Prophetic cartoon from a US newspaper from 1920

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Polish PoW's 1939
The Polish campaign from the Battle of Bzura, the invasion of the Red Army to the surrender of Warsaw and
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
'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
Adolf Hitler
A compressed Biography of the German Führer (Leader) of the Third Reich and Supreme Commander Armed Forces, Adolf Hitler (1889-1945).
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
assembly line of German Focke-Wulf Fw 190
German arms production in WW2 from 1939-1945 The annual German armaments and military equipment production (excluding ammunition) and a comparison
Panzer III under fire at Kursk
Battle of Kursk in July 1943, the greatest tank battle in military history. The strategic decisions, preparations, the German offensive
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
US destroyer Kearny (DD-432) was also damaged by a German U-boat
Part II of 'Why did Hitler declare war on the US?' Back to PART I: Why did Hitler declare war
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
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:
Operation Barabarossa
Could had Operation Barbarossa - Hitler's attack on Soviet Russia - a different course and why was the invasion carried
Control of territories
The map of the control of territories at the European theater of war from 1942-45. Below is the strategic map
Ju 52 landed on Maleme airfield
Operation Merkur (Mercury), the 'Battle of Crete'. German Plan of Attack and assault troops, deployed forces, intelligence, the fighting and
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 Tobruk is a tiny but significant harbor on the coastline
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

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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