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Why were the Axis called that?

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  1. Krystal80

    Krystal80 Member

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    I think this is probably one of those dumb questions, but I can see the Allies part but how did the name Axis come about?
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Patron  

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    Not really a dumb question. I'll bet there are lots of folks who don't know where it came from, but just never asked. Rather than a long-winded explanation, I'll just put this up from another site.
    Axis Alliance in World War II

    Hope that answers your question.
     
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    formerjughead The Cooler King

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    Not even mildly silly

     
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    Thanks for the answers both of you. I just knew I would get the boot from here for that question. I can rest easy now and be a little smarter too :)

    Krystal
     
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    lwd Ace

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    A good question is often worth as much or more than a good answer. Sometimes takes more courage as well.
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Patron  

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    That's well said. One should never back off from asking a question. An honest question always deserves an honest answer. How can you learn if you don't ask?

    BTW, thanks for the salute.
     
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    formerjughead The Cooler King

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    There is nothing wrong with an Honest question. It's refreshing.
     
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    K80, good question. I'd like to ask why the allies were called the "Allied forces" and where that title officially came from.
     
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    Oh man, I guess I don't really know. I figured it was like the word means-they allied together to win the war. I could be way off...most likely am as that seems to simple of an answer.
     
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    I don't know if I am wording this correctly, but did the Axis Powers share a trans-national term for the Allied Powers? They didn't actually call us the Allied Powers, did they?
     
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    brndirt1 Saddle Tramp

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    I might be going out on too thin a limb here, but I believe the term "allies" started showing up during the Napoleonic Wars when the non-French forces allied to combat he and his. Then the term continued on when the "allies" banded together to battle the Russians in the Crimean War, which was the French, British, and Turks combating the Russian Tzar, then in the First World War when the "allies" took on the Central Powers, but that time it included the Japanese, the Italians and the Tzar's Russians.

    It appears that the "allies" end up being the forces which ally together to battle an aggressor nation or combination of nations. Just a guess of course.
     

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