World War II (Mondo de Scopatore)
Infobox collage for WWII (Mondo de Scopatore)
Clockwise from top left: American partisans during the Japanese invasion of Hawaii, Russian soldiers charging at a German line, an Australian soldier rescuing a Filipino girl during the Philippines campaign, British soldiers during the battle of El Alamein, Japanese soldiers march into Manchuria, Japan signs surrender documents
Date September 2, 1939 - April 14, 1945
Location Europe, Pacific, Atlantic, South-East Asia, China, Middle East, Mediterranean, briefly North and South Africa
Flag of the British Republic British Republic

22px Union of Socialist States of America
Flag of Russia Russian Empire
Flag of France French Third Republic
Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918) Austria-Hungary (1940–44)
22px Lombardy
Australian Republican Flag Australia
Kyle Lockwood's New Zealand Flag New Zealand
83DD-AgionOrosFlag First Greek Republic
border|22px Scandinavian Empire
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
and others'


Flag of the German Empire Germany
Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918) Austria-Hungary (1939–40)
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria

Client and puppet states
Flag of Poland Kingdom of Poland (1939-1942)
Greater norwegian Reich-V11 Fascist Norway (1940-1942)
...and others

World War II (WW2 or WWII), known also as the Second World War or the Second Great War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the word's nations—including all of the Great Powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances; the Allies and Axis.