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American landing at Omaha Beach
World War II


September 1, 1939


September 2, 1945


Location and armed forces



Belligerent 1

Allied Nations (also operating under the name of "United Nations"[1])

Belligerent 2

Axis Nations


Commanders Belligerent 1 Army

Allied Leaders

Commanders Belligerent 2 Army

Axis Leaders


Largest Force Army 1

Combined military strength of the Allied Nations

Largest Force Army 2

Combined military strength of the Axis Pact


Casualties Belligerent 1 Army

  • Around 61,000,000 total (mostly Soviet and Chinese civilians)

Casualties Belligerent 2 Army

  • Around 12,000,000 total (mostly German and Japanese civilians)

World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a human conflict that occurred on Earth between 1939 and 1945. The war ended after atomic bombs were detonated in the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which resulted in the Allies being victorious over the Axis.

The United Nations Charter was signed on June 26, 1945, marking the replacement of the defunct League of Nations and the creation of the United Nations.

References in Halo

  • Colonel Herzog apparently researched World War II extensively.[2]
  • The war has been analyzed in comparison to the Human-Covenant war.[3]
  • The Maginot Sphere mentioned by the Forerunner in the Terminals is inspired by the Maginot Line, the French defensive fortifications along the Franco-German border stretching from the Ardennes to the Franco-Swiss border before the war.
  • John Forge's family has had a military tradition dating back to this time.
  • In Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary's first terminal, 343 Guilty Spark found an image of the Normandy invasion.


  • The paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines during battles such as Operations Merkur, Torch, Overlord, Market Garden and Varsity inspired the UNSC's ODSTs.
  • With the development of nuclear bombs, Humanity entered Tier 5 of the Technological Achievement Tiers.


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