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1939–1945 global war between the Axis and the Allies

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World War II: 1939–1945 global war 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. 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 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, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, genocides, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

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Captain Tom Moore on combatting loneliness [Video]

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Putin attends slimmed down Victory Day celebrations

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Europe marks 75 years since end of World War II [Video]

Europe marks 75 years since end of World War II

Reflective wreath-laying and socially distant street parties rang in the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

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David Beckham marks VE Day with tribute to his grandfather [Video]

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Queen honours wartime generation as she praises country’s Covid-19 response [Video]

Queen honours wartime generation as she praises country’s Covid-19 response

The Queen has delivered a poignant message to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day – praising the nation’s response to the coronavirus outbreak that has filled empty streets with “love and..

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English castle marks 75th anniversary of VE Day [Video]

English castle marks 75th anniversary of VE Day

Lockdown prompts English castle to find creative way of marking 75 years since end of World War Two in Europe Video source: Impact Aerial Limited / Hatlebury Castle

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Hartlebury Castle commemorates the 75th anniversary of VE Day [Video]

Hartlebury Castle commemorates the 75th anniversary of VE Day

The 75th celebration of WWII victory had to be cancelled due to social distance rules, the flags in preparation for the original event were used in a creative way. Video source: Impact Aerial Limited /..

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U.S. job losses in April worst since Great Depression [Video]

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