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World War II

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World War II
Dates: 1939 - 1945
Location: Earth
United Kingdom, Soviet Union, United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada. German Anti-Nazi groups, French Resistance, French Government in exile, Norwegian Resistance,Norwegian Government in exile, many more. Germany, Italy, Japan, Vichy France, Finland, Hungary, British Nazi Sympathizers, American Nazi Sympathisers, many more.
Led by
Churchill, Roosevelt, Truman, Stalin, De Gaulle, many more. Adolf Hitler, Karl Doenitz, Benito Mussolini, Emperor Hirohito, many more.
unknown unknown
Complete Allied victory, surrender and disestablishment of Nazi party, Cold War begins

World War II was a major conflict that took place from 1939 to 1945. Apart from a handful of neutral countries, it involved the whole of the Earth.

History Edit

In 1903, after receiving a wealth of information from the future, Grigori Rasputin foresaw, among other things, the Second World War. (AUDIO: The Wanderer)

One of the earliest steps on the road to war was taken in 1938 when the Nemesis statue passed over Earth. It caused Adolf Hitler to annex the country of Austria. (TV: Silver Nemesis)

The war formally began on 1 September 1939 with the German and Russian invasion of Poland. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus)

The immortal Jack Harkness served in the war as an RAF pilot; (TV: Utopia) Fey Truscott-Sade served as a British spy and special operative in occupied Europe; (COMIC: Me and My Shadow) and Toshiko Sato's grand-parents worked as code-breakers at Bletchley Park, (TV: Greeks Bearing Gifts) as did Rachel Jensen, alongside Alan Turing. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy) Professor Alec Palmer served in this war as a spy. (TV: Hide) Famous pilot Amy Johnson died flying for the RAF Auxiliary Service in this war. (COMIC: A Wing and a Way)

The Seventh Doctor ensured Hitler would fail to prevent the British evacuation of Dunkirk, making it possible for Britain to remain in the war. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus)

From 1940 to 1945, the Channel Islands were occupied by German forces. (PROSE: Just War)

In 1940 and 1941, Germany bombed Great Britain, an event known as the London Blitz. (TV: The Empty Child) The Royal Air Force carried out its own systematic bombings of Germany, which resulted in millions of German civilian deaths, far more than the British had lost in the Blitz. (PROSE: The Turing Test)

In 1941, Edwin Bracewell approached a desperate Winston Churchill, offering what to all appearances were robotic war machines of a futuristic design that Churchill could use first to fend off Luftwaffe air raids on London and later, in numbers, take the war to Germany. Churchill summoned The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond to view the new weapon. The Doctor realised immediately that the "Ironsides" Bracewell had "created" were actually the Daleks. They were using themselves as bait to get the Doctor to aid in the recreation of the Dalek race. A small number of Spitfire fighters were briefly upgraded with Dalek technology to fight a Dalek flying saucer that was turning on the lights and letting the German bombers see their targets, but all alien tech was subsequently removed by the Doctor to prevent wide-scale tampering with history. The Daleks attempted to destroy Earth with a powerful explosive within Edwin Bracewell, who was actually an android of their construction. The Doctor and Amy defused it. The Daleks escaped and Bracewell presumably lived a normal, human life. (TV:Victory of the Daleks) Later that year, Churchill tried to telephone the Doctor, but instead reached River Song in Stormcage. He told her of a mysterious van Gogh painting he and Bracewell had found. (TV: The Pandorica Opens)

For a short time on both sides, the Cardiff rift linked 1941 and 2008, allowing Jack Harkness and Toshiko Sato of Torchwood Three to meet with the original Captain Jack Harkness and to cause suspicions in the members of the institute about Bilis Manger. On the day following their meeting, the original Jack Harkness would inevitably be killed in a firefight. The present-day Jack did not interfere with his final fate to preserve the timeline. (TV: Captain Jack Harkness)

In 1941, the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler landed in London during the blitz. While there, they defeated the Empty Child Plague and met Jack Harkness. (TV: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances)

In January 1941, Nazis in France forced Pierre Vedrun to build them a machine to travel to England. His daughter, Monique Vedrun used it to escape, but actually also travelled through time to the 1970s. There, the Third Doctor met the Nazis and her, secretly following them back to 1942. He attempted to stop the Nazis from becoming knowledgeable time travellers, tricking them into going through it again, but this time to a British jail in 1942. (COMIC: Timebenders)

