Never has there been a war that could have been avoided more easily than the one that has just destroyed (1939 - 1945) whatever was left of the world after the previous confrontation (1914 -1918). World War II began in 1939, Germany, later joined in June 1940, by Italy, and Japan in December 1941 formed the major Axis nations, each had their own strengths and weakness. From 1900 until the late 1930s the world had believed that huge infantry charges, heavy artillery, and static defenses would rule in any battle. However, on the morning of September 1st 1939, this opinion changed as Germany executed its "Blitzkrieg" or "Lightning attack", overwhelming the Polish forces completely. From 1939 to 1945, Germany conquered most of Western Europe, the deserts of North Africa and much of the hinterlands of Russia. The conquest of Germany was shortlived as the Allies consisting mainly of British and Americans combined their resources and man-power to overcome the German and the Axis powers. This combination, till this day remain a force not to be reckon with and is also responsible for the maintenance of world peace. What started out as a war based on military technical tactics and blitzkriegs, later became a war reliant on industry and mass production.Victory won over evil, we have still not found peace or safety and we are still in the grip of dangers which are even worse than the ones we have survived. A careful consideration of the past may show humans the way in the years to come, that it will enable the new generation to make up for the errors committed in the past and that they will thus be able to rule this vast, rapidly developing world, in accordance with the needs and the dignity of mankind, with the help of all the numerous new technological developments at our disposal, such as nuclear energy and electronics, and all their benefits. 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.