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World War II or the Second World War, often abbreviated as WWII or WW2, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. It involved the vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis powers. In a total war directly involving more than 100 million personnel from more than 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. Aircraft played a major role in the conflict, enabling the strategic bombing of population centres and the only two uses of nuclear weapons in war. World War II was by far the deadliest conflict in human history; it resulted in 70 to 85 million fatalities, a majority being civilians. Tens of millions of people died due to genocides (including the Holocaust), starvation, massacres, and disease. In the wake of the Axis defeat, Germany and Japan were occupied, and war crimes tribunals were conducted against German and Japanese leaders.
World War II is generally considered to have begun on 1 September 1939, when Nazi Germany, under Adolf Hitler, invaded Poland. The United Kingdom and France subsequently declared war on Germany on 3 September. Under the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact of August 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union had partitioned Poland and marked out their "spheres of influence" across Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania. From late 1939 to early 1941, in a series of campaigns and treaties, Germany conquered or controlled much of continental Europe, and formed the Axis alliance with Italy and Japan (along with other countries later on). Following the onset of campaigns in North Africa and East Africa, and the fall of France in mid-1940, the war continued primarily between the European Axis powers and the British Empire, with war in the Balkans, the aerial Battle of Britain, the Blitz of the UK, and the Battle of the Atlantic. On 22 June 1941, Germany led the European Axis powers in an invasion of the Soviet Union, opening the Eastern Front, the largest land theatre of war in history.
Japan, which aimed to dominate Asia and the Pacific, was at war with the Republic of China by 1937. In December 1941, Japan attacked American and British territories with near-simultaneous offensives against Southeast Asia and the Central Pacific, including an attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbor which resulted in the United States declaring war against Japan. As such, the European Axis powers declared war on the United States in solidarity. Japan soon captured much of the western Pacific, but its advances were halted in 1942 after losing the critical Battle of Midway; later, Germany and Italy were defeated in North Africa and at Stalingrad in the Soviet Union. Key setbacks in 1943—including a series of German defeats on the Eastern Front, the Allied invasions of Sicily and the Italian mainland, and Allied offensives in the Pacific—cost the Axis powers their initiative and forced it into strategic retreat on all fronts. In 1944, the Western Allies invaded German-occupied France, while the Soviet Union regained its territorial losses and turned towards Germany and its allies. During 1944 and 1945, Japan suffered reversals in mainland Asia, while the Allies crippled the Japanese Navy and captured key western Pacific islands.
The war in Europe concluded with the liberation of German-occupied territories, and the invasion of Germany by the Western Allies and the Soviet Union, culminating in the fall of Berlin to Soviet troops, Hitler's suicide and the German unconditional surrender on 8 May 1945. Following the Potsdam Declaration by the Allies on 26 July 1945 and the refusal of Japan to surrender on its terms, the United States dropped the first atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima, on 6 August, and Nagasaki, on 9 August. Faced with an imminent invasion of the Japanese archipelago, the possibility of additional atomic bombings, and the Soviet entry into the war against Japan and its invasion of Manchuria, Japan announced its intention to surrender on 15 August, then signed the surrender document on 2 September 1945, cementing total victory in Asia for the Allies.
World War II changed the political alignment and social structure of the globe. The United Nations (UN) was established to foster international co-operation and prevent future conflicts, great powers—China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States—became the permanent members of its Security Council. The Soviet Union and the United States emerged as rival superpowers, setting the stage for the nearly half-century-long Cold War. In the wake of European devastation, the influence of its great powers waned, triggering the decolonisation of Africa and Asia. Most countries whose industries had been damaged moved towards economic recovery and expansion. Political and economic integration, especially in Europe, began as an effort to forestall future hostilities, end pre-war enmities and forge a sense of common identity.
Last surviving WWII Medal of Honor recipient in hospital, family requests prayers for his 'last days'.
When times, people, and our COUNTRY were different.
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1941 dated SVT-40 from Factory No.74 NKV in Izhevsk. Serial number suggests it is from June 1941, when the war began.
Non-refinished bolt carrier, no refurb stamps, and original 8-slot heat shield and 6-slot muzzle brake. Also features scope mount grooves on the rear receiver and the annoyingly...
