World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War (after the recent Great War), was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of 'total war', the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust (during which approximately 11 million people were killed) and the strategic bombing of industrial and population centres (during which approximately one million people were killed, including the use of two nuclear weapons in combat), it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history.
On May 5, 2015, the Post of Moldova has released a new stamp (L 1.75, print run : 100,000) dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the end of the 2nd World War ("70 de ani de la sfîrşitul celui de-al Doilea Război Mondial" in Romanian). The official FDC below (print run : 500), with postmark from Chișinău, stamp designed by Alexandr Kornienko. That stamp, as well as the illustration on the envelope, shows a part of the Memorial called "Capul de Pod" ("bridgehead"), whose construction began at the time of USSR (completed in 2004) in Şerpeni, 40 km east of Chișinău. Read more..
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