World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. It involved the vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis.
- 1 September 1939 – 2 September 1945, (6 years and 1 day)
- Allied victory, Fall of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and the Empire of Japan, Allied military occupations of Germany, Japan, Austria and foundation of the Italian Republic in place of the Kingdom of Italy, Beginning of the Nuclear Age, Dissolution of the League of Nations and creation of the United Nations, Emergence of the United States and the Soviet Union as rival superpowers and beginning of the Cold War (more ...)
World War II (WWII or WW2), in the Soviet Union, the Great Patriotic War, was a global war involving fighting in most of the world and most countries. Most countries fought in the years 1939–1945 but some started fighting in 1937.
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Almost every country in the world participated in World War II.Most were neutral at the beginning, but only relatively few nations remained neutral to the end. The Second World War pitted two alliances against each other, the Axis powers and the Allied powers; the Soviet Union serving 35 million, the U.S having served 16 million, Germany serving 13 million, and Japan serving 6 million men.
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During World War II, 14,059 American POWs died in enemy captivity throughout the war (12,935 held by Japan and 1,124 held by Germany).  During World War II, 1.2 million African Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces and 708 were killed in action. 350,000 American women served in the Armed Forces during World War II and 16 were killed in ...
The Allies of World War II , called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration , were the countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted the alliance as a means to defeat German , Japanese and Italian aggression. Allies of World War II United Nations 1939–1945 Allies and their colonies Allies entering after the ...
The Commanders of World War II were for the most part career officers.They were forced to adapt to new technologies and forged the direction of modern warfare. Some political leaders, particularly those of the principal dictatorships involved in the conflict, Joseph Stalin (Soviet Union), Adolf Hitler (Germany), Benito Mussolini (Italy) and Emperor Hirohito (Japan), acted as supreme military ...
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The United States Office of War Information (OWI) was a United States government agency created during World War II. OWI operated from June 1942 until September 1945.
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