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world war II

What happened in world war two?

World War II began in Europe on September 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. The war in the Pacific began on December 7/8, 1941, when Japan attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor and other American, Dutch, and British military installations throughout Asia.

When was world war two?

1 September 1939 – 2 September 1945

who was involved in world war two?

World War II, also called Second World War, conflict that involved virtually every part of the world during the years 1939–45. The principal belligerents were the Axis powers—Germany, Italy, and Japan—and the Allies—France, Great Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, and, to a lesser extent, China.

why did world war two start?

Hitler had long planned an invasion of Poland, a nation to which Great Britain and France had guaranteed military support if it were attacked by Germany. ... On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland from the west; two days later, France and Britain declared war on Germany, beginning World War II.

where was world war two mainly based?

As the name suggested, events of World War II took place across the globe. Most of the combat action took place in Europe, East Asia, and islands in the Pacific Ocean, but others were seen in places as far away as Madagascar and the Aleutian Islands.



Countries (including Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the USA) who joined forces to fight the Axis Powers.


Germany, Japan, Italy and other countries that were the opposition to the allies.


German air raids on the UK.

Black out

Time when lights must be turned off and windows covered.


A young person sent to live with a host family during wartime.


A process of sending young people to live with a host family.


A limit on what foods and commodities can be bought by households.


An unreasonable dislike of a group of people of things.


Facts no-one knows about world war two.



  • The first German serviceman killed in the war was killed by the Japanese. ...
  • The first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians. ...
  • Over 100,000 Allied bomber crewmen were killed over Europe. ...
  • More US servicemen died in the Air Corps that the Marine Corps.

The Lives of WW2 Evacuees | Hunting for History | BBC Teach

This film looks at historical sources relating to the experiences of children evacuated during World War 2.Dr Sam Caslin from Liverpool University looks at h...