World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war. It is generally considered to have lasted from 1939 to 1945, although some conflicts in Asia that are commonly viewed as becoming part of the world war had begun earlier than 1939. 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, with more than 100 million people, from more than 30 different 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 and the first use of 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. 
- Social Security: Popular Baby Names in 1924
- Social Security: Popular Baby Names in 1930
- Social Security: Popular Baby Names in 1945
- Top 100 Names in England and Wales in 1924
- Top 100 Names in England and Wales in 1934
- Top 100 Names in England and Wales in 1944
- Top German Baby Names in 1920s
- Top German Baby Names in 1930s
- Top German Baby Names in 1940s
- Japanese Baby Names for 1915 - 2000
- Popular Japanese Names in 1945 - 1949 (In Japanese - Use Google Translator)
Society & Life
- Conscription in the United States - World War II
- United States Imposes the Draft
- The National WWII Museum - The Draft and WWII
- Military Classifications For Draftees
- World War II Fitness Test
- Recruit Training in World War II
- The Old Army, It Turns Out, Was the Fitter One
- The War Relocation Camp of World War II
- The U.S. Home Front During World War II
- Britain’s Home Front in World War Two
- Japan’s Home Front During World War II
- Germany’s Home Front During World War II
- How was it that Sweden managed to stay neutral during WW2?
- What was going on in Ireland during World War II?
- The Home Front in Rural America During World War II
- Partners in Winning the War: American Women in World War II
- World War II: Women and the War
- Building Bombs & Planes
- Women in World War Two
- Women Under Fire in World War Two
- Women at War
- Life During World War II
- Everyday Life During World War II
- World War 2 - Growing Up in Wartime
- Wartime Homes
- World War 2 - Blackout Time
- What was it like for children?
- School and War Work
- A Black Nurse, a German Soldier and an Unlikely WWII Romance
- What was it like to be in the Forces?
- World War II - A Soldier’s Daily Life
- My Army Service in World War II
- WWII: A Soldier’s View
- Loose Lips Sink Ships
- Eye Witness To World War Two
- World War II First Person Accounts, Letters Home, Diaries, & Journals
- Pictures of African Americans During World War II (Photos)
- World War II Military (Photos)
- World War II Records
- World War 2: A Day in the Life of a German Soldier
- The Life During World War II
- Nazi Germany
- The Role of Women in Nazi Germany
- Diary of Second World War German Teenager
- Germany During World War II: A Child’s Experience (PDF)
- Reminiscences of a German World War II Veteran
- Jewish Life in Europe Before the Holocaust
- The National WWII Museum - WWII and Holocaust Bibliography
- Blacks During the Holocaust
- Conditions for Polish Jews During WWII
- Understanding the Treatment of Jews during World War II
- World War II Weapons
- List of World War II Weapons
- Small Arms Pt. II - The World War Two Era
- Technology During World War II
- WWII Military Ranks
- WWII Japanese Soldier Diary
- World War II Japanese Military Training
- When was the last shot of World War 2 fired?
- The Cost of Living in 1920
- The Cost of Living in 1930
- The Cost of Living in 1940
- Prices and Wages in 1930 - 1939
- Real Wages and Unemployment in Britain during the 1930s
- Germany and UK wages in the 1930’s
- Datafiles of Historical Prices and Wages
Entertainment & Food
- What did people eat in the Second World War?
- Why was food rationed?
