General History/WWII


What are the starting and ending dates of World War II I'm writing a paper and need the starting date and ending date?

Hi Micheala,
WW II started on Sept 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945. This is sometimes called VE Day, for Victory in Europe. The US entered the war on Dec 7, 1941 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Japan surrendered on Sep 2, 1945. This is sometimes called VJ Day for Victory over Japan.


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My interests are pretty diverse: military history, technology, and social trends for most historical eras, general U.S. history, European history, especially Roman and early medieval history but also the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, European colonialism in Africa, a little bit of Asian history, especially as it relates to European and American imperialism. I'm also pretty good with presidential history.


I've read hundreds of history books on various subjects. I've also been writing historical fiction for about twenty years. Story development drives my research. I am also a tour guide at a local museum.

Bachelor's degree in history and geography.

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