Prophetic cartoon from a US newspaper from 1920

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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
Narrow missed hit on a Allied destroyer
Artic convoys to Russia in 1941 and 1942. First convoys, the destruction of PQ-17 and losses of PQ-18, new tactics
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
Molotov at Berlin visit
Were there alternatives for Hitler to Operation Barbarossa ? Part II to the question 'Why the Germans invaded Russia ?'
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
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
Panzer 3 in street fightings.
Second World War, overview of the course of the 'Axis high tide' from 1941 to 1942 (Part II). Mediterranean theater,
Ribbentrop announces Russian war
Why Hitler attacked Russia ? (Part I) Looking on the subsequent events appearing after Hitler's decision to attack Russia, it
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
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 Australians withdrawn and replaced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

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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