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June 7, 2011
World War II
World War II took place in Europe from 1939 until 1945. The War began when Adolph Hitler became the infamous dictator of Germany during the global depression. Adolph Hitler was seeking vengeance for Germany’s loss in the First World War which is when he began to rebuild the German military. In 1936, Germany started invading the land they lost during World War I; Adolph Hitler started signing alliances to form the Axis Power. The Axis Power countries included Germany, Italy, the Soviet Union, Finland and Japan. On September 1, 1939, Adolph Hitler and his troops and tanks rushed into Poland. This attack was what sparked the beginning of World War II. Two days after the Polish invasion by Hitler’s army; Britain and France declared war on Germany.
The Allied Power did not have enough time to organize their military to protect Poland. The Germans used this strategy called blitzkrieg or “lightening war”. Germany and the Soviet Union attacked from the east and west of Poland. In one month, both countries each took over half of Poland. In the spring of 1940, the German forces quickly took over Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands. Then they invaded France, trapping hundreds of the Allied Power, soldiers. The Allies retreated to Great Britain.
France surrendered to Germany on June 22nd 1940. During the summer of 1940 the German air force or the Luftwaffe began attacking British planes and airfields, in what was called the Battle of Britain. A month later, Adolph Hitler ordered the Luftwaffe to begin bombing British cities. The British Royal Air force used new radar technology to detect and destroy 2,300 of Luftwaffe’s aircrafts. Adolph Hitler then cancelled the British invasion.
On December 7, 1941, Japanese airplanes dove from the sky and attacked Pearl Harbor. In just a few hours all the battleships were sunk or damaged at...
Bibliography: 1. World War II: The Definitive Visual History, DK Publishing (Author), March 16, 2009
2. The Historical Atlas of World War II, Swanston, Alexander and Swanston Malcolm, Chartwell Books, Inc.; Updated edition (August 1, 2010)
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