Prophetic cartoon from a US newspaper from 1920

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History of WW2

Battles, Military Production and Personages of WW2.

Soldiers of the 214th Infantry Division with truck
Soldiers of the 214th Infantry Division with truck
The Eastern Front from winter 1943-44 until late summer 1944. Ending the siege of Leningrad and Operation Bagration, the destruction
Operation Torch fleet
Operation Torch fleet
Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa. On November 8, 1942, a force of over 70,000 Allied troops invaded
Russian counter-attack near Moscow.
Russian counter-attack near Moscow.
The Soviet winter offensive 1941/42 from December 5-6, 1941 and German Orders of Battle from 2 January 1942. The first
Pioneer Tombs
Pioneer Tombs
Losses and casualties during World War II. Military personnel and civilian losses, aircraft, warships and merchant ships of the combatants
pain of an innocent creature, as well as the millions of humans, in a terrible war
pain of an innocent creature, as well as the millions of humans, in a terrible war
The last Russian Winter Offensive of the war started with the Battle of the Vistula. On January 12, 1945 the
Final assembly of StuG assault guns.
Final assembly of StuG assault guns.
Tanks, Assault guns, Self-propelled guns production in Germany during WW2. In the following table is summarized the production of all
pilots were running to their Spitfires
pilots were running to their Spitfires
The Battle of Britain in 1940-1941. Operation Sea lion, strengths of the German Navy and Luftwaffe vs RAF, the air
'Schleswig-Holstein' bombards the Westerplatte
'Schleswig-Holstein' bombards the Westerplatte
The campaign against Poland in September 1939 (Part I). Deployment, the German attack and the advance on Warsaw until 9
Production of Russian KV-1
Production of Russian KV-1
Comparison of military expenditures, distribution of vital strategic raw materials, oil and fuel production in World War II. Warmaking potential,
Ribbentrop announces Russian war
Ribbentrop announces Russian war
Why Hitler attacked Russia ? (Part I) Looking on the subsequent events appearing after Hitler's decision to attack Russia, it
Arrest action in the Polish ghetto of Kutno
Arrest action in the Polish ghetto of Kutno
The anti-Semitism, persecution and deportation of Jews until the final solution 'Holocaust' in the Third Reich. The unique decision to
Bismarck is firing on Hood
Bismarck is firing on Hood
Operation Rheinübung ('Rhine Exercise'), the final cruise of the Bismarck. Detailed action, numerous photos and video about the sinking of
Control of territories
Control of territories
The map of the control of territories in the European theater of war from 1942-45. Above is the strategic map
German infantry, armed with 98K rifles as well as grenade throwers
German infantry, armed with 98K rifles as well as grenade throwers
Could had Operation Barbarossa - Hitler's attack on Soviet Russia - a different course and why was the invasion carried
Roosevelt is talking with his foreign minister Cordell Hull.
Roosevelt is talking with his foreign minister Cordell Hull.
Part III of 'Why did Hitler declare war on the US?' Back to PART II: The 'undeclared war' of the
P-63 Kingcobra lend-lease aircrafts for Russia
P-63 Kingcobra lend-lease aircrafts for Russia
Lend-Lease tanks and aircraft for the Red Army 1941 to 1945. Figures of supplied armored vehicle and aircraft types from
Ein Volk Reich Fuehrer
Ein Volk Reich Fuehrer
Collection of pictures about Adolf Hitler. Hitler was the driving force and uncontested leader of National Socialism, whose rise and
Outbreak of British infantry from Tobruk
Outbreak of British infantry from Tobruk
From August 1941 until the end of the Siege of Tobruk in December 1941 (Part III). Australians withdrawn and replaced
M3 Lee tanks under construction
M3 Lee tanks under construction
U.S. arms production during WW2 from 1939-1945. Following are tables of the annual U.S. arms production (excluding ammunition) and a
Japanes aircraft factory
Japanes aircraft factory
Military production and imports of Japan in World War II. The annual Japanese armaments and military equipment production (excluding ammunition)

Prophetic cartoon from a US newspaper from 1920
Prophetic cartoon from a US newspaper from 1920 after the Treaty of Versailles which ended WWI – the French P.M. Clemenceau (nicknamed the ‘Tiger’) leaving the conference, which had met to ensure peace, hears one of the children it had doomed to become a soldier in 1940 weeping at his fate.
WW2 History defines that war as beginning in 1939 in Europe with the battles for Poland.
Post-Versailles Poland was a country of some 24 million. Poland was only 75 percent Polish; the rest was Russian or Ukrainian in the east or German in the west. The Polish Corridor (including the port of Danzig) not only was heavily German but separated East Prussia from the Fatherland, a source of tension that Hitler eagerly exploited.

Poland had beaten the Red Army during the Russian civil wars after 1918 and remained impressive enough to motivate France to sign a mutual defense treaty in the 1920s. But if the Poles detested Germany, they detested Russia even more and so rejected French entreaties to permit Soviet troops into Poland if Germany attacked.
By mid-1939 Hitler, deprived of war in Czechoslovakia, was committed to one in Poland. Despite the Franco-Polish treaty and the growing alarm in London, he did not think the West would interfere, particularly after he signed a startling nonaggression and trade pact with Premier Joseph Stalin that included a secret protocol allowing the Soviets to occupy eastern Poland in case of war.
Even so, the Poles did not altogether despair. They believed that France and Britain would eventually respond and that the Polish army could withstand the Wehrmacht for many months, long enough for the West to mobilize and confront Hitler with what he feared most – a two-front war. This proved only partly accurate. When the Germans attacked on September 1, France and Britain, after issuing an ultimatum, did declare war. But they intended less to fight for Poland, which they considered indefensible without Russian involvement, than to signal to Hitler that they would fight him at some point.
The Poles moreover did not hold out, largely because the Germans fought a war that emphasized surprise and velocity as well as firepower. However, WW2 History has begun…

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