World War 2 ended on August 15, 1945 when Japan surrendered. The war ended in Europe on May 8, 1945 when Hitler committed suicide and Winston Churchill announced victory.
World War 2 began in September 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland. The British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told Adolf Hitler to remove his troops from Poland or Britain, and France would declare war on the Germans. Hitler refused, and on September 2, 1939 war was officially declared on the Germans. The following day, the first British ship, the Athenia, was sunk by Germany. Over 45 million civilians died in World War 2, and over 16 million members of the military.Learn More
Many Americans opposed the Treaty of Versailles because the provision of joining a League of Nations meant an end to America's pre-war isolationism and an ongoing era of global involvement. In addition, German Americans felt the punitive reparations demanded of Germany were too severe, Italian Americans felt that Italy should have been awarded more territory, and Irish Americans felt that the treaty should have included the independence of Ireland.Full Answer >
Truman made the decision to drop atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in August 1945 in order to put an end to the Pacific portion of World War II. It is hypothesized that this was also a demonstration of power to the USSR, opening the Cold War.Full Answer >
By the end of World War II in 1945, 407,316 American servicemen had been killed. The largest number of losses were in the U.S. Army, with 318,274 American soldiers killed in action.Full Answer >
World War II lasted from 1939 to 1945, which is more than seven years. This war resulted in close to 50 million deaths, making it the bloodiest conflict in world history. The two main groups fighting were the Axis powers and the Allies.Full Answer >