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Sites historically important to the Second World War can be recorded here.
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World War II (abbreviated WWII), or the Second World War, was a worldwide conflict fought between the Allied Powers and the Axis Powers, from 1939 until 1945. Armed forces from over seventy nations engaged in aerial, naval, and ground-based combat. Spanning much of the globe, World War II resulted in the deaths of over sixty million people, making it the deadliest conflict in human history. The war ended in an Allied victory.

On September 1, 1939, Germany, led by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, invaded Poland. On September 3 at 11.15 GMT, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, followed six hours later by France, responded by declaring war on Germany, initiating a widespread naval war.

The Empire of Japan invaded China on July 7, 1937.

The German High Command under Generaloberst Alfred Jodl surrendered unconditionally all German forces on May 7, 1945 in Rheims, France.

The Japanese surrendered on August 14, 1945, or V-J day, signing the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on September 2. The Japanese troops in China formally surrendered to the Chinese on September 9, 1945.

Instructions for Posting a World War II Sites Waymark:
Sites recorded here must be in some way historically important to the Second World War.

Some examples are locations of armament factories, locations important in the development of technology specifically for the war or displays of that technology, the locations of secret laboratories in the U.S., sites along the landing beaches of Normandy and elsewhere, battlefield cemetaries, WWII era bunkers, casemates, and the remains or locations of military installations/camps used during WWII all over the world, battle locations, locations subjected to heavy bombing, and wherever places were defended from the opposing forces. It also includes former concentration/internment camps, museum exhibits, hiding places of persons wanted by the occupiers, locations of resistance activity, sites where unexploded ordnance fell and was discovered during or after the war, still existing bomb craters, and buildings which took heavy damage but are still standing today or have been restored to something closely resembling the original appearance.

The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

Excluded are locations of political events, and WWII memorials which are covered as a separate category. Also please note that holocaust memorials are better placed in WWII memorials or in the Holocaust category.

Locations related to the Asian theater can be considered significant only if they are relevant to the period beginning with the Japanese invasion of China on July 7, 1937 and ending on or before the surrender of Japan troops in China on September 9, 1945. Locations related to the European theater can be considered significant only if they are relevant to the period beginning with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 and ending with the German surrender on May 7, 1945.

The Waymark description should clarify the link between the site and its relation/importance to WWII.

A recent photo of the site taken by the person submitting the waymark is required.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Posting a picture(s) of the location would be nice although not required.
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World War II SitesIrvine Blacksmith Shop - Irvine, CA

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This blacksmith shop was critical to supply beans to the troops overseas during WWII.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 4/15/2021

last visited: 4/15/2021

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World War II SitesBulk Storage Silo Warehouse - Irvine, CA

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During WWII, Irvine Ranch was the world's largest grower of lima beans. It was at this warehouse, now part of a hotel, that they were processed, in Irvine, California.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 4/23/2022

last visited: never

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World War II SitesTustin Marine Corps Air Station - Tustin, CA

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During WWII, the Tustin Marine Corps Air Station provided coastal patrolling from the air against enemy attacks from the Pacific.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 6/17/2016

last visited: 6/17/2016

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World War II SitesDouglas Aircraft Corporation - Long Beach, CA

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The site of a major aircraft manufacturer during WWII, who built 30,000 military aircraft for the US in the second World War.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 10/10/2021

last visited: never

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World War II SitesTerminal Island Memorial

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A memorial to the fishing village that used to exist on Terminal Island in the Port of Los Angeles, prior to World War II. In February of 1942, all residents of Japanese ancestry were ordered to leave on 48 hours notice to be interned.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member senoritafish

location: California

date approved: 8/4/2009

last visited: 5/12/2012

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World War II SitesUSS Iowa - San Pedro, CA

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The USS Iowa was recently decommissioned and now on display in the San Pedro Harbor.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 12/27/2013

last visited: 5/5/2018

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World War II SitesWWII Bunkers - San Pedro, CA

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Hidden up and down this steep hill are WWII bunkers, the first line of defense if an attack came from the Pacific.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 12/20/2014

last visited: 12/19/2014

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World War II SitesWWII Gun Emplacements -- Angel's Gate Park, San Pedro CA

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Large artillery batteries installed at the former Fort MacArthur Army Base in San Pedro CA during WWII are part of Angel's Gate Park today

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: California

date approved: 4/9/2016

last visited: 3/10/2016

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World War II SitesTown and Gown - Los Angeles, CA

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Town and Gown, a women's club on the USC campus, was originally built as an army barracks for soldiers in training during WWII.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 1/17/2017

last visited: 1/17/2017

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World War II SitesFord Building - San Diego, CA

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During WWII, the Ford Building was used by the National Guard, the American Red Cross, and as a training facility for the 251st.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 3/20/2019

last visited: 3/20/2019

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World War II SitesNaval Air Station North Island - Coronado, CA

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A military base on Coronado Island.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 3/21/2018

last visited: 3/21/2018

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World War II SitesTuna Fleet Service World War II (1941-1945) - San Diego, CA

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A large historical sign in downtown San Diego.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 11/12/2021

last visited: never

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World War II SitesU.S.E.D Shelter - San Diego, CA

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An artillery storage shelter in Point Loma.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 6/5/2018

last visited: 6/5/2018

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World War II SitesBattery Ashburn - San Diego, CA

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A WWII defense bunker and fallout shelter in former Fort Rosecrans near Cabrillo National Monument. Officially called Battery 126.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 3/19/2018

last visited: 3/19/2018

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World War II SitesArmy Radio Station - San Diego, CA

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This former WWII Army Radio Station building was also once the headquarters for the new Cabrillo National Monument.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2

location: California

date approved: 6/19/2016

last visited: 3/18/2018

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World War II SitesOld Point Loma Lighthouse - San Diego, CA

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During WWII, the lighthouse was used as a signal tower by the Navy.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 3/22/2018

last visited: 2/25/2022

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World War II SitesCoastal Defenses - San Diego, CA

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A series of WWII era defense bunkers on the cliffs of Cabrillo National Monument.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 3/21/2018

last visited: 3/21/2018

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World War II SitesWW II Bunkers, Otay Mountain Trail, Jamul, CA

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During WWII, the US built gun emplacements, lookouts and bunkers along Otay Truck Trail in anticipation of a Japanese invasion.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Poehunters

location: California

date approved: 7/7/2013

last visited: 7/7/2013

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