Allied Powers
   Initially, the Allied powers in World War II were Great Britain (and the Commonwealth countries, including Canada, New Zealand, Australia), France, and Poland, brought together in defense of the latter following the attack by Nazi Germany on 1 September 1939. In 1940, they were joined by Belgium, Norway, and the Netherlands; by the Soviet Union following the Nazi invasion of Russia in June 1941; and by the United States and China after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Other nations, particularly in Latin America, subsequently joined, and the Allied powers also became known as the United Nations with the Declaration of the United Nations on 1 January 1942. Their opponents were the Axis powers and their allies.
   See also Japan.

Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt–Truman Era . . 2015.

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