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World War 2 Vocab

Inside are the vocabulary words for World War 2.

TermDefinition
World War 2 A global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945.
Allied Powers Countries that fought against the Axis Powers. Primary members included the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, France, and China.
Appeasement This was the policy of many countries when Hitler first started to take over Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia.
Axis Powers An alliance formed by Germany, Italy, and Japan. These countries wanted to expand and conquer other countries. They were opposed by the Allied Powers.
Blitzkrieg This means "lightning war" in German. Hitler would attack quickly and try to take over a country before it had time to fight back.
Concentration Camps A place where the Germans put people they did not like such as Jewish people.
D-Day The day that United States and British forces attacked the German forces on the shores of Normandy, France. A turning point in the war as the Allies defeated the Germans.
Eastern Front The war with the Soviet Union.
Fascism A type of government ruled by a dictator. Germany with Hitler and Italy with Mussolini were these kinds of governments.
Fuhrer The title Adolf Hitler gave himself. It means "leader" in German.
Gestapo The Nazi police force. They were mean and very powerful in Germany during WWII. They hunted down enemies of the Nazi party as well as Jewish people.
Holocaust A term used to describe the murder of 6 million Jewish people by the German Nazi Party.
Kamikaze A term used to describe how Japanese pilots would intentionally crash their planes into US battleships. The planes were sometimes full of explosives and the pilots knew they were going to die.
Luftwaffe The name for the German air force.
Manhattan Project The code name for the research and development program where scientists invented the atomic bomb.
The Nazi Party A political party in Germany led by Adolf Hitler.
Pact of Steel A treaty signed by the Germany and Italy. It was later signed by Japan and called the Tripartite Pact. This pact created the Axis Powers alliance.
RAF The air force of Great Britain. It stands for the Royal Air Force
V-E Day Victory in Europe Day. The day the Allied victory in Europe was celebrated; May 8, 1945.
V-J Day Victory in Japan Day. The day the Allied victory in Japan was celebrated; September 2, 1945.
Wehrmacht The name for the German army.
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