WWII Yearbook 1939-1945

Joseph Stalin

December 18, 1878 – March 5, 1953.

Five-Year Plans Stalin ended the NEP in 1928 and launched his first Five-Year Plan, which set economic goals for five-year periods. Goal to transform from an agricultural to industrial country.Social and political effects.

Under Stalin, the Soviet Union was transformed from a peasant society into an industrial and military superpower. However, he ruled by terror, and millions of his own citizens died during his brutal reign. Born into poverty, Stalin became involved in revolutionary politics, as well as criminal activities, as a young man.

"Death solves all problems - no man, no problem."

Winston Churchill

30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965

kept warning of the Nazi danger in pre-war years.

Churchill became prime minister on May 10, 1940, at the same day when the German Blitzkrieg invasion of France began.Britain itself was under a threat of a German amphibious invasion, and was attacked by the full force of the German Luftwaffe.His fighting spirit raised the morale of the British people. He also forged a strong alliance with the US. Churchill is one of the main World War 2 leaders, and one of the most prominent national leaders in history.

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

Lee Begay


Harrison was a famous artist during WWII. he drew pictures of the battlefields. He works on watercolors, and silkscreen prints.

"Begay is truly an example of a community leader and we are honored to shine the spotlight on him! Harrison Begay Jr. is currently displaying his work at the Santa Fe Indian Market"

Anne Frank


Anne journalist of the year! Anne lived in Amsterdam with her family and was a German that documented events and the Jews action.

"Paper has more patients than people"

Benito Mussolini


Benito created the fascist party in Italy 1919. He Made himself dictator prior to WWII. He was holding all the power to Italy.

"Fascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power."

President FDR


Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only U.S. president to be elected four times. He led the United States through the Great Depression and World War II.President Franklin Roosevelt proposed sweeping economic reform, calling it the "New Deal." He ordered the temporary closure on all banks to halt the run on deposits.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

General Tojo

born December 30, 1884, Tokyo, Japan—died December 23, 1948, Tokyo

hardworking and efficient bureaucrat, Tōjō was also one of the most aggressive militarists in the Japanese leadership. He led his country’s war efforts after the attack on the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, and under his direction smashing victories were initially scored throughout Southeast Asia and the western Pacific region.He was an esteemed administrator and skillful field commander and became noted as a stern disciplinarian.

"It goes without saying that when survival is threatened, struggles erupt between peoples, and unfortunate wars between nations result."

President Truman


During his few weeks as Vice President, Harry S. Truman scarcely saw President Roosevelt, and received no briefing on the development of the atomic bomb or the unfolding difficulties with Soviet Russia.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."

Erwin Rommel


In World War II, he further distinguished himself as the commander of the 7th Panzer Division during the 1940 invasion of France. His leadership of German and Italian forces in the North African campaign established him as one of the most able commanders of the war, and earned him the appellation of the Desert Fox.

"Sweat saves blood, blood saves lives, and brains saves both"