World War II was the most pervasive, devastating, and deadliest conflict in history. No populated continent was untouched by its operations. More than 100 million men and women served in Allied and enemy military units. Upwards of 70 million people died. Millions were wounded, injured, maimed, rendered homeless, impoverished, displaced or made destitute. Victory was slow and costly. Securing it altered the political, economic, industrial, scientific, and social structures of participants in ways that are still evident today. This site tells their stories. Each day our site recounts a different wartime-era event from the history of World War II.
On this site we present the war in dynamic detail as we highlight critical events day by day on the anniversary of the date they occurred. Using information that has been accumulated from hundreds of sources and years of research, we bring historical perspective to the events that determined the outcome of the war and the political landscape of our world today.
This is a site that emphasizes details, whether it is an obscure event or the story of an individual hero who distinguished himself or herself on the field of battle. We strive to create an atmosphere for quiet reflection and study, a place where you will want to return day after day to further your knowledge on this important subject. Our website is funded through the sale of books and materials on World War II. We intend to provide our readers with an extensive collection presented with insightful reviews and recommendations from our site historian.
The motto of our website, “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember,” is descriptive of our mission and purpose, because with each new sunset and each new sunrise we tell another story about World War II. In this way we keep the charge of Laurence Binyon’s Ode of Remembrance, forever honoring the memory of those who gave their lives on the field of battle. The Kohima Epitaph also urges us to do this with the words, “When you go home, tell them of us, and say, for their tomorrows, we gave our todays.”
About Norm Haskett, Site Historian
Norm Haskett received his PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1981 and briefly taught history at several community colleges before shifting to technical writing and working for engineering, telecommunication, and semiconductor companies in Arizona. Over the years he developed a strong interest in World War II, in part because both his father, an aircraft design engineer, and his mother worked for Douglas Aircraft Company (now Boeing Commercial Airplanes) during the war years. His two uncles served in the U.S. Army, one being wounded in the Pacific.
After his retirement, Norm turned his lifelong interest in everything about World War II, as well as a passion for accumulating books on the subject, into building this website focused on World War II-related events.
Norm and his wife, Dorothy, are parents of two grown children. The couple lives in Chandler, Arizona, with Fat Cat and occasionally their grandson, Adrian.
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