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HMS Frobisher

Granddad served

3 Jun 1939 to 1 Sept 1939

 

HMS Vega

Granddad served

24 Jan 1940 to 4 Dec 1940

 

 

HMS Atherstone

Granddad served

5 Dec 1940 to 7 Jan 1941

 

 

HMS Aurora

Granddad served

27 May 1941 to 7 Jan 1942

 

HMS Aurora

The Silver Phantom

HMS Medway

Granddad served

8 Jan 1942 to 30 Jun 1942

 

HMS Devonshire

Granddad served

28 Sept 1942 to 2 Mar 1943

 

HMS Lucia

Granddad served

16 Mar 1943 to 14 Jan 1944

 

HMS Wivern

Granddad served

7 Jul 1944 to 27 Jun 1945

 

The Crew of HMS Lucia during the period my Granddad was serving on this Ship

World War II, or the Second World War, was a global military conflict, the joining of what had initially been two separate conflicts. The first began in Asia in 1937 as the Second Sino-Japanese War; the other began in Europe in 1939 with the German invasion of Poland.

This global conflict split the majority of the world's nations into two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis powers. It involved the mobilization of over 100 million military personnel, making it the most widespread war in history, and placed the participants in a state of "total war", erasing the distinction between civil and military resources. This resulted in the complete activation of a nation's economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities for the purposes of the war effort. Over 60 million people, the majority of them civilians, were killed, making it the deadliest conflict in human history. The financial cost of the war is estimated at about a trillion 1944 U.S. dollars worldwide, making it the most costly war in capital as well as lives.

The Allies were victorious, and, as a result, the United States and Soviet Union emerged as the world's two leading superpowers. This set the stage for the Cold War, which lasted for the next 45 years. The United Nations was formed in hopes of preventing another such conflict. The self determination spawned by the war accelerated decolonization movements in Asia and Africa, while Europe itself began moving toward integration.