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 70 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.
A monument to a battle fought in the opening days of World War Two has become a new frontline in the fight between Poland's ruling nationalists and the liberal opposition in the countdown to a.. Reuters - Published
South Korea said on Monday it plans to drop Japan from its "white list" of countries with fast-track trade status from September, a tit-for-tat move that deepens a diplomatic and trade rift between the..
Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing will be the next person to feature on the £50 note, the Bank of England has confirmed. The selection of the mathematician, who is often credited as being the..
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Russia's president said on Saturday that Moscow would do all it could to improve relations with the United States that have been strained by years of diplomatic conflicts over Ukraine and accusations..
Russian President Vladimir Putin led a memorial ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin Wall on Saturday, laying a wreath in memory of World War Two victims. Rough cut (no reporter..
Legendary sportscaster and World War II veteran Jack Whitaker died Sunday morning in his sleep in Devon, Pennsylvania, of natural causes. He was 95 years old. Whitaker was a CBS Sports announcer for 22.. CBS News - Published
On the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, South Korea's president on Thursday urged Japan to contemplate its wartime past and offered to engage in talks to repair strained ties, while.. Reuters - Published
Japan's new emperor, Naruhito, expressed deep remorse over the country's wartime past and prayed for global peace on Thursday, echoing his father's words in remarks at an annual ceremony marking.. Reuters - Published
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine for war dead on Thursday, the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, Kyodo News said of a gesture.. Reuters - Published