Global  

World War II

1939–1945 global conflict between the Axis and the Allies

World War II    ▸ Facts   ▸ Comments   ▸ News   ▸ Videos   

World War II: 1939–1945 global conflict between the Axis and the Allies
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. It involved the vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. In a state of total war, directly involving more than 100 million people 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. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 70 to 85 million fatalities. Tens of millions of people died due to genocides, premeditated death from starvation, massacres, and disease. Aircraft played a major role in the conflict, including in the use of strategic bombing of population centres, and the only uses of nuclear weapons in war.

0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 

Noodle aid: A treat for Manchester's isolated students [Video]

Noodle aid: A treat for Manchester's isolated students

Students at Manchester Metropolitan University's Cambridge Halls receivenoodles delivered in a Second World War tank from noodle brand Chopstix.Cambridge House was one of the residences which hit the..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:09Published
Second World War bomb explodes in Poland [Video]

Second World War bomb explodes in Poland

A British Second World War bomb exploded while being made safe underwater bynavy demolition specialists in northwestern Poland on Tuesday. The 5.4-tonTallboy bomb was found in September 2019 beneath a..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:53Published
Biggest WWII bomb found in Poland explodes [Video]

Biggest WWII bomb found in Poland explodes

The biggest World War Two bomb ever found in Poland exploded under water on Tuesday as navy divers tried to defuse it.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:39Published
Polish navy bid to defuse one of WWII's largest bombs near Baltic coast [Video]

Polish navy bid to defuse one of WWII's largest bombs near Baltic coast

The bomb — nicknamed "Tallboy" and capable of causing a small earthquake — was dropped by the British in 1945.

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 02:14Published
Sunken ship may solve decades-old mystery [Video]

Sunken ship may solve decades-old mystery

Polish divers say they have found the wreck of a German World War Two ship which may help solve a decades-old mystery - the whereabouts of the Amber Room, an ornate chamber from a tsarist palace in..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:24Published
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s life heads for the big screen [Video]

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s life heads for the big screen

Captain Sir Tom Moore is getting the big screen treatment following a fiercebidding war. The life story of the centenarian, who raised more than £32million for the NHS by walking laps of his..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:53Published
Battle of Britain heroes ‘should be celebrated whatever your politics’, says Second World War veteran [Video]

Battle of Britain heroes ‘should be celebrated whatever your politics’, says Second World War veteran

A 97-year-old former radar operative has said the heroes of the Battle ofBritain deserve to be celebrated “whatever your politics are”. Kath McLeodjoined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) in..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:03Published
Soviet WWII propaganda revised to hail detained Belarus opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova [Video]

Soviet WWII propaganda revised to hail detained Belarus opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova

The artwork has gone viral.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:38Published
Sunken WW2 cruiser found off Norway [Video]

Sunken WW2 cruiser found off Norway

The wreckage of a major German warship has been discovered off the coast of Norway some 80 years after it was sunk in a World War Two battle, Norwegian power grid operator Statnett and a maritime..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:17Published
Sunken WW2 battleship found off Norway [Video]

Sunken WW2 battleship found off Norway

The wreckage of a major German warship has been discovered off the coast of Norway some 80 years after it was sunk in a World War Two battle, Norwegian power grid operator Statnett and a maritime..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:17Published
Trump talks up strength in tackling US protests [Video]

Trump talks up strength in tackling US protests

President Donald Trump talked up his administration's record in tacklingviolent protests in Portland and cities across the United States. Trump wasspeaking before a sizable crowd, including at least 25..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:07Published
Pierce Brosnan to play WWII veteran in The Last Rifleman [Video]

Pierce Brosnan to play WWII veteran in The Last Rifleman

Pierce Brosnan has signed on to star in the World War II film The Last Rifleman, with the production scheduled to commence shooting this winter in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:53Published
Debate reignited over Japanese buildings in South Korea [Video]

Debate reignited over Japanese buildings in South Korea

September 2 marks the 75th anniversary of the formal surrender of Japan - and the moment that brought World War II to an end.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:29Published
Belarusian protesters, defying army, flood Minsk [Video]

Belarusian protesters, defying army, flood Minsk

Tens of thousands of protesters demanding Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko step down defied a warning from the military on Sunday and flooded into Minsk, briefly gathering near the president's..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 02:13Published

You Might Like


Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors

Holocaust survivors Ruth Brandspiegel and Israel "Sasha" Eisenberg parted ways in 1949 after befriending one another in a post-World War II displaced persons camp in Austria. They were reunited 71..
USATODAY.com - Published

WW2 crashed bomber: Dental records to be used to identify airmen

The Short Stirling bomber was shot down and crashed into a lake on its way back from Berlin.
BBC News - Published

Coronavirus: Man, 100, relives family holidays by painting

The WW2 veteran has been painting scenes from his old sketchbooks during the pandemic.
BBC News - Published

