A World in Flames: World War II Facts

Over the course of six years, World War II spread around the earth. In all, more than 50 countries were directly involved in the war. Here are some more facts about the effects of World War II.

  • Number of people killed in the war: 45 million

  • Number of Europeans left homeless by war: 12 million

  • Number of Americans who joined the armed forces: 12 million

  • Number of Americans who moved to take on war jobs: 15 million

  • Number of B-17 "Flying Fortress" bombers built: 13 thousand

  • Amount of post-war aid given by U.S. to Western Europe: $17 billion

  • Reparations paid by Italy after war: $36 million