In the spring of 1944, Churchill and Roosevelt were ready to begin the next step in their plan. The British countryside was filled with army personnel, supplies, and weapons. Under the direction of General Eisenhower, the troops planned to invade and free France before moving onto the rest of Europe. Facing the German army head-on on land would be their biggest challenge.
Questions and Answers
Question: How many people died in World War II?
Answer: Almost 400,000 American soldiers died in the war. Many of these soldiers died in POW (prisoner of war) camps. In total, between 21 and 25 million soldiers died worldwide. But that’s just the beginning. Between 60 and 80 million people died in total. Civilians were killed by disease, famine, and bombs in Europe, China, Russia, and Africa. When Allied forces arrived in Europe, they found nearly 20 German concentration camps. In these camps, bodies were stacked in piles. The Germans had built gas chambers to kill people, along with huge ovens to burn their bodies. Through Hitler’s evil plan, over 6 million Jews were murdered, along with five million others, including those with disabilities.
Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl whose family hid during the Na-zi regime. Her family was eventually discovered and she later died, but her diary helps us understand what happened.
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