She found love in a war zone, then bought a house for $5: A WWII bride's story

A Michigan war bride tells her story about living under German-occupied Belgium, and how she met the love of her life during a world war.
USATODAY.com - Published

World War II-Era ‘Earthquake Bomb’ Explodes in Polish Waters

Polish Navy divers tried to remotely neutralize a six-ton “Tallboy” dropped by the British, but the bomb had no intention of going quietly.
NYTimes.com - Published

Video shows WWII "earthquake bomb" exploding underwater

Dramatic drone video shows the waves from the detonation reaching all the way to the shore.
CBS News - Published

British WW2 Tallboy bomb detonates in Poland

Divers attempting to defuse the massive bomb in a canal were outside the danger zone and unharmed.
BBC News - Published

Facebook donates £1 million to help save UK’s WWII code-breaking center Bletchley Park

facebook donates £1 million to help save uk’s wwii code-breaking center bletchley park
A former Bletchley Park employee, Jean Valentine, handles part of the Turing Bombe — an electromechanical computer used to crack Nazi Germany’s Enigma code during WWII. | Photo by Rui Vieira / PA..
The Verge - Published

Mitsuye Tanamachi, World War II Internee, Dies at 97

The Japanese-American daughter of a California farmer was confined to a camp in Arizona where she found God and her husband. She died of Covid-19.
NYTimes.com - Published

Divers attempt to defuse WWII "earthquake bomb"

Dropped in 1945 in an attack on a Nazi warship, the bomb is 19 feet long and has 2.4 tons of explosives.
CBS News - Published

CBS News special "Asian Americans: Battling Bias" examines plight of minority group during pandemic

For many Asian Americans, the pandemic has brought a new wave of discrimination that they say they haven't felt since World War II. CBS News' Race and Culture Unit explores the impact of racist..
CBS News - Published

Australia's net migration intake drops to negative levels for the first time since World War II

The federal government has revealed its plans to attract the “best and brightest” skilled migrants from around the world when international borders reopen, as Australia enters its slowest..
SBS - Published

World War II veteran publishes book of hundreds of long-lost love letters

While serving in the Army during World War II, Bernard Brown wrote 246 letters to the woman who would become his future wife. The letters were packed away in a box until his daughter found them and..
CBS News - Published

WW2 veteran 'emotional' at fallen friend Flimby memorial find

Douglas Newham, 98, had been searching for a memorial to his friend who was killed in 1946.
BBC News - Published

COVID is making it tough to govern and all three federal branches are feeling the pain

The country has surmounted past political crises, including the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945 with World War II still raging.
USATODAY.com - Published

Raw video: Wreck of German WWII ship found in Baltic Sea

A team of Polish divers say they found the wreckage of German World War II steamer Karlsruhe, which was bombed by Soviet planes and sunk in 1945, killing hundreds on board. The Baltictech team say the..
CBS News - Published

Divers find wreck of WWII ship that sunk with 1,083 on board

The divers said the discovery could help solve a mystery - the whereabouts of the Amber Room, dubbed the "Eight Wonder of the World."
CBS News - Published

Defence ministry places order for 10 lakh multi-mode hand grenades for the Army

These grenades replace the obsolete World War-II design in service with the forces. The new grenades have a distinctive make and are extremely effective in both offensive and defensive modes.
DNA - Published

Shell to cut up to 9,000 jobs as oil demand slumps

The move comes five months after it cut its dividend for the first time since World War Two.
BBC News - Published

Pilot arranges special World War II flyover above his 98-year-old dad's house

Art Kahley was known best as a beloved band director, but his Army service in World War II forever shaped him.
USATODAY.com - Published

A rare blue moon will light up the Halloween night sky

2020 marks the first time a Halloween full moon has been visible in all time zones since World War II.
CBS News - Published

This MYSTERIOUS Russian village was separated from the mainland and deserted

this mysterious russian village was separated from the mainland and deserted
Sankovo-Medvezhye in Belarus is yet another Russian exclave but, unlike Kaliningrad, it’s history is quite sinister. Few people know about the two Russian villages that happen to be cut off from the..
WorldNews - Published

Solomon Islands: Men working for WW2 bomb clearing agency die in explosion

The men were working to help dispose of the many unexploded World War Two bombs on the islands.
BBC News - Published

Japan’s ex-PM Abe visits controversial Tokyo shrine

japan’s ex-pm abe visits controversial tokyo shrine
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he has visited a shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression. Abe’s visit Saturday, which he announced in a tweet, comes..
WorldNews - Published

Captain Sir Tom Moore releases autobiography, launches foundation

100-year-old Second World War veteran who raised more than $40 million for Britain's National Health Service, launches a not-for-profit foundation, an autobiography and says he wants David Beckham to..
USATODAY.com - Published

