World War II

1939–1945 global war

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World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 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 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

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A story in a World War II-era newspaper gave me insight into how an Austria couple — my parents — escaped Nazis and built a home in England, America.
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Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany's troops enter Paris during World War II; TWA Flight 847 hijacked; Stars and Stripes adopted as official U.S...
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The aristocrat-turned-commando Guy de Montlaur was a hero of the French liberation. His paintings of D-Day depict scenes that haunted him his entire life.
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World War II veteran Fred Klein thought he was fixing up the house with new air conditioning units. But $24,000 later, he had regrets.
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For the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a Times reporter reflects on how books about World War II brought him and his father together.
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