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World War 2

What was World War II?

 

World War II involved many countries around the globe fighting against each other, including the UK. It lasted six years, from 1939-1945.

 

The War became a global conflict after the German military, led by Adolf Hitler, invaded Poland in 1939 because he wanted to take some of their land for GermanyFrance and Britain declared war on Germany because they didn’t think what Germany was doing was right, then Italy joined with Germany, and gradually other countries in Europe and around the world became involved with either the Allies or the Axis powers.

Life during the Second World War was very difficult. Today, we mark special days to remember the many millions of people who fought and died during World War II.

 

Did you know?

 

  • Even though World War II involved countries all over the globe, there were two sides fighting against each other – the Axis powers and the Allied powers.
  • The UK was part of the Allies.
  • Two types of aeroplane were used in the Battle of Britain – bombers that dropped bombs on towns and cities and fighters that attacked other aeroplanes.
  • The main aeroplanes flown by the RAF were fighters called the Spitfire and the Hurricane. They tried to destroy German bombers before they could attack British towns and cities.
  • The Luftwaffe (Germany’s air force) used both bombers and fighters. They used the bombers to attack towns and cities, and the fighters to stop the RAF fighters from destroying German bombers.
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