The end of the war was quite definite: the collapse of Germany in May 1945 followed by the surrender of Japan on 2 September 1945. From the late 1930s to 1945, there were daily events, large and small, in eastern and western Europe, Asia, Africa, across the oceans, and in many other places as the war ground on. Death and destruction were the common experience and everyone lost something, directly or indirectly.
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