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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.

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Donald Trump: 1917 pandemic probably ended Second World War [Video]

Donald Trump: 1917 pandemic probably ended Second World War

US president Donald Trump has erroneously claimed that a pandemic in 1917ended the Second World War during a press briefing at the White House.

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Captain Sir Tom 'delighted' by Army training college honour [Video]

Captain Sir Tom 'delighted' by Army training college honour

Captain Sir Tom Moore said it is "truly a great honour" to be made honorarycolonel of an Army training college as he visited the military establishmentas part of his new role. The 100-year-old Second..

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Merkel warns of possible EU summit failure [Video]

Merkel warns of possible EU summit failure

European Union leaders may not reach a deal on a coronavirus stimulus plan on Sunday (July 19), German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as marathon negotiations ran into a third day. Francis Maguire..

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'Impasse' EU talks extended to Sunday [Video]

'Impasse' EU talks extended to Sunday

European Union leaders ended a second day of negotiations late on Saturday without a concrete plan to pump hundreds of billions of euros into their economies ravaged by coronavirus and would resume on..

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Queen Elizabeth Knights 100-year-old World War II Veteran [Video]

Queen Elizabeth Knights 100-year-old World War II Veteran

Queen Elizabeth II knighted the 100-year-old World War II veteran that raised funds for the NHS. Captain Tom Moore became a national celebrity when he raised millions for the UK's National Health..

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Captain Sir Tom Moore to be knighted by Queen in unique ceremony [Video]

Captain Sir Tom Moore to be knighted by Queen in unique ceremony

Fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore is to be knighted by the Queen in his own personal ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday.The 100-year-old Second World War veteran will travel to the Berkshire..

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Dame Vera Lynn laid to rest [Video]

Dame Vera Lynn laid to rest

Dame Vera Lynn has been honoured with a flypast in her beloved East Sussex village ahead of her funeral.Two Second World War fighter planes soared over Ditchling to remember the late singer.The..

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Ditchling residents pay respect to Dame Vera Lynn [Video]

Ditchling residents pay respect to Dame Vera Lynn

The funeral of World War II singer Dame Vera Lynn takes place in Ditchling, East Sussex, with a flypast by aircraft from the Battle of Britain. Report by Bassaneseg. Like us on Facebook at..

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Nazi submarine base in France repurposed for art space [Video]

Nazi submarine base in France repurposed for art space

Finding a new purpose, a WWII submarine base is transformed into a new digital art space.

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Eiffel Tower re-opens with new rules [Video]

Eiffel Tower re-opens with new rules

The Eiffel Tower on Thursday welcomed back visitors after the coronavirus outbreak forced the Paris landmark into its longest period out of action since World War Two.

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Russia's Putin hails Soviet role in WWII at military parade [Video]

Russia's Putin hails Soviet role in WWII at military parade

The world owes the Soviet Union a debt of gratitude for its contribution to Nazi Germany's defeat, Russian leader says.

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Artist lets public deface Hitler portrait [Video]

Artist lets public deface Hitler portrait

A portrait of Russia's Second World War foe Adolf Hitler appeared on a central Moscow street on Monday as an artist marked the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Russia.

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Artist tests public opinion with Hitler's portrait [Video]

Artist tests public opinion with Hitler's portrait

A portrait of Russia's Second World War foe Adolf Hitler appeared on a central Moscow street on Monday as an artist marked the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Russia.

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Putin watches WW2 parade before vote to extend his rule [Video]

Putin watches WW2 parade before vote to extend his rule

President Vladimir Putin spoke at a spectacular Red Square military parade on the eve of a nationwide vote that could extend his rule until 2036.

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Abuses of British Empire come under scrutiny [Video]

Abuses of British Empire come under scrutiny

During World War II, Britain recruited thousands of African soldiers to fight against Nazi Germany, Italy and Japan.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Moscow [Video]

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Moscow

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi's statue at Indian embassy in Moscow on June 23. Defence Minister is on a three-day visit to Moscow. He will attend a military parade in..

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Watch: Rehearsal by Indian contingent takes place ahead of 75th Victory Day Parade at Moscow [Video]

Watch: Rehearsal by Indian contingent takes place ahead of 75th Victory Day Parade at Moscow

A 75-member Indian contingent rehearsed in Russia's Moscow on June 22. They have come to Moscow to participate in the 75th Victory Day Parade. The military parade will mark 75th anniversary of the..

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Joint flypast commemorates WWII resistance [Video]

Joint flypast commemorates WWII resistance

The Red Arrows and La Patrouille de France soared over Paris on Thursday to mark the 80th anniversary of General de Gaulle's radio address calling for resistance to the Nazi occupation of France during..

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Social distancing maintained as Johnson greets Macron [Video]

Social distancing maintained as Johnson greets Macron

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shared an awkward bow with Emmanuel Macron as he welcomed the French president to Downing Street on Thursday.

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PM and Macron view wartime artefacts [Video]

PM and Macron view wartime artefacts

Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron viewed artefacts from the Second World War at 10 Downing Street on Thursday. The President of France was visiting London to mark the 80th anniversary of General De..

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Vera Lynn, The Forces' Sweetheart, Dies Aged 103 [Video]

Vera Lynn, The Forces' Sweetheart, Dies Aged 103

Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces' Sweetheart whose songs helped raise morale in World War Two, has died aged 103. Report by Dessentjacksonl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us..

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'Forces' Sweetheart' Vera Lynn dies aged 103 [Video]

'Forces' Sweetheart' Vera Lynn dies aged 103

Singer Vera Lynn, who became a symbol of hope in Britain during World War Two with her song "We'll Meet Again," has died at the age of 103. Edward Baran reports.

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