What

World War II was Britain's toughtest war. Involving a total of 61 countries, WWII claimed 50 million lives, 100s of millions sustained injuries-1.7 billion people were involved. No war in history was as wide spread.

Why


WWI was actually one of the causes of WWII. After Germany had lost WWI, alot was left undone; hatred and resentment had brewed and Germany was left in economic crisis due to the war and the compensation they had to hand out to others. Humiliated, many Germans had now developed a general hate towards the rest of the world, and so elected Hitler as their president-he was known for his sternness and made promises to rebuild the broken country.

In Poland, Germany had carried out an unprovoked invasion. Britain and France told Hitler to disarm his fighters and call off the attack, but Hitler refused. As a result Britain and France declared war on Germany (2 days later). Germany had the aim of building a empire in Europe. Hitler started WWII.

When

WWII started on the 1st of September, 1939, when Hitlers troops entered Poland. From 1939 to 1945, the deadly conflict raged on. By 1941, Germany had conquered many countries in Europe. After this, Britain and the Commonwealth were the only major force that remained to fight the Axis (see next paragraph). Later on, Japan joined the war- fighting on the Axis side of the war. On the 7th of May, 1945, Germany surrendered, signing the Instrument of Surrender.

Who

The conflict involved 2 main parties: the Allies and the Axis.
(This is not a full list)
Allies
Axis
external image 22px-Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union_%281923-1955%29.svg.pngSoviet_Union
external image 22px-Flag_of_the_NSDAP_%281920%E2%80%931945%29.svg.pngGermany
external image 22px-US_flag_48_stars.svg.pngUnited_States
external image 22px-Merchant_flag_of_Japan_%281870%29.svg.pngJapan
external image 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.pngBritish Empire
external image 22px-Flag_of_Italy_%281861-1946%29_crowned.svg.pngItaly
external image 22px-Flag_of_the_Republic_of_China.svg.pngChina
external image 22px-Flag_of_Hungary_1940.svg.pngHungary
external image 22px-Flag_of_France.svg.pngFrance
external image 22px-Flag_of_Romania.svg.pngRomania
external image 22px-Flag_of_Poland.svg.pngPoland
external image 22px-Flag_of_Bulgaria.svg.pngBulgaria
external image 22px-Flag_of_Canada_1921.svg.pngCanada
external image 22px-Flag_of_Thailand.svg.pngThailand
external image 22px-Flag_of_Australia.svg.pngAustralia

external image 22px-Flag_of_New_Zealand.svg.pngNew Zealand
external image 22px-Flag_of_Finland.svg.pngFinland
external image 22px-Flag_of_South_Africa_1928-1994.svg.pngSouth Africa
external image 22px-Flag_of_Iraq_%281924%E2%80%931959%29.svg.pngIraq
external image 22px-Yugoslav_Partisans_flag_1945.svg.pngYugoslavia

external image 22px-Kingdom_of_Greece_Flag.svg.pngGreece
external image 22px-Flag_of_Independent_State_of_Croatia.svg.pngCroatia
external image 22px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.pngNetherlands
external image 22px-Flag_of_Manchukuo.svg.png Manchukuo
external image 22px-Flag_of_Belgium.svg.pngBelgium
external image 22px-Flag_of_First_Slovak_Republic_1939-1945.svg.pngSlovakia
external image 22px-Flag_of_Czechoslovakia.svg.pngCzechoslovakia

external image 22px-Flag_of_the_Philippines_%28navy_blue%29.svg.pngPhilippines

external image 22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.pngBrazil

Where

Battles took place in Africa, Europe and Asia. There were also many sea battles involving the Navy. One of the first of these took place in the Pacific ocean and is known as The Battle Of The Coral Sea. There were many famous conflicts such as: D-Day (Battle of Normandy), when canadian troops landed on the French shores of Normandy; The Battle of Britain, an air invasion by Germany in 1940 and Pearl Harbour, a sudden attack on Hawaii, which bought America into WWII.

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