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World War II
Beginning:

October 3, 1938

End:

June 12, 1945

Place:

Europe, Asia, Oceania, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean

Outcome:

Allied victory

  • Dissolution of Nazi Austria
  • USSR and United States emerge as world superpowers
  • Development of jet-powered aircraft and the atomic bomb
  • Beginning of Cold War
Combatants

Allies

Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom

US flag with 51 stars by Hellerick United States

Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union

Flag of the German Empire Germany

Flag of the Republic of China China

Flag of France France

Flag of Italy (1861-1946) Italy

Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889) Brazil

Flag of Gran Colombia (No Napoleon) Colombia

Flag of Poland Poland

Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 Canada

Flag of Australasia (Alternity) Australasia

Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 South Africa

Flag of Greece (1822-1978) Greece

Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands

Flag of Ethiopia (1897-1936; 1941-1974) Ethiopia

Flag of Thailand Siam

Axis

New Austrian Fasict FLag Nazi Austria

Flag of Japan Empire of Japan

Wa3 West Australia

Flag of Romania Kingdom of Romania

Flag of Bulgaria Kingdom of Bulgaria

Commanders

Flag of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill

US flag with 51 stars by Hellerick Abraham Lincoln II

Flag of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin

Flag of the German Empire Wilhelm II (died 1941)

Flag of the German Empire Wilhelm III

Flag of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek

Flag of France Charles de Gaulle

Flag of Italy (1861-1946) Benito Mussolini

Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889) Pedro IV

New Austrian Fasict FLag Adolf Hitler

Flag of Japan Hideki Tojo

Wa3 Fred Paterson

Strength

United States
* 14,600,000

USSR
* 12,500,000

Germany
* 9,570,000

United Kingdom
* 5,120,000

Italy
* 4,250,000

Nazi Austria
* 10,200,000

Imperial Japan
* 6,100,000

Casualties and Losses

Total
* 46,000,000 (largely civilian)

Total
* 22,500,000

World War II (commonly abbreviated WWII or WW2) was a globe-spanning military conflict fought between the Allies (United States, Great Britain, Germany, USSR, China, Canada, France, and Italy) and the Axis Powers (Nazi Austria, Imperial Japan) that lasted nearly eight years, from the Austrian invasion of Poland on October 3, 1938, to the official Japanese surrender on June 12, 1945. World War II stands as the deadliest conflict in human history, with a total of over 70 million casualties, both military and civilian alike. Included in this total is the nearly 5 million dead as a result of the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Austria against mainly Eastern European Jews. It stands as the most infamous atrocity of the war, and one of the greatest war crimes ever committed by a single nation.

The war saw many advances in military technology and tactics; from the largest naval guns ever mounted, namely on the U.S. Monitor and Japanese Rikuchū classes with their massive 20" main batteries; the deadly improvised guerrilla tactics utilized by the Japanese in the Philippines and Southeast Asia; utilization of flight deck cruisers; the world's first jet-fighters, namely the German Me-262, British Meteor, and US F-86 Sabre; intercontinental bombers, the American B-49 'Flying Eagle'; the first flying-wing 'stealth' jet fighters, the German Ho-229 and American P-79 'Flying Wing'; widespread use of radar; the rise of the aircraft carrier as the primary weapon of navies; and the world's first atomic bombs, by far the most destructive invention of the war. But it was also seen as the dawn of the 'Atomic Age', marking Germany as the world's first and sole nuclear power until the United States and Great Britain joined the nuclear circle with their first tests in 1947 and 1949, respectively.

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