Formed after World War I and first proposed by President Woodrow Wilson as one of his 14 points for a lasting peace in Europe, the League of Nations was headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and established as an organization that would provide a setting for the resolution of international disputes. Although Wilson was its foremost proponent, the United States did not become a member.
Troops of the British Commonwealth, particularly those of South Africa, played a key role in driving the Italians from Somaliland and Ethiopia. More »
Although the Maginot Line did not prevent a German invasion, it forced Adolf Hitler’s generals to rethink their plans for conquest. More »
Caught Between the Allies and the Axis, Regent Prince Paul Karađorđević of Yugoslavia Asserted, ‘I Bow to Necessity; I am a Realist.’ More »
General Kenji Doihara was a Japanese spymaster, who through deception and provocation, precipitated the Pacific War. More »
Where did World War I take place? Because of its many fronts on the land, sea and air, some consider it the first truly global conflict. More »
British tankers made a courageous, but ultimately futile, attempt to foil the German blitzkrieg in France on May 21, 1940.
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.