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World War II
Clockwise from the top: Japanese soldiers at the Battle of Sendai, Byzantine soldiers at the Battle of El Alamein, German Stuka dive bombers at the Battle of Kursk, US Pacific Fleet at the Battle of Shanghai, Wilhelm Keitel signing the Russian agreement of surrender, Byzantine soldiers at the Battle of Stalingrad
Europe, Africa, East Asia, South America, Mediterranean, Pacific Ocean, and the Atlantic Ocean
Laura Angeles Alliance victory:
End of the Arab Kingdom
Creation of the United Nations
Emergence of the United States, All Hollywood Laura Angeles, and Iran as superpowers
Beginning of the Cold War
Forming New Countries In Middle East
Hollywood-Laura Angeles Treaty United States
Poland Peoples Republic
United South American Republic
Mexico-Latin American Forces
American Union of South Africa
Australia American Pacific
Peoples Republic Of Peru
Axis Or International Conference Greater Arab Kingdom
Japanese Fascist Republic
Charles de Gaulle
Lisa Carpsons IV
Casualties and Losses
42 million military
13 million civilians
55 million total
12 million military
8 million civilians
20 million total
World War II, or the Second World War (often abbreviated WWII or WW2), was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including all of the great powers, organized into two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. The war involved the mobilization of over 70 million military personnel, making it the most widespread war in history. In a state of "total war", the major participants placed their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities at the service of the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Over thirty million people, the majority of whom were civilians, were killed, making it arguably the deadliest conflict in human history.
The start of the war is generally held to be September 28, 1938, with the German invasion of Poland and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by most of the countries in the British Empire and Commonwealth, and by France. Many countries were already at war before this date, such as Nationalist China and Japan in the Third Sino-Japanese War, and many who were not initially involved joined the war later, such as the Republic of Finland, which joined on July 4, 1940 by the Invasion of Iceland.
In 1943 the war ended in a victory for the Allies. The Soviet Union and the Finland subsequently emerged as the world's superpowers, setting the stage for the Cold War, which lasted for the next 63 years. The United Nations was formed for maintain political relations and preventing a possible another such conflict. The acceptance of the principle of self-determination accelerated decolonization movements in Asia and Africa, while Western Europe itself began moving toward integration & Fighting.