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ALLIES, AXIS IN THE WAR

By Judy NicholsStaff writer of The Christian Science Monitor / March 6, 1995



On Sept. 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland and began World War II. Two days later, five countries joined Poland to form the Allies: Australia, France, Great Britain, India, and New Zealand. Following is a list of other countries' allegiances during World War II, along with year of entry:

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The Allies

Argentina (1945)

Belgium (1940)

Bolivia (1943)

Brazil (1942)

Canada (1939)

Chile (1945)

China (1941)

Colombia (1943)

Costa Rica (1941)

Cuba (1941)

Czechoslovakia (1941)

Denmark (1940)

Dominican Republic (1941)

Ecuador (1945)

Egypt (1945)

El Salvador (1941)

Ethiopia (1942)

Greece (1940)

Guatemala (1941)

Haiti (1941)

Honduras (1941)

Iran (1943)

Iraq (1943)

Lebanon (1945)

Liberia (1944)

Luxembourg (1940)

Mexico (1942)

Mongolian People's Republic (1945)

Netherlands (1940)

Nicaragua (1941)

Norway (1940)

Panama (1941)

Paraguay (1945)

Peru (1945)

San Marino (1944)

Saudi Arabia (1945)

South Africa (1939)

Soviet Union (1941)

Syria (1945)

Turkey (1945)

United States (1941)

Uruguay (1945)

Venezuela (1945)

Yugoslavia (1941)

The Axis

Albania (1940)

Bulgaria (1941)

Finland (1941)

Hungary (1941)

Italy (1940)

Japan (1941)

Romania (1941)

Thailand (1942)

The following countries in the European arena remained neutral throughout the war:

Ireland

Portugal

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland