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Wedding rings of shoah victims in a death camp

World War II (abbreviated WWII), or World War 2 or the Second World War, was a worldwide military conflict. World War II is regarded as the historical successor to World War I.

Separate conflicts

There were two separate conflicts, one beginning in Asia, 1937, as the Second Sino-Japanese War and the other beginning in Europe, 1939, with the invasion of Poland. The United States joined the war years later in 1941 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

Appeasement

During the later years of the 1930’s the nations which were later to fight the Nazis appeased them. They were not ready for war and were desperate to avoid a repeat of the horror of World War I. Appeasement failed. It gave Hitler the chance to consolidate and Hitler took over nations which could have been on the allied side. The War defeated Adolf Hitler and the evil Nazis.

"You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war."

"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds are against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves." (Winston Churchill)

Global alliances and destruction

Warsaw in 1945, destroyed by the military conflict

This global conflict split a majority of the world's nations into two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. Spanning much of the globe, World War II resulted in the deaths of over 60 million people, making it the deadliest conflict in human history. It is impossible to imagine how much more deadly Hitler and the Nazis would have been if the war had not stopped them.

World War II was the most widespread war in history, and countries involved mobilized more than 100 million military personnel. Total war erased the distinction between civil and military resources and saw the complete activation of a nation's economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities for the purposes of the war effort; nearly two-thirds of those killed in the war were civilians. For example, nearly 11 million of the civilian casualties were victims of the Holocaust, which was largely conducted in Central Europe {Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia which is now the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the Netherlands etc.) and the Soviet Union, and which neocons sometimes deny. There are also numerous accusations towards Poland painstakingly blaming it for conducting Holocaust, rather than Nazi Germany, on the basis that the Nazi German death camps are located in places that now belong to Poland. See: "Polish" camps controversy. .

Aftermath

The conflict ended in an Allied victory. As a result, the United States and Soviet Union emerged as the world's two leading superpowers, setting the stage for the Cold War for the next 45 years. Self determination gave rise to decolonization/independence movements in Asia and Africa, while the European Union was formed and Europe itself began traveling the road leading to integration.

Nations Involved

Axis

Note that it should not be assumed that country was the bad guy simply because it is listed in this section. The Axis overall were the bad guys, but that does not mean that every single country that was, or found itself on their side was the bad guy. As an extreme example: Finland was an innocent democracy that was invaded by the USSR, and the only reason they are listed here is because they signed the Tripartite Pact to avoid being completely annexed by the Soviet Union as a result of Russian Imperialism during the Winter War and to reclaim some of the territory they lost during the Continuation War.

Neutral

Allies

Other

Fought both Germany and Russia simultaneously

America in World War II

Here we're parodying Conservapedia, and we know we're exaggerating.

The glorious awesome Liberal, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt led the U.S to victory against the evil Conservative Adolf Hitler.

