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World War II Victory Day we remember

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Today we celebrate World War II Victory Day, and I think it is important to remember the damages and destroyed lives caused by this event. World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history and the two countries which suffered the most were the Soviet Union with 24 000 000 dead and the Republic of China with 20 000 000 dead. I hope we will never see something like that happen again.


Monument in Strasbourg

Monument in Strasbourg

The act of complete and unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany was approved on May 9, 1945, at 01:01 Moscow time, or on May 8 at 23:01 Central European time, that is why the Western countries celebrate Victory Day on May 8 and Russia on May 9. It was signed on the territory of the defeated enemy in Karlshorst, a suburb of Berlin.

I wish you all an Happy Victory Day.

WWII memorial
WWII memorial

The Axis powers (Nazi Germany, Kingdom of Italy, Empire of Japan) was a military coalition that initiated world war II. It also included the Kingdom of Hungary, the Kingdom of Romania, the Kingdom of Bulgaria, the  Republic of Finland, the  Slovak Republic, the  Independent State of Croatia, and the  Kingdom of Thailand.

The Allies, referred to as the United Nations from 1942 (United Kingdom (from Sep. 1939) , Soviet Union (from Jun. 1941) , United States (from Dec. 1941) ) were an international military coalition formed during the Second World War (1939–1945) to oppose the Axis powers. They included  Poland (Sep. 1939),  Czechoslovakia, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France (Sep. 1939), Ethiopia, Greece,  Yugoslavia, the Philippines, the Republic of China, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, Mongolia, Mexico. Some Axis powers also joined the Allies: the Kingdom of Italy (from Sep. 1943), Romania (from Aug. 1944), Bulgaria (from Sep. 1944), an Finland (from Sep. 1944)

The Allies and Axis membership was fluid, with some nations switching sides or changing their degree of military involvement over the course of the war.

In Europe, the use of the term “the Axis” refers often, solely to the alliance between Italy and Germany, but outside Europe it is normally understood as including Japan.

CountryTotal deathsMilitary deathpopulationpopulation %
Albania30 20030 0001 100 0002.54
Australia40 50039 8007 000 0000.57
Austria384 700261 000
Belgium86 10012 1008 000 0000.75
Brazil2 0001 00041 500 0000.001
Bulgaria25 00022 0006 300 0000.34
Canada45 40045 40011 600 0000.33
China20 000 0003 750 000530 000 0003.69
Czechoslovakia345 00025 00015 300 0002.41
Denmark3 2002 1003 800 0000.10
Dutch East Indies3 500 000
Estonia51 0001 100 0003.63
Ethiopia100 0005 00014 100 0001.45
Finland97 00095 0003 700 002.51
France567 600217 60041 700 0001.34
French Indonesia1 250 000
Germany7 700 0005 533 00078 000 0009.51
Greece550 00027 5007 200 0004.16
Hungary580 000300 0009 200 0006.30
India2 000 00087 000345 000 0000.44
Italy457 000301 40043 800 0001.07
Japan2 850 0002 120 00078 000 0003.37
Korea425 00023 400 0001.61
Latvia227 0002 000 00011.00
Lithuania353 0002 500 00013.80
Luxembourg2 000300 0001.33
Malaya100 000
Netherlands301 00017 0008 700 0002.43
New Zealand11 90011 9001 600 0000.76
Norway9 5009 5002 900 0000.34
Papua New Guinea15 000
Philippines750 00057 00016 400 0000.98
Poland5 600 000240 00034 800 00016.15
Romania833 000300 00047 800 0000.76
Singapore50 000700 00028.57
South Africa11 90011 900
Soviet Union24 000 0008 800 000
10 700 000
168 500 00014.83
United Kingdom450 700383 600
United States418 500416 800132 000 0000.31
Yugoslavia1 000 000446 00015 400 0007.79
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