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The World War Two section of the History Guy website examines the Second World War, its causes, consequences, and the details of the war itself. We will cover the military battles and campaigns, the personalities involved in the war, as well as those people associated with the events leading up to the this conflict which created a world at war. The issue of the Holocaust will be examined, as well as the ways in which World War Two shaped the rest of the Twentieth Century.


Asia/Pacific Theater:

BEGAN: July 7, 1937--The first battle in the Japanese invasion of China took place in Battle of Lugou Bridge (Marco Polo Bridge Incident)

ENDED: September 2, 1945-The signing of the Japanese surrender documents onboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay .

European Theater:

BEGAN: September 1, 1939--The German invasion of Poland.

ENDED: May 7, 1945--The surrender of Germany to the Allies.


 Battles and Campaigns of the Second World War

Images and Pictures of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Timeline of the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan

 When Was World War Two?

Images and Pictures of The German Invasion of Norway (1940)

Images and Pictures of The German Invasion of Denmark (1940)

German Invasion of Poland (1939)--The decision by Hitler to launch his invasion of Poland became the starting point for the start of World War Two in Europe, and enabled Hitler's Holocaust to find more Jewish victims among Poland's large Jewish population.

Images and Pictures of the German Invasion of Poland

Video and Film of the German Invasion of Poland (1939)

The Battle of the Atlantic

The Battle of the River Plate (December, 1939)--The sinking of the German pocket battleship, the Graf Spee

The Sinking of the SS. Athenia by a German U-Boat on September 3, 1939 --First attack by a German U-Boat on a British vessel in WWII

Wars and Conflicts of 1939--Lists and details on the many smaller conflicts that led up to the beginning of World War Two in Europe. Also includes Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American conflicts.

Battle of Khalkhin Gol (1939)

The Winter War: The Soviet Attack on Finland (Nov. 30, 1939-March 1, 1940)

German Invasion of the Low Countries of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (May 10, 1940-May 27, 1940)

Allied Invasion of Normandy--One of the most important battles of the World War Two.

Attack on Pearl Harbor--The battle which propelled the United States from neutrality into participant in World War Two.

The Raid at Dieppe (1942)--A collection of links to websites dealing with the 1942 Raid at Dieppe, France.

Images and Pictues of the Raid at Dieppe (1942)

Speeches and Documents of Allied and Axis Politicians and Leaders

World War Two Documents

 Nations Invaded by Germany in World War Two

The Anti-Comintern Pact (Signed November 25, 1936)

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (Signed August 24, 1939)

Text of Adolf Hitler's Proclamation to the German Army announcing war with Poland (September 1, 1939)

British Declaration of War on Germany, September 3, 1939

The Tripartite Pact (Signed September 27, 1940)

Atlantic Charter of August 14, 1941

President Roosevelt's Message To Congress on the Atlantic Charter of August 21, 1941


U.S. Declaration of War Against Japan (December 8, 1941)

Lend Lease Agreement (February 23, 1942)

Anglo-American Agreement of February 28, 1942

President Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer to the Nation (June 6, 1944)

The Yalta Conference Agreements (February 11, 1945)

Potsdam Declaration (July 26, 1945)

Japanese Surrender Documents (September 2, 1945)

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 See also: World War Two Vocabulary

World War Two Biographies


Wars and Conflicts Related to the Second World War

Predecessor Conflicts (wars occurring before World War Two which led up to the war)

World War One (1914-1918)

The Italian Conquest of Ethiopia (1935-1936)

German Re-Occupation of the Rhineland (1936)

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)

Austrian Anschluss (1938)

Munich Crisis/Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia (1938)

The Italian Conquest of Albania (April, 1939)

Soviet-Japanese Border Wars

Changkufeng Incident (1938)--also known as The Battle of Lake Khasan

Battle of Khalkhin Gol ( May-September, 1939)--also known as the Nomonhan Incident

Concurrent Conflicts (related wars not directly or officially part of the conflict between the Allies and the Axis)

The Winter War (1939-1940)

Franco-Thai War (1940)

Anglo-Iraq War (1941)

Successor Conflicts (later wars which occurred as a result of World War Two)

The Greek Civil War (1946-1949)

The Cold War (1945-1991)

The First Indochina War (1946-1954)

The Korean War (1950-1953)

Alternate Names for the Conflict

The Second World War

The Great Patriotic War (USSR/Russia)

The Great Pacific War (Japan)

Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War of Resistance (China)

Nations At War




* nation that did not provide military forces in combat


China, Poland, Great Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa,  Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Yugoslavia, Greece, Soviet Union, United States, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt*, Ethiopia, Iran*, San Marino*, Argentina*, Bolivia*, Chile*, Colombia*, Cuba*, Costa Rica*, Dominican Republic*, Ecuador*, El Salvador*, Guatemala*, Haiti*, Honduras*, Liberia*, Mongolia, Nicaragua*, Panama*, Paraguay*, Peru*, Saudi Arabia*, Uruguay*, Venezuela*, Turkey*








Finland (Finland only declared war on, and fought against, the Soviet Union)


The Holocaust


Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass

Personalities of the Second World War-Biography pages of people who impacted the Allied and Axis nations before, during, and after World War Two.

Gerald R. Ford--American World War Two Navy veteran and, decades after the war, America's 38th President.

Adolf Hitler--Dictator of Germany

George S. Patton-Famous and flamboyant American Army general.

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1. Kohn, George C. Dictionary of Wars. New York: Facts On File Publications. 1986.