World War II

World War II, Global war between Allies and Axis, 1939–1945.

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World War II or the Second World War, often abbreviated as WWII or WW2, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. It involved the vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis powers. In a total war directly involving more than 100 million personnel from more than 30 countries, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. Aircraft played a major role in the conflict, enabling the strategic bombing of population centres, and, with the development of nuclear weapons, the only two uses of such in war. World War II was by far the deadliest conflict in human history, and resulted in 70 to 85 million fatalities, a majority being civilians.

World War II casualties
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World War II casualties ... World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history. An estimated total of 70–85 million people perished, or about 3% of the 1940 world population...

Allies of World War II
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Allies of World War II ... The Allies of World War II were a group of countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted...

Aftermath of World War II
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Aftermath of World War II ... The aftermath of World War II was the beginning of a new era for all countries involved, defined by the decline of all European colonial empires and simultaneous...

World War II by country
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World War II by country ... Almost every country in the world participated in World War II. Most were neutral at the beginning, but only a relatively few nations remained neutral...

European theatre of World War II
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European theatre of World War II ... The European theatre of World War II was the main theatre of combat during World War II. It saw heavy fighting across Europe for almost six years, starting...

Tanks in World War II
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Tanks in World War II ... Tanks were an important weapons system in World War II. Even though tanks in the inter-war years were the subject of widespread research, production was...

Finland in World War II
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Finland in World War II ... Finland participated in the Second World War initially in a defensive war against the Soviet Union, followed by another battle against the Soviet Union...

Canada in World War II
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Canada in World War II ... Canada during World War II begins with the German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939. While the Canadian Armed Forces were eventually active in nearly...

Timeline of World War II
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Timeline of World War II ... World War II, as well as the prelude to the war. Timeline of events preceding World War II Timeline of World War II (1939) Timeline of World War II (1940)...

Pacific War
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Pacific War ... The Pacific War, sometimes called the Asia–Pacific War, was the theater of World War II that was fought in Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean,...

List of aircraft of World War II
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Causes of World War II
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World War II in Yugoslavia
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World War II Memorial
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List of World War II infantry weapons
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Commanders of World War II
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Soviet Union in World War II
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India in World War II
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List of World War II battles
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