In June 1941, a small group of Germans, assisted by Miss Wyckham, entered the south coast of England. They used a piece of Chronosteel found in the Rhineland to block early warning systems, which they hoped would allow the Germans to invade Great Britain in full force. Clyde Langer and George Woods stopped them, with Clyde returning the Chronosteel to its rightful place with the Shopkeeper and Captain in 2010. (TV: Lost in Time)

In 1943, Fenric was working with his Haemovores at Maiden's Point. Russia and Britain, while nominally allies, were plotting against each other in preparation for post-war conflicts. (TV: The Curse of Fenric)

In June 1944, the allied troops staged the Normandy landings to invade mainland Europe. (PROSE: The Taint)

During October of that year, the Seventh Doctor and Ace arrived at Colditz. (AUDIO: Colditz)

In 1945, an amnesiac Eighth Doctor, Alan Turing and Graham Greene were involved in an unexplained alien conflict and survived the annihalation of Dresden by British and American bombers. (PROSE: The Turing Test)

The Eleventh Doctor was in a German prisoner of war camp and tried to escape. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut)

The Japanese surrendered after atomic bombs were dropped on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A third bomb was planned to be dropped on Kyoto, but the aircraft carrying the bomb, the Sky Jack, fell into a black hole. (COMIC: Sky Jacks)

The Allies' victory over Germany in World War II was marked by VE Day on 8 May 1945. A major celebration took place in Trafalgar Square in London. (PROSE: Magic of the Angels) The Seventh Doctor and his companions Ace and Hex were present in London for the celebrations. Prior to this visit, Hex had never heard of VE Day. (AUDIO: Casualties of War)

Alternative timelines Edit

While on a fishing trip to an island to the Pacific Ocean on 25 July 1963, the Fifth Doctor discovered that the TARDIS had materialised in an alternative timeline in which World War II had never ended. After being held at gunpoint by an American fighter pilot native to this timeline named Angus "Gus" Goodman, the Doctor offered him the chance to get off the island, which was Japanese territory. Goodman accepted the Doctor's offer and became a short-lived companion. (COMIC: Lunar Lagoon, COMIC: 4-Dimensional Vistas) However, he was killed by the Moderator, a hitman in the employ of Josiah W. Dogbolter, before he could be returned in the United States in his timeline. (COMIC: The Moderator)

In another alternative timeline accidentally created by the Seventh Doctor and Ace's arrival in Colditz Castle in October 1944, Nazi scientists used the laser technology contained in Ace's Walkman to refine uranium and create nuclear weapons. They subsequently bombed New York City and Moscow, forcing the surrender of the United States and the Soviet Union and winning Germany the war. This timeline was negated by an alternative version of the Eighth Doctor who, while posing as a German scientist named Johann Schmidt, fabricated a "flight log" for the TARDIS and manipulated Elizabeth Klein into travelling back in time to Colditz in October 1944 on the pretext of retrieving the Doctor so that he could teach her to pilot the TARDIS. Her lover Major Jonas Faber saw through Schmidt's trickery but was too late as Klein had already decided to disobey his orders and make the trip into the past. Unfortunately for Klein, her arrival in Colditz alerted the Seventh Doctor to the impending alteration of history and he and Ace were able to prevent it. (AUDIO: Colditz, AUDIO: Klein's Story)

In an alternative timeline in which Hitler did not lose the power of the Timewyrm, Germany had conquered the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe by 1941. After visiting the occupied London in May 1951 in this timeline, the Seventh Doctor and Ace prevented this from coming to pass. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus)

Parallel universe Edit

In a parallel universe visited by the Third Doctor, the Republic of Great Britain and White Russia were able to crush Nazi Germany by intimidating Adolf Hitler into backing down from his sabre-rattling. Consequently, World War II never took place. (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy)

Behind the scenes Edit

According to the non-narrative book Doctor Who The Official Annual 2011, in an alternative timeline in which the Doctor did not find the Ironsides, they turned the tide of the war and took the fight to Germany. After the war was won, Churchill was pressured by Stalin and Truman into having the Ironsides destroyed by a nuclear bomb.

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