Divers think they've found a U.S. submarine lost during WWII

One diver says it's clear the USS Grenadier's crew went through "quite an ordeal," and he hopes finding the wreck will let them "have some closure."
CBS News - Published

Wars and peace: Israeli ties with the Arab world

wars and peace: israeli ties with the arab world
JERUSALEM: Israel, which on Tuesday is set to sign accords to normalise ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, has had a turbulent history with the Arab world, including eight wars. The two..
WorldNews - Published

Battle of Britain's 'radar women' remembered

A light show tribute at a former radar site marks the 80th anniversary of the World War Two battle.
BBC News - Published

Kansas woman uncovers long-lost WWII medals in her house, gives vet 'a trip down memory lane'

"Oh gosh," Crosby Powell, a 96-year-old WWII veteran, said when he saw the box of artifacts. "Where did you find those?"
USATODAY.com - Published

Eisenhower Memorial, Delayed by Design Disputes, Opens This Week

The memorial in Washington, D.C., pays tribute to the general who led the Allies to victory in Europe during World War II and the president who sought peace after it was over.
NYTimes.com - Published

China, US tensions: Next 10 months are 'critical' to avoid war

china, us tensions: next 10 months are 'critical' to avoid war
Analysis: With the US in turmoil, the world distracted by the pandemic mixed with China's unbridled ambition, the next 10 months will be the most dangerous since World War II, a top Australian..
New Zealand Herald - Published

Designing the new Eisenhower Memorial

Twenty years in the making, a new memorial has been erected, in Washington, D.C., to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who led the Allies to victory in World War II and then led the United States through..
CBS News - Published

Survivor recalls 'unwanted' Chinese liberated by Australia after World War II

A few photos and a 90-second black and white film in the Australia War Memorial archive, a cooking pot made from a crashed US fighter plane and the memories of a few, very elderly survivors are all..
SBS - Published

WW2 veteran pilot takes 99th birthday flight in Shropshire

A World War Two veteran and active pilot from Shropshire celebrated his 99th birthday in the sky.
BBC News - Published

Abe plan for land-attack counterpunch could mark major military shift for Japan

abe plan for land-attack counterpunch could mark major military shift for japan
TOKYO — Months before he announced his resignation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set in motion a policy change that could for the first time allow Japan’s military to plan for strikes on land targets..
WorldNews - Published

A Black WWII medic was passed over for the Medal of Honor. Lawmakers are trying to change that

A WWII medic saved lives at D-Day was passed over for a Medal of Honor because he was Black. Lawmakers introduced a bill to change that.  
USATODAY.com - Published

Wreckage of sunken WWII battleship found off Norway

The 571-foot Karlsruhe led the attack on Kristiansand during the invasion of Norway on April 9, 1940.
CBS News - Published

Today in History for September 8th

Highlights of this day in history: Galveston hurricane kills thousands; President Gerald Ford pardons Richard Nixon; Nazis begin Leningrad siege during World War II; Comedian Sid Caesar born; Original..
USATODAY.com - Published

The World War II You Don’t Know

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the conflict’s end, a special section that grew out of a yearlong project brings to light overlooked stories of bravery and adversity.
NYTimes.com - Published

WW2 gunner's son welcomes recovery of crashed bomber

Gunner Sgt Leonard Shrubsall's son Richard thought his father's plane had been lost over the sea.
BBC News - Published

How a daring nun saved 83 Jewish children

A convent in southern France secretly gave sanctuary to 83 Jewish children during World War Two.
BBC News - Published

The U.S. is the biggest election meddler of them all, new book claims

"Meddling in the Ballot Box" says the U.S. has meddled in 81 foreign elections since WWII, while Russia/Soviet Union has in 36 (including America's).
USATODAY.com - Published

Covid-19 Live Updates: Trump Administration Vaccine Chief Casts Doubt on Vaccine by Election Day

A surge in government borrowing during the pandemic recession has put the U.S. in a position it has not seen since World War II. Madrid’s leader said that it was “probable that all children would..
NYTimes.com - Published

Veteran marks 75th anniversary of WWII surrender

Jerry Pedersen, 95, was on board the USS Missouri battleship in Tokyo Bay for the official ceremony that ended World War II Sept. 2, 1945. The former Marine celebrated the 75th anniversary of Japan's..
USATODAY.com - Published

Mishal Husain: My grandfather’s war

The BBC presenter revisits her grandfather’s experience of serving in the British Indian Army during WW2.
BBC News - Published

Defense Sec. speaks at WWII surrender anniversary

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper paid tribute to World War II veterans and urged continued international cooperation during a ceremony in Hawaii Wednesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of..
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. government debt soars near levels not seen since immediately after World War II.


NYTimes.com - Published

Reg Saunders was the first Aboriginal officer in the army. His legacy still matters today

As 2 September marks 75 years since the end of World War II, the family of Reginald Saunders tell SBS News why he's a hero to all.
SBS - Published



 Page 1  〉