by Marco Stefano Vitiello September. 01, 2009 6871 views

World War II, or the Second World War, was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including all of the great powers, organized into two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. The war involved the mobilization of over 100 million military personnel, making it the most widespread war in history. In a state of “total war”, the major participants placed their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities at the service of the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Over seventy million people, the majority of whom were civilians, were killed, making it the deadliest conflict in human history.
The start of the war is generally held to be September 1, 1939, with the German invasion of Poland and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by most of the countries in the British Empire and Commonwealth, and by France. Many countries were already at war before this date, such as Nationalist China and Japan in the Second Sino-Japanese War, and many who were not initially involved joined the war later, as a result of events such as the German invasion of the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa), and the attacks on Pearl Harbor and British and Dutch colonies in Southeast Asia.

NETTUNO (Rome) World War II Military Cemetery

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Pandka 10 years, 7 months ago

War is terrible thing. Some people forgot about it...

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Roberto 10 years, 8 months ago


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David Cardona 10 years, 8 months ago


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Jennifer Patience 10 years, 10 months ago

Great image, very humbling, moving and thoughtful

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Péter Somogyvári 10 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful tribute ! Thanks for sharing !

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Monika, But Call Me Fiona 10 years, 10 months ago

Good that some people still remember that. It had to be sth terrible, for all and for us Polish too, because it started here. But u know, I heard that in Russia they are showing fake 'historical videos' about II world war, which show that Poland started this terror. It's just .. pathetic.

Nice picture and tribute btw ;)

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Finbarr 10 years, 10 months ago

nice tribute !

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Jennye 10 years, 10 months ago

Great post Marco!!

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Kate 10 years, 10 months ago

Marco...a wonderful tribute..thank you

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Tom Thompson 10 years, 10 months ago

Marco, fantastic tribute Thanks

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Mauro 10 years, 10 months ago

ciao amico vediamo presto...come sempre gran foto...

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Jack Castelo Branco 10 years, 10 months ago

Very nice tribute... :)

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