World War II

what impact did conflict have on European development?


World War ll began on September 1, 1939 and ended on September 2, 1945. About 104 countries were involved in World War ll; some of the major countries involved included the Soviet Union, America, Japan, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The death toll of this war was around 50 million to 73 million people.

Significant Events

  • On June 26, 1941, four million troops poured over the Russian border. Within one month, over 2 and a half million Russians have been killed, wounded or captured.
  • Rationing starts in UK in 1940
  • 1941 Hitler starts Operation Barbarossa- invasion of Russia
  • WW2 began mainly because of the Great Depression-resources, america got loans from germany- directly led to Hitler in power.

Main Events

  • Attack of Pearl Harbor.
  • Holocaust.

major leaders

  • The president of the United States at the time was Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Leader of The Soviet Union was Joseph Stalin, and the dictator of Germany at the time was nazi leader Adolf Hitler


Why it Started and How it Ended

World War II started on September 1, 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Germany with Germany also declaring war on France and Britain. The goal of WWII, in the eyes of Nazi Germany, was to help take over Europe forming the Axis alliance with Italy. The reason this war became the largest land theatre of war in history was because the Axis launched an invasion into the Soviet Union. World War II ended with the surrender of the Axis alliance. Germany surrendered to the Western Allies on May 7th and to the Soviets on May 8th of 1945, a week after Hitler committed suicide. Japan surrendered a few months later after the U.S.A. drooped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 of 1945.


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Essential Question

What impact did conflict have on the European development?