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World War II began on Sept. 1, 1939, when Germany invaded and conquered Poland. Other countries soon joined forces in an effort to stop Germany from committing further acts of aggression, resulting in a war that lasted for 6 years and spanned the globe.


World War II officially ended with the signed Japanese surrender on Sept. 2, 1945. Germany had already surrendered on May 8, 1945, ending the war in Europe.


Just two decades after the end of World War I, World War II began in the summer of 1939 with Germany’s invasion of Poland the morning of September 1. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, World War II was a continuation of the unsettled conflicts that began in World War...


World War II ended on Aug. 15, 1945 when Japan became the final member of the Axis powers to surrender. The war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945 when Germany surrendered.


World War II had several causes, mainly having to do with the treatment of Germany after World War I when the country was forced to accede to the Treaty of Versailles. Many German nationals and government officials felt that the treaty unfairly placed all financial burd...


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 re...


Approximately 15 million soldiers died during the Second World War, according to the National World War II Museum. This figure includes soldiers from both the Allied and Axis powers.