World War II

WWII was a conflict that started in Europe but eventually engulfed the entire world. In 1939, after annexing areas surrounding Germany, Hitler invaded Poland. This act started WWII. In December of 1941, the Empire of Japan led a surprise attack against the U.S. Naval base and surrounding airfields at Pearl Harbor.

This act brought the U.S. into the war. Finally in June of 1941, Hitler broke his pact with Stalin, and invaded the Soviet Union. This threw the entire world into war. The opposing countries split into two groups known as the Allies and the Axis. The major Allied combatants were the Soviet Union, the U.S., Great Britain, Free France, and Canada. The major Axis combattants were Germany, The Empire of Japan, Italy, and Vichy France.

Over the course of the War 62 million people lost their lives. On June 6, 1944, the Allies invaded occupied France. They made their way towards Berlin, and on May 8, 1945, also known as V-E Day, the Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of Germany and her allies. Then, to end the war and save countless lives, the U.S dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This not only destroyed large portions of Japan, but also the will of the Japanese to continue to fight. On August 14 of that same year the Empire of Japan surrendered.