Prophetic cartoon from a US newspaper from 1920

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Hitler declares war on USA
Hitler's declaration of war to the United States appears to be difficult to understand, superfluous, and sealed the fate of
Pioneer Tombs
Losses and casualties during World War II. Military personnel and civilian losses, aircraft, warships and merchant ships of the combatants
German NOC in front of a burning hut
German Orders of Battle from 3 September 1941 and the Eastern Front after the successful start of Operation Barbarossa from
Control of territories
The map of the control of territories in the European theater of war from 1942-45. Above is the strategic map
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 Australians withdrawn and replaced
German assault party Tobruk
The Siege of Tobruk, from April to December 1941 (Part II). Rommel’s attack on the defensive perimeter, trench warfare and
Tobruk harbour
The siege of Tobruk from April to December 1941. Tobruk is a tiny but significant harbor on the coastline of
new Italian M14-41 tanks
Military production of the Axis Minors Italy, Hungary and Romania during the Second World War. By type of weapons and
German flamethrower in action
History and causes of the Balkan campaign 1940-1941. Mussolini’s Greek adventure on 28 October 1940 to the German attack of
'selection' at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp
Holocaust, the 'Final Solution to the Jewish Question'. Wannsee Conference, Gas for Mass Murder, Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and Hitler's Role
assembly line at Avro's Woodford plant
British and Commonwealth arms production in WW2 from 1939-1945. Following are tables of the British and Commonwealth armaments and military
Himmler surveys women near Minsk
The 'Final Solution of the Jewish Question' with the Beginning of the Russian Campaign. An attempt at the chronological sequence
Japanes aircraft factory
Military production and imports of Japan in World War II. The annual Japanese armaments and military equipment production (excluding ammunition)
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
Altmark
Operation Weser Crossing (Unternehmen Weserübung), the German invasion of Denmark and Norway in April 1940. The six-month hiatus known as
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
Operation Barabarossa
The German attack on the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941. 80 years ago: the beginning of the operation with
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
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,
Bismarck is firing on Hood
Operation Rheinuebung ('Rhine Exercise'), the final cruise of the Bismarck Detailed action, numerous photos and video. Here to Part I:

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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