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World War II lasted from 1939 to 1945. It involved most of the world’s countries and two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis powers. More than 30 countries threw their entire military, economic, industrial, and scientific resources into the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources and targets. Aircraft enabled the strategic bombing of population centers and the atomic attacks on Japan. This was by far the deadliest conflict in human history, resulting in up to 85 million deaths. Most were civilians. Tens of millions of people died in the Holocaust and other genocides, and from starvation, mass murder, and disease. After the war, Germany and Japan were occupied by the victors, and war crimes tribunals were held.

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World War II Index | Prelude: Diplomatic Revolution | Germany: Anti-Semitism Nazi Empire: Economic ExploitationResistanceRole of Hitler | Holocaust: SS and the EinsatzgruppenGypsy HolocaustDeath Camps | Japan | Poland | Soviet Union: Homefront | United States | Aggression: GermanyJapan | A New Kind of WarTotal War | Grand Alliance | Britain | France | Early Axis Victories | Early Allied Victories | Allied Invasion of Europe | Defeat of the Third Reich | Defeat of Japan

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