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The Second World War (1939 - 1942): Crucial Beginnings

  • Germany Invades Czechoslovakia

    Germany Invades Czechoslovakia
    On this day, Germany invades Czechoslovakia, gaining complete control of the nation after the acquiring of several pieces. These sections of the country were obtaining as a result of other nations attempting to avoid Total War, which was unsuccessful as most of Czechoslovakia's resources now belonged to Germany. Therefore, further demands and threats caused lessened reluctance to Hitler's wishes, reflecting in the full take over of the area.
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    The Second Word War: 1939-1942

  • The Soviet-Nazi Pact

    The Soviet-Nazi Pact
    The world became shocked as Germany and Russia suddenly signed a nonagression pact. However, secret protocol between these nations would promote the invasion and take over of numerous Eastern European countries and territories, to be divided equally among opposing countries. These occurrences would form the opportunities to invade Poland and commence the First World War.
  • The Invasion of Poland

    The Invasion of Poland
    Throughout the progression of his political reign, Adolf Hitler signed a pact with the Soviet Union enforcing nonagression between Germany and Poland within 1934. This was utilized to avoid the conflict of a Polish-French military alliance before Germany gained the chance to rearm. This invasion occurred for Germany to acquire colonies lost following the Treaty of Versailles of the First World War, marking the commencement of the Second World War.
  • Canada Enters The Second World War

    Canada Enters The Second World War
    Canada declared war on Germany on September 10th of 1939, in response to Germany's invasion of Poland the previous week and the declaration of war through Britain and France .This was further emphasized as Germany failed to respond to ultimatums to withdraw from Poland on September 3rd. Over 42 000 Canadian citizens perished because of the Second World War, which are always remembered to have protected and made our nation proud.
  • The Phoney War

    The Phoney War
    After the initial terror of the Polish campaign, heavy combat was anticipated as the British Expeditionary Force landed in France. Futile attempts to negotiate a conclusion to the war were enacted without compromising battlefronts, yet remained unsuccessful. Few confrontations of opposing forces occurred, where many opportunities of advancement were lost. This conflict eventually led to the German invasion of France and the low countries within April of 1940, thus this was a prelude to Total War
  • The Invasion of Norway, Denmark, Holland And Belgium

    The Invasion of Norway, Denmark, Holland And Belgium
    Germany first invaded Norway and Denmark. Denmark surrendered that same day, yet Norway, with the aid from the Allies, thrived until May. Holland fell shortly after on May 14, followed by Belgium on May 28th.
  • The Miracle At Dunkirk

    The Miracle At Dunkirk
    Within the months of May and June of 1940, more than 300 000 were evacuated from Dunkirk and surrounding beaches from German advance. This soliders were needed to help defend against a Nazi invasion on the homefront, thus various types of commercial and personal craft rescued a great deal of troops. German forces were underestimated and played an essential role in opposing forces, where desparate measures were enacted to ensure troops to be able to fight another day.
  • The Invasion of France

    The Invasion of France
    Germany followed the invasion of various European nations with a prepared attack on France through combat lines. Retaliation was limited and unsuccessful on the part of France. Attempts to save Paris failed as the government reacted to events that had already overtaken their original intentions. For this reasoning, defeatism began to grip the French government.
  • The Fall of France

    The Fall of France
    On the 22nd of June within 1940, an armistice was signed between Germany and France. This was enacted on the 25th of June. The Axis consider this to be a substantial victory toward obedience of German demands.
  • The Battle of Britain

    The Battle of Britain
    The Battle of Britain was the German air force's attempt to gain air superiority over the RAF from July to September 1940. Experiencing ultimate failure, this occurrence was one of the advancement points for Britain throughout World War Two and prevented Germany from invading the nation.
  • The Attack On Pearl Harbor

    The Attack On Pearl Harbor
    This US Naval Base was bombed on the morning of December 7th, 1941 through a surprise attack from the Japanese military. Various commerical crafts were destroyed with these explosions, where thousands of civilians and soldiers perished. This would mark the beginning of US involvement throughout the Second World War.
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    On this date, Hitler commenced an attact toward the Soviet Union, utilizing a great mechanized force, with the attempt of capturing Russian resources and the fulfilling of several demands. Within the winter, the German army became unprepared as the military was divided and sent toward different directions throughout the Soviet Union. The battle within Stalingrad would cost the nation its greatest, best equipped army, where Germany would eventually surrender, a turning point in the war.