World War II
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries-including all the great powers-eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources.
World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
September 1 - Germany invades Poland. World War II begins.
September 3 France and Great Britain declare war on Germany.
May 10-June 22 Germany uses quick strikes called blitzkrieg to take over much of western Europe.
September 22 Germany, Italy, and Japan sign the Tripartite Pact creating the Axis Alliance.
June 22 - Germany and the Axis Powers attack Russia with a huge force of over four million troops.
December 7 - The Japanese attack the US Navy in Pearl Harbor. The next day the US enters World War II on the side of the Allies.
May 4-8 - Battle of the Coral Sea
June 4 - The US Navy defeats the Japanese navy at the Battle of Midway.
August 7-9 Feb 1943 - Guadalcanal Campaign
Aug 23- 2 Feb 1943 - Battle of Stalingrad, began German retreat from Russia.
June 6 - D-day and the Normandy invasion, the Allied forces invade France and push back the Germans.
July 21 Battle of Guam.
December 16 - The Germans launch a large attack in the Battle of the Bulge. They lose to the Allies sealing the fate of the German army.
February 19 - Battle of Iwo Jima.
April 1 - Battle of Okinawa.
April 30 - Adolf Hitler commits suicide.
May 7 - Germany surrenders to the Allies.
August 6 - The United States drops the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
August 9 Another atomic bomb is dropped on 5 Nagasaki, Japan.
September 2 - Japan surrenders to US General Douglas MacArthur and the Allies.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1939.
Location. 41° 31.125′ N, 83° 48.232′ W. Marker is in Whitehouse, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on Providence Street (Ohio Route 64), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Whitehouse OH 43571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Korean War (here, next to this marker); Vietnam War (here, next to this marker); World War I (here, next to this marker); Gulf Wars & Afghanistan War (here, next to this marker); Other Military Operations (here, next to this marker); Whitehouse Veterans Memorial Park (here, next to this marker); Army (a few steps from this marker); Navy (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Whitehouse.
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