World War II

World War II: Europe

1939 to 1945

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Travel to Europe to learn about and experience first hand the devastation, heroism, and sacrafices made to stop Germany, Japan, and Italy’s push for world domination.

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Anne Frank House

Netherlands

Visit the home where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis until they were captured and sent to concentration camps.

Photo by Dennis Jarvis

Arromanches

France

See where British forces stormed this Normandy beach and built a Mulberry harbour to bring men and supplies to the front lines.

Photo by Rennett Stowe

Auschwitz

Poland

A Nazi concentration camp where over 1.1 million people died including 960,000 Jews.

Photo by Dennis Jarvis

Bletchley Park

United Kingdom

Learn about the Allied efforts to break the codes Germany used to keep their communications secret.

Photo by Neil Thompson

Churchill War Rooms

United Kingdom

The British government's underground command center during WWII.

Eagle's Nest

Germany

Sitting above the town of Obersalzberg, Adolf Hitler’s summit residence was used to entertain important guests.

Photo by glawster

HMS Belfast

United Kingdom

Commissioned in 1939, Belfast saw extensive duty during the Second World War, including the Normandy invasion.

Photo by Barry Marsh

Holocaust Memorial

Germany

A memorial dedicated to the more than 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Photo by Eric Titcombe

John Frost Bridge

Netherlands

Part of Operation Market Garden, British forces captured and defended the bridge in the Battle of Arnhem.

Photo by Engyles

Juno Beach

France

Step onto the beach where the Canadian Army invaded and pushed farther into France than any other landing force on D-Day.

Photo by Paul Arps

Livadia Palace

Ukraine

The Yalta Conference was held here in February 1945 to discuss the post-war fate of Germany.

Photo by Vyacheslav Argenberg

Mardasson Memorial

Belgium

The Battle of the Bulge was the largest, deadliest battle fought by the United States during WWII.

Photo by Dennis Jarvis

Musée de la Reddition

France

In Reims, on May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered to Allied forces ending WWII.

Photo by Bill Johnston

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

France

Pay tribute to the over 9,000 American troops who died in Europe during World War II.

Photo by Maurice

Omaha Beach

France

Stand on the beach where the American Infantry and Army Rangers defeated the German army to reach their D-Day objectives.

Photo by Richard Matthews

Operation Dynamo

France

Stand on the beach where over 338,000 soldiers were evacuated over 8 days as the German Luftwaffe attacked from above.

Photo by Florian Volk

Oradour-sur-Glane

France

The city remains unchanged from the day the German army massacred its 642 inhabitants and destroyed the village.

Photo by b3tarev3

Oskar Schindler Factory

Poland

See how Oskar Schindler, despite being a member of the Nazi party, saved the lives of 1,200 Jews.

Photo by James Antrobus

Pegasus Bridge

France

Learn about the surprise attack to take the bridge and prevent German amour from reinforcing troops during the D-Day attack.

Photo by Etienne Baudon

Pointe du Hoc

France

View the stronghold where American forces scaled the cliffs to capture the highest point between Utah and Omaha beaches.

Photo by FaceMePLS

Sachsenhausen

Germany

A Nazi concentration camp north of Berlin used to hold political prisoners including Joseph Stalin's oldest son.

Photo by Timothy E Baldwin

The Reichstag

Germany

The Reichstag arson fire helped Hitler and the Nazi party become the dominant party in Germany.

Photo by Leszek Kozlowski

Utah Beach

France

The westernmost of the five beach landings that took place in Normandy on D-Day.

Photo by U.S. Army Europe

Warsaw Ghetto

Poland

The largest Nazi ghetto during World War II. Over 390,000 prisoners died here by bullet, gas, starvation, or disease.

Photo by V. L.

Warsaw Uprising

Poland

Learn how the citizens of Warsaw fought unsuccessfully for 63 days to oust the Nazis and regain control of their city.

Photo by Dennis Jarvis

Wolf’s Lair

Poland

Tour Hitler's headquarters on the Eastern Front where he would lead the German forces and narrowly avoid an assassination attempt.

Photo by Adam Jones

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Bastogne Barracks

See General McAuliffe headquarters during the Ardennes Offensive. His forces would be completely surrounded but would not give up the fight.

Photo by Eoghan OLionnain

Fuhrerbunker

Destroyed by the Allies, Hitler spent his last days protected in this bunker. Today, just a small sign remains.

Humboldthain Flak Tower

One of the few remaining German flak towers. The Luftwaffe used them to defend the city during Allied bombing raids.

Liberty Road

Kilometer markers from Utah Beach D-Day landing to Bastogne, Belgium commemorating the liberation of France.

Photo by Richard Matthews

Saint-Mère-Église

Saint-Mère-Église was the first town to be liberated on D-Day. See where paratrooper John Steele landed on top of the local church.

Umschlagplatz Monument

A loading yard where Germans transported Jews to concentration camps.

Photo by mathias is still around

Vel' d'Hiv Roundup

The site where over 13,000 Jews were held in July 1942 before being sent to concentration camps.

Photo by Michel Petit