World war ii often abbreviated to wwii or ww2 also known as the second world war was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945 the vast majority of the worlds countries including all the great powers eventually formed two opposing military alliances the allies and the axis . The modern world is still living with the consequences of world war 2 the most titanic conflict in history73 years ago on september 1st 1939 germany invaded poland without warning sparking the start of world war two. The following is a concise world war 2 timeline for other timelines of specific events in the war we recommend a timeline of d day and a timeline of the emergence of nazi germany. World war ii 1939 1945 was the largest armed conflict in human history ranging over six continents and all the worlds oceans the war caused an estimated 50 million military and civilian deaths including those of 6 million jews
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