How many will remember what happened on September 3rd 1939? It was a black day in the history of the world because Nazi Germany caused the start of the Second World War. Two days earlier, they had invaded Poland and, as a result, Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand and other countries declared war on the Nazis.- but not the USA
or Russia. They entered the war only in 1942. During the war, more than 100 million people were called in to military service
It is estimated that between 50 and 70 million people – both military and civilians – were killed. Many of them were deliberately murdered by the Germans in the concentration death camps, such as Belsen, Treblinka, Auschwitz and others they established. That meant there were literally thousands of people involved in systematic torture and annihilation of women, children as well as men.
It was nearly six years before Germany were forced into surrendering. They capitulated on 8th May 1945. In order to achieve that, the allied forces fought the Germans across Europe all the way from Normandy, France while the Russian forces were attacking from the east.
A new publication, called Amazing War Stories, reflects on people who made important contributions to the battles in this and other wars.