World War II

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Gen. Douglas MacArthur wades ashore during initial landings at Leyte, Philippine Islands. October 1944. U.S. Army Signal Corps officer Gaetano Faillace. National Archives (NARA.)

Introduction

From Einstein’s grave premonitions about what was to erupt in Europe, to Harry Truman’s sudden ascension to the presidency in the midst of World War II, to his justification of the atomic bombardment of Japan, this collection highlights the progression and dramatic moments of the war that shaped the greatest generation: World War II.

Curated Manuscripts