In 1933, the Nazi Party, with Adolf Hitler as its leader, came to power in Germany. When Hitler invaded Poland in 1939 Great Britain and France declared war on Germany. War War II in Europe began. “World on Fire” is an excellent Masterpiece-PBS TV series (showing in Spring 2020) that movingly presents the drama of these early events:  https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/shows/world-on-fire/#

On December 7, 1941 the Japanese carried out a massive surprise bombing attack on the U.S. naval force stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Although the loss of human life and materiél was overwhelming and thus a success for the Japanese, as Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto correctly observed at the moment, Japan had “awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with terrible resolve.” The acclaimed 1970 film, “Tora! Tora! Tora!”, presents that day from both sides: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n1pKsGqrqQ

World War II battlefields are present across Europe, North Africa and in the Pacific. Many number of documentaries present the battles that happened in these places. For example: Europe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpAe90VF8nw North Africa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PxYCx5sIa4

The American Battle Monuments Commission has created extraordinarily beautiful military cemeteries on several of these World War II battlefields. These include Ardennes and Henri Chapelle (Belgium), Brittany, Epinal, Normandy, Rhone, Suresnes and Utah Beach (France), Cabanatuan and Manila (Philippines), Cambridge (UK), Florence and Sicily (Italy), Luxembourg (image below), Netherlands, and Tunis/Carthage (Tunisia). Comprehensive information about the ABMC battlefield cemeteries can be found: