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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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Wilson’s Creek: Bull Run of the West

Wilson’s Creek: Bull Run of the West

Led by the impetuous General Nathaniel Lyon, Union forces pursued retreating Confederates across southwestern Missouri in the summer of 1861. At Wilson’s Creek, Lyon caught up with the enemy on aptly named Bloody Hill.

The Dogs of War

The Dogs of War

Dogs were used on all fronts and in a variety of roles during World War II.

Defending the USS Lexington: Action Off Bougainville

Defending the USS Lexington: Action Off Bougainville

In early 1942, a furious air-sea battle in the Solomons set the stage for Pacific Theater combat yet to come.

Me-262: The Beginning of the Jet Fighter Age

Me-262: The Beginning of the Jet Fighter Age

The Luftwaffe sent the Me-262 jet fighter aloft in the final months of World War II in a vain effort to challenge Allied air superiority.

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