Timeline

  • 18 September 1931: Japan invades Manchuria.
  • 27 February 1932: The puppet-state of Manchukuo is established by the Empire of Japan.
  • 2 September 1933: Italo-Soviet Pact is signed, a non-aggression pact between the Soviet Union and Italy, set to expire on 22 June 1941 (coincidentally the same day Operation Barbarossa begins).
  • 5 May 1936: Italian forces march the capitol of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) unopposed.
  • 29 June 1936: The first fully-controllable helicopter, the Focke-Wulf Fw 61 makes its maiden flight.
  • 17 July 1936: Spanish Nationalists attempt to stage a coup d'état in Spain, initiating the Spanish Civil War.
  • 30 August 1936: FDR attends the dedication of Thomas Jefferson's head at Mount Rushmore.
  • 9 September 1936: The Franco-Syrian Treaty of Independence is signed. Syria becomes a sovereign nation, free from the rule of France.
  • 1 October 1936: Josef Stalin's Great Purge begins.
  • 20 December 1936: Helmut Hirsch, a German Jew, attempts to assassinate Hitler at Nuremburg, Germany by placing two suitcases filled with explosives at the Nazi party headquarters. The plot is revealed to the Gestapo and Hirsch was executed.
  • 19 February 1937: Italy wins the Italo-Ethiopian war, annexing Ethiopia and establishing Italian East Africa.
  • 6 May 1937: The Hindenburg Disaster occurs.
  • 7 July 1937: Second Sino-Japanese War begins.
  • 17 November 1938: The Great Purge ends.
  • 23 August 1939: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is signed, a military alliance between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. A secret article of the pact was the agreement that both the Nazis and Soviets would invade Poland.
  • 1 September 1939: Germany annexes the ironically-named Free State of Danzig and invades Poland.
  • 3 September 1939: Britain and France declare war on Nazi Germany. Additionally, their colonies, dominion realms, and overseas territories, such as New Zealand, also declare war on the Germans.
  • 17 September 1939: The Soviet Union invades Poland as well, as part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Agreement.
  • 22 September 1939: German-Soviet military parade is held in Brest-Litovsk, Poland.
  • 24 September 1939: The Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karl Selter, was issued an ultimatum from Moscow in which Stalin demanded that Estonia
  • 5 October 1939: At a victory parade in Warsaw, Michał_Karaszewicz-Tokarzewski and other members of the Służba Zwycięstwu Polski ("Service for Poland's Victory," the first Polish resistance group during World War II) attempt to assassinate Hitler by placing bombs on the road Hitler's car was to drive on, though the attempt fails as the parade is diverted by a last-minute decision.
  • 6 October 1939: Poland collapses and is split in half by the Nazis and Soviets.
  • Phoney War (1939): Nothing happens on the western front, with Britain and France expecting trench warfare. It is nicknamed by British G.I.s the "Sitskrieg."
  • 8 November 1939: German carpenter Georg Elser, convinced that Hitler was marching Germany into a dangerous war, develops a time bomb. He then headed to the Bürgerbräukeller in Münich, where he placed the bomb in a pillar just behind where Hitler was intended to have a speech. Elser than headed to Switzerland, where he planned to stay after the assassination. Due to a slight schedule change, Hitler left the beer hall 20 minutes before the bomb went off, however, and survived. As for Elser, he would be apprehended by the SS, sent to the Dachau Concentration Camp, and be executed in 1945.
  • 9 April 1940: Germany invades Denmark and Norway in order to secure a vital iron supply and Germany's northern flank, thereby preventing the British from landing directly above the Germans' heads. Denmark collapses within 6 hours, and as a result is dubbed the 'Six Hours War', but the Norwegians hold out longer.
  • 10 May 1940: Germans swiftly declare war on and occupy Luxembourg, meeting little resistance.
  • 10 May 1940: Hitler advances into the Ardennes in France.
  • 10 May 1940: British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigns. Replacing him would be Winston Churchill.
  • 26 May 1940: The British and much of the French are surrounded at Dunkirk and the order to retreat is given.
  • 2 June 1940: Adolf Hitler visits the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, where photographers took his picture. The photos, showing the memorial intact, were then published in German newspapers to refute claims that the Germans had bombed it.
  • 3 June 1940: The Nazis initiate Operation Paula, an attempt to destroy the French Air Force. British intelligence, however, warns the French of the Operation, and, as a result, it fails.
  • 10 June 1940: Norway collapses.
  • 10 June 1940: Italian Prime Minister and Fascist, Benito Mussolini joins the Axis Powers and announces "the declaration of war has already been delivered to the ambassadors of Great Britain and France."[1] He had no battle plans whatsoever. Additionally, he severed all ties with Belgium and Poland. In response, Anti-Italian riots broke out across the U.K., with bricks, stones, and bottes being thrown into the windows of Italian-owned shops. 100 arrests were made in Edinburgh alone. Additionally, Canada declared war on Italy.
  • 14 June 1940: The Nazis march into Paris meeting no resistance.
  • 25 June 1940: France capitulates. The French Prime Minister, Charles de Gaulle is replaced by 81 year-old French World War I hero, Philippe Pétain.
  • 10 July 1940: The Battle of Britain begins.
  • 27 September 1940: The Tripartite Pact, also known as the Berlin Pact, is signed by the Foreign Ministers of Italy, Germany, and Japan. It was a military alliance that established the three countries as members of the Axis Powers.
