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"The two opposing sides of WWII were the Axis Powers (Well known as the Central Powers) and the Allied Powers. In the Axis Powers were Germany, Italy, and Japan and in the Allies were Great Britain, France, and Russia. The United States then enter the Allies on April 6, 1916. The groups were made to maintain peace but they would lead Europe directly into war. Some European leaders believed that these alliances would create a balance of power, in which each nation or alliance had equal strength. Many leaders also thought this would decrease the chance of war. They hoped that no single nation would attack another out of fear that the attack nations allies would join the fight. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand exposed the flaws in this thinking. The major European powers long history of national tensions, imperial rivalries, and military expansion proved too great for alliances to overcome. After this single attack on Austria- Hungary, Europe exploded into war. Austria- Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire, fighting together as the Central Powers. Before conflicts end, another thirty nations, including Italy, would join in what became known as the Great War, or WWI." [Axis vs. Allied]

Axis Powers

The Axis Powers had two common interests:
1.) Territorial expansion and foundation of empires based on military conquest and the overthrow of the Post WWI International order.
2.) The Destruction of neutrailism of Soviet Communism.[Axis Alliance in WWII]

"The Treaty of Versailles concluded the war listed twenty-seven allied and associated powers. In WWII, the chief of the Allied powers was were Great Britain, France (except during Germany occupation, 1940-44), the Soviet Union, U.S, and China. More generally the allies included all the wartime members of United Nations, the Signatures to the declaration of the United Nations."[Allied Powers]

"The early years of WWI went poorly for the allies. After the U.S joined the war, the allies soon recovered and began making gains against the axis. The war effort required large amounts of raw material to make supplies needed to win the war. from airplanes to ammunition for food. These resources were for the soldiers that would be going into overseas. Rationing and Recycling were the two main ways the average British or American civilian helped the war effort.The Government limited many products during the war. Rationing meant sacrifices for all so civilians received a number of ration stamps for rationed products. People recycled metal cans and kitchen fat was used to make glycerin. The japanese attack in Pearl Harbor ended most Americans resist to try and enter the war. Even before the U.S declared war on Japan, the country had been helping allies by shipping supplies across the Atlantic ocean."[Ramirez]
America and British forced came together in north Africa. Allies faced resistance after landing, and French forces soon joined them.
"While Hitler was threatening Europe in the 1930's, he was also busy building alliances with other totalitarian governments. these put him in League with some of the world's other major aggressors. Aggressive and totalitarian regimes had also emerged in Italy and Japan in the years after WWI. These countries demonstrated a willingness to use military force to achieve their goals. They also showed a disregard for the opinions of other nations. Not surprisingly, perhaps, the similarities between Germany, Italy and Japan led to a series of agreements that joined them together in a military alliance. These countries later came to be known as the Axis powers. One important agreement came in 1936, when Germany and Japan agreed to the Anti-Comintern Pact. This agreement united the two countries in an effort to prevent the spread of communism and to oppose the Soviet Union. The next year, Italy joined in the agreement. later, in 1939, Italy and Germany signed a military alliance in which each side pledge to aid other in the event of war."[Ramirez]

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Works Cited

Axis vs. Allied. Orlando, Austin, NY, San Diego, London: A Harcourt Education Company, 2007.
"Axis Alliance in WWII." Holocaust Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. Sept. 29, 2011. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?modu/eid=10005177>.
"Allied Powers."EncyclopediaBritannicaeb.com. Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc, n.d. Web. Oct. 4, 2011. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/16380/allied-powers>.
Elizabeth Ramirez, Susan, P. Stearns, and S. Wineburg. Allies Of WWII. Orlando, Austin, NY, San Diego, London: A Harcourt Company,