For your consideration is this CMP M1 Garand. Springfield Armory April 1941 manufacture date. Matching bolt. Rearsenaled barrel from 1945 and GI wood likely from that time. Rifle was a service grade from the CMP, trading because a buddy of mine had some financial trouble so I took it off him.
I purchased a Type 99 Arisaka from a respectable member of this forum awhile ago. He purchased the rifle from an old timer that used to reload... along with the rifle came two boxes of hand reloads for 7.7 Jap from the long deceased collector. Obviously, for legal reasons, these...
These are all authentic WWII or before Japanese Swords. I got into collecting swords when my grandfather brought one back from WWII. I have decided to let them go to someone else who can appreciate them. Prices show from top to bottom from the first picture:
Type 97 Naval Kai Gunto, Signed...
2 BOXES WWII VINTAGE COLLECTIBLE 1943 ARMOR PIERCING Caliber .30 M2 20 Cartridges LAKE CITY ORDNANCE PLANT. L C 43 HEAD STAMP. 1 BOX IS OPEN AND WRAPPED IN A PLASTIC BAG BECAUSE THE CARDBOARD HAS SOFTENED FROM THE ARMOR PIERCING TIPS. LOT 12353
FOR SALE IN PORTLAND METRO ONLY. WILL NOT SHIP...
They are still refillable, have a cap with a chain so you’ll never lose the cap, and make an awesome storage container for modern gun lube. I only needed one and bought three so figured I’d list the other ones on here. Happily sell em for $15 each or $25 together
I love Victory At Sea. It is the greatest homage to the greatest generation. All those who fought for the Allies are honored but it is really for the US Navy, Army, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Corps. There's lots of combat footage plus there's It should be required for all US history classes...
JAPANESE BAYONET AND SCABBARD MADE IN THE LAST DITCH ERA OF WWII WHEN MATERIALS WERE SCARCE. BAYONET AND SCABBARD ARE IN VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. THIS EXAMPLE WAS PRODUCED IN LATE 1944 OR 1945 WHEN JAPAN ENTERED FULL DESPERATION MODE AFTER NUMEROUS DEFEATS IN WWII. THE SCABBARD IS...
This pistol was manufactured during World War II in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia as model P 27 by FNH. Pistol has all matching numbers and correct Nazi Army Eagle proofs WaA76. The pistol is in good shape accept the grips are cracked and glued together.
For sale are my 1939 German K98K all numbers matching except a small screw and the floor plate, potentially duffle cut but can't verify. And two Mosin Nagants M91/30 arsenal refurbed and forced match. In the pictures the bottom mosin is 1942 and the middle is the 1943[SOLD]. All bores are ok but...
I recently inherited a very nice 1941 Walthers P38 AC41. All numbers are matching and comes with the original Holster and 1 mag. Has all the right Military markings on it! Can send more detailed pics if needed. Asking $1300 obo Dm if you have any questions. This is one of those rare guns...
Not a katana expert so you'll have to excuse that I don't use the proper Japanese for each piece of the sword.
Sword is a Gunto type 98 like the ones used in WWII
NOT A MALL WALL HANGER
This is an entry level genuine forged folded 1075 steel blades sword.
Letter than the original WWII...
THIS BAYONET AND SCABBARD ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION! $125.00. BLUING IS CLEAN WITH NO RUST, BLADE IS SHARP, LOCK WORKS SMOOTHLY. TOUGH TO COME BY THESE DAYS!
SHIPPING PRIORITY MAIL $10. ADDITIONAL INFO ON REQUEST OR PICTURES, LET ME KNOW. COMPLETE YOUR COLLECTOR GUN FOR DISPLAY! LAST 3...
A couple of guys asked If I wanted to sell this, I said, "I dunno". So based on what I could find on the net, I'll ask $175.00. I think that's a low price for this because this Bolo is sweet (weird) and in great shape. I've not cleaned it at all so there's real potential there. All original...
A great shooter but I need room in the safe. It does not have matching serial numbers :( but it shoots straight.
I believe I researched this correctly and it's a Yugo K98. Refurbished at Zastava pre 1950 as it's only marked with MOD 98.
I'm not looking for any trades.
I'm not willing to...