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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.
Czech, CZ38 German (P39t) .380 ACP semi auto pistol WWII. SN: 277962 (Upper and Lower #'s match) This
CZ38 falls right into the production range that were diverted to the German war machine during WWII...
Bolt action 223/5.56 Kimber, Tikka...
S&W 41 mag, 357 Mag...
This week I picked up a Type 99 Arisaka from another fine member on this site. Here it is next to its former foe: the M1 Garand.
This Arisaka was made in 1942....produced while my grandfather recovered in the hospital from wounds sustained at Pearl Harbor.
This past week I've thought a lot...
My Father entered the 1st Oregon air National Guard in 1940. The guard was federally activated into the AAF in April 1941. He eventually landed at Utah Beach in Normandy, and he carried this throughout his service from Portland Or. to the outskirts of Berlin. He was issued this knife/sword...
Up for sale is a Russian SVT40-$2000 or best offer/trade
it is a Finn capture with”SA” markings
1941 Izhevsk build
I am not a trained grader of firearms, but I would say it is in good condition, probably above average for a rifle of this age. No visible rust, but average wear of blued metal...
For sale or trade:
50 rounds of 45 acp Korean war era ammo in original "good" condition box.
(2) "S" or Scovill WW II magazines in "good" condition
(1) 1918 era magazine pouch in fair condition.
Selling or trading as a package not interested in separating.
Trade for (3)...
I am in talks about buying an actual WWII bring back of a “US Gov“ stamped WW1 era firearm. It’s with the original family and it appears there is no paper DD603 with it. I’m in Oregon, but can this transfer even be done or will the firearm get flagged and lost in Federal paperwork for years.
WILL NOT SHIP, meet at "A Cut Above Pawn" for face to face FFL transfer, cash or electronic payment is fine.
Trying to sell my SMLE Mk III*. Manufactured 1944 in Lithgow, comes with 380 rounds of 174 gr. FMJ made by WPA with bimetal casings, 4 Azoom Snapcaps, and a reproduction sling.
I have a M-11 practice grenade with a June 1942 build date that is in great shape and would be a nice addition to someones collection.
This practice grenade seems to have most of its original finish and markings and also comes with a tapered wooden plug that I don't know if it is original or...
I was rummaging through my stuff and found approximately 70 rounds of World War II 45 ACP ammo. It is all marked WCC 42. NOT reloads.
Does anybody know if this is worth anything, and if so what? I don’t know if I want to shoot it or not, the ones I have shot work fine. Anybody want to trade...
Up for consideration. OBO, but I am not going down much. I haven't researched the price. I won't be undersold. LOL This jacket still fits me, but a bit tight cause I am getting old and fat. It's the real deal. I weigh 180? 5-8. It is a bit tight, but they are cut high kinda like an Ike...
I’d like to find a new home for this CZ Model 24 pistol. From what I can find it was manufactured fairly early. SN range from 12,000-190,000 and this particular CZ has SN 15192. I’m asking $800 or best offer based on recent auction and final sale prices I was able to find online. The only trade...
The magazine is in good shape. I believe it is a 15 round magazine but I am not sure as I do not own an M1 Carbine. I've included photos showing the dimensions so feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. These sell for $50 elsewhere online. Found the following description: "WWII IBM Contract M1...
For those looking for an M1 Carbine...
Base Pricing Starts at $1,099.99
We have the following M1 carbines available:
M1 carbine NRA good to INLAND ONLY $1,099.99
M1 Carbine NRA very good to excellent condition $1,299.99
M1 Carbine NRA excellent to unissued condition $1,799.99
M1 Carbine early...
6oo round can of .45 acp. Packed up in 1944. I got 2 of these cans several years ago and opened one right away. I couldn't help myself. The ammo itself is pretty low quality steel case stuff, but there is a hand written inspection note that was pretty cool. It was like opening a time...
This weapon is in great shape. It is a Czech 98 Mauser that has been re-barreled to a 30-06. The weapon comes with a Redfield Mount and a Bushnell Scope 4X. Buyer pays $50 USPS Shipping or local pickup of $10 OSP Background Fee. The owner is not interested in any trades.