HERITAGE/ History Alive: WWII Memorials and Battlefields

WWII struck the world leaving behind only destruction and sorrow. Explore the places commemorating important events of the war as well as the brave soldiers – in Europe, Asia as well as USA.


Europe: Visit the Top War Tourism Sites

Laura Maudlin

War tourism is definitely seeing a splurge lately as more and more people are getting interested in exploring the history of their nation and how the nations pulled together during the darkest of hours at war. While it is always great to visit natural sites and amusement parks, tourists are now finding an interest in visiting memorials, battlefields, and historical sites that stand as a reminder of today's ideals and hardships. War tourism is a good way for people to look back at the past and...

Russia: WWII Battlefields and Memorials

Bill Alen

On June 22nd, 1941 fascist Germany in coalition with Italy and Japan attacked Soviet Union with 190 divisions (5.5 million people), more than 3000 tanks and 5000 military aircrafts. World War II, Great Patriotic War, as it is known in Russia, left many soldiers dead. In many cities of Russia such as Moscow, Yekaterinburg and others, the eternal flames are lit to commemorate those who died during the war. Similarly a number of memorials were built for people not to forget. The Tomb of the Unkn...

In the Footsteps of War History in Asia

Laura Maudlin

World War II was the worst war in history and it caused a lot of property damage as well as the death of many people – in Europe as well as Asia. After the war, some countries chose to rebuild over the remains of the war in order to completely erase the memories of the tragic war. Others created memorials to commemorate the tragic events and dead soldiers. Japan: Hiroshima Most people know the little town of Hiroshima for only one reason; it was the first town to have an atomic bomb dropped...

USA: Go Back in Time

Bill Alen

Perhaps the least known of the World War II memorials in the U.S. is in Hackensack, New Jersey, and the best known is in Oahu, Hawaii. Still, all of them remind us the bravery of soldiers and the horror of war. The USS Ling The centerpiece of the New Jersey Naval Museum is the USS Ling, a World War II era submarine docked in the Hackensack River, which offers guided tours that are sometimes led by veterans who survived the war. In nearby Borg Park there is a submarine memorial honoring the mor...