At the end of World War II, huge swaths of Europe and Asia had been reduced to ruins.Borders were redrawn and homecomings, expulsions, and burials were under way. When the war began in the late 1930s, the world's population was approximately 2 billion.How was the Second World War likely to end if the U. On the face of it, especially in the long term and even with Lend-Lease aid from the United States, it is difficult to see how Britain could have continued the war without the entry of the United States into the conflict on its side. United States forces played a direct role in defeating Germany, but also forced Hitler to keep huge military forces in Western Europe rather than sending them to reinforce his armies fighting against the Soviet Union, where they would likely have been a decisive factor against the Soviets. One of the delights of the alternate history genre of fiction is that its authors generally expend some considerable effort on the notion of history itself, especially the way in which history unwinds out of a skein of causes both large and small.
In less than a decade, the war between the Axis the Allied powers had resulted in 80 million deaths -- killing off about 4 percent of the whole world.
Allied forces now became occupiers, taking control of Germany, Japan, and much of the territory they had formerly ruled.
Efforts were made to permanently dismantle the war-making abilities of those nations, as factories were destroyed and former leadership was removed or prosecuted.
War crimes trials took place in Europe and Asia, leading to many executions and prison sentences.
During World War II, Germany’s military was superior to anyone else in the world, with far more advanced technology, tactics, and weaponry.
They had a fearless leader who would stop at nothing to make his country great again.
Their closest rival, the Soviet Union, was almost out of the picture with a death toll of over 26 million.
On top of that, Germany had nothing to lose, and would not conceivably stop.
Millions of Germans and Japanese were forcibly expelled from territories they called home.
Allied occupations and United Nations decisions led to many long-lasting problems in the future, including the tensions that created East and West Germany, and divergent plans on the Korean Peninsula that led to the creation of North and South Korea and -- the Korean War in 1950.