  • 28 October 1940: Italy and Germany invade Greece.
  • 31 October 1940: The Nazis lose the Battle of Britain.
  • 9 November 1940: Neville Chamberlain dies of bowel cancer.
  • November 1940: German diplomatic offensive. Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia join the Axis.
  • February 1941: Italy is getting their ass kicked in Africa. Hitler decides to send Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel to help.
  • 1 March 1941: Bulgaria signs the Tripartite Pact, becoming a member of the Axis.
  • 6 April 1941: Despite Yugoslavia having signed the Tripartite Pact earlier, it is invaded by the other Axis members.
  • 17 April 1941: Yugoslavia capitulates.
  • 30 April 1941: Mainland Greece capitulates. The Hellenic State is established and the Greek government-in-exile is pushed into Crete.
  • 22 June 1941: Operation Barbarossa, Breaking the peace treaty with Russia, Hitler invades the Soviet Union.
  • 7 December 1941: Japan bombs Pearl Harbor as part of a massive offensive to gain resources. Roosevelt had previously cut trading with Japan because Japan continued invading Northern China. Knowing that 75% of oil imports and exports to-and-from Japan came from the U.S., Roosevelt concluded that Japan would have to either agree to Roosevelt's terms or risk decline and oil deficit. Boy, did that go wrong...
  • 9 July 1943: The British, Free French, and Americans invade Sicily.
  • 25 July 1943: Benito Mussolini is removed from his position as Prime Minister by his own cabinet.
  • 17 August 1943: Sicily is captured.
  • 23 August 1943: The Battle of Kursk sends Germany into a retreat.
  • 3 September 1943: The Western Allies launch an amphibious invasion in Salerno, Calabria, and Taranto, Italy.
  • 17 September 1943: The Allies successfully capture Southern Italy.
  • 23 September 1943: Benito Mussolini becomes the Duce of the Repubblica Sociale Italiana (Italian Social Republic), which encompasses Northern Italy.
  • 6 June 1944: The Allies land in Normandy. Hitler, fooled by Operation Bodyguard, thought that the real landing would occur on Pas-de-Calais, and that Normandy was a false front.
  • 20 July 1944: German officers try to kill Hitler in what would be known as the 20 July Plot, or Operation Valkyrie. The attempt fails and the conspirators are executed.
  • 8 September 1944: In an attempt to not be invaded, the Kingdom of Bulgaria turns on Hitler and joins the Comintern.
  • 25 September 1944: The Allies suffered their last major defeat at Operation Market Garden[3].
  • 29 October 1944: Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler orders the closure of the Auschwitz and numerous other concentration camps as the Soviets advanced daringly close.
  • December 1944: Germany makes its last gamble but fails to win the Battle of the Bulge. From this point on, it's impossible for Germany to win. Unfortunately, Hitler's Führerbunker is reality-proof as well.
  • 4 February 1945: Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt all meet at Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine to discuss the postwar reorganisation of Europe.
  • 11 February 1945: Yalta Conference ends.
  • 12 April 1945: FDR dies as a result of a brain hemorrhage. His Vice President, Harry S Truman succeeds him as President.
  • 25 April 1945: Italy as a whole collapses.
  • 28 April 1945: Benito Mussolini is executed by firing squad. It is believed that the French MAS-38 was the weapon responsible for his death.
  • April/May 1945: Surrounded by the allies, Hitler commits suicide. Anyone who's smart enough in Germany surrenders.
  • August 1945: America nukes Japan following the Manhattan Project, the Uranium bomb Little Boy and the Plutonium bomb Fat Man are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On 8 August 1945, Stalin declared war on the Empire of Japan, knowing that if he didn't invade then, he would forever lose the opportunity to spread his influence in Southern Asia and Oceania. It was in violation of the Soviet-Japanese Pact signed in 1941, as it... well, it completely violated the original purpose of the treaty, and it also violated an agreement that Stalin made with Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Yalta Conference in 1945.

Aftermath

- The League of Nations is discontinued after it is made clear that it failed its objective: To prevent another global conflict.

- After the World War II, the fundamentals of the European Union were laid.

- The United States and Soviet Union emerged as world powers, thus beginning the Cold War. Germany was occupied, with the Eastern half being annexed by the Soviets and the Western half being occupied by the British, French, and Americans.

- The decline of the British and French Empires.

- The creation of the atomic bomb.

- ~60 million deaths as a result of the war.

- 6-11 million deaths as a result of the (((Holocaust))).

- Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, East Germany and eventually China, Vietnam, and North Korea becoming members of the Comintern/Third Internationale.

- The non-sovereign rule of Germany until 1990.

- The disestablishment of the Empire of Japan and the occupation of Japan until 28 April 1952.

- The occupation of Austria until 27 July 1955.

- The breakup and dissolution of Yugoslavia.

- The increased military spending of the United States, Soviet Union, and other countries.

- The United States went from having the 11th Smallest Army in the World to, eventually, the biggest.

- The Soviet Union having to bear the expenses of becoming an anchor to other Socialist movements and countries.

We all hope World War III never happens.

See also

  • https://comandosupremo.com/mussolini-speech-declaring-war/
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