World War 2


War is one of the most tragic things in our world today. It
is even sadder that usually it comes around at least once
in our lifetime. In the 20th century alone we have already
had two huge wars. These wars were call the World Wars
simply because they involved most of the big countries of
the world. Many people have died in these wars.. especially
the second World War. That is my focus for this essay.
The leader of Germany at the time of WW2 and the person who
most think started WW2 was a man named Adolf Hitler. Adolf
Hitler was born in Austria. By the time that World War 1
started in 1914, he was living in Germany. He served well
in the German Army and for that he earned a medal for
bravery. At the end of the war Hitler decided to take up
politics. By 1921 he was already the founding leader of the
Nazi party. Hitler was an incredibly racist man and he had
a great hate for Jews. By 1933, Hitler gained political
power by winning the election. Soon after he made himself
absolute dictator, calling himself the Fuhrer which means
"Leader". By the end of the 30's he was already sending
Jews off too concentration camps to meet a horrible death.
I believe that Hitler was one of the greatest causes of
World War 2. Although there are many other reasons, he was
definitely one of them. Another reason was the Treaty of
Versailles. This was the treaty that was signed at the end
of World War 1. This treaty outlined the rules that Germany
must follow because of their defeat by Britain and France.
Many Germans were angered by the treaty, for most of the
rules in the treaty were unfair and Germany lost a great
amount of wealth. One of the cruelest reasons for the war
was Hitler's racist hate for Jews. He would send them off
in cattle cars to places called concentration camps were
they would be slaughtered by the thousands.
World War 2 was huge and involved a lot of countries. There
were thousands of battlefronts and warsites. The two main
battlefronts were the battle front between Britain and
Germany and the battlefront between the Japanese and the
Americans. These battlefronts were split up into smaller
battlefronts even still. Many lives were lost in the air,
on land and in the sea. Some of the most notable battles
were: The Battle of Britain, The Battle of Midway and The
Battle of the Atlantic.
Since the US and Canada were at war with the Japanese,
Japanese Canadians were treated very poorly. The government
had decided that all or most Japanese Canadians, even if
they were born in Canada had either go home or go and live
in one of the camps. These camps were made to keep all the
Japanese Canadians together in one location. But the fact
was that these camps were very dirty and not fair
treatment. Also, the government took away all Japanese
possessions and without the Japanese knowing, they were
auctioned off at a fraction of their original value! This
treatment went on for all of World War 2 and Japanese
Canadians were not treaty fairly for many years after. Just
recently the government of Canada has decided to pay
compensation for their losses but most agree that it
doesn't even come close to what they lost.
One of the greatest outcomes of the war was the great world
power shift. For more than a century Great Britain had been
the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world. But
they used up too many resources in the wars and their
status greatly decreased. One person even wrote that it is
not Great Britain any more... it is just Britain. People
all over the world suffered through this war. Hundreds of
thousands of people died. All for the sake of their
countries. And you know what? No one actually gained
anything from it. The fact is that all of the countries
(excluding the US) lost much, much more than what they
gained. Britain lost their power, France lost lives and
land, Germany lost everything and Japan lost thousands of
civilians in their suicidal attacks called Kamikazes.
In my opinion the war was a total waste. Although some
people will tell you that we fought and gained the peace
that we have today and have had for almost fifty years.
People fought for 5 years and lost more than 50 billion
dollars. Do think it was worth it? Now, maybe if
governments use the past as a guide to the future we won't
have to fight such a bloody battle ever again. Especially
with nuclear weapons so easily obtainable.


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