TWO presidents served during the second world war.
WW2 lasted for only six years, but saw two presidents overseeing the conflict.
Who was President when WW2 began?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president in 1933 and was the only president to serve more than two terms.
WW2 began on September 1, 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland.
Two days later, France and Britain declared war on Germany.
During the first few years of the war, the United States stayed out of the conflict aside from providing military supplies to the Allied powers, which consisted of France, Great Britain, and later the Soviet Union and China.
The United States officially entered the conflict after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
Roosevelt declared war on Japan the day after.
When did Harry Truman take office?
Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945 from a cerebral hemorrhage.
His vice president at the time, Harry Truman, was sworn in as president just two hours after hearing word of Roosevelt's death.
Truman served as president for the last few months of the war and oversaw huge decisions regarding ending the global conflict.
Truman ordered the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki that led to the Japanese surrendering.
In 1945, he also witnessed the signing of the charter of the United Nations.
When did WW2 end?
WW2 ended with the unconditional surrender of the Axis Powers, which included Germany, Italy, and Japan.
This took place on May 8, 1945, which is now celebrated as VE Day.