Though the conflicts began much earlier, World War II did not officially begin until September 1, 1939. The massive war ended 6 years later in 1945.
World War II was a struggle between the Allied nations, led by Britain, and the Axis nations that were led by Nazi Germany. Over 30 countries in total participated in the war, making it one of the largest and most significant conflicts in history. Though the Allies were the victors of the war, winning was not without negative effects. One result of the war was two Allied nations, the United States and the USSR, entered into a Cold War that lasted for the rest of the century. Over 50 million lives were lost in World War 2, with the USSR losing 42,000,000 people alone.Learn More
Word War II began in Europe on September 1, 1939, and ended on May 8, 1945. The beginning of the war was marked by the German invasion of Poland, while the end is considered to be Germany's unconditional surrender.Full Answer >
World War II officially started in Europe in 1939, following the Polish invasion by Adolf Hitler and prompting Britain and France to formally declare war against Germany. The United States joined the Allied forces in 1941.Full Answer >
The policy of appeasement followed by France and England towards Nazi Germany during the 1930s enabled Adolf Hitler to annex Austria, assume control of Czechoslovakia and to ultimately invade Poland, the act that signaled the start of World War II on September 1, 1939. Initially weakened at the end of World War I by the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was helped along in rebuilding its military strength and its confidence to wage war again through several acts of appeasement that took place in the years prior to World War II. A final act of appeasement, the September 1938 Munich Agreement, permitted Germany to formally annex the northern section of Czechoslovakia, called the Sudetenland, and to then successfully pursue a military occupation of the rest of Czechoslovakia in March of 1939.Full Answer >
World War II officially started when Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, and the war ended on Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese formally surrendered aboard the USS Missouri. The war in Europe ended when Germany surrendered to the Allies on May 7, 1945.Full Answer >