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World War 2 Facts You Must Know

The 20th century witnessed two of the deadliest and scariest world wars, that are no less than scars on the face of humanity. World War 1 was fought between 1914 to 1918, and it was dominantly participated by various European countries. World War II was fought between the years 1939 to 1945. Many countries fought in the World War II and it is believed to be one of the deadliest wars in terms of causalities. Read more on facts about World War 2.

Facts About The Second World War

The 2nd World War was fought in Africa, Asia, Europe and Russia. Most of the greatest powers of the world were involved in this war and two military oppositions were formed: The Allies and the Axis. The major big wigs of Allies were the UK, The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the United States of America (USA). Many other countries came forward to help Allies as the war began. The Axis powers comprised of Germany, Japan and Italy. Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria also were the belligerents who moved ahead to support Axis powers. Read more on causes of World War 2.

Here are some World War 2 facts:

  • One year before the war was going to begin, the UK government distributed nearly 40 million gas masks to the citizens!
  • Paul Tibbets, an American pilot, was the man who dropped the first ever atomic bomb in human history over Hiroshima on 6 August, 1945.
  • The Ford-Werke AG, a unit of iconic Ford Motor company, did not suffer any loss as it was not bombed during the war (maybe due to political reasons)!
  • Words like Flash and Thunder were used as code words by American soldiers in WWII.
  • The movie ‘Schindler’s List’ was inspired by ‘Oskar Schindler’ who saved thousands of Jews from treachery of Nazi concentration camps. Read more on the concentration camps of the holocaust.

From late 1942, American troops started gaining control over Pacific ground. The official surrender of Germany on August May 7, and 8, 1945, about a week after Hitler had committed suicide, was the first major victory for the Allies. In spite of this, Japanese soldiers showed indomitable will power and resilience and still were not ready to surrender. The US army cut off supplies of food and other necessities on which the Japanese armies were heavily dependent. By the middle of 1945, Japan was unable to compete with the Allies in terms of industrial and ammunition production. Japanese homelands were invaded and many areas were under US control. Finally, on August 6 and 9, when atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively, the Japanese government realized that they had no option but to surrender to the US army. One of the worst World War 2 facts is the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After Japan surrendered to US invasion, it was almost evident that the war had ended. The surrender of Germany and Japan is considered the formal ending of the Second World War. Read more on bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The most devastating fact about World War 2 is that it led to the loss of millions of lives. If statistics are to be believed, nearly 50 to 70 million people lost their lives in the battle for power and control. These were some short World War 2 facts and history of major events in this turbulent period. Though there probably are many more facts regarding the Second World War that have not been covered in this article, the above constitutes the more important events that occurred in this 6 year war. The summarized information in this article is ideal information for World War 2 facts for kids and for school going children.

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