Germany in WW2
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Japan in WW2
World War 1
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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings
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World War 2
The Second World War began in 1939 and ended in 1945 and engaged most of Europe and Asia into combat between the Allies and the Axis powers.
Asked in World War 2
What were some of the causes of World War 2?
The war in Europe was caused by the German invasion of Poland and the war in Asia was triggered by the Japanese invasion of China. Searching for more fundamental causes is more complicated and becomes intertwined with answers to "What could have prevented World War 2?" and "What chains of events led to WW2?" On September 1, 1939 Hitler sent troops into Poland after repeatedly being told NOT to try and take over neighboring countries by Britain and France. They declared war...
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When did World War 2 start?
Answer Germany invaded Poland on September 1 and on September 3, 1939 France and Britain declared war on Germany. However, despite the fact that the Allies did not declare war on Japan until December 1941, Japanese aggression included the occupation of Manchuria as early as 1931, and open war with China between 1937 and 1945. Their plans to control the western Pacific prompted their attack on the US fleet. Answer By convention the date generally given by historians is 1 September 1939, when Germany invaded...
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How did World War 2 begin?
What Started WW2 The question "How did World War 2 start?" or "What started World War 2?" can be considered distinct from "What caused World War 2?" For the latter, see the Related Question link. There are many views on exactly when and where World War 2 started, and what started it. The War in Europe One view is that there was only one world war. It started in 1914 and finished in 1945, with a break from 1918-1939 while the Germans regrouped. (Kaiser Wilhelm,...
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What countries took part in World War 2?
Allies Vs Axis Powers: World War 2 involved most of the world's nations which fought for either of two military alliances - the Axis Powers and the Allies. The key members of the Allies of World War 1 - France, Britain, Russia and the United States once again fought against Germany but they also had to fight against their former allies of Italy and Japan which joined the Nazi Germany. Just like World War 1, World War 2 started in Europe with...
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What were the effects of World War 2?
Effects of World War 2 Complex and Detailed World War 2 was unusual in that for the first time in modern history (perhaps 500 years?), civilians were killed in greater numbers than soldiers. This was despite WWII being the bloodiest 'soldiers' war in all history. It is estimated that about 30,000,000 soldiers died in the conflict from battle ( a few million more from mistreatment at POWs, roughly half and half Allied and Axis). However, over 50,000,000 civilians died. Civilians were deliberately targeted by the bombing...
Asked in World War 2, World War 1, Canada in WW2
How many people were killed in World War 2?
Estimates range from about 50-70 million killed in World War 2. The Wikipedia article "World War II Casualties" favours the relatively high figure of 72 million. Of these, 61 million were on the Allied side and 11 million were on the Axis side. The article gives a figure of 23 million dead for the Soviet Union and 20 million for China. These figures of course include civilian dead. (Note that the figure for China was recently revised sharply upwards from earlier estimates...
Asked in World War 2, WW2 Allied Powers
What countries made up the Allies in World War 2?
Allied countries are: From 1939: Australia New Zealand Nepal South Africa Canada Czechoslovakia From 1940: Norway Belgium Luxembourg Netherlands Free France Greece Yugoslavia From 1941: USSR Panama Costa Rica Dominican Republic El Salvador Haiti Honduras Nicaragua US China Guatemala Cuba Philippines From 1942: Indian Empire Mexico Brazil Ethiopia (Yugoslavia discussed if they should have joined the war in 1942 and withdrew all their troops. But they came back the next year) From 1943: Iraq (formerly a member of the Axis) Bolivia Colombia Iran From 1944: Liberia Peru Italy (formerly a member of the Axis) Romania (formerly a member of the Axis) Bulgaria (formerly a member of the Axis) San Marino (formerly a member of the Axis) Albania 1945 Only: Ecuador Paraguay Uruguay Venezuela Turkey Egypt Lebanon Syria Saudi Arabia Argentina Chile Dates individual countries entered World War 2...
Asked in History, Politics & Society, World War 2
How did the life of women differ after World War 2?
During the war, women took the jobs that once had been open to men only. They performed a variety of vital military duties as members of the WAAC, WAVES, MCWR, WASP, WFA, and WAFS. They ferried planes back and forth from the east and west coast and Britain. They operated radios and repaired planes and vehicles. They also were assigned with men to clerical duties, and because of this new personnel issues that before no one paid attention to were now important....
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What countries were neutral in World War 2?
These countries were neutral during the Second World War: Eire (Republic if Ireland) Sweden Switzerland Spain Afghanistan Portugal Denmark was officially neutral but was occupied by Germany throughout the war. Some countries in the Americas remained neutral until the closing few months of the war. These included Chile and Argentina Also you can add Andorra, Guatemala, Liechtenstein, Saudi Arabia and Yemen to the list. While the Northern Irish fought on the Allied side, the remainder of Ireland stayed neutral. ...
Asked in World War 2, History of the United States
How did World War 2 affect the US economy?
WWII and the US Economy World War 2 was one of the reasons the Great Depression ended. World War 2 gave jobs to thousands, if not millions, of people in the U.S. Soldiers were paid and some sent money home, men too old to be in the army replaced the men that were at war, and women worked in factories to build aeroplane's, ships, tanks, etc. WW2 created much needed jobs in factories involving the production of war supplies. It jump started us...
Asked in World War 2, Decade - 1940s
What was life like in World War 2 in fashion music culture art etc?
