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World War II started on September 1, 1939 with the invasion of [[Poland]] by [[Germany]]. Throughout the six years it went on, eight major world powers fought in the war, along with several lesser states joining with one side or the other. On the side which lost was Germany, [[Japan]], and [[Italy]]. Against them was the [[United States]], [[Great Britain]] and the Commonwealth, [[Russia]], [[France]], and [[China]].  
 
World War II started on September 1, 1939 with the invasion of [[Poland]] by [[Germany]]. Throughout the six years it went on, eight major world powers fought in the war, along with several lesser states joining with one side or the other. On the side which lost was Germany, [[Japan]], and [[Italy]]. Against them was the [[United States]], [[Great Britain]] and the Commonwealth, [[Russia]], [[France]], and [[China]].  
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The causes of World War II are complicated. The immediate causes of World War II are generally held to be the German invasion of Poland, as well as the Japanese attacks on China, the United States, and the British and Dutch colonies. World War II began after these acts of aggression were met with an official declaration of war, armed resistance or both.
  
 
==German tactics==
 
==German tactics==

Revision as of 12:33, 12 March 2007

World War II started on September 1, 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Germany. Throughout the six years it went on, eight major world powers fought in the war, along with several lesser states joining with one side or the other. On the side which lost was Germany, Japan, and Italy. Against them was the United States, Great Britain and the Commonwealth, Russia, France, and China.

Causes

The causes of World War II are complicated. The immediate causes of World War II are generally held to be the German invasion of Poland, as well as the Japanese attacks on China, the United States, and the British and Dutch colonies. World War II began after these acts of aggression were met with an official declaration of war, armed resistance or both.

German tactics

The Germans implemented a tactic known as Blitzkrieg (translated: Lightning War) to quickly advance in their invasive plans. Blitzkrieg involves the use of combined arms to create a lack of coordination in an enemies' defensive response. The tactic worked most effectively in Europe against the French and the Netherlands, and in the beginning of the conflict against the Soviet Union. [1]

The end of World War II in Asia

On August 6, 1945, a B-29 Superfortress, the Enola Gay, dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. Then, on August 9, a B-29 dropped the second atomic bomb. On August 20 the Japanese government told the United States they were ready to accept the terms which the Allies proposed. The next day, the Allies replied, saying the authority of the emperor would be "subject to the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers." On August 14 the Japanese government agreed to this.

Then, September 2, 1945, the Japanese government, along with all it's military forces, formally surrendered to the United States. This happened in a ceremony aboard an American battleship, the Missouri, on Tokyo Bay, where the Japanese Instrument of Surrender was signed. This was the ending of World War II, after six years almost to the day.

References

  1. Frieser, K.H. 'The Blitzkrieg Legend: The 1940 Campaign in the West'