World War II

1939–1945 global war

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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 50 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.

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Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi born; 'America' first used on a world map; U.S. and Soviet troops meet in World War II; The Hubble Space Telescope deployed into..
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Tens of thousands of people have taken part in Melbourne's Anzac Day commemorations at the city's Shrine of Remembrance.
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Seventy-four years after the end of World War II, a controlled detonation of an America bomb in the southern German city of Regensburg caused widespread damage..
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CBS News went to meet this American hero and hear the WWII stories only he can tell.
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Lesley Cairns Murray's World War Two logbook was discovered among papers in a loft.
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Some 4,500 people in Regensburg had to leave their homes overnight after a 250kg bomb was unearthed.
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The telegram was sent to Col Watego's grandmother in 1942. His uncle Vince Watego had been killed at El Almein, the Western Desert campaign during the Second..
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Whether at the Shrine of Remembrance or the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victorians in their thousands are expected to commemorate Anzac Day.
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The SS Iron Crown was sunk by a Japanese submarine in 1942, killing 38 sailors.
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An Australian ship sunk by a Japanese submarine during World War II, killing 38 people, has been discovered after being lost for 77 years.
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After being lost for 77 years, an Australian freighter sunk by a Japanese submarine during World War II has been located. The SS Iron Crown, a 100m long ore..
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(CNN)For years now, people like environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben have been screaming from the treetops that we need a World War II-scale..
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Twenty-one Australian nurses died at Bangka Island, but a historian says there's more to the story.
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Poland should follow Greece in stepping up pressure on Germany to pay billions of euros in damages for Nazi occupation during World War Two, a lawmaker in charge..
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A 92-year-old former concentration camp guard was charged with being an accessory to murder, in what will likely be one of the last-ever cases against Nazi-era..
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The Greek parliament voted Wednesday to launch a diplomatic campaign to press Germany to cough up billions of euros in damages for the Nazi occupation of the..
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20 years ago, an Age investigation revealed disabled soldiers and Jewish refugees were used as human guinea pigs for medical experiments by the Australian Army..
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The Greek parliament voted on Wednesday to launch a diplomatic campaign to press Germany to cough up billions of euros in damages for the Nazi occupation of the..
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The Greek parliament will vote Wednesday on whether Greece should pursue billions of euros in reparations from Germany for the Nazi occupation during World War..
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Paul Linsell's World War Two replica, which he spent seven years restoring, is going on display at a museum.
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The Second World War fighter replica will now go display at a local aviation museum.
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