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WWII

A Brief Summary:

Another War that is well documented throughout the Web where we only wish to provide a short overview!

World War II was officially fought between 1939 and 1945. Germany's re-emergence as a world power in the late 30's was one of many individual events leading up to it. It is generally accepted that the Second World War was initiated when Germany invaded Poland. From this point on Germany's aggression eventually involved all of Europe.

At the same time, during the 30's and 40's the Japanese had invaded China and Indochina. This aggression by the Japanese, and ultimately a pact with the German government, was to cause a total global war to ensue.

The United States became involved in the War when the Japanese bombed our naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7th, 1941. Following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor the United States declared war on Japan. Three days later, after Germany and Italy declared war on The U.S. we became fully engaged in the Second World War.

On 8 May, 1945, Germany surrendered to the Allied forces. A quick end to the Asian front was accomplished after atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan surrendered on 14 August, 1945 and the Second World War came to an end.

Below are links to Vermont WWII casualties, as listed in the National archives for:

Navy, Marine and Coast Guard Personnel:

Army and Army Air Force Personnel:

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This representation shows a 10th Mountain Division Trooper as he appeared in the winter of 1944-45 during a drive through the mountains of Italy. The 10th had special equipment which includes: Ski cap and snow goggles; mountain jacket; ski pants; ski boots; snow gaiters; mountain rucksack; skis and an M1 rifle.

Special Services Force: A mix of American and Canadian paratroopers known as 'The Devils's Brigade' which fought in Europe after training at Fort Ethan Allen, VT. (1943)

This representation shows an American G.I. as he would have looked during the severe winter of 1944-45. He wears the M1 Helmet under which is a woolen hood originally designed as an anti-gas device, a knitted O.D. scarf made by women at home and distributed by the Red Cross, an M1943 field jacket and hood over a wool shirt, M1943 field pants over normal wool trousers and Shoepac rubber bottommed boots. His field equipment is standard 1943 issue and he is armed with a 1903 A3 sniper rifle.

WWII Flight suit for bomber crews of leather and sheepskin. Aircraft had open 'Windows' at 20,000 feet and it was bitterly cold!

Miscellaneous WWI ItemsPresented here are: <br>1) U.S. M1 A1 45 Caliber Thompson sub-machine gun. <br> 2) M1 Garand Rifle 30-06, the standard U.S. infantry weapon. <br> 3) A clip of eight cartridges for the M1 Garrand. <br> 4) Model 1942 bayonet for the M1 rifle. <br>

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