- World Ward II - Food and Shopping
- Food on the Front Home
- Wartime Recipes
- What Did Children Eat During World War 2? (PDF)
- World War Two Recipes
- History Cookbook - World War 2 Recipes
- World War II: Rest and Relaxation (Photos)
- Chocolate! The Wars Secret Weapon - America in WWII Magazine
- Chocolate - Energizing Soldiers
- U.S. Coffee Rationing
- The American Scholar: Rum and Coca-Cola
- Pop Culture Goes to War in the 1940s
- WWII Guide: Wartime Hollywood
- Rationing and Scrap Drives in Rural America
- Baseball and World War II
- Baseball Goes To War: The National Pastime in World War II
- Entertainment in Britain During WWII
- Entertainment Industry During World War II
- World War II on the Radio
- Wartime Entertainment WWII
- Wartime Entertainment
- The Forties and the Music of World War II
- World War II Songs
- Music 1940 - 1949
- American Music During World War II
- Role of Music in World War II
- Entertainment in 1940 - 1949
- Food Rations in the Japanese Forces
- Makeshift Cooking, German Army, WW2
- Radio in Nazi Germany
- Newspapers in Nazi Germany
- Films in Nazi Germany
- Art in Nazi Germany
Hygiene, Health & Medicine
- Medicine and World War II
- WWII Disease Table
- History of WWII Medicine
- The Use of Atabrine to Fight Malaria During World War II
- The Use of Plasma During World War II
- The Use of Morphine as a Pain Killer During World War II
- Nursing and Medicine During World War II
- The Army Nurse Corps in World War II
- Equipment of a WWII Combat Medic
- Personal Accounts of WWII Medics
- WWII African American Combat Medics
- Penicillin: Medicine’s Wartime Wonder Drug
- Medicine in Germany, 1918 - 1945
- World War II Exposures
- Controlling Disease during World War II, 1939 - 1944
- Health on the Home Front - Health Care and World War II
- WAR & Military Mental Health
- Mentally Ill and Jewish in World War II
- U.S. Veterans Affairs Lobotomized Soldiers After World War II
- Lobotomy For World War II Veterans: Psychiatric Care by U.S. Government
- 1930-45 in Fashion
- Clothing, 1930-45
- Rationing Fashion in the United States
- Fashion in the 1940s
- The 1930s - Women’s Fashion
- 1940s Make-Up Guide
- 1940’s Beauty Secrets
- 1940s Fashion: The Decade Captured in 40 Incredible Pictures (Photos)
- 1940s Rationing - Utility Clothing Fashion and Costume History
- 1930s Fashions
- Fashion in 1940 - 1949
- Fashion in the 1940s - Prices & Examples
- What did they wear? Gas masks for all
- What is Utility Wear?
- The Front Line of British WWII Fashion
- World War II and Fashion: The Birth of the New Look (PDF)
- The impact of World War II on women’s fashion in the United States and Britain (PDF)
- The History of Fashion WWI to WWII
- 1930s Wedding Fashion (Photos)
- Women’s Shoes in 1940s
- Authentic WWII Era Hairstyle & How To
- United States Army Uniforms in World War II
- World War II German Uniform
- List of World War II Uniforms and Clothing
- Nazi Style
- WWII US Naval Dictionary
- Glossary of German Military Terms
- Military Slang: Terms Used By Soldiers in WWII
- FUBAR F***ed Up Beyond All Recognition: Soldier Slang of World War II (General Military)
- Military Slang For WWII
- List of Ethnic Slurs by Ethnicity
- The Racial Slur Database - Germans
- Morse Code
- Military Time Chart for 24 Hour Time Clock
- Converting Standard Time to Military Time
Justice & Crimes
- Art Theft and Looting During World War II
- Rape During the Occupation of Germany
- War Rape in World War II
- Allied War Crimes During World War II
- Nazi Medical Experiments
- World War II Crimes
- Nazi War Crimes
- German War Crimes Against Soviet Civilians
- Nazi Crimes Against Soviet POWs
- Execution of Women by the Nazi during World War II
- World War II and the Holocaust
- World War Two - German Prisoner of War Camps
- List of WWII POW (Prisoner of War) Camps in Germany
- German Prisoners of War in the United States
- Japanese Prisoners of War in WWII
- Sexual Slavery - Germany During WWII
- German Military Brothels in World War II
- Rape, Murder and Genocide: Nazi War Crimes as Described by German Soldiers
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Watch Bob Ross.
Listen to him talk about painting.
Seriously, this guy… this guy is full of advice for a writer who’s having trouble getting started.