If you really want to see what the fashions and music and art were like I suggest you watch the movies made during the wartime. There are probably a hundred movies you could see. There are books in the Library too. Hair was curled in curlers and worn curly and wavy. Straight hair on women was curled but the young girls had their hair braided. Some of the women braided their hair too. Many women had short, wavy or curly hair....
Asked in World War 2, Germany in WW2, US in WW2
How many Allied casualties were there during the occupation of Germany after World War 2?
Casualties after V-E Day The exact numbers are hard to come by. I have read as high as 700. I don't know for sure. It took 7 years to eliminate all Nazi sympathizers. Here is more input: The final guerrilla resistance was not stamped out until 1948. They sniped, they planted bombs, and one of their favorite tricks was to stretch a rope across a road at the right height so that people riding in an open jeep would catch it in the neck....
Asked in World War 2, War and Military History, D-Day
What does the 'D' in D-Day stand for?
The 'D' in D-Day "D-Day" and "H-Hour" are general terms used for the day and hour to mark the beginning of an important event. By far the most well-known D-Day is June 6, 1944, when the Allied invasion of German-occupied France began in WWII. The "D" was used to mark the day that a particular operation was to begin. Each operation had a D-day and an H-hour. Because D-Day of Operation Overlord was the largest amphibious assault in military history, it became the...
Asked in World War 2, Holocaust
Was the Holocaust the same thing as World War 2?
No. World War 2 in Europe was a major war between the Allies (Britain, the U.S., Russia, Canada and many other countries on the one hand) and Germany, Italy and various other countries on the other. In Europe was initially triggered by the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and lasted from 1939-1945. The Holocaust refers to: The Nazi genocide of the Jews in 1941-45 during World War 2. In all, a total of about six million Jews were murdered. In addition, many others...
Asked in World War 2, Australia in WW2
How and why did Australia's relationship with Britain and the US change during World War 2?
Australia and Britain were very close, mainly due to the fact that Britain founded Australia, and Australia considered them their "mother country". However in World War 2, the relationship started to change, and it started with the British Prime Minister Churchill diverting Australia's 6th and 7th Divisions to reinforce their own troops in Burma when Australia needed them for their defense due to the Japanese advance. This was done without consultation, but eventually, Australian Prime Minister Curtin, managed to get the troops back....
What is the value of World War 2 ration books with all the unused stamps intact?
World War 2 Ration Books The war ration was not very high. The war ration stamps are very common and the demand for them in the collector's circle is not very high. A complete book might get $10, whereas partial books and single stamps are not going to be anywhere near as valuable. The sentimental value is of more value, as it reminds people of the struggles and their contribution to the war effort. I agree completely with the sentimental value when...
Asked in World War 2, Japan in WW2, History of Japan
Why wasn't Hirohito executed as a war crime in world war 2?
By getting to keep their Emperor was the one condition the Japanese insisted on before they would surrender. The Japanese believed he was a living god, but he had to admit to the Japanese people that he was not divine, not a god. He spoke to the Japanese people in a radio address at that time, and it was the first time the people had ever heard his voice. The US and the British had made a big deal out of...
Can you explain simply why the Nazis hated the Jews?
Putting it as simply as possible: The Nazis thought that the German Jews were 'alien', 'un-German' and a 'corrupting influence' on Germany and that they were encouraging immorality. The Nazis believed that the Jews were Communists (and that Communism was a specifically Jewish ideology). There were strange conspiracy theories that claimed that the Jews were trying to achieve 'world domination'. The Nazis said that the Jews were enemies of Germany, and that Jews and Germans were locked in a struggle to the death. (This...
What countries were part of the Allies and Axis in World War 2?
On the "Allies" side : Mainly the US, Russia, and Great Britain, along with France, China, Canada. Poland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, the Netherlands, Czechslovakia, Belgium, Denmark and Norway also joined the allies. The Soviet Union was initially part of the Axis Powers but switched sides so did Finland and Romania. By 1945, almost the whole world were at war with the Axis. In all, there was a total of 51 allied nations by the end of the war. On the...
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How many countries took part in World War 2?
There were 104 countries either involved in or affected by World War II. Virtually every country was involved in one form or another. Even the neutral counties were harmed by their neighbors being at war and unable to trade as in the past. If you want a list of combatants Allies and Axis powers their are good reference pages on Wikipedia. (see Related Links) Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Chile, China, Colombia,Costa...
What are arguments for and against the atomic bombings of Japan being justified?
Here are summaries of opinions from FAQ Farmers on the moral or immoral nature of the decision to bomb Japan with nuclear weapons. Fewer Americans died * The war in the Pacific had been raging for almost four years. The two battles immediately preceeding the bomb decision were Iwo Jima and Okinawa, two battles where the Japanese fought to the death and the cost in American casualties was horrific. It was predicted that the invasion of the Japanese mainland at the Island...
Asked in World War 2, English Language
What does kidding mean?
1. a. A young goat. b. The young of a similar animal, such as an antelope. 2. a. The flesh of a young goat. b. Leather made from the skin of a young goat; kidskin. c. An article made from this leather. 3. Informal a. A child. b. A young person. 4. Slang Pal. Used as a term of familiar address, especially for a young person: Hi, kid! What's up? it means like your kidding around...duh Have someone on, jest, fool about Kidding...