World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of "total war", the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. 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. The Empire of Japan aimed to dominate Asia and the Pacific and was already at war with the Republic of China in 1937, but the world war is generally said to have begun on 1 September 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Germany and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and the United Kingdom. From late 1939 to early 1941, in a series of campaigns and treaties, Germany conquered or controlled much of continental Europe,…
History Notes (3.2.14-10.2.14)
From Toni Dimkovska
Summarising 3rd February 2014
Australians in the early 20th century were found to do anything for Britain even if it was against the majority of Australian peoples wishes.
Australian soldiers started resisting against the British Army because, they didn’t like the Britain’s decisions. Therefore the relationship between Australia & Britain started going downwards.
Australian & New Zealander soldiers gained professional skills that got…
force during World War II. It is argued that Native Americans eagerly enlisted for the duration of the war determined to capture the honor and glory in combat as their ancestors had done in previous generations (Townsend 141). It is important to note that members from the Navajo tribe were not the only ones to have an outstanding contribution to the war effort. “A 1942 survey indicated that forty percent more Native Americans voluntarily enlisted than had been drafted” (Townsend 135). In the…
The Second World War
WWII was the biggest war in human history and affected almost the entire world throughout its occurrence. Throughout the war, numerous battles occurred in many different countries. The war lasted just under six years, from 1939 to 1945.
The late 1920s and early 1930s saw the rise of four cruel regimes, all of which would play a leading part in the Second World War. After the First World War, multiple countries took extra precautions for security and protection. Despite…
Review Sheet: Depression to WWII
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the president of the US from 1933–1945. He instituted the New Deal in order to get the country out of the Depression and .
She was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography…
technological advancements during this time. These advances can be categorized into three categories. They are weapon advances, vehicle advances, and strategic advances. This technology would change the face of war forever.
Weapons had to be improved in WWII because the weapons in WWI were becoming out of date.Weapons were becoming more acurate and faster.By World War Two, the average soldier would either carry a semi-automatic rifle or a machine gun of some sort.Flamethrowers were used in trench wars…
Chapter One: Introduction
“Obviously fashion was of no concern to those living under desperate affliction or confinement – but where hope existed so did fashion” (Walford, 2008:6).
Britain became involved in World War II (WWII) on September 3rd 1939. It might seem irreverent to consider fashion in the context of a war that resulted in so many civilian deaths however, the experience of the war ranged dramatically according to who and where you were. “The civilian population…
How did technology impact the course and outcome of WWII?
Throughout wars, technology and science advances. As technology advances, it impacts how countries and people fight in wars. WWII was no exception. In wars who ever has the latest technology and science was most likely to succeed. New medicines, communication devices, and weapons helped the countries fight better. These advancements impacted the course and outcome of countries in WWII. Some technologies had a positive effect on some and…
William J. Brennan
William J. Brennan Jr. was born on April 25, 1906 as the second of eight children. While he was born in New Jersey he actually graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at the age of twenty-two and graduated from Harvard University at the age of twenty-five (Supreme Court History). During his years as a college undergrad he married Marjorie Leonard and eventually had three children.
WWII then happened, and Brennan served well becoming a Colonel and the recipient…
to April 30 1945, but do you know that as Fuhrer of Germany he was the driving force behind the start of WWII. During his reign he tried to bring Germany back to the powerful country it had been before the First World War. In this paper I will prove that Hitler’s actions lead to start of WWII, and I plan to prove how his direct disregard of the Treaty of Versailles pushed the world into WWII.
I will begin with a little background on Hitler and what led him to become the Fuhrer of Germany. Hitler…
[xxiv] Kirk, John, and Robert Young, Jr. Great Weapons of World War II New York: Walker and Company, 1961, pp. 5-92.
[xxv] (Kirk, 93-172)
[xxvi] (Kirk, 173-216)
[xxvii] (Kirk, 281-347)
[xxviii] (Kirk, 287)
[xxix] Wolfe, William L., ed. Handbook of Military Infrared Technology. Washington, D. C.: Office of Naval Research, 1965, p. 231.
[xxx] De Arcangelis, Mario. Electronic Warfare: From the Battle of Tsushima to the Falklands and Lebanon Conflicts. United Kingdom: Blandford…