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World War II

1939–1945 global war

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World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 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 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

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Lincolnshire site was used during Second World War for aircraft taking off for Normandy
Credit: Independent - Published 5 days ago

The upbeat post-war mood helped mask the scale of PTSD, but the trauma of WW2 may still be affecting families today.
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James Roffey set up the Evacuees Reunion Association after a heated correspondence with John Major.
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