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    #1

    (the) World War II

    Dear guests,

    The sentence #1 is as follows:

    1) Saint Petersburg was never occupied by Germans during the Second World War.

    Here we need "the".

    2) Saint Petersburg was never occupied by Germans during the World War II.

    Do we need "the" in this case?

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    Re: (the) World War II

    1. Yes - we must have it.
    2. No - we must not have it.

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    Re: (the) World War II

    I'd use "the Germans" meaning the armed forces. There may have been Germans in Saint Petersburg.

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    #4

    Re: (the) World War II

    I'm going to respectfully partially disagree with Raymott.

    While I do agree 'the Germans' does work well, what with the context of WW II and the verb 'occupied', I don't think there's any danger of anyone mistaking it as a reference to German civilians, or anything other than a martial nature.

    I think that either 'by Germans' or 'by the Germans' work equally well here.
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    Re: (the) World War II

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    with the context of WW II and the verb 'occupied', I don't think there's any danger of anyone mistaking it as a reference to German civilians, or anything other than a martial nature.
    As we are given the context of the Second World War, I agree that there is little likelihood of the interpretation you suggest if we omit the article. However, in the context of that war, we do generally use the article when we refer to the armed forces - the British, the Germans, the Japanese, etc. The omission seems unnatural to me.

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