World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War (after the recent Great War), was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier.
1935: Italians in Ethopia
1936-39: Spanish Civil War
1937: Japanese in China
1939-40: War in Europe
1940: German invasion of Western Europe
1940: Battle of Britain
1940-41: War in the Mediterranean
1941: Axis attack USSR
1941: War in the Pacific
1941-42: Stalling of Axis Advance
1943-44: Allies gain Momentum
1944: Allies start to close in on Germany
1945: Victory Day
World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history. An estimated total of 70–85 million people perished, which was about 3% of the 1940 world population (est. 2.3 billion).
- 1,206 Home Guard .
- 50-55 million civilian deaths (Including 6 million Jews and 11 million other holocaust victims)
- 21-25 million military deaths (Including 5 million prisoners of war).
References to WWII
David Croft decided to set the comedies Allo Allo and Dad's Army mostly during that period.