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World War II
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Dates: 1939 - 1945
Location: Earth
Combatants
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.
Strength
unknown unknown
Result
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)

In 1919, a peace treaty was signed at a conference at Versailles after the end of World War I. George Limb was among the attendees. Chief Inspector Patrick Mullen and the Seventh Doctor later suspected that he may have had a hand in sabotaging the treaty, sowing the seeds for another conflict. (PROSE: Illegal Alien)

George Limb attended another conference in Munich, the capital city of Germany, in 1936. (PROSE: Illegal Alien)

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

Shortly before the outbreak of war, Stalin and Hitler signed a pact of non-aggression between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Once again, George Limb was present in Russia just before the deal was struck. (PROSE: Illegal Alien)

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 the war as a spy. (TV: Hide) Famous pilot Amy Johnson died flying for the RAF Auxiliary Service in the 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) An earlier incarnation of the Doctor managed to cheer up Winston Churchill who was distraught by the Durkirk defeat. He advised Churchill to be truthful to the British people and tell them the situation looked bleak, but Britain would fight on regardless. He suggested this could be Churchill's "finest hour." After this, the Sixth Doctor claimed that Churchill "went out and won the war." (AUDIO: The Ultimate Adventure)

Fear of a German invasion of Britain set in after Dunkirk. Soon afterwards, a faction of the British government encountered and made a secret pact with the Shakers. The Shakers conducted a terrorist war on the German troops preparing to occupy mainland Britain, reducing the possibility of invasion. In exchange, the British promised to give the Shakers India as, ironically, Lebensraum, a promise which they had no intention of keeping. Scientists in Britain found a way of adapting Shaker principals of oscillation adjustment, allowing them to seal Shakers inside some select buildings of the BBC. They believed the laughing audience that regularly attended recording sessions were happy German occupiers and began secretly killing them until the First Doctor stopped them in 1955. (PROSE: Losing the Audience)

In 1940 and 1941, Germany conducted bombing raids over 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 1939, a force of time travelling Cybermen from the 30th century arrived in Jersey in the Channel Islands and set up operations there, using the Le Mur Engineering factory as a base. The war began shortly afterwards and the Nazis invaded the Channel Islands in 1940, the only British soil that would be occupied by Germany during the war, forcing the Cybermen to retreat northwards to mainland Britain where the Cyber-Leader was hit by a Luftwaffe bomb during the Blitz and went rogue. The Cybermen brought in Wall, the owner of Le Mur (which was French for "Wall"), as a replacement figurehead and they set up in the Peddler Electronic Engineering factory in London. George Limb, by this point having strong connections to London's criminal underground, betrayed his country by aiding the Nazis and the Cybermen so that he could gain the knowledge of time travel and Cyber-technology.

In November 1940, with the aid of Cybermats, the Cybermen began to gather up citizens for conversion but the Seventh Doctor, Patrick Mullen and Cody McBride lit up the Peddler factory one night during a bombing raid, destroying the Peddler factory and the main Cyberman operations. The Doctor then left for Jersey to the Le Mur factory where Limb and Nazis led by Captain Hartmann were attempting to revive the Cybermen left in hibernation from before the Nazi takeover. With Ace a Nazi hostage, the Doctor was forced to revive the Cybermen but he was able to order them to attack the Nazis, resulting in a fierce skirmish at Jersey which ended with the factory's destruction caused by the Doctor, killing Nazi and Cyberman alike, although Limb escaped in the Cyberman time capsule. Nevertheless, the whole incident gained the Cybermen a foothold in London and hundreds of them remained inactive and hidden within the sewers, waiting to be revived to launch an invasion that would come many years after the end of the war. (PROSE: Illegal Alien, TV: The Invasion) The Germans would also continue to occupy the Channel Island until 1945. (PROSE: Just War)

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)

During the war, when it appeared that the United Kingdom would be invaded by Nazi Germany, four citadels were built under the surface of London. They were intended to allow the British government to continue operations if the worst happened. (AUDIO: The Fifth Citadel)

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)

Britain invented the computer during the war, although this would not become public knowledge, and computers would not become household items, until a few decades after the war had ended. (PROSE: Silhouette)

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)

Also in 1944, with the failure of the Blitz to break Britain three years earlier, the Germans launched V1 and V2 attacks against London. The city survived that too and was not attacked again on such a scale until the 22nd century Dalek invasion. (PROSE: Illegal Alien)

In 1945, an amnesiac Eighth Doctor, Alan Turing and Graham Greene were involved in an unexplained alien conflict and survived the annihilation 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 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)

The Japanese surrendered after atomic bombs were dropped on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending the war. 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)

After the war, heightened tensions between capitalist Western nations, particularly the US and the UK, and communists nations, most notably the USSR, created an uneasy period known as the Cold War. Britain's four citadels set up in case of a Nazi invasion were maintained due to the threat posed by the Soviet Union. (PROSEFirst FrontierEndgameTVDreamlandCold WarAUDIOThresholdProtect and Survive, The Fifth Citadel)

Despite Hitler's suicide and the collapse of the Nazi regime, Nazism survived as an ideology and neo-Nazis still sought to make Hitler's vision of Earth a reality. (TV: Silver Nemesis, PROSE: The Shadow in the Glass, Down, Illegal Alien)

The next World War was World War III which was fought at some point prior to the 25th century, as was World War IV, (AUDIO: Frostfire) while World War V was fought during the 49th century (AUDIO: Singularity) and World War VI was fought in 5000. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang, PROSE: Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang, AUDIO: The Butcher of Brisbane)

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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