World War II in one pointer

  • WWII the deadliest war in all of human history with around 70 million people killed.
  • After World War I, Germany had to give up land and was banned from having armed forces. It was under the Treaty of Versailles.
  • In 1933, the German people voted for a leader named Adolf Hitler, who led a political party in Germany called the National Socialists or Nazis.
  • Hitler promised to make his country great again and quickly began to arm Germany again and to seize land from other countries.
  • On 1st September, 1939, German forces stormed the Polish frontier. A total of 1.25 million Germans soldiers swept into Poland.
  • Britain and France declared war on Germany after Hitler had refused to abort his invasion of Poland.
  • World War II started in Europe, but spread throughout the world. Much of the fighting took place in Europe and in Southeast Asia.
  • World War II was fought between the Axis Powers (Germany, Italy, Japan) and the Allied Powers (Britain, United States, Soviet Union, France).
  • The war in Europe ended with the suicide of Adolf Hitler and the subsequent German unconditional surrender on 8 May 1945.
  • It ended because of invasion of Germany by the Western Allies and the Soviet Union, culminating in the capture of Berlin by Soviet troops.
  • The war in the Pacific ended when Japan surrendered on September 2, 1945.
  • It was after the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August respectively.
  • Japan surrendered because of the possibility of additional atomic bombings and the Soviet invasion of Manchuria.

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