The story starts in 1939 and continues 20 years after the previous installment finished with a powerful new Germany (dubbed 'The Nazis' in this instalment) allying itself with a few like minded countries and invading Poland.
Although the good guys ( Britian and France) attempt to halt the Reich France quickly succumbs to the bad guy, the march on Paris being the most chilling early sequence in the tale, leaving the British Empire to stand alone against the evil of the Nazis, which by now emcompasses virtually all of Europe. Although later overshadowed by the appearence of the newcomers, The U.S.A and Russia (who would both go on to become major stars in their own right) Britains war against Germany provides some great thrills including The Battle of Britain, U-Boats in the North Atlantic and The Blitzkreig, which have led many critics to call Britians portrayl of a plucky little country standing up for itself as a career best, or 'Their Finest Hour'.
The Nazis surprise assuallt on Russia and Japans equally surprising decleration of war on the U.S kicks the action into an even higher gear with the Attack on Pearl Harbour and The Seige of Stalingrad being two spectactular high points.
This sets the stage for the explosive third act which pulls out all the stops for an unforgettable finale in which the allies mount a comperhensive assault on nazi controlled Europe, the D-Day landings being the stand out scene, and the final defeat of the nazis. After this the story carries on for a few months after this with allies war on the Japanese providing a suitably explosive, although moral ambigous, ending which uses cutting edge technology to portray the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The final coda to the story sets up the inevitable sequel 'The Cold War', a espionage thriller starring the U.S.A and Russia (now renamed The U.S.S.R), plus the many lower budget spin offs including 'The Arab-Israeli Conflict', 'The Korean War', 'The Afghanistan War' and it's sequel 'Iraq/Afghanistan'.
The war is generally accepted to have begun on 1 September 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and most of the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth. China and Japan were already at war by this date, whereas other countries that were not initially involved joined the war later in response to events such as the German invasion of the Soviet Union and the Japanese attacks on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor and on British overseas colonies, which triggered declarations of war on Japan by the United States, the British Commonwealth.
The war ended with the total victory of the Allies over Germany and Japan in 1945. World War II left the political alignment and social structure of the world significantly changed.
A quick personal thanks to those allies (excluding the french - complete wankers) who stood by britain while she faced the full conflict , for if britain had given up, germany (and the axis) would have likely won the war.
-Winston Churchill during world war 2
America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the World War (world war 1). If you hadn't entered the war the Allies would have made peace with Germany in the Spring of 1917. Had we made peace then there would have been no collapse in Russia followed by Communism, no breakdown in Italy followed by Fascism, and Germany would not have signed the Versailles Treaty, which has enthroned Nazism in Germany. If America had stayed out of the war, all these 'isms' wouldn't today be sweeping the continent of Europe and breaking down parliamentary government — and if England had made peace early in 1917, it would have saved over one million British, French, American, and other lives.
-winston churchil , after world war 1.
Pre-world war two in 1939 active by germany and japan movement in acquiring territorial.
The coolest war of all time.
The most famous ww2 story is the D-DAY; airborne 101st normandie, The beach landing and the french resistance with beautiful SOE spies and SS doctrine. Hitler is the most famous person in WW2, 2nd place with 4 candidates is; romeld,patton,Churchill, tom hank, and easy company.
Goebbles: Thats the Russians Mein Fuhrer, I dont think theyre very happy with you.
Hitler: Oh fuck, I guessed that means weve lost World War 2 then?
Goebbles: fraid so.
The second world war (ww2) was the inevitable war that followed the first world war. Axis powers (Germany Japan and to a lesser extent Italy) were defeated by the Allies (Russia, who did most of the work, Britain and her empire, and to a lesser extent America).
Germany - the baddies. they invaded Poland and France starting the war in Europe. Lead by adolf hitler. There is too much to say so for further reading see nazi.
Japan - also baddies. Started the war in the east by attacking China. Also attacked America (more on that later), which drew it and Britain into war with Japan. (incidentally because of the time difference the UK declared war one hour before America). They are noted for their appalling war crimes against captured British forces in Burma and also being the first and only victims of atomic weapons used in anger.
Italy - a nuance to Germany (who had to continually help them) and a relief to the allies). They gave the UK and America an excuse to stay out of France, leaving Russia to continue to suffer heavily.
Russia - Goodies. Russia got a raw deal they did most of the hard work and held the eastern front despite appalling losses. Then they get no recognition.
Britain and her empire - Goodies. The British held their lines and were the only country in the war to repel a direct German invasion (the German invasion plans were hated by the RAF in the Battle Of Britain). Notable for the complete destruction of Dresden due to fire bombing. They could have remained out of the first world war however unlike the Americans they invaded Germany without being provoked
America - lying cowards. The Americans arrived late, After the tide had turned. However to cover this up they now spend time publishing media that denies all reference to this. For instance spot the English in C.OD. or that film U-571, shows how brave American sailors captured a German Submarine and with it an enigma machine that allowed the war to be won by decoding all German transitions, that film doesn't mention that actually it was British sailors in the royal navy working from Portsmouth, UK that made this capture. Another fact is that of the D-Day landings 2 in 3 soldiers were British. I could go on all day.
French - not a major player but deserve a mention. the French soldiers were not to blame for the actions of their leaders. In fact many joined up with the British in disgust. However the French leaders were pussies, they gave up at the first hurdle, unlike the British and Russians who swore that they would fight until the last man. It is because of the French surrender English forces were cut of and had to retreat from Dunkirk.
The British were so determined that the French navy wouldn't be seized by the Germans that they lured it out into open water and destroyed it at the cost of 1300 French lives! It was this bloody act that helped convince America that "Britain had the stomach to see the war through".
Hope that has cleared things up.
eg "we saved the world in world war 2"
no you damn well did not.