Raf Casert, The Associated Press

  • U.S. Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, second left, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, third left, Luxembourg's Grand Duke Henri, fourth left, Belgium's King Philippe, fifth left, Poland's President Andrej Duda, sixth left, European Council President Charles Michel, fourth right, and other authorities stand up during a minute of silence during a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge at the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne, Belgium on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (Francisco Seco/AP)
    WWII allies, Germany mark 75 years since Battle of the Bulge

    Side by side, the Allies and former enemy Germany together marked the 75th anniversary of one of the most important battles in World War II — the Battle of the Bulge, which stopped Adolf Hitler’s last-ditch offensive to turn the tide of the war.

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, a World War II model plane with navigation maps and a photograph are displayed at the Remember Museum 39-45 in Thimister-Clermont, Belgium. (Virginia Mayo/AP)
    75 years on, Battle of the Bulge memories bond people

    As a schoolboy three quarters of a century ago, Marcel Schmetz would regularly see open trucks rumble past to a makeshift American cemetery — filled with bodies, some headless, some limbless, blood seeping from the vehicles onto the roads that the U.S. soldiers had given their lives to liberate.

  • First lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron, watch a flyover during a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American Normandy cemetery, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. (Alex Brandon/AP)
    D-Day at 75: Nations honor veterans, memory of fallen

    With silent remembrance and respect, nations honored the fallen and the singular bravery of all Allied troops who sloshed through bloodied water to the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago on D-Day, the assault that portended the fall of Hitler’s Third Reich.

  • In this file photo dated April 26, 2018, Syrians brought to The Hague by Russia face the media, in a move to discredit reports of an April 7, 2018, chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma, in The Hague, Netherlands. At a heated session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ annual conference, on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, Western powers clashed with Russia over a decision to set up a new investigative team which could name the perpetrators of chemical attacks. (Peter Dejong/AP)
    Russian challenge to chemical weapons watchdog rejected

    The global chemical weapons watchdog’s initiative to apportion blame for poison gas and nerve agent attacks survived two institutional challenges from Russia on Tuesday and is set to become operational next year.

  • In this Sept. 23, 2018, file photo, re-enactors in World War I military uniforms carry an American flag in the Meuse-Argonne cemetery in northeastern France. (Thibault Camus/AP)
    Right up to Armistice Day, US clout in WWI kept increasing

    On the final morning of World War I, U.S. Gen. John J. Pershing was not eager to stop fighting. After all, if one nation had momentum after the first global war’s four years of unprecedented slaughter, it was the United States.

  • 100 years ago, war declaration started The American Century

    Carpenter Guy Ford liked to watch fish play in the currents around his ship as it sailed for Europe to offload untested troops for a war as horrendous as it was defining for the century to come.