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World War II

The Allied Powers

World War II was fought between two major groups of nations. They became known as the Axis and Allied Powers. The major Allied Powers were Britain, France, Russia, and the United States.

The Allies formed mostly as a defense against the attacks of the Axis Powers. The original members of the Allies included Great Britain, France and Poland. When Germany invaded Poland, Great Britain and France declared war on Germany.

Russia becomes and Ally

At the start of World War II, Russia and Germany were friends. However, on 22 June 1941 Hitler, the leader of Germany, ordered a surprise attack on Russia. Russia then became an enemy of the Axis Powers and joined the Allies.

The US Joins the Allied Powers

The United States had hoped to remain neutral during World War II. However, the US was attacked by surprise at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. This attack united the country against the Axis Powers and turned the tide of World War II in the favor of the Allies.

Allied Leaders at Yalta

Allied Leaders (from left to right) Winston Churchill, President Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin


Leaders of the Allied Powers:


Other Allied leaders and generals in the war:

Britain: United States:
General MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur


Russia: China: Other countries that were part of the Allies: Other countries that were part of the Allied Nations included Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands, Yugoslavia, Belgium, and Greece.

Note: There were even more countries that were on the same side as the Allies mostly because they had been taken over or attacked by Axis countries.

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