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World War II
n. Abbr. WWII
A war fought from 1939 to 1945, in which Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, the United States, China, and other allies defeated Germany, Italy, and Japan.
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World War II
(Historical Terms) the war (1939–45) in which the Allies (principally Britain, the Soviet Union, and the US) defeated the Axis powers (principally Germany, Italy, and Japan). Britain and France declared war on Germany (Sept 3, 1939) as a result of the German invasion of Poland (Sept 1, 1939). Italy entered the war on June 10, 1940 shortly before the collapse of France (armistice signed June 22, 1940). On June 22, 1941 Germany attacked the Soviet Union and on Dec 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked the US at Pearl Harbor. On Sept 8, 1943 Italy surrendered, the war in Europe ending on May 7, 1945 with the unconditional surrender of the Germans. The Japanese capitulated on Aug 14, 1945 as a direct result of the atomic bombs dropped by the Americans on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Also called: Second World War
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World War II
the war between the Axis and the Allies, beginning on Sept. 1, 1939, with the German invasion of Poland, and ending with the surrender of Germany on May 8, 1945, and of Japan on Aug. 14, 1945.
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|Noun||1.||World War II - a war between the Allies (Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia) and the Axis (Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Rumania, Slovakia, Thailand) from 1939 to 1945|
Bataan, Corregidor - the peninsula and island in the Philippines where Japanese forces besieged American forces in World War II; United States forces surrendered in 1942 and recaptured the area in 1945
Battle of Britain - the prolonged bombardment of British cities by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and the aerial combat that accompanied it
Ardennes counteroffensive, Battle of the Ardennes Bulge, Battle of the Bulge - a battle during World War II; in December 1944 von Rundstedt launched a powerful counteroffensive in the forest at Ardennes and caught the Allies by surprise
battle of the Bismarck Sea, Bismarck Sea - a naval battle in World War II; Allied land-based bombers destroyed a Japanese convoy in the Bismarck Sea in March 1943
battle of the Coral Sea, Coral Sea - a Japanese defeat in World War II (May 1942); the first naval battle fought entirely by planes based on aircraft carriers
Dunkerque, Dunkirk - an amphibious evacuation in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches in northern France in a desperate retreat under enemy fire
Al Alamayn, Battle of El Alamein, El Alamein - a pitched battle in World War II (1942) resulting in a decisive Allied victory by British troops under Montgomery over German troops under Rommel
Eniwetok - World War II (February 1944); American infantry landed and captured a Japanese stronghold
Battle of Guadalcanal, Guadalcanal - a battle in World War II in the Pacific (1942-1943); the island was occupied by the Japanese and later recaptured by American forces
invasion of Iwo, Iwo, Iwo Jima - a bloody and prolonged operation on the island of Iwo Jima in which American marines landed and defeated Japanese defenders (February and March 1945)
Kwajalein - an amphibious assault in the Pacific in World War II (January 1944); American forces landed and captured a Japanese air base
Leyte, Leyte invasion, Leyte Island - a battle in World War II; the return of United States troops to the Philippines began with landings on Leyte Island in October 1944; the battle marked first use of kamikaze aircraft by the Japanese
Battle of Midway, Midway - naval battle of World War II (June 1942); American planes based on land and on carriers decisively defeated a Japanese fleet on its way to invade the Midway Islands
Okinawa campaign, Okinawa - a campaign in the closing days of World War II in the Pacific (April to June 1945); in savage close-quarter fighting United States marines and regular army troops took the island from the Japanese; considered the greatest victory of the Pacific campaign for the Americans
battle of the Philippine Sea, Philippine Sea - a naval battle in World War II (1944); a decisive naval victory for the United States fleet over the Japanese who were trying to block supplies from reaching American troops on Leyte
Saipan - US forces captured the island from the Japanese in July 1944; it was an important air base until the end of World War II
Salerno - a battle in World War II; the port was captured by United States troops in September 1943
Makin, Tarawa-Makin, Tarawa - battles in World War II in the Pacific (November 1943); United States Marines took the islands from the Japanese after bitter fighting
Battle of Wake, Battle of Wake Island - in December 1941 the island was captured by the Japanese after a gallant last-ditch stand by a few hundred United States marines
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