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
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
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