World War II was primarily a conflict between the Allies (the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Russia) and the Axis powers (Germany, Japan and Italy). The Axis also included Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, while Finland, Thailand and Iraq joined the fight on their side as cobelligerents. The Allies were joined by a host of other countries from around the world that contributed forces or supplies to the fight.Continue Reading
The full list of Allied powers also included Poland, China, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Yugoslavia, Greece, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, Brazil, Denmark, Luxembourg, Cuba and Mexico. In addition, both sides had client states and colonies that were involved in the global struggle.
Certain countries were more active in different theaters of the war. Japan, for instance, was entirely absent from the European theater of war, while the Pacific theater was heavily dominated by the American, Australian and New Zealand forces due to their proximity to Japan's territory. China was largely relegated to a defensive role against Japan's aggression, although the country did serve a vital role supporting air raids over the Japanese mainland. France was caught in the middle of the conflict, with the legitimate government overthrown and the Vichy regime set up in its place to support the Axis. However, the French resistance was an important force throughout the war, and entire villages were razed by the Germans in retribution for their determined refusal to give in.Learn more about World War 2
The four major Allies of WWII were Great Britain, France, the United States and Russia. France was an Allied Power with the exception of the time period between 1940 to 1944 when it was under German occupation. France and Great Britain were the first to declare war against Germany after German forces started occupying parts of eastern Europe, such as Poland and Czechoslovakia in 1939.Full Answer >
Beginning in Europe in 1939, World War II was fought between the Axis (Germany, Japan and Italy) and the Allies (the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union). The United States remained neutral for the first two years of conflict, but was forced to enter in response to the Japanese attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.Full Answer >
As of 2014, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union make up the G20. The members represent the world's most advanced economies, accounting for roughly 85 percent of global GDP and more than 75 percent of world trade.Full Answer >
The goal of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, signed in August of 1928 by France, the United States, Germany the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Belgium, Italy and Japan, was to outlaw war in the wake of the end of WWI. After the three world leaders signed the historic pact, most of the other 47 countries committed as well.Full Answer >