World War II

World War II

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World War II was a global conflict that was underway by 1939 and ended in 1945. It involved most of the world's nations. It was the most widespread war in history. Marked by significant events involving the mass death of civilians, including the Holocaust and the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare, it is the deadliest conflict in human history, resulting in 50 million to over 70 million fatalities.[1]

Inter-war Period

The War

Although some historians debate that the war started in 1937 with the Japanese invasion of China, it is generally accepted that the war started in 1939 with the German invasion of Poland, and that the war ended with the surrender of Japan after the American atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet invasion of Manchuria. Many noteworthy events took place during the war, including Operation Barbarossa and the subsequent Eastern European Front, the Attack on Pearl Harbor, D-Day, the aforementioned atomic bombings of Japan, and the Holocaust. Historical figures such as Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, and Joseph Stalin were prominent during the war.

The events of World War II have left its influence on modern military, social, economic, political, and internet culture.

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Keep Calm and Carry On Propaganda Posters


Main Article: Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep Calm and Carry On refers to a poster originally created by the British as safety posters for WWII. Edits of the poster are very common.

Downfall / Hitler Reacts

Main Article: Downfall / Hitler Reacts

In 2004, a German-speaking movie was released in Germany called "Der Untergang" which translated to English means "Downfall". The first known parody was released in 2006. Many other Parodies followed afterwards. The parody makers call them "Untergangers", and many of them are still on YouTube.

Axis Powers Hetalia

Main Article: Hetalia

Kantai Collection

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Main Article: Kantai Collection, Azur Lane

The Naval aspect of World War II is the bases of the popular video games Kantai Collection and Azur Lane, which are based on anthropomorphic moe versions of the Japanese warships of World War II. The games has gained a large presence online and has a thriving fandom.

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[1] Wikipedia – World War II

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Interesting challenge, efrain. If you're being sincere, it would be cool to see something like this:

1. WWII as a subculture entry, focused on military discussion forums, blogs and otakus.
ex: @realtimeWW

2. WWII as an event entry, chronicling "radio" memes, chain letters, military propaganda during WWII. (hard mode)


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