Following the defeat of Japanese forces in World War II, the Viet Minh under Ho Chi Minh incited a general uprising against the restoration of French colonial rule in Vietnam. The date that is generally assigned to the beginning of the revolution is August 19, 1945. The August Revolution, also known as the Vietnamese Revolution or August General Uprising, preceded the First Indochina War.
During WWII, the unique civilian organization did much to boost the morale of soldiers at home and abroad.
Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, benefited from the firsthand observation of spies on Oahu.