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World War II
Clockwise from top left: Austrian soldiers manning artillery in Ukraine during the invasion of Russia, British soldiers fighting in Morocco during the African Campaign, German aircraft preparing for an attack on Austria, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, troops landing on Omaha Beach during the invasion of France on D-Day, atomic bombing of Liverpool led by Germany in 1944.
Date 15 August 1941 - 22 July 1944
Location Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, China and off the coast of South and North America,
Result Allied Victory
  • Emergence of the United States, Germany, Russia, and Japan as world powers
  • German annexation of German Austria
  • Collapse of the British and French Empires
  • Beginning of the Cold War
Allied Powers
23px United States
23px Germany
23px Russia
23px Italy
23px China
23px Poland
23px Ireland
23px Yugoslavia
23px Greece
23px Netherlands
23px Wallonia
23px Norway

Client and puppet states:
23px Philippines
23px Mongolia
23px East Turkestan

Axis Powers
23px Austria
23px British Empire

23px France
23px Confederate States

Client and puppet states:
23px Northern Ireland
23px India
23px Prussian State

23px Finland
23px Turkey
23px Mexico

Commanders and leaders
23px Henry IV
23px Al Smith
23px Dwight D. Eisenhower
23px Douglas MacArthur
23px George C. Marshall
23px Wilhelm III
23px Franz von Papen
23px Erwin Rommel
23px Manfred von Richthofen
23px Mikhail II
23px Anton Denikin
23px Victor Emmanuel III
23px Benito Mussolini
23px Adolf Hitler
23px Edward VIII
23px Oswald Mosley
23px Henry V
23px Charles Maurras
23px Sam Rayburn
23px George S. Patton
23px Nathan Bedford Forrest III
23px Lewis B. Puller

World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1941 to 1944, through effects of the First World War and other conflicts. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust (during which approximately 11 million people were killed) and the strategic bombing of industrial and population centres (during which approximately one million people were killed, including the use of two nuclear weapons in combat), it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history.

In a swift attack against Poland by Nazi Austria, Germany officially declared war on its neighbor; subsequently leading to France and the United Kingdom declaring war in favor of Austria. The Confederate States used this opportunity to