- "This was your grandfather's. He was one of the Navy's first frogmen during World War II. [...] But after the war, his country forgot about him. So, he went back to the sea, scavenging and surviving with his wit... and this knife."
- ―Jesse Kane to David Kane about the knife of his father.[src]
This war involved a vast majority of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. Various advanced weapons were made during the war, and the Axis conquered many countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
In 1918, Ares predicted that Humans would have continued to making warfare, in particular Germany as he previously had mentioned that it was a proud nation. This proved to be true when Adolf Hitler rose to power and provoked World War II.
Outbreak of war
Louvre Museum raid
The grandfather of David Kane fought in World War II as one of the Navy's first "frogmen" (code-named "Manta" for his stealthiness). It is not known how well he performed, or what exactly he did during the war, but based on Jesse's testimony, his deeds apparently earned him the respect and admiration of his peers.
End of the war
- Soviet Union
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
Behind the scenes
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