10 Facts About World War II

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The Second World War was the most widespread and deadliest war in history. Here's what you need to know about World War II, which lasted from 1939 to 1945.


1
73 million people died in World War II.

2
World War II began in 1937 with a war between China and Japan.

3
Two million people were killed by bombings in World War II.

4
The Atomic Bomb - 67 times more deadly than any explosion before WWII.

5
Germany lost 25% of its pre-war territory after losing World War II.

6
U-Boats sunk 3,000 ships with torpedoes in World War II.

7
Roosevelt had a secret plan to defeat Germany in 1940 before the U.S. entered WWII in 1941.

8
Eighty percent of Soviet males born in 1923 didn’t survive World War II.

9
The longest battle of WWII was the Battle of the Atlantic, which lasted from 1939-1945.

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The Battle of the Bulge of WWII is the largest and deadliest battle for U.S. troops to date, with more than 80,000 American casualties