The Second World War took place from 1939 to 1945 between the Axis powers (which included Nazi Germany, Japan and Italy) and the Allies (which included Britain, France, Soviet Union and US).
60 million people were killed and millions were injured in this war in which civilian deaths were more than the soldiers. Many European and Asian cities were destroyed due to the aerial bombardment and artillery attacks.
This war had caused great social and economic fracture. The post war 1 reconstruction was long and difficult.