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1939–1945 global conflict between the Axis and the Allies

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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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Battle of Britain heroes ‘should be celebrated whatever your politics’, says Second World War veteran [Video]

Battle of Britain heroes ‘should be celebrated whatever your politics’, says Second World War veteran

A 97-year-old former radar operative has said the heroes of the Battle ofBritain deserve to be celebrated “whatever your politics are”. Kath McLeodjoined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) in..

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Soviet WWII propaganda revised to hail detained Belarus opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova [Video]

Soviet WWII propaganda revised to hail detained Belarus opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova

The artwork has gone viral.View on euronews

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Sunken WW2 cruiser found off Norway [Video]

Sunken WW2 cruiser found off Norway

The wreckage of a major German warship has been discovered off the coast of Norway some 80 years after it was sunk in a World War Two battle, Norwegian power grid operator Statnett and a maritime..

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Sunken WW2 battleship found off Norway [Video]

Sunken WW2 battleship found off Norway

The wreckage of a major German warship has been discovered off the coast of Norway some 80 years after it was sunk in a World War Two battle, Norwegian power grid operator Statnett and a maritime..

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Trump talks up strength in tackling US protests [Video]

Trump talks up strength in tackling US protests

President Donald Trump talked up his administration's record in tacklingviolent protests in Portland and cities across the United States. Trump wasspeaking before a sizable crowd, including at least 25..

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Pierce Brosnan to play WWII veteran in The Last Rifleman [Video]

Pierce Brosnan to play WWII veteran in The Last Rifleman

Pierce Brosnan has signed on to star in the World War II film The Last Rifleman, with the production scheduled to commence shooting this winter in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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Debate reignited over Japanese buildings in South Korea [Video]

Debate reignited over Japanese buildings in South Korea

September 2 marks the 75th anniversary of the formal surrender of Japan - and the moment that brought World War II to an end.

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Belarusian protesters, defying army, flood Minsk [Video]

Belarusian protesters, defying army, flood Minsk

Tens of thousands of protesters demanding Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko step down defied a warning from the military on Sunday and flooded into Minsk, briefly gathering near the president's..

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

Japan marks 75 years since end of World War II

Emperor Naruhito expresses 'deep remorse' over his country’s wartime actions at a sombre annual ceremony.

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William addresses the nation on VJ Day [Video]

William addresses the nation on VJ Day

Veterans shared their memories of the Second World War as the Duke ofCambridge paid tribute to those who fought in the Far East on VJ Day. The 75thanniversary of VJ Day – victory over Impperial Japan..

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Defence Secretary pays tribute to veterans on VJ Day 75 [Video]

Defence Secretary pays tribute to veterans on VJ Day 75

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has paid tribute to WW2 veterans as he attended the national service of remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day at the National Memorial Arboretum in..

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VJ Day: Prince of Wales and PM lead memorial event [Video]

VJ Day: Prince of Wales and PM lead memorial event

The Prime Minister and the Prince of Wales pay tribute to those who served inthe Far East during the Second World War at a Victory over Japan 75-yearanniversary event at the National Memorial Arboretum..

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Second World War veteran hopes Indian Army comrades will be remembered [Video]

Second World War veteran hopes Indian Army comrades will be remembered

Photo Credit: Royal British Legion British Army Bruce Mcintosh talks about hisexperiences serving in India and the Far East during World War Two. He detailshis wish for greater recognition of Indian..

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Portrait unveiled of last living sisters to sign Official Secret Acts during Second World War [Video]

Portrait unveiled of last living sisters to sign Official Secret Acts during Second World War

A portrait of the last living sisters to have both signed the Official SecretsAct in the Second World War has been unveiled ahead of the anniversary of VJday.

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Chindits veteran recalls ‘impossible’ hardships of Burma campaign [Video]

Chindits veteran recalls ‘impossible’ hardships of Burma campaign

A veteran of the Second World War’s brutal Burma campaign has recalled how hesurvived tropical diseases, injury and jungle warfare 75 years on from the endof the conflict. John Hutchin, 96, joined..

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Donald Trump: 1917 pandemic probably ended Second World War [Video]

Donald Trump: 1917 pandemic probably ended Second World War

US president Donald Trump has erroneously claimed that a pandemic in 1917ended the Second World War during a press briefing at the White House.

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Captain Sir Tom 'delighted' by Army training college honour [Video]

Captain Sir Tom 'delighted' by Army training college honour

Captain Sir Tom Moore said it is "truly a great honour" to be made honorarycolonel of an Army training college as he visited the military establishmentas part of his new role. The 100-year-old Second..

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Divers think they've found a U.S. submarine lost during WWII

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Eisenhower Memorial, Delayed by Design Disputes, Opens This Week

The memorial in Washington, D.C., pays tribute to the general who led the Allies to victory in Europe during World War II and the president who sought peace after it was over.
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Designing the new Eisenhower Memorial

Twenty years in the making, a new memorial has been erected, in Washington, D.C., to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who led the Allies to victory in World War II and then led the United States through..
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A Black WWII medic was passed over for the Medal of Honor. Lawmakers are trying to change that

A WWII medic saved lives at D-Day was passed over for a Medal of Honor because he was Black. Lawmakers introduced a bill to change that.  
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Wreckage of sunken WWII battleship found off Norway

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Today in History for September 8th

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The World War II You Don’t Know

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the conflict’s end, a special section that grew out of a yearlong project brings to light overlooked stories of bravery and adversity.
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The U.S. is the biggest election meddler of them all, new book claims

"Meddling in the Ballot Box" says the U.S. has meddled in 81 foreign elections since WWII, while Russia/Soviet Union has in 36 (including America's).
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Covid-19 Live Updates: Trump Administration Vaccine Chief Casts Doubt on Vaccine by Election Day

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Veteran marks 75th anniversary of WWII surrender

Jerry Pedersen, 95, was on board the USS Missouri battleship in Tokyo Bay for the official ceremony that ended World War II Sept. 2, 1945. The former Marine celebrated the 75th anniversary of Japan's..
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Defense Sec. speaks at WWII surrender anniversary

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Tom Hanks on World War II's 75th Anniversary

Act III of the war — After the War — is now simply part of our daily reality, in America and globally, writes Tom Hanks.
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Exploring the history of an iconic chair

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96-year-old WWII veteran graduates from college

Giuseppe Paterno, a 96-year-old World War II veteran from Palermo, Italy, just graduated from college – becoming the country's oldest university graduate.
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Johnson, Macron to honour French Resistance fighters in London

Four men who played significant roles in the French Resistance during World War Two will be honoured by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony in..
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Iowa State Fair canceled for the first time since World War II; will return in 2021

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Eiffel Tower in Paris to welcome back visitors on June 25

The Eiffel Tower in Paris will reopen on June 25 from its longest closure since World War Two after being forced to shut for more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tower's..
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Ukrainian computer game featuring Hitler in Moscow angers Kremlin

The Kremlin on Wednesday accused a Ukrainian computer game developer of glorifying Nazism by producing a game which features Adolf Hitler overseeing a fictional World War Two victory parade in Moscow,..
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