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Franklin Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a career politician who became the 32nd president of the United States in 1932. The only man to be elected president for four consecutive terms, Roosevelt held the office through much of the Great Depression and World War II. His overt and covert assistance to Great Britain, through programs such as Lend-Lease, kept the island nation fighting against Nazi Germany during a crucial period from 1939 to 1941. Following the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt asked Congress for a declaration of war against Japan. Germany declared war on the United States four days later. Afflicted by polio during the 1920s, Roosevelt was paralyzed from the waist down for the remainder of his life. He died in office on April 12, 1945, at the age of 63 and was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. Truman.

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Armored Strike at Arras: Counterattack Against the Blitz

Armored Strike at Arras: Counterattack Against the Blitz

British tankers made a courageous, but ultimately futile, attempt to foil the German blitzkrieg in France on May 21, 1940.

Chasing Jefferson Davis

Chasing Jefferson Davis

With Richmond in flames behind them, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, his family, and high-ranking government officials began a desperate dash southward. Their ultimate destination was Mexico.

A Scout in Patton’s Third Army

A Scout in Patton’s Third Army

Bernie Sevel served as a scout for the 90th Infantry Division as Nazi Germany crumbled.

Amphibious Landing at Anzio

Amphibious Landing at Anzio

An attempt to outflank the Germans at Cassino and make a headlong dash for Rome ended in a bloody stalemate on the beaches of Anzio.

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