

Warsaw Uprising 1 August 1944

Warsaw Uprising - World War II

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

Operation Dragoon 15 August 1944

Operation Dragoon - World War II

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 29 August 1944

Slovak National Uprising - World War II

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 17 September 1944

Operation Market-Garden - World War II

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 19 September 1944

Battle of Huertgen Forest - World War II

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

Battle of Leyte 20 October 1944

Battle of Leyte - World War II

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 16 December 1944

Battle of the Bulge - World War II

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 12 January 1945

Vistula-Oder Offensive - World War II

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 30 January 1945

Raid at Cabanatuan - World War II

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 19 February 1945

Battle of Iwo Jima - World War II

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

Operation Lumberjack 1 March 1945

Operation Lumberjack - World War II

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 Berlin 16 April 1945

Battle of Berlin - World War II

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

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.

Flying Tigers 1942 war movie

Flying Tigers (1942)

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

Wake Island 1942 war movie

Wake Island (1942)

Based on true events of US Marines outpost on the Wake Island that was fighting the Japanese navy.

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War games about World War II

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.

The Train: Escape to Normandy 1987 war game

The Train: Escape to Normandy (1987)

Break through the occupied by Germans France to reach the Normandy, where Allies have landed. The only chance is the train network.

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