Word War II began in Europe on September 1, 1939, and ended on May 8, 1945. The beginning of the war was marked by the German invasion of Poland, while the end is considered to be Germany's unconditional surrender.Continue Reading
Most historians date the beginning of World War II in Asia to December 7/8, 1941, when Japan attacked British assets in East Asia and Pearl Harbor in the United States. The war in the Pacific ended with the Japanese announcement of the intention to surrender on August 15, 1945; the surrender took place on September 2, 1945.
Although the start of hostilities in Europe is clearly delineated by the invasion of Poland, the war in Asia is less certain, as Japan's regional hostility had been ongoing for several years with attacks on China and aggression toward smaller powers. The prevailing attitudes common at the beginning of the European war are commemorated in W.H. Auden's classic poem "September 1, 1939."Learn more about World War 2
World War II memorabilia items can be any item of historical interest or significance from the period during which World War II took place. For example, these items could be a soldier's helmet, a bayonet, a rifle, a pistol or a medal.Full Answer >
German forces surrendered in Berlin, Germany, on May 8, 1945, and Japanese forces surrendered on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. It was two treaties, not just one, that ended hostilities in World War II.Full Answer >
The National World War II museum estimates between 6 to 8 million total military and civilian German casualties in the second World War. Estimates of World War II casualties vary based on which casualties are included, what sources are used and how the figures are calculated.Full Answer >
Though the conflicts began much earlier, World War II did not officially begin until September 1, 1939. The massive war ended 6 years later in 1945.Full Answer >