23 Facts About Axis powers


Axis powers, originally called the Rome–Berlin Axis, was a military coalition that initiated World War II and fought against the Allies.

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The Axis powers were united in their opposition to the Allies, but otherwise lacked comparable coordination and ideological cohesion.

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Axis powers grew out of successive diplomatic efforts by Germany, Italy, and Japan to secure their own specific expansionist interests in the mid-1930s.

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The "Rome–Berlin Axis powers" became a military alliance in 1939 under the so-called "Pact of Steel", with the Tripartite Pact of 1940 formally integrating the military aims of Germany, Italy, Japan, and later followed by other nations.

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At its zenith in 1942, the Axis powers presided over large parts of Europe, North Africa, and East Asia, either through occupation, annexation, or puppet states.

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Particularly within Europe, the use of the term "the Axis powers" primarily refers to the alliance between Italy and Germany, though outside Europe it is normally understood as including Japan.

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In ideological terms, the Axis described their goals as breaking the hegemony of the plutocratic Western powers and defending civilization from Communism.

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The Axis powers championed a number of variants on fascism, militarism, and autarky.

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The leading Axis powers states had the following domestic populations: Germany 75.

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Italy condemned the Western Axis powers for enacting sanctions on Italy in 1935 for its actions in the Second Italo-Ethiopian War that Italy claimed was a response to an act of Ethiopian aggression against tribesmen in Italian Eritrea in the Walwal incident of 1934.

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The limited actions taken by the Western Axis powers pushed Mussolini's Italy towards alliance with Hitler's Germany anyway.

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Hungarian troops, like their Axis powers counterparts, were involved in numerous actions against the Soviets.

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Axis powers had been Prime Minister of Hungary since October 1944 and was leader of the Hungarist Arrow Cross Party.

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Unlike other Axis powers, Yugoslavia was not obliged to provide military assistance, nor to provide its territory for Axis to move military forces during the war.

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Some states were officially at war with members of the Allied Axis powers, others remained neutral in the war and sent only volunteers.

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Axis powers was proclaimed the Emperor of Manchukuo a year later.

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Franco described Spain as a member of the Axis powers and signed the Anti-Comintern Pact in 1941 with Hitler and Mussolini.

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Axis powers sued for peace with Germany and on 22 June 1940, the French government concluded an armistice with Hitler and Mussolini, which came into effect at midnight on 25 June.

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Albania was the only European country occupied by the Axis powers that ended World War II with a larger Jewish population than before the war.

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Axis powers died on 4 February 1946 after either jumping or falling out of the window of a Belgrade hospital, under circumstances which remain unclear.

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Axis powers was subject to German control for the duration of the war.

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Axis powers was granted amnesty by President Manuel Roxas, and remained active in politics, ultimately winning a seat in the post-war Senate.

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Axis powers'storian Ian Kershaw suggests that this declaration of war against the United States was a serious blunder made by Germany and Italy, as it allowed the United States to join the war in Europe and North Africa without any limitation.

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