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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to World War II:

World War II, or the Second World Warglobal military conflict from 1939 to 1945, which was fought between the Allied powers of the United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union against the Axis powers of Germany, Italy, and Japan, with their respective allies. Over 60 million people, the majority of them civilians, were killed, making it the deadliest conflict in human history.[1]

Essence of World War II[edit]

Main articles: World War II and Timeline of World War II

Causes of World War II[edit]

The Holocaust[edit]

Main article: The Holocaust

Participants in World War II[edit]

Timeline of World War II[edit]

Summary timeline[edit]

Comprehensive timeline[edit]

World War II by region[edit]

World War II theatres, fronts, and campaigns[edit]

World War II by country[edit]

Other initiatives in World War II[edit]

Propaganda during World War II[edit]

People in World War II[edit]

Leaders in World War II[edit]

Military forces of World War II[edit]

Technology during World War II[edit]

Equipment of World War II[edit]

Vehicles of World War II[edit]

Weapons of World War II[edit]

Common military awards[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

United States[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

France and Belgium[edit]


Nazi Germany[edit]

The End of World War II[edit]

Aftermath of World War II[edit]

World War II in pop-culture[edit]

World War II lists[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dunnigan, James; Albert Nofi. Dirty Little Secrets of World War II: Military Information No One Told You About the Greatest, Most Terrible War in History, William Morrow & Company, 1994. ISBN 0-688-12235-3

External links[edit]

On-line documents
  • WW2 People's War—A project by the BBC to gather the stories of ordinary people from World War II
  • The World at War (1974) is a 26-part Thames Television series that covers most aspects of World War II from many points of view. It includes interviews with many key figures (Karl Dönitz, Albert Speer, Anthony Eden etc.) (Imdb link)
  • The Second World War in Colour (1999) is a three episode documentary showing unique footage in color (Imdb link)
  • Battlefield (documentary series) is a television documentary series initially issued in 1994–1995 that explores many of the most important battles fought during the Second World War.
  • The War (2007) is 7-part PBS documentary recounting the experiences of a number of individuals from American communities.

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