WORLD WAR II By DYLAN CRANLEY COUNTRIES Axis Powers (signers of the Tripartite Treaty) Germany, Italy and Japan Co-signers of the Tripartite Treaty Bulgaria, (March 1st, 1941) Hungary, (November 20th, 1940) Romania and (November 23rd, 1940)Slovakia(1) (November 24th, 1940) Countries that were annexed by, or at war with, Axis Powers before the World War II Austria, (annexed to Germany, "Anschluss", March 13th, 1938) Ethiopia and(annexed by Italy in 1936, after the Abyssinia crisis, independence restored in 1941) Republic of China (at war with Japan since 1931) Allied Powers Australia ,Brazil, Canada, Newfoundland New Zealand, South Africa, Soviet Union (from June 1941), United Kingdom and United States (from December 1941) Supporters of the Allies Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican, Republic Ecuador, Egypt,(2) El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saudi, Arabia Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela HILTER’S LITTLE LIFE Baptized a Catholic, Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) was born on April 20, 1889, in the Upper Austrian border town Braunau am Inn, located approximately 65 miles east of Munich and nearly 30 miles north of Salzburg. His father, Alois Hitler (1837-1903), was a mid-level customs official. Born out of wedlock to Maria Anna Schickelgruber in 1837, Alois Schickelgruber changed his name in 1876 to Hitler, the Christian name of the man who married his mother five years after his birth. Alois Hitler's illegitimacy would cause speculation as early as the 1920s -- and still present in popular culture today -- that Hitler's grandfather was Jewish. Credible evidence to support the notion of Hitler's Jewish descent has never turned up. The two most likely candidates to have been Hitler's grandfather are the man who married his grandmother and that man's brother. THE BEGINNING On September 1, 1939, just before Adolf Hitler's invasion of Poland that marked the beginning of World War II, Zygmunt Klukowski, a young Polish doctor, confided in his diary that everyone was talking about war. "Everybody," he continued, "is sure that we will win." The reality was startlingly different. Nazi Germany's war with Poland, begun on September 1, was an uneven contest. Five German armies with 1.5 million men, 2,000 tanks, and 1,900 modern aircraftfaced fewer than a million Polish troops with less than 500 aircraft and a small number of armored vehicles. In addition, German planning and technical support -- and German understanding of the importance of modern tactical airpower -- gave the aggressor great advantages. NAZI Under the leadership of Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), the National Socialist German Workers' Party, or Nazi Party, grew into a mass movement and ruled Germany through totalitarian means from 1933 to 1945. Founded in 1919 as the German Workers' Party, the group promoted German pride and anti-Semitism, and expressed dissatisfaction with the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, the 1919 peace settlement that ended World War I (1914-1918) and required Germany to make numerous concessions and reparations. Hitler joined the party the year it was founded and became its leader in 1921. In 1933, he became chancellor of Germany and his Nazi government soon assumed dictatorial powers. After Germany's defeat in World War II (1939-45), the Nazi Party was outlawed and many of its top officials were convicted of war crimes related to the murder of some 6 million European Jews during the Nazis' reign. NAZI SYMBOL PEOPLE DEAD German Polish Jewish English THE ENDING OF THE WAR World War 2 finally came to an end on the 8th of May 1945, when Adolf Hitler had committed suicide. News quickly spread about the death of Adolf Hitler and the guns fell silent. Winston Churchill the then prime minister announced Victory in Europe. Today we celebrate VE Day which symbolises the Victory in Europe celebrating the end of the World War 2 on 8th May 1945. Street parties were held in every street throughout the whole of the United Kingdom and to finally welcome home the brave men and women. Even though the World War 2 was officially declared over in Europe and other western countries in the Far East, countries such as Japan carried on with the blood shed, and killing thousands of people. Japan, did not give up so easily and the fact that Germany had surrendered did not deter Japan in anyway. Japan had two Atomic bombs dropped on the country, Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 6th and 9th of August 1945. The Atomic bomb was a turning point in World War 2, just when everyone had thought things couldn’t get any worse, a single bomb could do more damage and kill more people than a thousand bombs could achieve.