Prophetic cartoon from a US newspaper from 1920

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Operation Torch fleet
Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa. On November 8, 1942, a force of over 70,000 Allied troops invaded
Collection of pictures about Adolf Hitler. Hitler was the driving force and uncontested leader of National Socialism, whose rise and
Molotov at Berlin visit
Were there alternatives for Hitler to Operation Barbarossa ? Part II to the question 'Why the Germans invaded Russia ?'
Ribbentrop announces Russian war
Why Hitler attacked Russia ? (Part I) Looking on the subsequent events appearing after Hitler's decision to attack Russia, it
Soldiers of the 69th US Division and the Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front
Second World War, overview of the course from 1943 to 1945 with the defeat of the Axis powers by the
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,
The pensive Hitler
The Five Faces of Adolf Hitler. An attempt to describe the character of the German leader or 'Fuehrer' of the
capture of Paris
Second World War, overview of the course of the 'Blitzkriege' (lightning wars) from 1939 to 1940 (Part I). Polish campaign,
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
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
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 1941 and 1942. First convoys, the destruction of PQ-17 and losses of PQ-18, new tactics with
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

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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