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World War II

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Abraham Simpson as part of the Flying Hellfish during World War II.

World War II (abbreviated as WWII or WW2) was a global conflict that lasted from 1939-1945. Abraham Simpson and Charles Montgomery Burns both fought in the war.


The war was originally between Nazi Germany and the French and British soldiers, although America later played a major role in the war, as did Russia and also, on the side of the Nazis, Japan. A unit of the American army was the Flying Hellfish, in which Abraham Simpson was the Sergeant and Montgomery Burns was a Private.[1]

Abraham Simpson's stories[edit]

Abraham Simpson has told many stories about the war. He was briefly stationed in England where he met a girl named Edwina and had a child by her, but didn't know about the child until many years later when he returned to England and looked up Edwina.[2] Abe also claimed to have served on a ship that sank, but survived (along with many of his fellow sailors) by riding on sharks until help arrived.[3]

In addition, Abe said he served in the European Theatre where he worked as a land mine detector. In the scene that Abe recalled, he found a mine in the road and gestured for a truck following him to leave the road and drive on the grass. The truck then drove over a land mine in the grass and was blown up. Chagrined, Abe gestured for the next truck following to drive off the other side of the road, where it went over a cliff. Back in the present, Abe said that was how he earned the Iron Cross (a German military decoration).[4]

Abe also said that during the war he had driven a tank, which he had nicknamed "Betsy". Many years later, he was reunited with the tank when he was offered his choice of items from a government warehouse. Abe recognized the tank because of the mangled golf club stuck in one of the treads: "That's where I ran over Bob Hope. Youngster was too sassy for my likin'!"[5]

Montgomery Burns in WWII[edit]

Conflicting information exists regarding Montgomery Burns's involvement in the war. On the one hand, Abe Simpson tells of Burns being a member of the Flying Hellfish, a U.S. Army unit.[1] On the other hand, Burns also once said that he owned a factory during the war and, like Oskar Schindler, made shells for the Nazis. The difference between them, according to Burns, was that "Mine worked, dammit!"[6]


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Bart and Homer had to fight in World War II when they were transported into the Medal of Homer game.[7]


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