Though the end of the Second World War did not mean the end of political and social instability, as many suffered for many years once the war ended, officially it was over on 2nd September 1945, almost six years to the day after it had begun.
The 6th June 1944 was an important day in the final approach to the Second World War. This day is known as D-Day and it saw the allies close in on the axis and take back some control of the situation. The defeat of the Nazis in France, which was a direct result of D-Day, was seen as a huge step in ending the war, it was also a clear indication that Germany, after holding power for so long, were finally starting to weaken. The Soviets were also crucial in ending the war. They launched several successful operations, including Operation Bagration, to overthrow the Germans in Belarus, Greece, and Albania.
Germany was not going to take this lying down, in the last days of 1944 they launched a huge attack on the Western Front to try and reclaim some ground. Just weeks later they realised that these attempts were futile and that none of their objectives has been achieved.
It was not only a military victory however, there were several fortuitous events which also made the end of the Second World War possible. Harry Trueman become the new leader of America and his predecessor’s death, many saw him as a stronger leader, Mussolini was also captured and killed and dragged through the streets of Italy and his death led Hitler to commit suicide in his bunker in Berlin meaning that the Germans now had no official leader.
After most of the Axis surrendered, the only problem was Japan, they initially refused which lead the Americans to use a nuclear weapon on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.