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World War II

1939–1945 global conflict between the Axis and the Allies

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. It involved the vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. In a state of total war, directly involving more than 100 million people from more than 30 countries, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 70 to 85 million fatalities. Tens of millions of people died due to genocides, premeditated death from starvation, massacres, and disease. Aircraft played a major role in the conflict, including in the use of strategic bombing of population centres, and the only uses of nuclear weapons in war.

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Holocaust survivors Ruth Brandspiegel and Israel "Sasha" Eisenberg parted ways in 1949 after befriending one another in a post-World War II displaced persons..
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 2 days ago

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A Michigan war bride tells her story about living under German-occupied Belgium, and how she met the love of her life during a world war.
 
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 5 days ago

Polish Navy divers tried to remotely neutralize a six-ton “Tallboy” dropped by the British, but the bomb had no intention of going quietly.
Credit: NYTimes.com - Published 1 week ago

Dramatic drone video shows the waves from the detonation reaching all the way to the shore.
Credit: CBS News - Published 1 week ago

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