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World War II, or the Second World War, was a global military conflict from 1939 to 1945, which was fought between the Allied powers of the United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union against the Axis powers of Germany, Italy, and Japan, with their respective allies.

World War II began in Europe in 1939 with the German invasion of Poland, launching a European war which merged with the ongoing Second Sino-Japanese War which had been started by the Japanese in 1937. [1] It involved the mobilization of over 100 million military personnel, making it the most widespread and largest war in history, propelling the participants into a state of "total war", which erased the distinction between civil and military resources, as nations focused their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities toward winning (and ending) the war. Over 60 million people, the majority of them civilians, were killed, making it the deadliest conflict in human history.[2] The financial cost of the war is estimated at about a trillion 1944 U.S. dollars worldwide,[3][4] making it the most costly war in capital as well as lives.

The Allies were victorious, and from among them emerged two superpowers: the United States and the Soviet Union, the tension between them setting the stage for the Cold War, which lasted for the next 45 years. The United Nations was formed in hopes of preventing further international conflicts. The self determination spawned by the war accelerated decolonization movements in Asia and Africa, while Europe itself began moving toward integration.[5]

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to World War II:

Precursors
Asian events · European events · Timeline
1939 · 1940 · 1941 · 1942 · 1943 · 1944 · 1945
Eastern front · Western Front · Pacific War · Battles · Military operations · Commanders
Technology · Atlas of the World Battle Fronts · Manhattan project
Aerial warfare · Home front · Collaboration · Resistance
Aftermath
Casualties · Further effects · War crimes · Japanese War Crimes · Consequences of Nazism · Soviet occupation
Depictions

World War II articles
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Lists  |  Outline  |  Timeline  |  Portal  |  Category

Contents

Essence of World War II

Main articles: World War II and Timeline of World War II

Causes of World War II

The Holocaust

Participants in World War II

Timeline of World War II

World War II by region

World War II theatres, fronts, and campaigns

World War II by country

Other initiatives in World War II

Propaganda during World War II

People in World War II

Leaders in World War II

Military forces of World War II

Technology during World War II

Equipment of World War II

Vehicles of World War II

Weapons of World War II

Common military awards

Soviet Union

United States

United Kingdom

France and Belgium

Poland

Nazi Germany

The End of World War II

Aftermath of World War II

World War II in pop-culture

World War II lists

Main articles: List of World War II topics and Lists of World War II topics

See also

References

  1. ^ Official military histories in Commonwealth nations refer to the conflict as the Second World War, while the United States' official histories refer to the conflict as World War II. English translations of the official histories of other nations tend to resolve into English as Second World War also, for example zweite weltkrieg in German. See C.P. Stacey Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War, for example. "Official" usage of these terms is giving way to popular usage and the two terms are becoming interchangeable even in formal military history.
  2. ^ Dunnigan, James; Albert Nofi. Dirty Little Secrets of World War II: Military Information No One Told You About the Greatest, Most Terrible War in History, William Morrow & Company, 1994. ISBN 0-688-12235-3
  3. ^ Mayer, E. (2000) "World War II" course lecture notes on Emayzine.com (Victorville, California: Victor Valley College)
  4. ^ Coleman, P. (1999) "Cost of the War," World War II Resource Guide (Gardena, California: The American War Library)
  5. ^ "World War II". The Columbia Encyclopedia (6th ed.). 2007. http://www.bartleby.com/65/ww/WW2.html. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 

External links

Directories
General
Media
On-line documents
Stories
  • WW2 People's War—A project by the BBC to gather the stories of ordinary people from World War II
Documentaries
  • The World at War (1974) is a 26-part Thames Television series that covers most aspects of World War II from many points of view. It includes interviews with many key figures (Karl Dönitz, Albert Speer, Anthony Eden etc.) (Imdb link)
  • The Second World War in Colour (1999) is a three episode documentary showing unique footage in color (Imdb link)
  • Battlefield (documentary series) is a television documentary series initially issued in 1994–1995 that explores many of the most important battles fought during the Second World War.
  • The War (2007) is 7-part PBS documentary recounting the experiences of a number of individuals from American communities.







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