A professionally written World War II history essay layout

The Second World War was the most significant event of the 20th Century. The main combatants were allied nations with Britain on the forefront, the United States, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and other Commonwealth Nations. Axis Nations led by Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy and their smaller allies were on the other side. The Allies emerged as the victors. The two superpowers then - the USSR and the USA emerged from the war and almost immediately started a cold war with each other. The cold war would go on to define and highlight a lot of events in the century.

Casualties

It does not come as a surprise that the WWI still goes down as the most destructive war in the history of wars. Its exact cost as far as loss of human lives was concerned is still unknown. Records indicate that more that 50 million civilians and service personnel lost their lives. Nations that suffered the highest losses both in civilian and military personnel include:

  • Japan: 3,000,000
  • USSR: 42,000,000
  • China: 4,000,000
  • Germany: 9,000,000

How it began

The exact date, just as the total number of the lives lost during the war is still unknown. Some experts say the war was in a way a continuation of the First World War that ended in 1918.Others are of the view that Japan's seizing of Manchuria from China was responsible. The two most common dates that can be cited with the least controversies are July 7th 1937 and September 1st 1939. July 7th is when the all time popular Marco Polo Bridge Incident began. It led to one of the longest controversies between Japan and China. September 1st on the other hand is when Germany invaded Poland. This led to Britain and France declaring war on Adolf Hitler's Nazi state in retaliation.

The End of World War II

It is safe to state that the WWII began and ended with Japan. The war ended on August 15th 1945 when Japan formally surrendered. There was of course an impact that spanned across political, economic and social fields. All continents were ultimately affected. Europeans nations especially Germany and Italy were seriously weakened by the war. Leftist revolts then took place in their colonies in Africa and some parts of Asia. What then followed were colonial powers surrendering to the colonies peacefully or after revolts that featured Guerilla war fares.