Introduction

On the 3rd September 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany, beginning a struggle that would last for six years (1939-1945) and involve virtually every region of the world. The war would affect the lives of millions of people around the world, civilians as much as servicemen, children as much as adults. In many ways, life would never be the same again.

Encyclopedia of World War II, 1995, Marshall Cavendish, London, v. 1, p. 6