From: The Big Nowhere
Kayoz: Huh? What? One third of the world's population? Bullcrap! Most of the world's population was untouched by the war. South America, India, Africa and North America, Australia - sod all land or population changed hands. The number of Europeans and Russians involved was minuscule compared to the ENTIRE population of the world.
Check your numbers - you have no idea what you're talking about.
Not entirely true either. While a large portion of the world's population was not affecting by actual fighting, they were in fact affected in other ways.
Did you know:
Most South American countries did declare war on the Axis by wars end?
Many of the non-combatants were responsible for supplying materials to build war supplies to the belligerents?
Some that had direct combat operations:
Mexico supplied an air force unit to the Philippines Campaign
Brazil entered the war in 1942 conducting ASW operations in the South Atlantic and providing 25000 troops and air force personnel during the Italian campaign.
The following countries declared war on the Axis Nations following the Pearl Harbor attack:
Panama, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Czechoslavakia, China, Philippines
Additionally, these nations joined in Declarations of War on the Axis nations at various points during World War II:
Before D-Day: Mexico, Brazil, Ethiopia, Iraq, Bolivia, Columbia, Iran, Liberia, Peru
After D-Day: Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Chile
This list is in addition to the Countries that actually saw fighting.
For the Axis:
Japan, Germany, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Finland and Thailand took part in actual combat operations.
My point being that to some degree or another World War II did in fact have some effect on the world's population...while some of them might not have seen direct combat, they did support the war effort in one way or another. Now does a farmer in South America actually know he's participating? He might not, but his crop very well could go to help feed one of the fighting armies.
It is of course obvious that peoples in Europe, Asia, India, Africa, Australia, North America, and the Pacific Rim were directly affected by the fighting...that only leaves the South American continent that was not directly involved in fighting, and even the South Armerican nations played a part in the war, some of them through combat missions. In other words, it would seem that a lot more people were involved in the war than were not involved in the war.
That's the reason it is called World War II, most of the world did participate in some form or fashion.
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