World War II

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Particularly: “Of course "two comes after one" , but who came up with this specific wording, and when? Was there pre-war speculation about future wars using this or other nomenclature?”


  • enPR: wûrld wôr to͞o, IPA(key): /wɜː(ɹ)ld wɔː(ɹ) tuː/
    • (UK) [wɜːɫd wɔː tuː]
    • (US) [wɝɫd wɔɚ̯ tu]

Proper noun[edit]

World War II

  1. (history) The war from 1939 to 1945 of the Allied forces, including the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, the United States, France, and China, against the Axis Powers, including Germany, Italy, and Japan.
    • 1939 November 10, “Following The War”, in The Chart[1], volume I, number 1, Joplin, Missouri: Joplin Junior College, page 4, column 1:
      As students all over the United States knuckle down to learning, the rumble of war drums once more proclaims Mars high man in Europe. Discarding morbid curiosity, every student should consider it vitally necessary to get a general picture of the causes, movements, and possible effects of World War II. The average U. S. citizen's knowledge of World War II will probably decide his role in it.
    • 1941 March, Frederick M. Barrows, “The War in Africa”, in Command and General Staff School Military Review[2], volume XXI, number 80, →OCLC, page 23, column 1:
      Nothing since the beginning of World War II, a year ago last September, has boosted British morale or given them greater courage to fight on as has this brilliant Libyan campaign.
    • 2005 May 23, Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism[3], Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 182:
      If Demandt's essay served as a strident example of the German desire for normalcy, a more subtle example was provided by a brief allohistorical depiction of a Nazi victory in World War II written by German historian Michael Salewski in 1999.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:World War II.

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  • World War II is the most common among the synonyms.



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