He’s not writing, he’s painting, but… okay, like, he can sit there and talk about geology and the diffusion of light and make it clear that he knows what a mountain is and he knows what goes into the interplay of light and perspective, and then you’ll watch him smear some black paint on top of a still wet canvas with a thin metal wedge, and then take a brush and push it downwards so that it mixes with the base in such a way that it ends up lighter at the bottom and eventually just fades into the background.
And then he’ll take some titanium white paint and do the same thing to add snow and light, and you’re thinking… “But… interplay. Geology. Perspective.” and he’s just pushing paint around, talking about figuring out where the north slope lives and how there are no mistakes, just happy little accidents and then he steps back at the end and holy moly, it looks like he painted a mountain.
It doesn’t look like he pushed paint around for ten minutes, it looks like he looked at a real mountain somewhere and copied it.
Is there a real mountain that matches the painting? No. Could he use this method to exactly replicate an actual mountain? No. But he made a mountain that looks real enough, and even if he didn’t have 100% control over the final look of it, he conjured it out of his imagination.
This is the trick that more writers need to learn. It’s possible to create a story or even a whole book through meticulous planning and careful construction, but… most people can’t do that. It’s not that we’re not willing to put in the work, it’s just too easy to get stuck. Too easy to never leave the “Well, I’m still worldbuilding/researching” stage. Too easy to write oneself into a corner or get bogged down in the details.
So this is my advice today for fiction writers:
Learn how to speed paint.
Learn how to work wet on wet.
Learn how to push paint around on the edge of a knife.
Learn how to figure out where things want to live by feel and how to allow for happy little accidents.
There will be places for fine details and intricate sketches. But when you’re staring at a blank canvas and you have no idea where to start… paint the whole thing blue and start scraping up some mountains.
Quick, broad strokes. That’s all it takes to get you started. Quick, broad strokes and a few happy accidents.
Reblogging for myself.
i’m seeing a lot of stuff on my dash about horrible nerd boys who try and use ‘logical fallacy’ in arguments because they are most logical people evaaaar and you’re just a hysterical female, so i would like to share a story of how you break them forever, because i guarantee this will work.
i did my journalism training with some lovely people, except for this one bloke. we will call him piers, because he was a posh arsehole who deserves to be called piers on the internet, and he can’t stop me, hahahahaha. now, piers talked a lot of shit, and i mean a lot of shit. if you had ever done something, he had done it, and better. he spoke eight languages, which he seemed strangely unable to demonstrate. he’d procured military intelligence in central africa for the SAS. (seriously. and you thought i was kidding.) i ignored piers as much as possible, because he loved to tell me his opinions about me and i quickly learned that nothing frustrated piers like ignoring him.
piers was also a passionate advocate of reddit, which i found both hilarious and tragic, and admitted vaguely to 4chan involvement, too. despite many years of expensive public schools and four years of higher education, for some reason, when piers got very adamant about something, he lapsed into a style of reasoning he clearly learned on the internet. after four months of ignoring piers, i finally snapped on the day when he tried to loudly convince the entire newsroom that when women’s ex-boyfriends put naked pictures of them on the internet (revenge porn) the women are to blame. (this continued after one of the other men stepped in, seeing how upset he was making all of the women, and said, ‘piers, that’s sexual assault, quite blatantly!’) so i decided to flatten him.
him: that’s a logical fallacy!
me: that’s irrelevant.
him: but it’s a logical fallacy!
me: it isn’t one, but it still doesn’t matter. have you ever actually trained in formal logic, piers? an argument can be both fallacious and true. they aren’t mutually exclusive.
him: but… it’s… a logical… fallacy.
me: doesn’t matter, because i reject the premise of your argument entirely. but, please, enlighten me, precisely what kind of logical fallacy is it? there are several. formal or informal? a fallacy of distraction? presumption? ambiguity?
me: okay, great. i reject the entire premise of your argument. what are you going to come at me with now?
answer: he wasn’t, because at this point someone intervened (reluctantly) because they thought piers was going to cry. it’s so simple! the men who’ve learnt this vocabulary don’t actually know what this vocabulary means. seriously. just ask them to define it, any of it, and they totally lose the plot. it’s great.