Allied countries of World War II

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The Allied countries of World War II, often just the Allies, were the countries opposed to the Axis countries of World War II. The number of countries gradually increased during the war. By the end of the war, most areas of the world were Allied countries, Allied colonies, or occupied by the Allies.

The name can be seen as problematic, as not all the included countries had formal alliances with one another, and some of the Axis countries had formal alliances with one another or otherwise were allies with one another. Presumably, the name "the Allies" was often used in part because of its positive associations and propaganda value.

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